Tag: The ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag

Hello, friends! I used to make a post under #WeekendReads every Friday, but from now onwards, I am going to do weekly wrap-ups on Sundays and do tags on Fridays (if I ever get tagged, that is).

Today, I’m doing the ‘How I Choose My Books’ tag’!
My sweet and dear friend, Stephanie@Stephanie’s Novel Fiction tagged me for this and I am so excited to do this 🙂
Thank you again, Stephanie for tagging me – if you haven’t already, go check out her blog since it has a lot to offer and her book reviews are really detailed and simply amazing. Her sweet and wonderful personality is beautifully reflected in her writing. You’re bound to enjoy!

 

Questions:

1. Find a Book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

Gemina

I’ve got several books with blue cover, but I particularly like this cover. It’s glossy and I simply love the cover design. Plus, I bought this book last December but haven’t read yet. I picked this one up just to remind myself that I need to read this…
(Crap, I forgot to answer the reason why I got this book… Well, Jessethereader’s video!)

 

2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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A lot of people told me this book is dark and rather depressing with totally messed-up, dysfunctional characters but I fell in love with this cover when I found it through a BookTuber mementomori’s video and I knew I had to read this.
To my surprise and delight, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Yes, A LOT.  If you are interested, you can read my Goodreads review here.

 

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

the final empire

I found this one through Mollie Reads video. I simply adore every single video she puts out and watching her raving about this book made me want to pick this up.
I got the complete box set (paperbacks) last December, but once again, I haven’t read them yet… I’ll definitely need to pick them up – The Final Empire at least!

 

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

The pillars of the earth

I don’t think I have to tell you who recommended this book to me, and I haven’t even finished this one, YET I’m really liking this so far! I find the character relationships and names are a bit complicated to follow (I needed to refer to Wikipedia…), but the story-wise, I’M LOVING THIS. I think it’s astronomically unlikely, but I seriously hope that it doesn’t go south from here…

 

5. Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / Book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

History is all you left me

I found this book through reading Aweng@Beast Books stunning review. The moment I read her thoughts, I knew I had to read it and I finally got to finish it the other day.
This one, THIS ONE. Definitely lives up to the hype. This is such a stunningly beautiful, gripping, haunting read that captures readers’ hearts.  I now want to read more of Adam Silvera!

 

6. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

Dune

I must have been completely nuts when I bought this one… I was so into mementomori videos and was on a huge Classics kick back then.
To tell the truth, I am not a massive fan of Sci-Fi or fantasy, so I seriously have no idea what to do with this one…

 

7. What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

The Jane Austen Book Club

I don’t watch film nor TV shows much now but I watched the movie adaptation many years ago and then I found that it was based on this book.
Although I didn’t like the book AT ALL (I gave this book solid 2 stars), I enjoyed the movie.

 

8. Think of your all-time favorite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

the-kite

I think I downloaded this book through Goodreads recommendation or something… I no longer remember and it had been a while until I actually picked up this book. I read this early January this year.
I didn’t even know the synopsis when I downloaded it, so when I found out that this book centers on a wealthy Afghani boy and his servant’s son, it took me by surprise but I ended up loving this book. This is a beautiful, compelling book on friendship and redemption. This will definitely remain as my all-time favorite.

 

Landline

Again, I got this from Goodreads recommendation and read this last November. I didn’t even know anything about Rainbow Rowell when I downloaded this book (it was way before I got bitten by a bookworm bug), but once I started reading, Neal, Georgie’s husband, stole my heart and I found myself rooting for them to save their crumbling marriage. This is a great book and I absolutely adored the dramatic moments at the end of the book. Highly recommend it.

 

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Awww… just thinking about this book makes my heart ache. I don’t know what it is, but this book, particularly the writing just captivated me. I never thought I’d enjoy an apocalyptic novel, but I ended up loving this book.
I no longer remember why I got this book, may be from reading Goodreads synopsis?? and I read this in April this year.

 

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
I first read this book in summer of 2013 or 2014?? Probably in 2013 because it was the time when I was reading kids’ books or middle-grade books like crazy. I remember downloading this book from Goodreads recommendation. This goes to show to what extent Goodreads affects me when choosing books…

 

I tag…

Jay@This-Is-My-Truth-Now
Nel@Reactionary Tales
Steph@Lost Purple Quill
Tina@Reading Between the Pages

If you have already done the tag, feel free to skip it, please do not feel obliged to do it again!
Any of you who wants to do this tag is certainly welcome – consider yourself tagged and jump right in!

 

That’s it, my friends. This concludes my How I Choose My Books Tag! Hope you enjoyed that!

Thank you so much for reading as always, see you in my next post!

Noriko

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#Tidbits about Japan: Pizza Toppings

TGIF, everyone! How are you all doing?

Sparked by an inspiring and wonderful chat that I had with Nel@Reactionary Tales the other day, I decided to take full advantage of being Japanese and introduce this new feature on Japanese culture from now onwards 🙂

Let me remind you: I’m not big on Japanese culture nor a pro, so please take what I say here with a grain of salt; the general ideas I’m going to introduce in this feature can differ from region to region! Things can be totally different from a small city where I’m living and big cities like Tokyo!
Also, this is going to be a weekly (or biweekly: I haven’t decided yet) feature; I might fall behind in my updates at times, but I’ll try to keep to the schedule the best I can!

All right, enough of my yakking, let’s get started 😀

When I was racking my brain to come up with the very first topic, I could think of nothing else but this : Pizza toppings.
Again, this was sparked by the chat that I had with Nel AND so many comments that I got on The Sunshine Blogger Award post! There was a question asking what my favorite pizza toppings are and I answered potatoes and bacon and my fellow bloggers were like, ‘OMG, that’s a first for me!’ or something along those lines. More than anything, we all love food, yes?

So… here you go, these are what Japanese pizzas look like:

 

 

 

Obviously there’s neither time nor space to explain EVERYTHING, so I’ll just pick some of the toppings what I think uniquely Japanese or particular to Japan.

Potato Bacon

potato bacon

This is the choice that I made on my post and to my great surprise, it drew a lot of attention. This one is from one of the top pizza franchises in Japan and it’s got buttery cube cheese (supposed to give the ingredients an extra rich texture and flavor), potatoes and seasoned bacon on top of their special mayonnaise sauce.

Seafood Mix

seafood mix

I think this is a typical ‘seafood pizza’ in Japan. This one has got mayonnaise-flavored seafood (shrimp, squid, tuna) and boiled broccoli and onions on top of tomato sauce. You may get to choose the sauce either from tomato sauce or white sauce. Again, it depends on the franchise (or restaurant).

Teriyaki Chicken

teriyaki chikin

You cannot miss this one if you come to Japan – Teriyaki Chicken!
I don’t know if you have ever tried Teriyaki sauce which is unique to Japan, but it’s got a very bold and thick flavor which is great as a marinade or as a sauce served with your favorite meats. (you can watch how to make Teriyaki chicken here 🙂
The name is pretty self-explanatory and yes, here you have marinated chicken, corns, some shredded seaweed on top of their special mayonnaise sauce.

Mochi Potato Mentai

mochi potato mentai

Has any of you ever tried Mochi (rice cake)? We Japanese mainly have rice cake in January especially during the New Year’s holiday (Jan.1st – Jan 3rd), but we throw rice cake in pretty much everything as a topping. Another Japan-specific thing you should note here is Mentaiko (spicy cod roe) and it really goes with mayonnaise hence we have special mayonnaise sauce with boiled potatoes, bacon, onions, corns, and some shredded seaweed as toppings.

Crab Gratin

crab gratin

The last one that I’m sharing with you is ‘crab gratin.’ Yes, pretty much self-explanatory, and here’s the description of a major pizza franchise in Japan:
The sweetness of the crab is balanced by the saltiness of the pancetta under a blanket of creamy white sauce. With baked potato slices also in the mix, this is one hearty pizza!

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As I told you before, it is next to impossible to introduce everything here, so I’ll put the links to two major pizza franchises in Japan. (Although Chicago Pizza is now available in Japan, but I couldn’t find the English page, so I guess that’ll have to do.)

 

There you have it; those are some examples of pizza toppings that are popular in Japan.
What do you think?? Have you tried any?
I hope you enjoyed this new feature and definitely let me know what you think!

Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you (hopefully) next week!

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