Manga Monday #20: “Haikyuu!!” by Haruichi Furudate

I don’t usually read sports manga but Haikyuu‘s notable characters made the story worthwhile. Haikyuu was one of those manga series I was  hesitant to read at first. I expected to read the first volume then abandon it. This happened before with a previous sports manga (more details later).  Thank goodness, Haikyuu is livelier than I expected!

Shoyo Hinata (the orange haired kid) is the best. I absolutely adore him! He’s a super energetic character who doesn’t let his short height stop him from becoming a star volleyball player. Shoyo dreams of playing for the national Japanese team like his favorite player “Little Giant”. He gathered a small volleyball team in middle school only to be destroyed shortly by Tobio Kageyama’s team. Since his defeat, Shoyo vowed to train harder and defeat Tobio.

Shoyo meets Tobio again in Karasano high school. This time, he has to work with him. Their relationship didn’t start off great but they had to get along in order to join the Karasano volleyball club.

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Tobio Kageyama appears to be a total jerk in the beginning of the series. People call Tobio “The King of the Court” for his outstanding volleyball skills as a setter.  However, the nickname came with a bad reputation due to his bossy attitude and short-temper. It came to a point his former teammates stopped playing with him because they couldn’t deal with his nonsense any longer.

Tobio promises to become a better team player. I appreciate his character development.  I didn’t like him until I delve more into his backstory (you have to read for more info). There’s always a reason why a character has become an irritable pain in the butt!

Before Haikyuu,  I read The Prince of Tennis. I couldn’t get into the story  after the second volume and abandoned it.  I felt there was a missing element to keep me hooked to the plot. Even though I liked the main character, it wasn’t enough for me as a reader to follow his journey throughout the series. I’m glad I didn’t encounter the same disappointment with Haikyuu. My perspective on sports manga have certainly changed.

Haikyuu has become my cornerstone sports manga! The story makes volleyball more fun than I remember. When I played volleyball in middle school (for gym class), my best volleyball technique was falling flat on my stomach.

I prefer badminton. Hopefully, Japan will come out with a badminton manga series!

Have you read Haikyuu?

Any other sports manga recommendation? Feel free to comment below!

April 2017 Book Haul

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I went all out with this month’ book haul. I wanted to take some books with me down to Florida for my spring vacation. Don’t like going on any major trips with only one book! I’ll go crazy if I have nothing else to read after finishing one book!

I didn’t care how many books I checked out and read this month. What’s the point of holding myself back? I’m overjoyed with this month’s selection!

Here’s what I have:

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

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I’ve mentioned wanting this book for Christmas last year. Of course I didn’t, but I finally had a chance to check out this book from the library. I’m looking forward to applying Covey’s seven habits into my life!

2. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone

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I’ve discovered Grant Cardone on Youtube while I was looking up videos about success and “millionaire habits”.  Cardone decided to change his life for the better after struggling through years of dead end, odd jobs. Now, he’s a big time sales trainer and motivational speaker.

The 10x Rule is applying ten times the action into whatever goals you have. It’s okay to go all into whatever you’re passionate about. Obsession can lead to greatness.

(I’m talking about the good kind of obsession like creating new inventions. Stalking people is the weird kind of obsession. Don’t do that.)

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Simply asking can lead to great results. I picked up this book because I want to know how do businesses know what customers want. Whatever I learn from this book could possibly help me with this blog and more! 😉

4. Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone

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The title name alone ignited inspiration within me. You won’t achieve your big dreams being an average Joe. This book teaches readers to engulf in their passions in order to achieve their biggest goals. Obsession is key (there goes that word again).

The greatest writers of all time were obsessed with writing. They never stopped until their words were published all over the world.

The greatest artists were obsessed with creating art. They never stopped until their creations were displayed in every museum, restaurants, and private residences.

You get the idea.

5. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

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I heard Sophia Amoruso started her successful business journey stealing. Yep, a stolen book was the first item she ever sold on eBay. I guess you have to start somewhere.

Forbes recently named Amoruso as one of the richest self-made women in the world. Now, Amoruso has filed for bankruptcy (bummer).

6. How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

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Why I Won’t Have Kids was the first Lilly Singh video I’ve ever watched and I’ve been watching more her hilarious videos since then. In Singh’s first published book, she reveals how one can become a true “bawse” of their life.

7. The Renegade Writer by Linda Formichelli and Diane Burrell

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This might be a good read for writers interested in becoming full-time freelance writers. I’m into almost anything revolved around writing so I’m going to see what I can find in this book.

8. Soul Over Matter by Zhi Gang Sha and Adam Markel

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This book promises it is possible to receive unlimited, eternal abundance. This form of abundance can only be achieved in a spiritual level. Whatever happens in the outside world is only a reflection of within.

9. The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz

The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance.

I was reading an online article about 9 to 5 work schedules as obsolete (can’t find the exact article) and it lead me to this book. Do eight hour work shifts make a difference as opposed to working three to four hours?

In my personal experience, I have made many accomplishments working within three hours. I get exhausted if I try to stretch work out any longer than four hours. I’m human, not a machine.

10. Work Simply by Carson Tate

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Work Simply is another book I picked up since I’m always looking for ways to sharpen my productivity skills.

11. Your One Word by Evan Carmichael

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I’m a long time Youtube follower of Evan Carmichael. He’s a entrepreneur who frequently posts entrepreneur success videos on his Youtube channel. So glad he finally published a book!

Any books you’d read from this haul?

Have you read any of these books?

Thoughts After Reading 1,000 Manga Volumes

Even though I’ve created the goal of reading 1,000 manga volumes, I thought I would drop it with the way my mind wanders sometimes. I’m glad kept my focus and accomplished this long journey! However, I feel a bit sad since the journey’s over. No more library sprees through the manga section pulling out volumes left and right!

Oh bump that, what’ the point of being sad? It’s not like I’m going to stop reading manga forever. That would be a dreadful life!

Back in 2012, I’ve created the challenge to see how far I can go. The manga I’ve read introduced me to a variety of adventures, interesting characters, and hyped up fandoms.

Below are the most memorable manga series I’ve read throughout the manga challenge. Creating this list was difficult since there were dozens of manga series I’ve enjoyed. If  I had to read any manga series again, it would be…

1. Buddha by Osamu Tezaku

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Buddha by Osamu Tezuka (Amazon) (Goodreads)

 

I found Osamu Tezaku’s Buddha series in my grad school library. Tezuka created a moving, vivid story of the sage’s life.  I barely knew Tezaku beyond Astro Boy.  It was time to expand from that! After reading Buddha, I read Apollo’s SongPrincess Knight, and Dororo.

To this day, I’m disappointed he’s no longer living (darn cancer). It would’ve been great to meet him and talk about his works.

2. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

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Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa (Goodreads) (Amazon)

I was introduced to Fullmetal Alchemist way back in high school and completed the manga series years later. A library I used to work at had all of the volumes and I had no patience for trying to remember where I left off in the anime.

So happy the Elric brothers (guys on the cover above) had a happy ending. They went through so much trouble all because they wanted to bring their mother back from the dead.

3. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto by Nami Sano

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Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto by Nami Sano (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Sano’s short manga series (four volumes) made the list because I absolutely loved Sakamoto’s awesomeness in this “slice of life” school comedy. I was saddened to see him go in such a short time.  No worries, he didn’t die.  You have to read the series to see what happened (and be amazed by his greatness).

4. Magi: Labyrinth of Magic by Shinobu Ohtaka

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Magi: Labyrinth of Magic by Shinobu Ohtaka (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Magi surprised me. I was taken back by the story’s magical lore associated with djinn, alchemy, and magic revolving around the legendary King Solomon. To think I almost gave up on this series thinking it was a kiddie manga.

5. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi

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My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I am grateful to be introduced to My Hero Academia! It’s one of my top favorite manga series I’ve read so far this year. I won’t forget about this superhero series for a long time after it’s completed.

6.  Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I’ve known Sailor Moon FOREVER! I used to collect the episodes when it was sold on VHS and watch it when it appeared on Toonami. Last year, I finally made it to the manga series’ end.  I was left a little confused by the ending but I was glad I made it to the ending nonetheless.

So what’s next?

The manga challenge list will stay up and another list revealing the latest manga I’ve been reading will come up soon.

I want to thank everyone who has been following me throughout this awesome manga journey! It won’t be the last!

What’s your favorite manga series of all time?

Which manga series I should read next?

1,000 Manga Volumes Update *March 2017*: DONE!

I’ve reached over 1,022 manga volumes by the end of March 2017! Took me five years to get this point.

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Updated Manga

  1. Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
  2. Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino
  3. The Demon Prince of Momochi House by Aya Shouoto
  4. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
  5. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka
  6. Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun by Izumi Tsubaki
  7. One Punch Man by One

New Manga

  1. Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba
  2. Haikyuu!! by Haruichi Furudate
  3. Horimiya by HERO
  4. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi
  5. Kimi Ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina
  6. The Limit by Keiko Suenobu

Miscellaenous

  1. Dark Water by Koji Suzuki
  2. Manga Classics: Jane Eyre by Stacy King

You can find the entire 1,000 manga volumes journey list here.

Feel free to press like and/or comment below if you have read any of the following manga above! ^_^

BOOK REVIEW: “The Zen of Social Media Marketing” by Shama Hyder

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The Zen of Social Media Marketing by Shama Hyder (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Title: The Zen of Social Media Marketing
  • Author: Shama Hyder
  • Publication: BenBella Books (Aug. 16, 2016)
  • Genre: General, Non-Fiction
  • Pages: 280 pages
  • Format: Paperback
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

 

You want tons of followers and bustling activity on your social media site but it’s more barren than the Sahara desert.

Potential followers wandering your barren site (via GIPHY)

Shama Hyder’s The Zen of Social Media Marketing can alleviate your problem with her viable social media tips.  The main purpose of social media is keeping it alive and active. It’s quick and easy to create a social media site but it takes time for it to become a thriving community.

Shama Hyder is a social media entrepreneur (I’d say wizard). The White House and the United Nations have honored Hyder as the top young 100 entrepreneurs in the country. She is the CEO of the Marketing Zen Group. This organization helps companies gain a strong social presence on the internet.

I knew for sure I would learn a good thing or two after reading a brief summary on Hyder’s book. She has presented tons of social media tips on various social media platforms: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The key to a successful social media site is strategy. Once you have an attainable strategy with a clear goal, you’re on way to the top.

Any social platform has to stay alive in order to gain a high number of followers and activity. If you have a blog for example, make sure it’s blowing up content frequently. It doesn’t have to be EVERYDAY but consistent enough for viewers to keep returning to your site.

A few of my online weaknesses is providing consistent content and keeping an active connection with people with similar interests. I tend to make a site then forget about it for a while. When it comes to following sites, I limit myself in fear of being utterly overwhelmed.

According to Hyder, it’s cool to follow as many people as you want as long they surround your interests. If you’re a book blogger, connect with other book bloggers. If you love to travel, follow the travelers. You get the drift!

Besides, the more people you follow, the more likely they’ll follow you back (results may vary).  Sometimes along the way, you may have to cut out sites/bloggers who aren’t active as they used to or they switch their interests.

Here are a few tips from The Zen of Social Media Marketing you’ll find in this book:

1. “The best time to post content are weekends and off-peak hours.”

This idea made me think of this infographic:

 

 

Timing is Everything (via The SumAll Blog)

It was handy when I started my own personal social media strategy a while back but I’ve switched it up since then.

2. “Photos and statuses bring the most interactions.”

Update every little relevant content to your social media platform as much as possible. The more you “show up”, the more likely followers will respond. Followers “follow” you because they enjoy what you provide and they’re always expecting something new.

3. “Consumption of valuable content + time = client”

Your followers are always hungry. Keep them well-fed with content on a focused schedule. At first, you will have wanderers on your site. They may glimpse at it but not long enough to be converted into followers/subscribers. Keep flowing content and staying interactive then the wanderers will change their minds.

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The Zen of Social Media Marketing is a handy gift to social media beginners.  Reading this book was an absolute pleasure! Please keep in mind your site won’t become an overnight success after reading this book. If you follow the social media zen tips, your site will certainly grow into new heights over time.

Comment below if you’ve read this book or recommend any other awesome social media book!

BOOK REVIEW: “Do Less, Get More” by Shaa Wasmund

 

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Do Less, Get More by Shaa Wasmund (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Do Less, Get More is a great match for overwhelmed, busybody readers. You’ll learn how to make room for what’s truly important in your life and map out your goals. Sometimes I feel like twenty-four hours isn’t enough time in a day to accomplish my personal projects. I’ve read Do Less, Get More to expand my limited beliefs. I can’t stand staring at the ceiling at night when I should be sleeping thinking about all the things I wish I’ve done.

First of all, priority is important. What matters the most to you should be first on your to-do list. Shaa Wasmund points out that people tend to mix the important tasks with the trivial. Think watching the latest recorded season of Scandal in the morning is more important than that 5k training? You’ll thank yourself if you start running first.

Your goals should always be your highest priorities. Maintaining focus is key to making your goals come true. Let’s say you want to read more books in a monthly basis. Cut out all the distractions and set your reading goals on paper immediately!

Mind maps come in handy for setting goals. These maps are used to plan step-by-step action towards your goals. Here’s an example of a mind map:

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via Mind Map Art

and other one on time management:

via Mind Map Art

There’s an entire site full of these visual planners on mindmapping.com where you can create your own mind map and gain inspiration from others (with a 30-day free trial).

Without having to pay fancy mindmap software, I’ve created my own with basic Microsoft paint. The topic: “Writing More”.

Mind Map

Here’s how it’s broken down:

Mind Map: “Writing More!”

  • Blogging
    • WordPress
      • 500+ word content: I noticed I’ve been writing blog posts ranging around 250-300 words so I’m changing the habit to writing content at least 500 words. Sure, short content is good but bigger content with more quality is better.
      • Post schedule: Creating a post schedule can be a great for any consistent blogger posting content on time. This habit helps keep me on track of my posts I’ve created like the “Manga Mondays”.
      • Write new content ninety minutes a day: Creating post drafts non-stop for ninety minutes without any distractions has certainly taken me farther than before as a blogger.
  • Scripts
    • Plays
    • TV
    • Movies
    • “Fan-Based”:  Fanfiction in screenwriting form.
  • Time
    • Mornings: As soon as I wake up!
    • Weekends
    • Free time before & after work
  • Journal Time
    • Carry everywhere: To make sure I have done some form of writing, I take my journal with me everywhere just in case I haven’t done so at home.
    • Dream journaling: So far, I’ve written over a thousand dream entries figuring out the dream symbolisms I’ve encountered in my dreamworld.
    • Pour out feels:  Whenever I’m feeling ecstatic or upset about something, pouring these feelings out on paper is best.

Overall, the lesson I’ve picked up from Wassmund’s book is keeping my eyes on the prize. Focus equals tremendous progress! Since reading this book, I’ve made a week trial starting the day with my top three priorities: exercise, writing, and reading. I always do these first before going on Tumblr or checking my e-mail. My habits have changed since I’ve switched my routine.

Thanks, Wasmund!

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Have you read this book?

Which productivity books have changed your daily routine?

Manga Monday #19: “My Hero Academia” by Kohei Horikoshi

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My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (Amazon) (Goodreads)

My Hero Academia is an unexpected, action-packed adventure! This manga series is filled with memorable scenes and awesome characters.

Izuku  Midoriya is a middle schooler with a dream of being a superhero. In a world where the majority of the world population has some form of a superpower, Izuku was born with none. These powers are called “quirks”.  At school, Izuku is taunted for being “Quirkless” and given the name “Deku” meaning he can’t do anything.

However, being quirkless didn’t stop Izuku from catching the eye of the most popular superhero in town: All-Might! All-Might takes Midoriya under his wing, trains him, and offers him his “One for All” quirk. This quirk gives a host superhuman strength, speed, and agility. Izuku promises All-Might he can’t tell anyone he was given this quirk.

Eventually, Izuku begins his hero training at U.A High. Everyday, Izuku’s abilities are tested. Not only he has to focus on mastering his skills, he has to face Katsuki Bakugou,  his ol’ school bully (and former friend). Plus, villains keep popping up at Izuku’s school! Izuku can’t take a darn break.

Here’s a couple of the characters and their quirks you’ll find in this series:

1. Katsuki Bakugou- “Explosion”

Izuku’s rival/friend. Katsuki has the ability to cause explosions using his sweat which produces a nitroglycerin-like substance. His quirk works great during the summer but sucks during the winter.

2. Shouto Todoroki – “Half-Hot/Half-Cold”

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Shouto inherited the fire quirk from his father and ice from his mother. He can get frostbite if he uses his ice quirk too much so his fire quirk comes in handy to keep himself balanced.

3. Ochako Uraraka – “Zero Gravity”

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Ochako is the first girl Izuku has “talked” to. Ochako can make anything weightless with her fingertips. Constant usage of her quirk can lead to dizziness. Even making herself weightless for too long can lead to nausea.

3. Tsuyu Asui – “Frog”

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Tsuyu’s bascially a frog. She makes it cool though and I find her adorable. ^_^

4. Mina Ashido – “Acid”

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This chick secretes acid! Mina’s super cute despite her dangerous ability. Best to think twice before giving her a handshake or a hug.

5. Tenya Iida – “Engine”

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Tenya is the class president of U.A. High. He gains tremendous speed by transforming his calves into engines. Drinking sugary drinks can cause his engines to stall but orange juice works just fine.

If I lived in the My Hero Academia universe, my quirk would either be telekinesis, healing, talking to animals, super speed, or super strength.

Read this series if you love super hero manga! I remember seeing the first volume a few years ago and thought it was only a series targeted towards middle school boys. I finally gave it a try after hearing the hype from my friends who were waiting for the anime’s season two coming out this April:

 

 

I better start watching the first season! I’ve already finished reading the seventh volume of My Hero Academia and the next one doesn’t come out until May.

 

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Me waiting for new My Hero Academia manga

 

 

Images From: Amino Apps, Tumblr

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Have you read My Hero Academia?