Birthday Book Shopping List & July TBR


Hello, everyone!  As you can see in my TAG: Who I Am post,  my birthday is coming around less than a week (hahaaaa).

As I bought way too many books AND pretty much everything that I’d had my eyes on, I don’t think I’ll be buying a lot of books in the month of July.
That said, there are a few books I still want to read so I decided to treat myself to some books for my birthday, I’m going to buy (yes, I AM GOING TO BUY) them before my birthday arrives 😁

Here are the books I still want to read:

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by  Becky Albertalli 
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda 
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet


Other than The Pillars of the Earth, I don’t know much about the plot. As usual, the cover caught my eye and they have been making the rounds in this book community, I thought I had to read them.

As for The Pillars of the Earth, this has been on my radar for quite some time, like, since last October or November but the sheer volume of the book (around 1,000 pages) literally intimidated me.
In spite of that, I decided to pick this one up because some of my friends (including you, Jay) VEHEMENTLY recommended that I should definitely read this. I skimmed through the first few pages at Amazon and I found it quite gripping right from the beginning, so this one is no doubt a must buy.


Now onto my July TBR.
Being a mood reader, I used to think that this TBR thing would never work for me but given the number of challenges that I completed in my very first Readathon, I think I’ll keep making monthly TBR list from now on.
In the month of July, I plan to read:


  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • Summer Days & Summer Nights (YA Anthology)
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentmer
  • Most Secret by Nevil Shute


Summertime makes me want to read a lot more YA than I usually do, so I threw in three YA books for July reads.
So as to balance things out, I’m going to read two Classics and one of them is my favorite (I’ve only read one book though) Nevil Shute. I so fell in love with his ‘On the Beach’ that I read last April, I am so pumped to read this.
To tell the truth, I debated whether to throw in another Wartime novel, ‘Catch-22,’ but given the fact that I’m going to read The Pillars of the Earth, I wasn’t quite sure if I could handle it so I decided against it.
I think this is pretty much all I can handle in a month, but if things go swimmingly, I might throw some short cozy mysteries into the mix.
Whatever the case may be, I cannot wait to find out how my July reading plays out.


There you have it; those are my birthday book shopping list and July TBR.
Thank you so much for reading as always, hope you have a fabulous reading month!



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#WeekendReads & Emojiathon Wrap-Up (Final)

Hello, everyone! Like it or not, June is almost over – this is June 30th (in Japan) and it’s time for doing my Emojiathon wrap-up and sharing a book that I’ll be reading over this weekend.

Let’s start off with my Emojiathon wrap-up. I set out 7 challenges for this Readathon, you can check out my challenges here.

Out of those 7 challenges, I completed 6 challenges as follows:

HeartRead a romance or contemporary
My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon : Complete!  (for my thoughts: here)

smile  Read a book you bought because of its cover 
The Keeper of Lost Things : Complete! (For my thoughts: here)

freebie Freebie! Read any book
Paige’s Turn by Jennifer Peel : Complete! (For my thoughts: here)

horror  Read a thriller or horror
The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek : Complete! (For my thoughts: here)

eyes  Read a book you’ve been seeing everywhere
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood : Complete! (For my thoughts: here)

baby  Read a 2016/2017 release
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sadhya Menon : Complete! (For my thoughts: here)


The only challenge I failed to complete was ‘To read a book about a current event.’
I picked up The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for this, but I’m only halfway through the book and it’s apparent that I cannot complete it by the end of today. So, there you have it – 6 out of 7 challenges. I still count it as a victory 🙂

Which leads me to my weekend reads. I’ll definitely continue reading ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas.

The Hate U Give

Seriously, I cannot figure out why it took me so long to pick this up – I got this book at the beginning of March, but I hadn’t gotten around to reading it.  All the hype and this book being a YA must have put me off a little bit.

But why, how strong this book is – I do find some parts/scenes are slightly  redundant and monotonous, yet there are incredibly gripping scenes that evoke my feelings … I even had some scenes where I felt my blood boiling. Again, I’m only halfway through the book, but I’m convinced this book will topple my world and perspectives upside-down and I cannot wait to find out what big an effect this book will have on me.

I’m so glad that I participated in this Emojiathon. I probably wouldn’t have picked this one up otherwise.


So, that’s it! This concludes my Emojiathon wrap-up and weekly updates in the month of June.
How about you? What are the books you’re currently reading or planning to read?
Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you in my next post!
Hope you have a fabulous weekend 🙂



Note: I’ve decided to change my Handle name for WordPress from ‘Norin’ to ‘Noriko,’ which is my name. Don’t be a stranger! It’s me! lol


TAG: Who I Am

I found this tag at Mischenko@ReadRantRock&Roll and strongly intrigued to give it a try.
I didn’t use to do tags until last month (I didn’t even know there was such a thing existed…), but now I’m all for it. I think doing these tags is a perfect way to make yourself known to other bloggers and deepen and strengthen the bond/friendship you had built!

Note: This post includes A LOT OF quizzes and results, so this is going to be rather long. Grab a cup of coffee/tea or whatever, make yourself comfortable!


Without further ado, let’s dive right in!

What is the meaning of my name?

My name is Noriko, ‘Norin’ is actually sort of a nickname that I picked when I started this blog.
Traditionally here in Japan, there are two ways of naming their kids;
1) Take one Kanji (Chinese character) from each of their parents and combine them, and
2) Pick Kanjis based on a ‘wish’ or ‘hope’ that parents want their kids to carry on throughout their lives. In this case, each Chinese character that is used in a kid’s name carries a special meaning or “wish.”

Going back to my name, ‘Noriko,’ I didn’t get to find out the ‘real’ reason why I got this name believe it or not.
However many times I asked my mom where my name came from, she always goes like, ‘It was your father who decided on your name. I had nothing to do with it, so I don’t know.’
Unfortunately, my father passed away 13 years ago, so there’s no telling where my name really came from, which is a bit unfair given both of my elder siblings’ names have their roots – My big brother got his name following Pattern 1), by taking one kanji from each of my parents while my big sister was named after Master Dogen, because she was born on the day Master Dogen entered into the eternal sleep. As I mentioned in my post, we were born to a humble *wink* Buddhist monk, that’s where Master Dogen came in just in case you’re wondering 😉


What is my Myer-Briggs Personality type? (Link)


My results

Adventurer personalities are true artists, but not necessarily in the typical sense where they’re out painting happy little trees. Often enough though, they are perfectly capable of this. Rather, it’s that they use aesthetics, design and even their choices and actions to push the limits of social convention. Adventurers enjoy upsetting traditional expectations with experiments in beauty and behavior – chances are, they’ve expressed more than once the phrase “Don’t box me in!”

Adventurers live in a colorful, sensual world, inspired by connections with people and ideas. These personalities take joy in reinterpreting these connections, reinventing and experimenting with both themselves and new perspectives. No other type explores and experiments in this way more. This creates a sense of spontaneity, making Adventurers seem unpredictable, even to their close friends and loved ones.

Despite all this, Adventurers are definitely Introverts, surprising their friends further when they step out of the spotlight to be by themselves to recharge. Just because they are alone though, doesn’t mean people with the Adventurer personality type sit idle – they take this time for introspection, assessing their principles. Rather than dwelling on the past or the future, Adventurers think about who they are. They return from their cloister, transformed.

Adventurers live to find ways to push their passions. Riskier behaviors like gambling and extreme sports are more common with this personality type than with others. Fortunately their attunement to the moment and their environment allows them to do better than most. Adventurers also enjoy connecting with others, and have a certain irresistible charm.

For more detailed explanation for Adventurer Personality, visit here.

I personally found this results pretty accurate; I don’t find myself fit in the first half of the description shown above, I am definitely an introvert; my offline self is rather private. I do appreciate friendships and relationships that I established with my (real life) friends, but hanging out with them or sending text messages back and forth 24/7 exhausts me. I definitely need some space where I can take a break and really be myself.
In addition to this, I don’t handle criticism very well; any words of advice or caveat in a negative sense momentarily sting me even more so with face-to-face criticism or heads-ups.
I know I need to be more open to criticism than I actually am, but I cannot help but feel a bit dejected 😦


What is my Zodiac sign? (Link)

My birthday is July 6th and that makes me…



Element: Water
Quality: Cardinal
Color: White
Day: Monday, Thursday
Ruler: Moon
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Capricorn, Taurus
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 15, 20
Date range: June 21 – July 22


Strengths: Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive
Weaknesses: Moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure
Cancer likes: Art, home-based hobbies, relaxing near or in water, helping loved ones, a good meal with friends
Cancer dislikes: Strangers, any criticism of Mom, revealing of personal life
Deeply intuitive and sentimental, Cancer can be one of the most challenging zodiac signs to get to know. They are very emotional and sensitive, and care deeply about matters of the family and their home. Cancer is sympathetic and attached to people they keep close. Those born with their Sun in Cancer are very loyal and able to empathize with other people’s pain and suffering.

The sign of Cancer belongs to the element of Water, just like Scorpio and Pisces. Guided by emotion and their heart , they could have a hard time blending into the world around them. Being ruled by the Moon, phases of the lunar cycle deepen their internal mysteries and create fleeting emotional patterns that are beyond their control. As children, they don’t have enough coping and defensive mechanisms for the outer world, and have to be approached with care and understanding, for that is what they give in return.

Lack of patience or even love will manifest through mood swings later in life, and even selfishness, self-pity or manipulation. They are quick to help others, just as they are quick to avoid conflict, and rarely benefit from close combat of any kind, always choosing to hit someone stronger, bigger, or more powerful than they imagined. When at peace with their life choices, Cancer representatives will be happy and content to be surrounded by a loving family and harmony in their home.

Cancer – the Brave Crab Sent to this Earth by something they believe in, only to mess with someone bigger than they are, this isn’t an animal aware of their strength. Patriotism can make them endanger their own wellbeing, fighting for someone else’s cause, as if others can become their higher power. The Crab knows where they’re going, but this is often in a wrong direction, at least until they learn their lessons and start relying solely on themselves.

Overall, I agree with most of what the result says.
I am very emotion-driven and prone to mood swings, definitely NOT logical.
That said though, “always choosing to hit someone stronger, bigger, or more powerful than they imagined,” “only to mess with someone bigger than they are…” 
THAT’S ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. I dislike conflicts, period. It’s always better to live in harmony, things would definitely go smoothly and swimmingly if we paid a bit more attention to others’ feelings. I have absolutely no intention of messing with someone who’s more powerful than I am. Why would I want to go out on a limb, putting myself on the spot in the first place??? This is definitely not me.


What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

Although I have read all Harry Potter books (the whole series, I mean) and enjoyed them all, I have never done quizzes like this before – I don’t even know what kind of characteristics each house has – so it was so much fun to see what house I would be sorted into.
My house would be…

Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?


But then again, I am not quite sure whether to be glad or sad… lol
What do you guys think???

My in-depth results are:

Hufflepuff – 14
Ravenclaw – 12
Gryffindor – 10
Slytherin – 6

I’m kind of disappointed that I wasn’t sorted into Gryffindor – I wanted to be sorted into the same house as Harry, Hermione and Ron!


What are my learning styles? (Link)

My scores were:

Visual 9
Aural 6
Read/Write 12
Kinesthetic 7

I have a multimodal learning preference.

Now, I agree with read/write aspect getting higher scores. I think I learn best by reading/following detailed instructions or manuals rather than by taking lectures or watching videos or something like that. Being an introvert and my preference for solitary activities might affect the results, too.
That’s not to say I dislike working with others or participating in seminars, but my lack of creativity kind of hinders me from even coming up with questions to ask. Rather than actually asking questions personally, I’d prefer to be given detailed, step-by-step written instructions or diagrams/pamphlet that I can work with at my own pace.
This is exactly how I picked up how to work with PC; I bought tons of manuals on Excel/Word/Powerpoint and followed every single instruction  on those manuals. By strictly following the instructions and examples, I learned how to program macros on Excel, making graphs, inserting graphics/pics in Word docs. I feel most comfortable working on my own because I can go over the same process over and over and over again to my heart’s content without interrupting others who can learn faster than I do.


Am I right or left brain dominant?


I’m using my brain equally.

That said though, I’m not quite sure if I got the question right in Section 2. I wonder how that actually affected this result… lol


What is my bloodtype?


I’m Boodtype A positive.

For more detailed information associated with Bloodtype A+, visit the website Mischenko found – you can read it here.

Now, the website says the personal traits associated with bloodtype A+ are;

They are described to be analytical, inventive, detail oriented, creative, good listeners and sensitive to the needs of others.

With regard to this, I agree with being sensitive to the needs of others and I’m probably detail oriented. But I’m definitely NOT analytical  (hell, no), inventive (how could I be??), creative (most certainly NOT). Actually, my mind goes blank when asked to come up with ideas or something; I’m probably good at tweaking something that already exists and turning it into something slightly different from the original, but creating something from scratch??? I don’t even know HOW. That’s plain IMPOSSIBLE.


What career am I meant to have? (Link)


You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas, and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. You were born to turn words into magical stories.

I wonder why all the results show the complete opposite of how I think of myself;
my brain is not overflowing with ideas (no), my imagination is SCARCE (not vast).
I love reading, but loving reading and actually writing (coming up with) stories are totally different, at least for me.
As for a skill for language???? I can only handle Japanese and English (albeit sloppy). Ha!


Which Divergent faction do I belong in? (Link)

Another big confession to make; I haven’t read the Divergent trilogy, so I haven’t the foggiest idea what this faction thing means… anyways, let’s figure out which Divergent faction I’ll be sorted into….


“The smart ones, the ones value knowledge and logic are Erudite. They know everything.”

Erudite is one of the five factions in the world of Divergent, the one and only faction dedicated to knowledge, intelligence, curiosity, and astuteness. It was formed by those who blamed ignorance for the war that had occurred in the past, causing them to split into factions in the first place. Their substance for the Choosing Ceremony is water. Its leader, Jeanine Matthews, is the main antagonist of Divergent and Insurgent.

Uh… I have no idea what to make of this. Shoud I be happy with the result, anyone??


What does my birth order say about me? (Link)

Like I mentioned earlier, I am the youngest of the three – I have a big brother and a sister who are respectively 7 years/5 years older than me. I am literally the baby of the family.
My mother actually told me she was quite surprised when she found out the pregnancy lol

Anyways, let’s take at look at what my birth oder says about me.

The Baby

Stereotype: Free spirit, risk taker, charming.
Why it’s true: Parents are less cautious. (Hey, the older ones ate the dog’s food and lived!) And they also probably have more resources than they did when starting out. “Parents are more lenient, so youngest kids tend to be less rules-oriented, and yet they still get lots of attention,” says Salmon.
When it’s not: “Some babies resent not being taken seriously,” says Linda Campbell, a professor of counseling and human development at the University of Georgia, in Athens. “They might become very responsible, like the oldest, or social, like the middle.”

Now, this “youngest kids tend to be less rules-oriented” doesn’t apply to me; being born to a Buddhist monk, I was instilled in the importance of comforming to rules and being mindful of others my entire life. When I was little, I always felt kind of frustrated by constantly getting an earful from my parents, particularly by my father about what I was allowed to do and what I was not. For instance, what was universally acceptable, like eating soft serve while walking and chatting with my friends was definitely a No-no for me. Every time my father spotted me doing so, I was summoned to his study and was talked into why I shouldn’t have done that. He also told me to be nice to others, like greeting everybody even if I had never met them because I would never know who was watching me and judging me by my behavior. I felt it kind of stifling, but I now think that’s exactly what made me what I am today – in a sense.

And yes, it’s true – my father was way more lenient with me and my big brother would often grumble about me getting everything I wanted. I didn’t think it was true, but in retrospect, I can’t deny the fact my father pretty much doted on me 😛


Okay, that’s it!
I’m so sorry for this post being lengthy, but I hope you enjoyed reading this and got to know me a little bit better than before!

I’m not tagging anyone this time, but if you are interested, give it a go! It’s so much fun and you might discover the fact that you have never thought about.

Thank you so much for reading as always, and I’ll see you in my next post 😉








The last time I checked my WordPress dashboard the day before yesterday, the numbers were respectively 384 spam comments and 19 comments.

In a matter of a few days…


My goodness.horrorhorrorhorror



Thank you Akismet for protecting my blog from spam messages.
And my sincere thanks goes to Jay@This-is-My-Truth-Now for helping me figure out what to do with these spam messages. (Seriously, when I started getting such spam messages one after another like every two minutes over a span of a few hours, it scared me out of my wits.)

When you get these spam messages, just report them as ‘spam,’ then WordPress filter will do its job. I still get spam messages as you can see, but they haven’t gotten through the filter 🙂


Before I go…

My sweet Nel@Reactionary Tales, this is what my numbers look like 🙂


See you all again soon 🙂
Happy blogging!

Casual Blog: #Quote of the Day


This is what my friend on Facebook wrote on my timeline this morning saying this is what I’d be most likely to say:

Beauty and the Beast - Quote

(You can read the original post at BookBub here)







Am I THAT transparent??? 😦



It’s cloudy here in Japan today. What’s the weather like where you are from?

Hope you have a wonderful day 🙂



pink flower


Desert Island Discs Blog Tag

This is slightly different from usual book tags – sounds so much fun and perfect to shed some lights to bloggers’ unknown facts and tastes!

Thank you so much for tagging me, Nel@Reactionary Tales, you’ve always been so nice, broad-minded and inspirational! I highly recommend you all check out her blog!


The Rules:

  • Link back to Bookbum’s original post, so she can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, she won’t get a notification if not!)
  • Thank the person who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!


The Premise:

You are cast away onto a remote desert island:

You can bring 5 albums – what are they?

Nooo, only 5 albums??? So hard to narrow down! But I’d pick…

  • Chicago Twenty 1: Chicago
  • Meteora – Linkin Park
  • Fallen – Evanescence
  • 90125 – YES


I have no idea how many times I listened to these albums. I could keep them going on all day, every day. These are literally the soundtrack of my life. I love them in different ways.

However, there’s actually one more song I’d desperately love to share with you.
Jon Anderson ‘Top of the World’ from In the City of Angels. You gotta listen to this – it’s SICK!


You can bring one book – which is it? You are provided with a Bible/other religious text if you want it, as well as the Complete Works of Shakespeare. No series!

Another tough one… it is nearly impossible to decide which book to take with me, but if I were to be on a desert, inhabited island for an extended period of time, I’d need to stay positive, so it would seem appropriate to pick up my favorite book. YET the excitement of reading a new book – a sense of unknown – would definitely lift my spirits. So, I think I’d go for Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. Very summery cover would definitely lighten me up, I’m sure!

Words in Deep Blue


You can have one luxury item (it had to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island) – what is it?

Suppose there was no electricity available on the island, it would seem ridiculous to bring my Kindle/laptop/iPhone, so I would bring my bed with me. Sounds idiotic, but it’d be always nice to sleep in your comfy bed rather than directly on the sand, wouldn’t it?



I tag:

If you don’t feel up for doing this tag, feel free to skip. If you do this, have fun with it!
Cannot wait to read your answers!

As always, it’s been so much fun coming up with my own answers. I hope you enjoyed this!
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you all again soon! 😀

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi


The arranged marriage YA romcom you didn’t know you wanted or needed…

Meet Dimple.

Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.

Meet Rishi.

He’s rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she’s got other plans…

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works even harder to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

As joyfully refreshing as Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon, When Dimple Met Rishi is a frothy, funny contemporary romance told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists. While Dimple is fighting her family traditions, Rishi couldn’t be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents – could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?

‘Menon wrote an utterly delightful novel and broke my heart by writing an ending because I want nothing more than to keep reading about Dimple and Rishi forever . . . I’m looking forward to it being a huge hit of 2017.’ (Book Riot)



This is one of my most anticipated reads in 2017 and I am glad that I finally got around to actually reading it.

This is basically a cute YA romcom with a solid main plot where two young Indian Americans, Dimple and Rishi, meet for an arranged marriage which Dimple initially adamantly refuses, but then gradually fall in love with each other.

First, let’s talk about the writing; it’s very simple and straightforward yet it possesses a strong ‘draw’ that pulls the readers into the story and keeps them engaged throughout the book. Once you pick up the book, you want to read non-stop. Short chapters also make this book a fast-paced page turner, it’s pretty unputdownable.
Her sense of humor is also wonderfully displayed in her writing. In particular, the first 10 chapters or so are Oh So HILARIOUS. It’s been a while since I laughed over a book so hard – I don’t know what it is, but her diction and the choice of words amplify the hilarity even more and hit right at my funny bones, making me completely cracked up.
Not only being funny and hilarious, like I said, her flair in evocative writing is apparent; The main two characters’ inner conflicts, nervousness, concerns, hurt, dejection and joy are well reflected in the writing, making this book emotionally engaging.

The characters are interesting and well fleshed out, too. Although some of the sub characters seemed underdeveloped and didn’t leave much of an impact, the fundamental differences in the two main characters – Dimple and Rishi – and their family’s characteristics are well-developed. Especially, the stark contrast in Dimple and Rishi’s beliefs and perspectives toward tradition, culture, and gender role in society give the book a lot more depth, I was curious to know how and when their paths ever cross and how they develop themselves as the story goes.

Personally, I found Dimple a bit unrelatable; she’s really goal-oriented, independent, and unconventional. She knows what she really wants in life and is full bent on getting it no matter what. Despite her mother’s wish for her getting married young, she aspires to leave her mark in the world as an App developer and shows absolutely no interest and even thinks that’s exactly what gets in her way. With her little respect to her culture and tradition she was born in, I found it a bit difficult to fully connect with her. She seemed a bit too selfish at least to me.
On the other hand, Rishi is incredibly mature and accepting. As opposed to Dimple, he accepts his role and obligations as the first son and shows respects to everything he’s surrounded with – to his parents, to the culture, tradition, etc, etc. Most importantly, he is gentle and so adult in the way he handles things. Although he is born to a wealthy family, he isn’t reduced to be a despicable, stuck-up show-off. When he displays his opulence, he does so for good cause. And this is the quality that makes Rishi an endearing, relatable character that you want to cheer on.
They seem completely different and would never get along, but what they have in common is their passion; Dimple’s for coding and Rishi’s for comics. They are both really talented yet Rishi is resigned that he has to ditch his dream to be a comic artist knowing it’s not what his parents want.

The chemistry between these two main characters, especially how the dynamics shift as they develop their friendship is such a joy to read. As they keep hanging out together and working on their project for Insomnia Con, the love starts to blossom despite Dimple’s initial rejection, and she finds herself gradually drawn to Rishi and feels comfortable in his company.
This transition is done in a very subtle, gradual way and it speeds up as the story develops. It may come across predictable, yet it doesn’t spoil the fun. The whole romantic scenes are just heart-melting and even sensual. They are simply breathtaking and beautifully written, striking a perfect balance with a healthy dose of sweet romance. It’s romantic, but not overly sugary nor saccharine. Simply swoony, gentle and beautiful. I enjoyed it a lot.

That said, there are some parts that I found sloppy in the latter half.
Basically, Dimple’s oscillating feelings toward Rishi and her reservations are well depicted and pretty gripping, but some scenes felt a bit of a letdown.
For instance, the talent show, a part of Insomnia Con competition falls into this category. Given the amount of pages spent leading up to this event, given all the fuss that has been made up to this point, the very scene, the talent show sequence is way too short and underdeveloped. It was like starting a minute ago and then finishes in the brink of an eye. That’s how I felt about the scene and I found myself quickly losing interest.
The ensuing scenes also came across too neat and convenient.
What’s supposed to be a moving reconciliation-followed-by-a-big-confession felt too predictable and generic. The change in Ashish’s perspective toward Rishi arrives too quickly, not convincing enough. How could the long-sitting sibling hostility be solved so easily??
I understand Ashish became pretty opened up to Dimple, but he wasn’t to Rishi, he hasn’t lowered his defensive guard against his big brother completely. In this regard, I felt it a bit too convenient and dull.

From then onwards, it kind of felt like a sandwich made of sloppy, too convenient scenes and moving, amazing cute scenes. You have a very convenient, clichéd scene where things go way too beautifully and then the next minute you have a very touching, engrossing scene where you find yourself on the edge of your seat; eager to find how the story unfolds.
These two come almost alternatively which is probably the reason why I got to stick to the book till the end. I seriously thought this book would only go south from the talent show scene that I mentioned above.

But you can rest assured; this book probably won’t disappoint you.
The exhilarating, cute, moving moments are in store for you in the end.
It’s kind of predictable and a bit dramatic, but again, it hangs in the perfect balance; it doesn’t come across overly dramatic nor too sweet, it won’t gross you out.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this. Despite some issues, flaws, and loopholes this book has, it is quite an enjoyable, cute YA romcom.
I appreciate this book being written by an Indian author and is about an Indian American boy and a girl. It brings diversity to a potentially typical YA romcom book and provides us with a glimpse of Indian culture. I bet you’ll find it interesting and refreshing, too.

If you are into cute, YA contemporary books, I recommend you pick this up.
In my eyes, this book lives up to the hype and is worth your time.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much Jo-Ann@Inspiration Pie for nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award!
Doesn’t it just have a wonderful ring to it? It’s kind of humbling to think of myself being ‘the sunshine’ to others, but I am so, so honored to have someone even think of me when choosing the nominees.

What I really like about Jo-Ann’s blog is the posts titled “Daily Walk.” With beautiful photos of flowers, her dog, and beautiful views, they literally make me want to take a walk. It would be so much fun walking and chatting with her (and her dog)!
If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you check that out!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

(Oh my gosh, #humbled)


How Does It Work:
  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Jo-Ann’s Questions:

What is your ideal vacation?
I don’t have any specific idea of ‘ideal vacation,’ but as an introvert and a bookworm, I’d be pretty much happy anywhere if I could spend the entire vacation doing nothing other than reading and chilling out with people whom I feel comfortable with.
In summertime, I’d prefer somewhere cool; not so warm or HOT because I tend to get so hot so easily. I basically hate sweating lol
Reading at the beach under the sunshine seems really enticing, but… We’ll see.

What do you love about yourself?
Tough question! I’ll be perfectly honest with you all here – I don’t think I have ever ‘loved’ myself, meaning, I have never thought of myself being particularly loveable nor anything special. On the other hand, although a certain degree of inferiority complex constantly nags at me, I have never absolutely HATE myself either. I don’t love nor hate myself.
But I were to name one thing that I would take pride in (sort of), is not being judgemental and relatively empathetic. I don’t think my parents spent so much time to instill in me the importance of compassion or empathy toward others, but I think this might have been something I was born with and I want to keep the way I am now.

What do wish you could change about yourself?
This totally contradicts what I’ve just said above… But I can be quite short-tempered and impatient toward people who are not cooperative and think they are the best and the world is orbiting around them. So, I would love to get over this and also, I would want to be more confident in myself. I don’t know how, but I think I’ll just need to keep working on my shortcomings.

And oh! I would love to be a better cook. I cannot wing it in the kitchen, so there’s that.

What book are you reading now?
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandya Menon. I’m 53% in the book now and quite enjoying it!

What keeps you blogging?
My love of reading and writing (not in a creative sense, by the way. I have absolutely no creativity whatsoever). Most importantly, the joy that the connection with you all has brought to me. Honestly, I cannot thank you enough, it’s been quite a ride.

You are having a relaxing evening. What are you doing?
Lying on a couch, reading. With some snacks and coffee, of course!

Do you have pets?
No, I don’t have pets. I used to have a Shiba-dog mix when I was little, but we all failed to train him, he ended up being quite rambunctious and he would often wander away… lol

Favourite pizza toppings?
I love potatoes. So, potatoes and bacon!

Coffee, tea or wine or other?
I love the first three, but I’d say I’m a coffee drinker. I love tea and I have some wine every now and then, but it’s not an everyday occasion. Basically, I get sleepy after a few glasses of wine, so I try to avoid having alcohol at weekdays. Otherwise, I cannot function at all lol

What is your favourite season?
Fall (Autumn) hands down. I love spring, too. Sakura cherry trees lining the riverbanks or sides of the roads are definitely beautiful and I love the sense of ‘life springs up’ that can be associated with spring season , but for someone who tends get HOT, Autumn is the best. Also, I get to wear a lot of brown and purple which are my go-to colors in Autumn.

What is your favourite book genre?
To be honest, This is something I have never thought much about. I basically read anything as long as the plot seems interesting. I think my favorite genre would be psychological thrillers, yet I do love historical fiction like ‘The Book Thief’ and ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ and I do love YA, too…  I sometimes have a hard time pigeonholing a book into a certain genre.
I would say ‘anything that emotionally breaks me,’ that says it all!


My Nominees:

If you have already done this or choose not to, feel free to skip it!
This is just to show you how much I enjoy your blog. Congratulations and keep inspiring us ❤


My Questions:

You all know how crappy I am at coming up with a new set of questions, so rather than me asking you my new 11 questions, I’d love to hear your answers to Jo-Ann’s 11 questions! Because, let’s be real; these questions are great.

The questions are :

  1. What is your ideal vacation?
  2. What do you love about yourself?
  3. What do wish you could change about yourself?
  4. What book are you reading now?
  5. What keeps you blogging?
  6. You are having a relaxing evening.  What are you doing?
  7. Do you have pets?  
  8. Favourite pizza toppings?
  9. Coffee, tea or wine or other?
  10. What is your favourite season?
  11. What is your favourite book genre?


There you have it, these are my answers and I hope you enjoyed reading them and got to know a teeny bit more about me 🙂
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you again soon!


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#WeekendReads & Emojiathon Weekly Wrap-Up #3

Since a lot of things happened yesterday (overtime work, award nomination, coming down with a bit of a cold, etc, etc…), I almost forgot to do this. Phew! So close!!

Every Friday, under this hashtag I keep you updated on my weekly reading progress and share with you the books that I’ll be reading over the weekend.

Without further ado, let’s start with my Emojiathon weekly wrap-up.
Since last update, I read:

The keeper of lost things

I finished this book last Sunday; 5 down, 2 more to go on my Emjiathon TBR.
Then, I picked up When Dimple Met Rishi a couple of days ago – maybe around Tuesday or Wednesday and I’m really enjoying this.

As for my weekend reads, I’ll continue to work on the biography book and When Dimple Met Rishi.

When Dimple Met Rishi

As for the biography, as I told you in my last update, it’s really, really DENSE. As I stopped jotting down every single historic events and instead started noting down only things that I find very important or caught my attention, I got to pick up speed a little bit this week. I’ve got only 50 pages left in the book and I think I’ll get to finish this book today (Saturday) if I focus on this book. Then, I’ll start working on my thoughts for a review which may take a while (sigh…). But I’ll start doing it next week. NOT during this weekend. I want to take my mind off, I need a bit of a break lol

As for When Dimple Met Rishi, I think this is an engaging, hilarious fast read.
Once I finish the biography, I’ll see how far I can go over this weekend.
With less than a week left, I wonder if I can complete all the challenges that I had set for my very first Emojiathon, but I’ve finished five books on my TBR, I’ll take it as a victory 😛

That’s it for today.
Thanks for reading as always, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


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