Goodreads Monday: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Hello, everyone! It’s time for another Goodreads Monday!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Lauren@Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s blog and link back to her so that others can see what you picked!

My pick for this week is:

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His planned lecture is interrupted when a disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient invitation into a lost world of esoteric, potentially dangerous wisdom. When his mentor Peter Solomon—a longstanding Mason and beloved philanthropist—is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that the only way to save Solomon is to accept the mystical invitation and plunge headlong into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and one inconceivable truth . . . all under the watchful eye of Dan Brown’s most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn–Brown’s most exciting novel yet. (Goodreads)

This is the third book in the Robert Langton series and I enjoyed both Angels & Demons and Da Vinci Code.
I probably should have gotten my hands on this book after finishing Angels & Demons (I didn’t know that Da Vinci Code was actually the second book in the series), but I let it sleep on my Kindle and it’s been almost two years since I left off the series.

I’ve only read two Dan Brown books but I remember both of them were such thrilling reads, I really enjoyed reading how Robert Langton tackles and untangles the mystery that he faces.
It might be a good time to go back to the series but wait, should I go back and re-read the previous books?
I have a feeling that he introduces a new cast of characters in this book, but should I refresh my memory before I dive into this book?

What do you guys think?
Let me know in the comments below!


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


Award: The Sunshine Blogger #2

Thank you,  Yesha@BooksTeacupandReviews for nominating me for this award!
Although I’ve been blogging almost 10 months now, it’s actually been only a few months since I became pretty active in this blogging community. It is truly humbling to have someone (all of you, guys!) appreciate and recognize what I’ve been doing. Thank you so much once again, Yesha for the nomination. If you haven’t already, check out her blog; she’s such an active blogger and has got great content!


1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


Questions from Yesha:

1.A quote or any saying you love and follow
I’m not big on quotes or saying as a matter of fact, but my favorite one – well, this is actually not a saying, I’m afraid – is ‘whatever floats your boat.’ I like the rhythm that it has, and at the end of the day, we all live only ONCE. So, it is always nice to do whatever we want to so that we won’t regret at the end of our lives for not having done what we should have.

2.What life lesson took you the most to learn?
Be honest and true to myself.
Being an introvert and due to my predisposition to avoiding conflicts, I tend to hold in my feelings and go along for the ride. I thought it was the key to a harmonious relationship. That said, a big heart-to-heart talk that I had with my sister-in-law several years ago taught me that it is not always the case. Respecting others’ will and feelings is very important, there’s no doubt about that, but at times you need to open up and state your true feelings; you need to be honest with others. Some would want you to be honest and straightforward than clamming up.
It is hard to be completely honest especially to someone who is awfully straightforward (because the probability of receiving criticism is awfully high), but this is something I learned from my relationship with my sister-in-law.
We’re still on a bumpy ride every now and then, but I know she means well and I try not to take it personally too much, so it’s been much better than before.

3.What do you love most about YOU?
To be perfectly honest, I have never explored that side of myself. I neither love nor hate myself. There’s nothing special to brag about.  That said though, What I think I can brag about is being a firm believer of ‘no one can be inherently evil.’ This is what I strongly believe and I want to keep it that way.

4.What personality trait are you currently trying to change or improve?
Short-temper. Timidity. It’s kind of related to the answer to #2, I think 🙂

5.When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I no longer remember!! I don’t think there was any specific occupation or dream when I was growing up.
That said, my school book when I was in 4th grade in elementary school (yep, my mom still keeps it. Yikes.) says I wanted to explore and communicate with people all over the world… wow, does that mean I’ve made my dream come true? Yay me 🙂

6.What courses were your worst and best in school?
Worst: math.
Best: either Japanese or English.

I was miserably crappy at math since I was in elementary school. In high school, I was always on the verge of flunking and I even took some follow-up courses during the spring break. My then teacher once said, ‘you should probably start over from elementary math.’
My best subject has always been Japanese (obviously) and English. I didn’t particularly love English, but something clicked me when I was prepping for college entrance exams and learning and using English has become an integral part of my life since then 🙂

7.If you had to stick with one book genre for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I don’t know much about genre nor am I good at pigeonholing books so I’d say I’d want to read epic books like The Pillars of the Earth because it’s got all the elements that I look for in a book rolled into one. I could read books like this my entire life.

8.What is your superpower?
Can I pass this question? I cannot even come up with an answer…

9.What are you currently watching on tv (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc (that you would recommend?)

I hardly ever watch TV now, but I love watching ‘Air Crash Investigation’ type of thing on YouTube. As I said earlier somewhere in my previous post, my first job was an assistant flight operator for a Japanese airline company. I learned a lot about aircraft and I always love the feeling of exhilaration that I get when planes take off/land.

10.What’s the weirdest or most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
I’m pretty sure most of you will find this flat-out gross and disgusting. So, peace out if you don’t think you can stand what I’m going to tell you…
The answer is, a bug. Yes, you heard that right. A BUG. The thing is, it happened when I was about 10 years old. A bug crawled into a bag of potato chips while I went to the bathroom and I grabbed a handful of potato chips and popped them into my mouth without knowing there was a bug lurking in them… I know it’s gross. Sorry! But this is the only unusual thing I have ever eaten in my entire life. (And obviously, I SPAT IT OUT in case you’re wondering.)


  1. Try to see things/people in a positive light. Try to find good things about them. This is something I keep reminding myself. When I look at something or meet someone for the first time, the first impression can be of great significance to me. Once a bad impression sets in my mind, it’s hard to wipe that off. That said, I also know it totally depends on my mindset. If I look at things/people in a negative light right from the beginning, nothing or no one will please me, and I think it’s really deplorable. It can be hard at times to always try to do so, but we are responsible for our moods and feelings; it’s not like ‘oh, such a such a person puts me in a bad mood,’ we can make what we see more pleasant with a bit of an effort and if that leads to a happier life, what more could you ask for?
  2. Find passions in your life. Not everyone can pursue their dreams. Even if you aspire to achieve something, and even if others keep telling you that it’s your own life and you ought to take control of it, things don’t necessarily go the way you want them to go. Sometimes you just cannot have your own way; you could be condemned to stick to where you are. That’s life.
    With that being said though, if you have something you can be passionate about and really love, it can bring light to your life. If you have an outlet where you can let yourself go and immerse yourself in, that might make your life less daunting, less bleak. In my case, I gave up an opportunity to move to Tokyo a few years ago; life and a lot of complications got in the way and I finally decided to stay where I am now.
    I felt miserable and impotent. Although it was me who eventually made the decision, I brooded over it for some time. But ever since I found my love of reading and blogging/interacting with you all, the quality of my life has been raised significantly. I have never felt better in years!
    My long-winded advice is, find something you love and keep doing it. No matter how small and inconsequential it may seem, it’ll definitely enrich your life.

My nominees:

Annie@Uniquely Magic
Kathy@Books & Munches
Delphine@Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads

As always, don’t feel obliged to do this if you don’t awards or have already been nominated!
Just remember all of you (including those I didn’t specifically nominate here) are the sunshine to me 🙂
Stay the way you are and keep inspiring me!

Questions to the nominees:

Yikes… this is the hardest part for me. So, I’ll mix up some of the questions Yesha asked me with mine. Here we go:

  1. What are your plans for this summer?
  2. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  3. What is your favorite book genre?
  4. Who is your recent fictional crush?
  5. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  6. Coffee or tea drinker?
  7. Night owl or morning person?
  8. What is your superpower?
  9. What’s the weirdest or most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
  10. What do you most love about YOU?
  11. What are your passions in life?

That’s it, we’ve made it!
Thank you so much again for the nomination, I really appreciate your support and all the likes and comments, more than anything, all the time you have taken to interact with me 🙂  Thank you so, so much ❤

I hope you enjoyed this post. I’ll talk to you in my next post 🙂


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