My 90-Day Reading Challenge

I did a 90-day reading challenge from September to December 2017. Every day, I read a book up to 90 minutes.

The point of this challenge was to see how far I would go reading on a daily basis. As a book blogger, it turned out great for me! Taking time to read every day helped me brainstorm new blog post ideas.  You can’t blog about books if you haven’t read any.

In the beginning, I started reading 90 minutes a day until, you know, life happened. You know the usual: work, family stuff, and so on. To read all day, you’d want to exclude yourself in a quaint little cabin far away from civilization.

I let go of my strict 90-minute routine and went with a 30-minute minimum. If obligations seriously crunched my reading schedule, I would read at least for 15 minutes. As long I was reading, it counted!

New habits formed during the challenge:

  • I bring a book with me EVERYWHERE! I’d be bummed if I went to work or a social outing without a book.
  • If I didn’t have time to read during the day, I would use the most of my willpower to get the reading done at night.
  • I used to read one book at a time then ended up reading two per day.

Want to start the 90-day reading challenge today? Down below is a short, sweet guide to get you started!

The 90-Day Reading Challenge Guide:

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  1. Read every day during the challenge. You can set up your own rules of time whether it be 15, 30, or longer.
  2. Record your reading times and dates. 
  3. It doesn’t matter how many books you read during the challenge. The days are what counts.

Comment below if you’ve started the challenge or done something similar. 

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2018 Reading Resolutions & 2017 Review

It’s fun making resolutions, but it’s a challenge keeping them.  If you’re not a laser-focused person, your resolutions are only wishes.

Time to make the 2018 reading resolutions!

New Goals for 2018

  1. Complete my new Goodreads goal: 333 books.
  2. Read three YA novels
  3. Write 30 book reviews
  4. Catch up with Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles

Last year, I made seven reading resolutions:

  • Write over 30 book reviews
  • Complete my 2017 Goodreads challenge: 300 books
  • Read at least three Young Adult books
  • Read one fantasy book
  • Pick up one sci-fi book to read?
  • Complete my 1,000 manga volumes journey
  • Catch up with Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles

Did I write over 30 book reviews?

Nope, only 27:

  1. 365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency by Melissa Alvarez (new age)
  2. 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox (writing)
  3. Ask and It Is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks (new age)
  4. Bashar: Blueprint for Change by Darryl Anka (new age)
  5. Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone (business/self-help)
  6. Crop Circles by Steve & Karen Alexander (aliens/new age)
  7. Deep Work by Cal Newport (productivity)
  8. Do Less, Get More by Shaa Wasmund (productivity)
  9. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (suspense/thriller)
  10. Frequency by Penney Peirce (new age)
  11. Get Your Articles Published by Lesley Bown (writing)
  12. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Throne, and John Tiffany (fantasy)
  13. Hustle by Neil Patel, Jonas Koffler, and Peter Vlaskovitz (business/self-help)
  14. Imagining the World Into Existence by Normandi Ellis (new age)
  15. Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley (new age/self-help)
  16. Kryon: The End Times by Lee Carroll (new age)
  17. Lifelong Writing Habit by Chris Fox (writing)
  18. Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts (new age)
  19. Solomon’s Angels by Doreen Virtue (new age fiction)
  20. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone (business/self-help)
  21. The Accidental Genius by Mark Levy (writing)
  22. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach (finances)
  23. The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson (YA)
  24. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco (business)
  25. The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles (business)
  26. The Zen of Social Media Marketing by Shama Hyder (business)
  27. Your Internet Cash Machine by Joe Vitale & Jillian Coleman Wheeler (business)

Did I complete 2017 Goodreads Challenge?

I did! I read 300 books (including comics, manga, and a few e-books).

Read at least three YA books?

Only one: The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson.

Find a fantasy book to read?

Yes: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Pick up one sci-fi book to read?

The Lost Code counts as one, so yes!

Complete my 1,000 manga volumes journey?

Yes!

For those who are new to this blog, this journey started way back before I even started this blog. It took me five years to finish. You can find the list here.

Catch up with Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles?

 Heck, I didn’t even start with Interview with a Vampire. 2018 is going to be a year of progress with that.

What have I learned from 2017? 

  1. Focus on my planned reading list and avoid the “shiny new book”trap.
  2. Don’t beat myself up if I haven’t reached my goals.
  3. Read every day.
  4. It’s okay to switch-up readings occasionally. If I want to read some comics, then I’ll read some comics!
  5. Smash one goal at a time!

What are your reading resolutions for 2018?

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End of the Year Book Tag 2017!

Welcome to the “End of the Year” Tag!

This is the first time I’ve ever done these book blog tags. I found this fun one via ccampaign7 @ Charmed Book Haven Reviews. Ariel Bessett is the original tag creator.

Question #1: “Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?”Image result for dragon ball volume 1

Yep, I’m finishing:

  1. The Convoluted Universe by Dolores Cannon(New Age)
  2. Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama (Manga)
  3. The Great Pyramid Hoax by Scott Creighton (Ancient Mysteries)
  4. The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall (Esoteric)
    1. The thickest book I’ve read this year!

Question #2: “Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?”

Lol, what? Nope.

Question #3: “Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?”

I found news Drunvalo Melchizedek was coming out with The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life (vol.3). I read volumes 1 and 2 a few years ago.

So far, I haven’t seen it on sale on Amazon or any bookstore sites yet.

Question #4: “What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?”

  1. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (Paranormal)
  2. Leap of Perception by Penney Peirce (New Age)
  3. Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg (Productivity)

Question #5: “Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?”Image result for the lost continent of mu

I have my hopes on James Churchward’s The Lost Continent of Mu. I freaking love lost mythical civilizations!

Question #6: “Have you already started making plans for 2018?”

Heck yes! Thanks to my extensive Goodreads list, I’ve already included the following:Image result for crazy rich asians goodreads

  1. Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne (Mystery/thriller)
  2. Chariots of the Gods by Erick Von Daniken (Ancient alien theory)
  3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Chick-lit)
  4. The Demon Crown by James Rollins (Adventure)
  5. The Magus of Java: Teachings of an Authentic Taoist Immortal by Kosta Danaos (Taoism)
  6. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss (Self-improvement)

 

Go ahead. I dare you to do this tag! Please link your posts in the comments below. I’d love to know what you got! 

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If Santa Gave Me 25 Books for Christmas…

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Instead of having all of your presents on Christmas Day, what if Santa came by every day for 25 days giving you one gift?

I’d ask Santa to give me 25 books:

25 Books Christmas Wish List

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  1. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
    • Read it middle school. Never owned the book.
  2. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
  3. The Atlantean Legacy by Paula Bates
  4. Mask and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis
  5. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

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  1. Berserk by Kentaro Miura
    • Have to read the manga since the anime ended it with a serious cliffhanger!
  2. Dead Tube by Mikoto Yamaguchi & Touta Kitakawa
    • Only available in French for some reason
  3. Demon Love Spell by Mayu Shinjo
  4. Happy Mania by Moyoko Anno
  5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki
    • Currently unavailable 😦

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  1. The Alchemy of Sexual Energy by Mantak Chia
  2. A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Reality by Ramtha
  3. Nothing in this Book is True, but It’s Exactly How Things Are by Bob Frissell
  4. The Pineal Gland: The Eye of God by Manly P. Hall
    • Currently in love with Hall’s works since I’ve started reading The Secret Teachings of All Ages.
  5. The Secret Source by Maja D’Aoust & Adam Parfrey

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  1. Become an Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher
  2. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
  3. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman
  5. The Now Habit by Neil Fiore

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  1. 2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron
  2. The Fluff-Free Freelance Writing Master Course by Alina Bradford
  3. The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod
  4. On Writing by Stephen King
  5. You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins

 

 

 

 

I’m ready to see the books I’ll get this Christmas! If I don’t get any, those lovely  Amazon and bookstore gift cards I always find in my Christmas stocking will do. 😉

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30 Books I’m Thankful for in 2017

Have you read a life-changing book this year? Has a book changed the way you work? How about one that made you smile on a bad day?

As a book lover, Thanksgiving’s the perfect time to reflect on the books I’ve read so far this year.

Down below, I’ve listed 30 books I’m thankful for in 2017.

 Adult Fiction

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1.  1001 Nights: Demonica Novella Series by Larissa Ione

I’m counting this as one even though I read AzagothHadesZ, and RazrThese sensually charged novellas were pleasant breaks from my usual non-fiction reads.

2. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (review)

Fool Me Once has encouraged me to add more thriller books into my Goodreads “To-Read” list.

Adult Non-Fiction

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3. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone (review)

I’ve learned I have to go beyond the usual expectations if I want to accomplish amazing feats. You become powerful once you place Grant Cardone’s “1ox Rule” into your daily life.

4. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach (review)

This book was a bummer, but it has taught me there’s more than one way to become a millionaire. I don’t have to cut out my Starbucks trips to go there.

5. Deep Work by Cal Newport (review)

Deep Work has taught me it’s okay to stay focused a little longer on my projects.

Besides, those who consistently produce rise to higher places faster than the average joe.

6. Hustle by Neil Patel, Jonas Koffler, and Peter Vlaskovits (review)

I appreciate the motivation I’ve gained from this book. According to the authors of Hustle, hustling’s the key to ultimate success.

Imagination and action can take you far if you allow it.

7. Imagining the World Into Existence by Normandi Ellis (review)

I thank Ellis for sharing the ancient Egyptians’ sacred knowledge and mythology.

8. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco (review)

Thank the stars for MJ DeMarco! He takes on a humorous, informative approach to successful financial freedom.

DeMarco understands people want their freedom now, not when they’re so old they can’t do jack.

9. Your Internet Cash Machine by Joe Vitale & Jillian Coleman Wheeler (review)

Your Internet Cash Machine can relieve any readers’ doubts setting up their online business.

Adult Non-Fiction (Channeled)

10. Ask and It is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks (review)

Ask and It is Given hasn’t disappointed me.

Reading the Teachings of Abraham books have always inspired me. They remind me I am a limitless, creative being.

11. Bashar: Blueprint for a Change by Darryl Anka (review)

Months ago, I discovered Darryl Anka on Youtube. He channels an inter-dimensional alien named Bashar sharing messages to humanity.

Thank goodness, Bashar has published some books including Blueprint for a Change. 

I loved channeled books.

12. Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts (review)

Another channeled book I’ve come to love. A favorite quote from this book:

Every thought you have changes reality. Not only reality as you know it, but all reality.” -Seth

Think about it. You can be an incredible creator of your reality.

Adult Non-Fiction (Writing)

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13. 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox (review)

I haven’t written 5,000 words per hour yet, but I’m on my way there and it’s fantastic!

14. Accidental Genius by Mark Levy (review)

Thinking about writing is easy, writing in action can be downright tricky. Accidental Genius has helped me release my writing blocks.

The key: get started already!

15. Get Your Articles Published by Lesley Bown (review)

Thanks to this book, I know how to submit articles online and magazines if I wanted to.

16. Lifelong Writing Habit by Chris Fox (review)

Having a full-time writing career takes time and good habits. I’ve gained valuable writing skills to keep my writing flow running.

17. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira Allen

This freelance writing book is a blessing.

Moira  Allen has introduced me to the freelance writing world and inspired me to read much more on the subject.

 18. The Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest)

I can’t say I can’t find any writing opportunities after checking out the Writer’s Market! The options are endless.

Comics/Graphic Novels

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19. The Adventures of TinTin (vol 1.) by Hergé

When I was little, I used to watch the TinTin cartoons and imagined myself traveling the world with him.

Years later, TinTin has returned to my life as a graphic novel. I can relive the adventures with him again.

(Sounds like I have a crush on him but don’t. *coughs*)

20. Aquaman (Vol. One): “The Trench” by Geoff Johns

I don’t know why Aquaman gets so much hate. I found myself hooked on reading the comics.

The haters are liars lol.

21. Doctor Strange (Vol. One):  “The Way of the Weird” by Jason Aaron & Chris Bachalo

One of my first modern Doctor Strange comics. I’m so happy this multi-dimensional hero exists.

22. The Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

I always wanted to go to summer camp like the cool kids in the 90’s movies.

Noelle Stevenson carries out the magical summer camp adventures I missed out during my childhood.

23. Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

This graphic novel made me wish I was in this fictional school.

24. Wonder Woman (Volume 1): “Blood” by Brian Azzarello

Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello was my first Wonder Woman comic after watching the summer hit movie.

I’m thankful for Diana Prince’s existence.

Manga

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25. Dance in the Vampire Bund II by Nozomu Tamaki

A while back, the original series’ ending left me unsatisfied.  I’m so happy a sequel exists!

26. Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama (Manga Monday)

It’s a pleasure starting over with the Dragon Ball universe with young Goku.

27. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima (Manga Monday)

I’m happy I’ve picked up this manga after mistaken it for “kiddie” manga. Now I feel like I’m part of the Fairy Tail family. ^_^

28. Haikyu by Haruichi Furudate (Manga Monday)

It’s about time I found a fun sports manga. I love the characters, and I hope they make it to the top!

29. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (Manga Monday)

This series, omg.

Izuku Midoriya thought he could never be a superhero since he wasn’t born with any special abilities. His favorite hero gives him his own.

No matter what you lack, you can make it up with your drive and passion.

YA

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30. The Lost Code  by Kevin Emerson (review)

Picking up this YA book has broken my old beliefs on YA books. The repeated “love triangle” teen novels turned me off from reading YA long ago.

The Lost Code came into my hands, reminding me there’s more in the YA universe. I’m reading more in the future for sure.

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Comment on the books in your “thankful” list below! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Lived in Haunted Savannah

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USA Today list Savannah as one of the most haunted cities in America. The town is literally built upon massive grave sites and countless bad juju.

I lived in Savannah for two years as a grad student. Studying in a city with such dark history was exciting. I love haunted places!

A few weeks ago, I found a copy of James Gasky’s Haunted Savannah in my garage. It highlights Savannah’s spookiest spots including a couple I’ve personally toured:

  • The Olde Pink House
  • The Pirates House
  • Colonial Park Cemetery
  • The House on 432 Abercorn Street

The Olde Pink House

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Location: 23 Abercorn Street

Eyewitness report ghosts of a 19th-century servant girl and a little African boy. The primary owner James Habersham Jr. has been seen around the restaurant. It was originally a private home. James’ probably making sure the current owners are taking good care of his place.

I dined at this place. Did I see any ghosts? Nope. Nada.

At least, they had good food.

The Pirates’ House

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Location: 20 E Broad Street

This restaurant used to be an ol’ sailor’s tavern where pirates made merry and fought in deadly brawls.

There’s a room where you can peer down into a hole leading to a former underground tunnel. Pirates used to smuggle illegal goods and kidnap unfortunate drunks there.

The pirates never left the restaurant. A cook who used to work there claims he has seen a man walk through a wall. After that incident, he never worked in the kitchen alone and always had a cross with him.

A tour guide warned me about the second floor. It used to be a pirate’s inn and a jazz club. Now, it’s simply a storage room. Staff reportedly heard laughter coming from the place when no one’s there.

This restaurant has awesome Southern-style food like the Olde Pink House. You must try their buffet!

 

Colonial Park Cemetery

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Location: 200 Abercorn Street

Colonial Park Cemetery was a great place to do homework on sunny days. The park opens at 8am and closes strictly at dusk with good reasons.

Apparently, this cemetery was an excellent place to perform animal sacrifices. A dead dog and a dead goat with its heart wrapped in foil were found here.

An old dueling ground lays nearby the graveyard. Button Gwinnett, who took part in signing the Declaration of Independence, died dueling at the spot.

I was with a tour group viewing the site. We rushed back to the bus minutes later.

A lady freaked out because her camera’s batteries flew out. She was trying to snap a picture of the dueling ground. I was looking elsewhere, but I remember her scream.

One night, I visited the dueling grounds alone.

You know that weird feeling you get in your stomach when you go down a roller coaster? I felt that when I was standing on the grounds by myself.

Everything was eerily silent too. I didn’t even hear a cricket. The normal sounds of the city finally came back to life as soon as I left the premises.

The House on 432 Abercorn Street

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 I always had a bad feeling about this house. It was built near an unmarked slaves’ cemetery. Not a good place to settle for starters.

Rumor goes three girls were ritually massacred here, a college student mysteriously disappeared, and a Civil War general left his daughter to die tied up to a chair. I used to believe these stories were true until I found a source stating otherwise.

432 Abercorn Street is privately owned so no snooping around the property!

Something else about this place creeps the crap out of me.

Maybe I’m just jittery.

Would I Go Back?

I’m returning to Savannah someday. There are more haunted places waiting to be explored.

Savannah overall is a freaking fun town!

Are you interested in any Savannah ghost tours? I recommend the following:

  1. Blue Orb Tours
  2. Cobblestone Tours
  3. Ghosts and Gravestones

Other haunted cities I plan to visit soon (and read about):

  1. Charleston, South Carolina
  2. New Orleans, Louisiana
  3. Salem, Massachusetts *Note: I read a book about this one*

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Have you visited any haunted cities? Read about any?

Read Whatever You Want

“Girl, you’re so white!”

A young black girl told me this during middle school. I was minding my own business reading Stephen King’s It on the bus. I remember looking at this girl like she was out of her mind.

Clearly, she was. As far as I know, reading doesn’t magically change a reader’s skin color.

This may seem like trivial chatter but similar situations keep popping out throughout my life as an active reader. I’ve been ridiculed for various reasons for reading romance novels (aka “bodice rippers”), comic books, children’s books, and more. Sometimes, it’s just books in general. It doesn’t stop!

Good thing I don’t give a hoot. Reading’s fun! It’s one of life’s many treasures.

It’s Cool to Read

If you ever feel ashamed for reading books that bring you joy, don’t. Never let people take that kind of happiness away from you. You can read whatever you want!

Besides, there are many strong benefits to reading including increased creativity, memory, and empathy.

My mind’s eye receives new visions as soon as I read a new book’s first sentence. I love the euphoria surging through my entire being when I read.

You Read? LOL

What’s the deal with people poking fun at readers anyway? You express your passion for reading and you’re ridiculed as a “nerd”?

What? Why!?

Is staring at the sun better? Playing Russian Roulette? Who knows.

I’ve read an interesting article about reader’s shame between men and women. What I took from the post: Women face more reader’s shame than men. On the other hand, men only face reader’s shame when they’re caught reading an ultra-feminine book (whatever that may be).

I’m a completely chill woman with no problems telling folks what I’m currently reading or the fact I read for pleasure at all. I won’t lie about reading spicy erotica or mystical occult knowledge.

Just Read.

You do you. Your bibliophilic freedom is infinite.

Bump the haters and find your book tribe. There are always people in the world who share the same passion for books as you do.

I repeat: read whatever you want.

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Have you unfairly faced reader’s shame? Feel free to share your story in the comments section below.