My July 2017 Book Haul

Hope your summer reading has been a pleasure!

I’ve read a plenty of exciting writing books and comics. Here’s what I’ve read back in July 2017:

Adult Non-Fiction

5,000 Words Per Hour: Writer Faster, Writer Smarter by Chris Fox (5/5 stars)

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This short book provides many exercises to become a faster, more productive writer. No joke, Chris Fox has done all the steps in this book since he’s accomplished writer and all.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Writing

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (5/5 stars)

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This book has shifted my perspective on work. I’m inspired to dedicate more time into my personal projects thanks to the case studies presented here.

More time dedicated to deep work equals more production.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Productivity
  • Work & Success
  • Work Hacks

Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day by Chris Fox (5/5 stars)

I read this book shortly after reading 5,000 Words Per Hour. This book provides an in-depth look on maintaining active writing habits.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Writing

Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira Allen (4/5 stars)

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Moira Allen has created a beneficial guide for readers interested in freelance writing as a lifetime career. She includes everything you may want to know regarding query letters, setting up invoices, finding writing opportunities, and handling taxes as a self-employer.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Freelance careers
  • Freelance writing
  • Writing

 The Writer’s Market 2017 by Robert Lee Brewer (4/5 stars)

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This is a great book to for finding writing opportunities in magazines, literary anthologies, scriptwriting competitions, and more. This book has it all!

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Writing
  • Writing careers

Children’s Fiction and Non-Fiction

Who We Are! All About Being the Same and Different by Robie H. Harris (3/5 stars)

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A sweet book teaching kids how everybody’s physically different but share the same basic emotions.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Teaching diversity to kids

You Are Special by Max Lucado (4/5 stars)

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A puppet lives in a village where everyone gives each other star stickers for good features and grey dot stickers for unattractive ones. Only getting dots for his homely appearance, the puppet meets his creator to find out how why that’s the case. A heart-warming story about how everyone, no matter how different, is special in their own unique way.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Inspirational children’s books
  • Teaching kids the appreciation of individualism

Comics/Graphic Novels

Aquaman (Volume One): “The Drowning” by Dan Abnett (4/5 stars)

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Trouble brews for Aquaman as soon as he creates peaceful relations between humans and his fellow Atlantean citizens. Now, humans are blaming him for the catastrophes brought on by his “people”.

Aquaman investigates who’s really behind the disasters before it blows out into a full-fledge war between land and sea.

Recommend for Readers Into:

  • Aquaman
  • DC comics
  • The Justice League

Also Read:

  • Volume 2: “Black Manta Rising”

Captain America: Steve Rogers – Hail Hydra by Nick Spencer (3/5 stars)

Captain America is in league with Hydra? You must read how Steve Rogers came into this conclusion!

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “The Trial of Maria Hill”

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • The Avengers
  • Captain America
  • Marvel comics

Harley Quinn (Volume One): “Hot in the City” by Amanda Connor (4/5 stars)

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Somebody’s trying to take out Harley Quinn. After Harley’s home blows up, she moves to Coney Island to start a new life but assassins keep crashing in her new pad.

What the heck a girl got to do to live a calm, decent life? If you’re Harley Quinn, your world will never be calm.

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “Power Outage”
  • Volume Three: “Kiss Kiss Bang Stab”
  • Volume Four: “A Call to Arms”

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • DC comics
  • Gotham Girls
  • Harley Quinn

Howard the Duck (Volume 0): What the Duck by Chip Zdarsky (2/5 stars)

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Howard the Duck is a private detective who only wants to solve simple cases, get money, and find a way to return to his home planet. It seems like he’s not going to get any of those anytime soon since he’s always winds up in the craziest situations.

I hope this series turns out better since the first volume was a bit bland.  I appreciate the superhero cameos though.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Howard the Duck
  • Marvel comics

Superior Iron Man (Volume 1): “Infamous” by Tom Taylor (4/5 stars)

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Tony Stark can be quite arrogant, but villainous?

Stark’s mental state has changed since he and the Avengers fought the Red Skull equipped with super psychic powers. He thinks he’s still doing good deeds for people but his close friends start seeing him as a rising threat to mankind.

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “Stark Contrast”

 Recommended for Readers Into:

  • The Avengers
  • Iron Man
  • Marvel comics

Wolverine: Origin by Paul Jenkins (4/5 stars)

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The image of Logan once as a fragile little boy surprised me! He went through so much growing up in a privileged (yet troubled) household in Alberta, Canada to working in a stone quarry in British Columbia.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Marvel comics
  • Wolverine

Wonder Woman (Volume One): “Blood” by Brian Azzarello (4/5 stars)

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A scared woman named Zola seeks Wonder Woman’s help after being attacked by assassin centaurs (you’ve read that right). Looks like Hera is after another woman who has slept with her man Zeus, but where’s he?

Wonder Woman is set on a mission to search for Zeus’ whereabouts and make sure Zola is safe and sound from Hera’s wrath.

Also Read:

  • Volume Two: “Guts”
  • Volume Three: “Iron”
  • Volume Four: “War”
  • Volume Five: “Flesh”
  • Volume Six: “Bones”
  • Volume Seven: “War Torn” (by Meredith Finch)
  • Volume Eight: “A Twist of Fate” (by Meredith Finch)
  • Volume Nine: “Resurrection” (by Meredith Finch)

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • DC comics
  • Wonder Woman

Juvenile Fiction

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling (3/5 stars)

Newt Scamander’s magical creatures roam free all over New York City after escaping from his enchanted briefcase. Capturing them on his own gets more complicated when there’s a dangerous wizard on the loose and the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America) is over his shoulder. Above all else, Newt hopes his creatures and any people are left unharmed.

Overall, reading the screenplay was way more fun than watching the movie.

Recommended for Readers Into:

  • Harry Potter
  • The Harry Potter Universe

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That’s all for July’s book haul!  Make sure you check out my latest book haul coming soon!

Feel free to read my last book haul case you missed it.

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What have you read in July 2017? Any recommended August reads? Let me know in the comments below!

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“365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency” Review

365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency is an uplifting book for anyone ready to get rid of all sorts of negative energy burdens. I’ve explored the possibilities written in this book from carrying certain crystals to gaining willpower.

Warning: All the tips in this book don’t work out for everyone. It’s up to the reader to discover what works out the best for them.

What is Frequency?

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According to this book, frequency is energy based on our emotions. When you’re happy, you feel light as a feather. You feel like doing cartwheels and rolling down hills in a picturesque countryside. At a lively concert, you absorbed the vibrant energy from the excited audience and the performers.

Now, negative energy is awful. You spill hot coffee on yourself, your boss yells at you for no apparent reason, and your Uber driver picks you up an hour late! Plus, it’s a cranky driver at that!

When you’re angry or sad, you can feel the bad vibes weighing down upon you. You feel like you’re dragging an anchor behind you throughout the day and the energy seeps into everything.

No time for that bull! You deserve good energy!

Journaling, Meditation, & Mother Nature

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There are tips in Melissa Alvarez’s book I already do and they’ve certainly elevated my mood:

Meditation: I love to meditate. It helps me clear the monkey chatter in my mind. Sometimes, it alleviates headaches.

Journaling: Journaling leads me to creative solutions to any problems I face. It’s much better for me than ranting on Tumblr or Facebook. I feel better immediately once I state my concerns on paper instead of keeping them on repeat in my head like a broken record player.

Visiting Mother Nature: I don’t understand how anyone can stay cooped up indoors (especially at work) all day when Mother Nature provides so much to see. Taking a simple walk around the park certainly raises my frequency. One time, I was stressing over a computer problem so I left home and took a stroll around the park. I’ve returned with a peace of mind and my computer issue was solved with a few clicks.

Sample Frequency Tips for You

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As the book title states, there are over three hundred frequency raising tips you can try. Here’s a few:

Do Things You’ve Always Wanted to Do

Do you want to just drop all your obligations to travel all around the world for a year?

Stuck at a lame office job as some corporate employee when you’d rather paint for hours in your own home studio as a freelance artist?

The best thing you can do: stay true to yourself. Do what makes you happy.

Now, I’m not talking about stealing money from a bank or setting someone who annoys you on fire.  This is not the Purge! That’ll take your frequency down the wrong path.

Creative Visualization

Think about the things you want to see instead of being frustrated with what’s in front of you.  Creative visualization is a step closer to your ideal solutions if you’re struggling with losing weight, money, or finding a new career.

However, sitting around daydreaming all day about living in a giant mansion or having a fit Instagram model body isn’t going to take you anywhere. You must take action in order to make you dreams come true.

Make a vision board as an extra step to your personal creative visualization. Slap some pictures from old magazines and newspapers symbolizing your desires on construction paper then place the board anywhere you’ll see everyday as a friendly reminder. Be as creative as you want to be with them. You can create one entirely on your computer with any image-editing software you may have.

To learn more about vision boards, check out the video below:

The Power of No

Say no to smoking.

Say no to drama.

Say no to f*ckboys.

Say no to unhealthy twelve-hour Netflix marathons.

You have the power to say no to anything that doesn’t resonate with you. Protect your precious energy.

Saying no can be a little tricky sometimes when it comes down to your friends, family, and significant others. If they’re not spreading good vibes your way, you have the right to steer clear of them.

It’s hard, but you’ll realize your moving negativity aside to make room for the positive.

Advanced Techniques

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The only problem I had with this book was the way some frequency tips were presented as if everybody can do them with ease. That’s why I warned earlier every tip won’t work out for everyone.

Here are two techniques I distinctively remember from the book that would be the most challenging for a beginner:

Astral Travel

Astral projection is the process of consciously moving your soul out of body. You’re not dead, only out of your physical body. This can take months of practice.

You’re capable of traveling all over the universe including multiple dimensions during your astral journeys. You’ll also be able to contact multi-dimensional beings.

Watch out for the lower dimensional beings! They can be dangerous to your mental, emotional, and spiritual health. If you meet one while wandering in your astral form, you’ll be able to retreat back to your body and wake up!

Spooky, isn’t it?

Entering the Akashic Records

The Akashic Records is a higher dimensional library containing universal knowledge about everyone and everything past, present, and future. This library is also known to carry records about your current life, your past lives, deaths, and future births.

To get there, you must master astral projection first.

Oy, I know, it’s a load of work!

Conclusion

365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency is a self-help book you can refer to as many times as you like. It’s not the kind of book you read once and all your emotional woes magically fade away. I highly advise you to stick with tips you know you can do without having to go through a forty-year shamanistic journey.

You’ll start to see great things as soon as you apply this book into your life.

Another “frequency” related book you can you read: Frequency – The Personal Power of Vibration by Penney Peirce (book review).

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Have you read this book or any vibration raising books? Please comment below!

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: “The Accidental Genius” by Mark Levy

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If you’re a struggling writer searching for new ideas or you can’t seem to write at all, you might want to pick up your own copy of The Accidental Genius.

My views on this book has changed since I’ve read it a few years ago. I clearly didn’t have any takeaways from this book the first time.

Mark Levy sums up simple ways to accomplish writing projects without facing the pain and suffering of writer’s block.

The tips are quite surprising; they’re all about freewriting. I was expecting something more complex.

What is Freewriting?

 Freewriting is writing anything without stopping yourself. You’re good as long there’s something written on paper.

According to Levy, freewriting increases clarity and clears “mind fog”. You don’t want to get lost in writer’s mind fog.

When you write whatever what’s on your mind, it can go on forever. You realize you have more inside you than you know.

You know that incessant internal chatter you have whenever you’re out in a public space surrounded by people? Put those observations into writing.

You know the angry couple arguing with each other? Come up with ideas of what they’re fighting about.

Did one cheat on the other or they’re on the run like Bonnie and Clyde? Write it down.

Write your own story behind the sad clown who plays the violin at your local park.

That creepy guy you met at the subway with the pet rat? He might end up in your next horror story.

The key to freewriting: letting your imagination flourish.

Freewriting Exercises & The Pomodoro Method

I used to do a freewriting exercise at the beginning of a playwriting class in grad school. These exercises have certainly worked my writing muscles, but it was complicated sometimes. My instructor had the session under a strict time limit. I used to freeze up whenever I couldn’t think of the next action or dialogue to write down.

Eventually, I did better in the exercises. I let it flow.

I wrote whatever came to mind even if it sounded like pure crap.  Many interesting stories came out of those sessions.

You can do the same! Give yourself a minute or two to spill out everything that’s on your mind, whether it’s about your day or a glimpse of a short story itching to be written down.

Levy approves of  the Pomodoro Method for your writing sessions. Get a Pomodoro timer (shaped like a little tomato), set it to twenty-five minutes, and write until the time stops. Do this repeatedly and you’ll have plenty of content under your belt.

 Journaling

Journaling is a creative expression of freewriting. As a serial journalist, I highly recommend it. Ideas conveniently pop up as I write my daily journal entries.

One idea always leads to the next.

According to one Huffington Post article, journaling increases memory and communication skills. If you have never journaled before, begin writing entries (no matter how small) at least three times a week.

Now, I see why my literature teachers in the past always started the class with journaling. It’s an excellent way to give your brain a good warm up before writing more serious assignments.

Pick up a journal (or buy one) today and start writing!

The Perfect Draft Doesn’t Exist

Striving for perfection in writing can stop you from any progress. Greatly written content is an event. To reach that goal, you must go through a series of rewrites.

Honestly, revisions are the best parts of writing. Through crappy writing, you’ll eventually reach the golden nugget.

Ernest Hemingway once said, “The first draft of anything is shit.” It’s best to go through the “shitty” phases and explore what’s right for your written piece.

The Page Conversation

Levy suggests writing like you’re talking to your best friend. You know you can talk to them for hours!

One moment you’re drinking wine with your pal in the living room at eight at night talking about what’s happening in your daily lives.  Next, you’re on the balcony with them at three in the morning talking about extraterrestrials and astral projection.

If that entire conversation was recorded on paper and formed into an interesting blog post, you would have content longer than a thousand words guaranteed!

For more professional writing, imagine you’re holding a conference meeting or having a one-on-one session with an influential figure.

Nothing will appear on paper until you start talking.

Write How You Talk

Write exactly how you normally talk. That may include slang terms and relevant anecdotes.

Write what truly interests you and what you can’t stand.

You’re not in college anymore. You don’t have to write like a prestigious student working on their PhD thesis (unless you’re writing for some scholarly sources).

Notice the writing styles between The Economic Journal and Vogue magazine? Completely different voices.

Just be you. Edit out the areas your readers may not understand later.

Stories Are Infinite

They are countless stories of all genres (mystery, fantasy, etc.) in the world. The best part: they never stop.

Think about all the prolific writers like Danielle Steel, James Patterson, and Anne Rice. I’ve been seeing their titles wherever books are purchased and loaned since…forever! These consistent writers don’t seem to be resting from their craft anytime soon.

Writing opportunities are infinite. When you think you’re out of ideas, you’re not. Take a deep breath, relax, and your idea will show up soon enough.

Better yet, it’ll show up when you’re busy writing.

Conclusion

I seriously consider writers and the curious to The Accidental Genius. This book shows readers how writing is truly accomplished in its rawest form before the editing process. It includes many helpful writing tips you can apply.

Plus, it’s a quick read: only 192 pages. This book can be done in two days.

Read this book now and you’ll never be left with writer’s block ever again!

Have you read this book? Comment below to share your story or any recommended books on writing.

 

 

 

 

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.

Manga Update! *July 2017 Edition*

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I have a pretty short list this month due to the lack of new manga discoveries. However, I did create a list of interesting titles I found while I was hanging out at Barnes & Noble.

About 95% of them are not found in any libraries near me (boo). Looks like I’ll be ordering serious inter-library loans in a next couple of months!

Here’s the latest on the manga I’ve been reading so far:

Updated Manga

  1. Black Clover by Yuki Tabata
  2. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
  3. Haikyu!! By Haruichi Furudate
  4. Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka
  5. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun by Izumi Tsubaki
  6. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

You’ll find the fully updated manga list here.

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Got any recommendations for next month’s manga update? Feel free to comment below!

My June 2017 Book Haul

So psyched summer’s finally here! It’s one of my favorite seasons for reading. I feel like I get more reading done now than any other time of the year.

Here’s what I’ve read as part of my book haul for June 2017:

Comics/Graphic Novels

Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography by Sabrina Jones (4/5 stars)

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 I glanced at the book cover on display in the library’s graphic novel section and thought, “Who’s Isadora Duncan?”

Isadora was a dancer ahead of her time. She didn’t care if she caused a commotion dancing onstage barefoot wearing a sheer chemise. Eventually, people grew to love her for it.

Sabrina Jones captured Isadora as a vibrant, adventurous woman who shared her creative dance techniques with the rest of the world. She had dance schools in Berlin, Paris (closed during WWI), and Moscow.

Want more info about her? Check out the sites below:

  1. Isadora Duncan
  2. The Isadora Duncan Archive
  3. Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company

Recommended for readers into:

  •  Famous dancers
  • Graphic novel biographies
  • Isadora Duncan

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur v.2: Cosmic Cooties by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare (3/5 stars)

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I read the last volume of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur last year and was quite impressed.

For those who don’t know, Lunella Lafayette is a nine-year old super genius (still in elementary school for some reason) who fights crime with a ferocious red T-Rex from another dimension. The idea alone made me stick with this comic.

Lunella discovers she has Inhuman genes. The galactic Kree empire created the Inhumans to further expand their military and scientific agenda. However, the Inhumans had plans of their own and fought against their creators. Now, the Inhumans are enemies of the Kree.

In this volume, Lunella tries to get used to her strange Inhuman quirks while the Kree plans to capture her and send her back to their planet.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Leading female characters
  • Marvel
  • People of Color (POC) in comics
  • Sci-Fi comics

Adult Non-Ficton

Accidental Genius by Mark Levy (4/5 stars)

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This is one of those writing books you can refer to just in case you’re stuck with a hard case of writer’s block. Mark Levy’s greatest tip in this book: just write.

Seriously, write whatever the heck you want and worry about the editing process later. Don’t let perfectionism stop you.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Creative writing
  • Overcoming writer’s block
  • Writing

Blogging for Dummies (the 6th edition) by Amy Lupold Bair (3/5 stars)

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Thought about blogging for a while but afraid you might screw up in the process?

Blogging for Dummies is a great book for those who need a serious head start in the blogging world.

The author covers the basic” blogging 101” concepts:

  1. Blogging platforms: Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, etc.
  2. Creating blog posts
  3. Creating self-hosting blog sites
  4. Gaining traffic
  5. SEO

Recommended for readers into:

  • Blog site development
  • Blogging

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy (4/5 stars)

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If you want any valuable tips on being a successful person, take it from Darren Hardy, former publisher of SUCCESS magazine.

The Compound Effect is a master plan of smashing goals one step at a time. That may be writing every day, taking that five am jog three times a week, or reading a new book every week of the year.

The takeaway from this book: consistency and focus are the roots of success.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Productivity
  • Successful habits

How the Secret Changed My Life by Rhonda Byrne (4/5 stars)

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This book was a great reminder how the Law of Attraction (LOA) can truly work for people (for believers only). I’ve been reading The Secret series since the first book came out.

The Law of Attraction states whatever you focus on manifests into physical form. Good advice: think pleasant thoughts. If you want to have a million dollars, focus on that instead of your empty pockets.

However, you simply can’t sit in a room, think about money for ten seconds, and money instantly falls into your lap.

Action is a step in the Law of Attraction process. A few testimonies in How the Secret Changed My Life reveal how they’ve manifested their wishes through action. One guy pretended he was singing onstage with Stevie Wonder and he won a contest just to do that.

Take in mind how people used the Law of Attraction in this book.

The book’s worth reading, but I wouldn’t say it’s worth buying unless you absolutely must collect every book Rhonda Byrne has ever published!

How the Secret Changed My Life is recycled material from the The Secret with a dash of newly added material, and testimonies you probably can find from The Secret website.

If you’re curious where the LOA idea came from, check out The Kybalion. I’ve created a review about the book.

Recommended for readers into:

  • The Law of Attraction
  • Positive thinking
  • The Secret

How to Start a Home-Based Blogging Business by Brett Snyder (3/5 stars)

How to Start a Home-based Blogging Business

Brett Snyder provides decent tips on maintaining a blogging business including blogging routines, taxes, and setting up corporate structures for your blog (self-proprietorship, LLC, etc).

This book is a must read for those who want to move up from personal blogging to a major online blogging business. However, don’t let this book be your only book for setting up your blogging for e-commerce. This book did great, but I felt like it was only a tip of the iceberg.

There’s always more to learn.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Affiliate programs
  • Blogging
  • Blogging for monetary value
  • Online businesses

The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco (5/5 stars)

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime!

I instantly purchased my own book after reading the library copy! I loved the Millionaire Fastlane that much! MJ DeMarco taught me what it takes if I want to earn millions while I’m still young and full of energy.

According to DeMarco, people are grouped into three categories: sidewalkers, slowlaners, and fastlaners.

  1. Sidewalkers: Always broke and solely dependent on people to give them money
  2. Slowlaners: Depends solely on a full-time job working for somebody else for money.
  3. Fastlaners: Build their own money systems through multiple active and passive streams of income.

Seriously, I felt like a multi-millionaire after gaining the knowledge from this book!

Click here for my review on this book.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial books
  • Having a millionaire mindset
  • “How to Be a Millionaire” books

And that’s a wrap for June 2017!

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Have you read any books above? Any recommendations for July 2017?

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.

(Source pics: Tumblr: Maid, Fireworks)

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