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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I Lived in Haunted Savannah

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USA Today list Savannah as one of the most haunted cities in America. The city 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 room 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 was 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

Can you see the face and hand in the window?

 I always had a bad feeling about this house. It was built near a 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.

33 Blog Post Ideas for Struggling Book Bloggers

 

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“Balls, I don’t know what to write!!!”

There are some days when this thought has crossed my mind. Sitting frozen in front of a computer screen or an unwritten notebook page doesn’t count as quality time for drafting new blog content.

As a reference for myself and fellow bloggers reading this post, I present to you thirty-three post ideas to get out of book bloggers’ block.

1. Book Reviews

Liked the book you read? Blog about it!

Read a book and your eyes are bleeding because it was so bad? Blog about that too!

2. Mini – Book Reviews

Shorter versions of regular ol’ book reviews (no higher than 300 words).

3. Your Favorite Books

I’m sure you have one or two, right?

4. Your Least Favorite Books

It’s okay to blog about the books that left a bad taste in your mouth. Go for it!

5. Favorite Childhood Books

Share a couple of your books from your childhood. A few of mine were The Berenstain BooksThe Magic School Bus, and Goosebumps.

6. Required Class Readings You Enjoyed

Sometime during your high school career, you probably read some of these books:

Trying to remember what you read back in high school? This awesome list of required high school readings from Goodreads may help.

7. Required Class Readings You Absolutely Loathed

One high school required reading I could not stand was William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. Sorry, Faulkner.

8. Books You’re Planning to Read

9. Recommended Readings Based on Genre

Genres like:

  • Adventure
  • Biography/Memoir
  • Fantasy/Supernatural
  • Horror
  • Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
  • Poetry
  • Romance/Erotica
  • Sci-Fi
  • Southern
  • Young Adult

10. Recommended Readings Based on Author

Think about the books you’ve read from your favorite authors and create posts about them.

11. A Life-Changing Book

12. A Book You Read Outside Your Usual Choices

Let’s say you usually read general adult books but you decide to take a break from them to read a YA book. Write about that experience.

13. Your Book Haul

Personally, my definition for “book hauls” are planned books I’ll read the upcoming month but I’ve seen bloggers mention book hauls as books they’ve read the previous.

LOL, oh well, either way should be fine.

14. “The Top (whatever number) Books of the Year”

15. “The Best Books of the Month”

16. Book Tours

17. Author/Blogger Interviews

18. Author Blurbs

An author “blurb” is a short post about an author’s life, a small bibliography of their latest work, and awards.

19. Your Favorite Authors

20. Book vs. The Movie (or TV Show)

Let’s say you have conflicting views on The Hunger Games movies after reading the books. You can discuss what the movies done right and wrong in a post.

Other examples:

21. “If You Liked This Movie/TV Show…”

Recommended readers to books based on trending movies and/or TV shows.

22. Convention/Festival Coverage

Post about the latest book convention you’ve been to where you probably met a couple of authors and grabbed tons of books.

23. Book Box Reveal

Ordering books in boxes seem to be all the rage these days. If only they had one for new age books…

Here’s a small list of book box subscriptions to get you started:

24. Giveaways!

‘Cause people like free stuff!

25. A Fictional Character You Would Date

You know you have one…or two…or three…

26. Master Shelf List

The “Master Shelf” post is a list of the books you would keep on your shelf and read repeatedly until the end of time.

27. Recipe Post

Create a dish inspired by a book you’ve read. For Harry Potter fans, make your own butterbeer and chocolate frogs then share the recipes for your readers.

28. A DIY Post

Into arts and crafts? Create something made from your book inspirations!

29. Secrets

Did you chuck that Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy gift set your significant other gave you last Valentine’s Day? Kept a book hidden in your room from your nosy, conservative parents?Have any guilty pleasure books?

“Secrets” are posts reserved for your book confessions.

30. Favorite Book Bloggers/Booktubers List

31. Favorite Book Sites List

32. Your Own Book Blogger Story

How did you get started blogging about books?

33. A Book Blogger’s List of Content Ideas

It’s nice to rub some motivation off on your readers. Sharing is caring. 😉

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Comment below if any of these tips helped or you have any to add to the list. 

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Seven Resolutions For 2017

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Ah, new year, new books!  Here’s what I have in mind to achieve in 2017:

1. Write over 30 book reviews

2. Complete my 2017 Goodreads challenge

I’m reading only a cool 300 books this year. Compared to the feat I’ve made in last year’s Goodreads challenge, this one will be a walk in the park.

3. Read at least three Young Adult books

I haven’t read any YA books since the Hunger Games trilogy was popular and I stopped right there because it seemed like every YA writer was obsessed with placing the “love triangle” element in their books. I have faith I’ll find some great YA books with better themes this year.

4. Read one fantasy book

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve read anything in the fantasy genre besides Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones. Time to step into new grounds!

5. Read one sci-fi book

When was the last time I’ve ever read a sci-fi book? Seriously?

Like…??????????????????????????????????

6. Complete the 1,000 manga volume journey.

This might be one of the first goals I’ll get done this year. ^_^

7. Catch up with Anne Rice’s vampires

Almost ten years ago, I read Interview with a Vampire and never finished it. I want to read Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis  but I’m a stickler for reading a series in order. So, I’m reading through the entire Vampire Chronicles until I get to Anne Rice’s latest book.

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Ready to see how much I’ll accomplished by the end of this year!

What are your 2017 resolutions for books?

I Read 500 Books!

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I’ve made a Goodreads goal of reading 500 books this year and completed it right on time! Reading three hours (sometimes more) a day, reading manga volume after volume, and avoiding distractions (like Minecraft and watching Downton Abbey) truly helped.

Last year, I tried to 500 books, but I knew I wouldn’t make it on time so I changed my 2015 Goodreads goal of 500 t0 400 (boo).

Want to know what I read this year? Feel free to add your Goodreads profile down below and I’ll add you.

By the way, happy new year! ^_^