WWW Wednesday: July 26th, 2017

Hello, friends! It’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words.
To participate, just answer the three questions below and link back to her or put the link to your post in the comment section of her blog so that others can look at your answers!

 

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 

In my last week’s post, I mentioned that I was going to pick up Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka, but a change of plan – I decided to focus on this epic book until I finish this book because I started feeling this book deserves my undivided attention and I need to finish this NOT out of a sense of obligation But due to my pure desire to see how the story unfolds and how all the characters end up in the end, and most importantly, how Ken Follett wraps up this grand, magnificent story. I’m at 76% of the book right now and loving how some of the characters are adrift in the sea of fate, feeling powerless. I probably won’t be able to make it by the end of this month, but I’ll focus on this book anyway 🙂
(I know I’ve been gushing about this book way too much, but being a slow reader, I can’t help it! Hehe)

 

I enjoyed both of them and I don’t think I have to tell you how much I cried over Me Before You – I gushed about it way too much. Yep, TISSUE ALERT, everyone.
You can read my thoughts here (Me Before You) and here (The Red Notebook).
Okay, let’s move on.

If I managed to finish The Pillars of the Earth miraculously by next week, then I think I’ll pick up Girl in Snow which I received from NetGalley. That’s my plan for the moment.

That’s it for today.
What are the books that you’re currently reading?
Have you finished any books recently? What books are you planning to read next?
Let me know in the comments below so that we can have some fun chatting about books!

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

Noriko

Award: Blogger Recognition Award #2

Blogger Recognition

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.
Today, I’m going to do The Blogger Recognition Award post!
This is my second nomination and I was nominated by itchusbookcorner and Nel@Reactionary Tales! Thank you both for even thinking about me – I feel so blessed and humbled to have someone like you two, who are willing to interact with me! You two (and all of you- my dear friends and readers!) have definitely brought delight to my life, thank you ❤

If you Haven’t already, go hurry over to their blogs! They are both amazing bloggers and have got great & fun, inspiring content!

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

My story

I signed up for WordPress a couple of years ago. I think it was the summer of 2014 or around that time.
Writing in English has always been my passion since my time in junior college and I wanted to hone my writing skills even more by making posts on a regular basis.
However, along with very little drama in my life, I was completely lacking creative genes (I still am); it didn’t take me long to run out of topics to blog about.
More than anything, I didn’t have a specific vision for my blog nor did I know anything about blogging in the first place. Stumped, I stopped blogging altogether after posting 3 to 4 posts sporadically and let it lie dormant for about two years. It never crossed my mind to revamp and relaunch my blog during that time.

Fast forward to the summer in 2016. I was bitten by a bookworm bug all of a sudden. I’d always loved reading since I was little, but I had been more like an ‘on-and-off’ reader, never been a hardcore bookworm. I had never got so wrapped up in reading before.
As I read books back to back, I started to be itching to gush and share my thoughts on books with like-minded people. Although I had already had a bunch of Japanese online friends and been gushing about books, it was no longer enough for me – I’d come to look for an outlet where I can gush about books as well as use my English.

So I decided to launch this book blog on August 25th, 2016. It was a decision that I made totally on a whim, I launched this ‘Diary of a Bookfiend’ without having done any homework whatsoever – I just started it.

Now I’m blessed with so many wonderful friends and readers, but there was hardly anyone visiting my blog other than my Twitter friends right after the launch. My earlier book reviews were simply pathetic and embarrassing to look at. But I kept going; I kept posting and posting and posting while picking up tips and techniques about blogging along the way.

And here I am – still blogging after almost a year since its launch. This little book blog will celebrate its 1 year anniversary next month! How times flies!

I still can’t believe that I got to be this consistent and have come this far – it’s all thank to you, my dear readers. I thank you all for your continuous support!

Anyways, this is how I started blogging again and how this book blog came into being 🙂

 

My Two Pieces of Advice

  • Have your own voice/Stay true to yourself: This is something I’m still struggling. Basically, I’m still a newbie in this blogging community. I know almost nothing about blogging and it’s not like I get to write as wonderfully and mellifluously as you do; it’s always been a struggle to write my book reviews and I’ve always been battling with my inferiority complex.
    That said, no matter how miserable and immature my writing and execution may be, I’m consistently trying the best I can to express my true self, my emotions, and my thoughts through my posts. I want to stay true to myself and my emotions, and I want my readers/friends to feel them.
    I’m not sure if such feelings are actually reflected in my writing, but nothing would please me more and make me happier if I can get my message across to you all.
    I’d rather have a flawed, incomplete yet distinct voice of my own than being able to write impeccable yet stolid, impersonal, emotionless sentences. I want to have my own voice with which I can convey my truest self. I strongly believe that’s what our blogs more engaging and endearing to our readers. Have you own voice and write in the way you feel most comfortable. That’s my first advice.

 

  • Interact with other bloggers, have fun!: As I mentioned in my blog start-up story, my blogging activity was initially a solitary one. Believe it or not, I didn’t use to interact with my followers and other bloggers as much before. I used to just write up book reviews, post them and that was it; there was hardly anyone who gave me likes or comments. It was literally a solitary activity but I kept telling myself it was OK and kept things that way.
    I don’t know exactly when I started proactively interacting with other bloggers, but let me tell you – the enjoyment and delight that I get from blogging activity has probably become tenfold; I am almost addicted to blogging/interacting with you all!
    Every single like, comment, and response that I get from all of you readers has definitely enriched my life. The last couple of months have been quite a ride!!! I cannot believe how I could have been satisfied with how things used to be.
    If you don’t open up with other bloggers and interact with them, your blogging activity will remain pretty solitary. You might feel intimidated and balk at the mere thought of posting comments at first, but do not worry! This blogging community is really welcoming and kind! Just look at me – I’m Japanese and barely manage to handle English, BUT through this blog and the interactions with other bloggers (some of them are super-experienced and prolific, amazing ones!!), I’ve now made friends with so many wonderful bloggers all over the world!!
    It does take courage to throw yourself in, but trust me, it’ll open up a whole new world for you.
    Go ahead. Just interact and most importantly, enjoy yourself!!

 

My nominees:

Nika@Bookster
Harini@Books and Readers
Naty@Naty’s Bookshelf

I’ve got a feeling this award is currently going around this blogosphere, so I’ll just pick up a couple of bloggers that I recently go to know.
You can feel free to skip it, of course,  but if you’re up for participating, have fun! 😀

Let me thank you once again for your support!
Hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll talk to you again soon!

Noriko