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?

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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! ^_^

Three Books for Christmas 2016

There are dozens of books I want for Christmas (every Christmas really). I mean, there are a few selected books I would absolutely keep in my bookshelves FOREVER.

If I had to choose only three books for Christmas this year, it would be:

1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I know Stephen Covey through his inspiring Youtube videos. I’ve decided to finally read his book after I’ve discovered an infographic based on one of his ideas called the “circle of concern vs. circle of control”:

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Basically, highly effective people are those who are entirely concerned with what they can control opposed to what they don’t like the crazy news on TV or the salty, judgmental neighbors next door.

2. The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall

The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall (Amazon) (Goodreads)

An extensive encyclopedia on everything esoteric I love to explore? Heck yes!

Mystic writer Manly Hall wrote this encyclopedia when he was only 25 years old. Quite impressive!

3. The Lost Continent of Mu by James Churchward

The Lost Continent of Mu by James Churchward (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Yaassss, more Lemuria stories!

Explorer James Churchward reportedly deciphered a collection of ancient documents revealing Mu, a lost continent once residing over the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists at that time shook their heads furiously over this “discovery” but Churchward clearly didn’t give a hoot and continued to write as much about Mu he knew from his ancient sources.

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If I don’t get these books, there’s always the wonderful Amazon gift cards. If I don’t get those, well, I’m getting them one way or another. I know for sure I can get at least one of them asap from my local library. 😉

Happy Holidays!

Hope you receive many books this holiday season!

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Over 400 Books!

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YAAASSS!

I’ve finally crossed over the 400 book mark in my Goodreads goal of 500 books! Thankfully, I have a couple days off from work for the holiday break to do all of the reading I want.

Yesterday, I’ve gathered all of the books I could before the library officially closed for the holidays including a grand collection of children’s books. It’s great to take a break from reading massive adult books once in a while (even though I read manga most of the time anyway lol).

Feel free to enter your Goodreads profile in the comments section below. I’ll follow you! ^_^

6 Belated Thanksgiving Thank Yous

Thanksgiving is a friendly reminder to be grateful for the many blessings in our lives: material possessions, great people, and awesome opportunities. I am thankful for all the blessings I’ve received this year especially the progress of my book blog.

Here are six things I’m grateful for associated with my “Book Nook”:

1. My Love of Reading

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I would hate to see where my life would be if I didn’t enjoy reading so darn much. I can see more struggles in my life that’s for sure! I am thankful to be a reading junkie.

2.Books

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Movies and TV are fine but I have an euphoric sensation whenever I read books. I love the magic when I see images in my mind’s eye as I scan through the pages. Books are authors’ ways of transferring the images from their minds to their readers. Thank you, writers!

3. My Parents

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I didn’t particularly care for reading when I was in elementary school and my report card reflected it. My parents took my video game privileges away and made me focus on reading until my grades went up.

During my early journey with reading, I was introduced to the Magic School Bus books, enjoyable Scholastic book fairs, Goosebumps and world mythology. Man, I remember staying  up past my bed time trying to read an entire book on Greek mythology. Books became my best friends, better than actual people.

I’m thankful for my parents making reading enjoyable for me, my entire school career, and for the rest of my life.

4. Libraries

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Libraries are truly magical places. You can get books for free with the all powerful library card! Heck yeah! I’m so thankful these public buildings exist. Plus, I save money checking out books before buying them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

5.  New Age Book Publishers

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That goes to companies like Inner Traditions & Bear company and New Page Books. They nurture me with New Age themes I love and I’ve never been happier. Thank you for existing!

6.My Followers

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How could I forget you guys? Thank you for the support and the likes. Your mere presence in my blog motivates me to produce more content. I’m grateful for you all!

What were you grateful for this past Thanksgiving? Favorite books? Authors? Amazon. com?

I Dreamed About A Dead Writer (An Author Highlight)

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I dreamed I was standing in front of a giant leather-bound journal with a doorknob. An elderly woman appeared by the door.

“Welcome to the sacred knowledge,” The woman announced.

I woke up from this dream right as the door opened. I’ve seen the woman before on the internet: Dolores Cannon. The leather-bound door from my dream almost looked like the journal on the cover of Cannon’s book (no key though): The Search for Hidden Sacred Knowledge.

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The Search for Hidden Sacred Knowledge (Amazon) (Goodreads)

This was before I’ve read the book and created the book review about it.

At first, I thought she was still alive during the time I had the dream.

Nope.

I’ve discovered later she passed away in 2014. I had the dream in 2015. So yeah, I’ve dreamed about a dead writer. It’s kind of cool and creepy at the same time.

Who was Dolores Cannon?

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Author Dolores Cannon (1931-2014) via Collective Evolution

Dolores Cannon was a past life regression hypnotherapist. She worked with her husband helping clients with common problems with fears, addiction, and weight issues. She didn’t get into past life sessions until one hypnotized client recalled her past life as a 1920s flapper. After this eventful meeting, she dove deeper into the study of past lives, wrote books on the subject, and established her own publication company: The Ozark Mountain Publishing. Cannon lived in Arkansas.

Which topics Cannon covers in her books? 

  • Past lives
  • UFO/Aliens
  • Atlantis/Lemuria
  • Life on other planets
  • Nostradamus’ prophecies
  • The world’s mysterious sites (Bermuda Triangle, Stonehenge, etc.)
  • Jesus
  • The Essenes

How many books she has written?

According to Dolores Cannon’s Latest Books, she has written nineteen. A few more are listed on her page on Paper Back Swap.

How did she pass away?

Honestly, I only found vague answers. Some websites only mention she had an “accident”, recovered shortly in a hospital, but passed away eventually in her sleep.

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To sum things up, I thank Dolores Cannon for recommending her books in my dreams. The metaphysical topics she uncovers match perfectly with my interests!

UFOs? Sweet!

Past lives in Atlantis? Heck yes!

I might as well read all of her books!

Have you met any dead authors in your dreams?