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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Which books do you have on your Christmas list?

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Manga Monday #25: “A Silent Voice”

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Bullying sucks balls. Seriously, all you want to do is have a great time at school, but some doofus with issues wants to make your life miserable.

Movies, TV, and books emphasize how serious bullying is in schools and its effects on its victims. Even manga is taking a part in it.

A Silent Voice takes on a realistic look on bullying, the consequences, and forgiveness.

Shoya Meets Shoko

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 New student Shoko Nishiyama comes to Shoya’s class. Shoya Ishida realizes she’s deaf and takes advantage of it. He constantly teases her and throws her hearing aids out of the window. Shoya’s friends don’t mind, they think it’s hilarious.

All this time after enduring Shoya’s bullying, Shoko still wants to be his friend.

It’s torture reading through the bullying scenes. I was waiting for Shoko to stand up for herself and slap the crap out of Shoya!

No worries, karma catches up with him in the end.

One day, Shoya’s bullying hits its limit and Shoko transfers out of his school. Shoya’s friends turn their backs on him. Shoya doesn’t believe he has done anything wrong until he discovers his mom must pay a hefty price for Shoko’s new hearing aids.

Finally, the guilt settles in.

Six years later, Shoya sees Shoko again and decides to make things right. However, he fears Shoko will never forgive him for what he has done to her in the past.

Would You Forgive?

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I would’ve never hung out with Shoya again. I’d forgive him, but I’d have moved on with new friends.

Would you forgive Shoya if you were in Shoko’s shoes?

Shoko and Shoya eventually patch things up and become good friends. I praise Shoko’s strength to forgive and Shoya for finally taking full responsibility for his actions.

A Silent Voice is a wonderful original story touching on serious social issues.

Bullying sucks. Don’t be a bully or karma will haunt you.

A Silent Voice Movie

A Silent Voice has made its movie debut in Japan in 2016.  Check out the trailer:

The movie will come to America as a limited release on October 20, 2017.

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Comment below if you’ve read the manga or have any related manga recommendations. 

 

Manga Monday #24: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica”

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If you think Puella Magi Madoka Magica is anything like Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura, you are gravely mistaken.

Don’t let the cutesy pretty manga cover fool you! This manga series is seriously dark.

To Be or Not To Be Magical

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Madoka Kaname starts another regular day at school until she meets new student Homura Akemi. She has seen her before.

In Madoka’s dreams, Homura repeatedly saves her from a creature with an incredible offer. These events begin to manifest in real life.

Homura is on an important mission: destroy Kyubey. This little creature appears to Madoka offering her magical powers in exchange for a wish. Unknowingly to Madoka, this wish will cost her cherished life.

Madoka is an incredibly kind girl with low self-esteem. With her strong desire to help people, being a magical girl would make her dreams come true. Either she remains a normal middle schooler with an average life or become a powerful fighter burdened with a tragic fate.

Madoka’s friends Nami, Sayaka, and Kyoka have made their wishes and became magical girls. Sure, their wishes came true, but with nasty consequences. They serve Kyubey under an unbreakable contract fighting countless battles until their deaths.

Sounds fun? I think not.

Overall, be careful what you wish for.

Worth Reading?

Puella Magi Madoka Magica takes a heart-wrenching twist to the popular sugary mahou shoujo (magical girl) story. Most manga under this genre makes you feel good in the inside, but Madoka Magica punches you right in the stomach!

Personally, I recommend this series if you’re searching for a new take on magical girl manga.

Don’t read if you’re not interested in crying yourself to sleep.

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 Which manga girl manga have you read? Feel free to comment below! 😉

Manga Monday #22: “Maid-Sama!” by Hiro Fujiwara

 

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Maid-Sama! by Hiro Fujiwara is a shojo manga about a high school girl who secretly works at a maid café and falls for the most popular boy in her school. This story appears to be like any other ol’ typical shojo story but this one has a tiny twist: the female protagonist doesn’t care about the boy (until later).

Seika High class president Misaki Ayuzawa only cares about maintaining stability in her wild, mostly-male dominated school. It only has become co-ed until recently. Misaki’s distaste in men originates from her father abandoning the family while she was very young. To take care of her sick mom, Misaki serves customers in cute maid outfits after school to keep up with the bills.

Soon-to-be love interest Takumi Usui is the first person from Seika High to discover Misaki at her job.

The shojo manga I’ve read in the past always tend to be about a girl who falls in love with a guy, goes through a serious of obstacles, and finally lands a happy ending after an enduring test of love. Maid-Sama! takes on these familiar scenarios and flips it around a bit.

Throughout the series, Misaki and Takumi slowly form a deep relationship despite the craziness happening all around them. From time to time, Takumi saves Misaki’s maid identity from being uncovered while Misaki tries to figure out her true feelings for Takumi and keep their relationship alive. Takumi may be popular and rich, but he has some dark secrets of his own.

If you’re a big fan of shojo manga, I’d recommend this series. It’s a good one I haven’t read for a while.  I’m not finished with this story yet and I pray it has a fulfilling ending.

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The last kind of shojo manga I want to read is the love interest dying and the main character moves on with a sad smile on their face. Seriously, I read a series like that and I cried out of anger and sadness for the rest of the day.

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Comment below if you’ve read this manga or you have some shojo  series you’d like to share! 😉

The Automatic Millionaire Review: “Be a Millionaire by Skipping Starbucks?”

The Automatic Millionaire, Expanded and Updated: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich by [Bach, David]

 

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Don’t know your way to a millionaire future?

Does climbing the corporate ladder lead you to being a millionaire? Maybe. Do you have the patience to find out?

What about having two or three jobs? Sounds stressful.

David Bach’s The Automatic Millionaire offers the stress-free solution to your millionaire goals: compound interest and cutting out your morning Starbucks latte. Now, these steps are great ideas until I realized it’s not the financial route I’d take for the long run. Kudos to Bach, they’re smart moves, but not something I would depend on for the rest of my life. There has to be more than watching my baby dollar grow into mega millions when I’m 85.

The Automatic Millionaire presents a luring cover promising readers a life filled with financially free paradises if they follow the book’s monetary guidelines. I was excited to read this book when I picked up my library copy then disappointed. This book reveals you’ll become a millionaire by the automation process of repeatedly paying yourself 10% of your paycheck, putting a couple of bucks into a 401k, and investing in a few mutual funds.

C’mon, that can’t be it!

This book is for those who don’t mind becoming millionaires when they reach their sixties and seventies. Try reading another book if you have decided to retire while you’re still young.

Parts of the Automatic Millionaire path is throwing out hard-to-keep budgets and morning lattes to save money. Sure, lattes are not necessary like bread and water, but you can simply learn how to make more money enough to keep buying lattes. Either way, deleting unnecessary expenses is a good start to greater financial awareness.

From previous financial books I’ve read, the key to making more money is to keep purchasing assets that’ll you give more money repeatedly. To me, that’s the “real” millionaire route. That way, you don’t have to think about trading your precious hours away for an average pay working for somebody else for thirty years.

There’s little in this book teaching readers how to make millions getting out of the employee mentality. An employee’s wage runs on a fixed income under a fixed time. Plus, Uncle Sam (the government) takes a bite out of your paycheck before it passes over to you.  Adding more income streams like real estate investments and businesses are solutions to a full, happy financial life.

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Money can be transformed into an unlimited supply. Your limited human lifespan can’t be extended while you wait for your millions to manifest.

Overall, The Automatic Millionaire is a great book for crazy spenders who want to be millionaires but have no concept how to use the money to invest in themselves first. This is not the book for those striving to be millionaire entrepreneurs.

One more tip: don’t use this book as your only “how to be a millionaire” book.  Please read more. Keep yourself financially educated.

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Please comment below if you read this book or you have any personal financial book recommendations!

Manga Monday #18: “Fairy Tail Blue Mistral” by Hiro Mashima

 

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If Fairy Tail was a massive cake, full of detailed decorations and layers, Fairy Tail Blue Mistral would be the small, simple cupcake. Blue Mistral is the spinoff series of Fairy Tail starring Wendy Marvell and her feline sidekick Clara. Together, they’re off in their own adventures without their fellow Fairy Tail guild members. That’s right, no Natsu, Lucy, Gray, or Erza (at least for now). Wendy’s first quest is to find a local village’s missing inhabitants and the “ghost dragon” rumored to haunt the area. What Wendy uncovers isn’t what is all cracked up to be.

For Fairy Tail fans, Blue Mistral is the light read when you want to take a break from the original Fairy Tail story line. For me, Blue Mistral is decent but mildly disappointing. Wendy’s one of my favorite female Fairy Tail characters! I felt like reading a lowkey G-rated fanfiction. I’d stick to the original Fairy Tail. Besides, Wendy’s more badass in that one.

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Have you read Fairy Tail Blue Mistral?