TAG: Goodreads Book Tag

Thank you so much, Nika@Bookster for tagging me for this Goodreads Book Tag!
Nika and I met about two weeks ago (sorry if I’m wrong…), and she has been so nice and approachable since the very first moment! I love reading her book reviews, they are very detailed and thorough; they are very eloquently executed! If you haven’t already, go check that out!

Now, let’s talk about Goodreads. (Yes, this tag is supposed to be all about Goodreads, is it not?)
I joined Goodreads in April, 2014. As I mentioned in my earlier posts, I didn’t use to be THIS hardcore bookworm until last summer. I used to be sort of an ‘on-and-off’ bookworm, so I only used Goodreads sporadically.
But guess what? Goodreads has now become one of my most-accessed social media!
Find me on Goodreads and let’s be friends ❤

Now, let’s move on to the questions!

Questions:

1. What was the last book you marked as “read”?
I just finished The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. YES!!! I finally made it!!! It took me nearly a month but I am super happy and am basking in the sense of accomplishment right now… man, what a ride it has been!!!
But to be perfectly honest, I didn’t want it to end. I was so invested in the story and the characters… The last 50 pages or so felt a tad drag and slippery at times, but overall this was quite a delightful read. Undeniably one of the best books of 2017.

 

2. What are you currently reading?
Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka. I got this book from NetGalley and I’m planning to single-mindedly focus on this book for the time being. It’s been almost a month since my request was approved and I am actually feeling a bit of pressure right now. Finishing this book and writing up feedback is my first priority at the moment.

 

3. What was the last book you marked as “to be read”
In all honesty, it’s The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett which was recommended by my Goodreads friend. But I know you are a bit tired of hearing me gushing how much I want to read his books, I’ll say Beartown by Fredrik Backman.
As I love going into the book pretty blindly, I don’t know almost anything about the synopsis, but it seems like pretty heavy (or emotionally gripping?) and I have heard lots of good things about it. So, I’ll definitely pick up this book by the end of this year.

 

4. What book do you plan to read next?
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris. As I told you in my Read-A-Thin Post, this is another book I was approved by NetGalley. Again, it’s been almost a month since I downloaded it. I think I’ll need to read/write feedback like ASAP. This will definitely be the next book that I’ll read once I’ve finished Girl in Snow.

 

5. Do you use the star rating system
Yes, I do. But I still don’t have any specific definition or idea as to what quality a book needs to have or how emotionally gripping a book has to be to deserve high ratings or low ratings, etc, etc…
As a fledgling bookworm, I don’t think I have been exposed to as many good/wonderful books as you have. So my rating can be pretty lenient and loose. That being said though, I have a feeling that I am getting a bit more critical towards books than before, especially nowadays.

6. Are you doing the 2017 reading challenge?
Yes, I am. I do reading challenge every year. I never skipped a year. Never. My goal for the 2017 reading challenge is to read 70 books. With another 4 months to go, I’ve finished 58 books. I am actually debating whether to push up the number to 80 or not, but for the time being, it’s finishing 70 books and I’ll see how the wind blows.

7. Do you have a wishlist?
Sort of. But it’s more like a reminder for me; whenever a book catches my interest, I add the book to my wishlist either at Amazon or Book Depository (it depends on what edition I can get at both sites) and I come back to the wishlists when I feel like buying books.  Again, it’s a pretty casual one, not something like ‘the list of books I’m dying to read!!!’ kind of stuff. I don’t even check back on them sometimes.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?
I think I probably won’t be buying books until September, but I’ve already got several books lined up on my to-buy list. The books are:

 

9. Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.
In all honesty, I don’t think much of quotes. There are some quotes or phrases that I am mesmerized by, but I don’t go so far as to remember them or write them down. So… there’s none. Sorry!

10. Who are your favorite authors?
Although I say things like, ‘I love his/her books!’ every now and then, but I have yet to find any ‘auto-buy’ authors whose work I’ll definitely jump at no matter what. But, I’d say Ken Follett would be pretty close to that level. We’ll see.  🙂

11. Have you joined any groups?
Yes, I have joined 3 groups. Catching up on Classics (and lots more!), Top 5 Wednesday, and EVERYONE Has Read This but Me – The Catch-Up Book Club.
I joined the latter two when I was so into reading Classics a couple of months ago, but obviously, I am not in the mood for Classics right now, so I’ve been not so active in those groups, sadly to say 😦

 

I tag:

Mischenko@ReadRantRock&Roll
Jo-Ann@Inspiration Pie
mojoreb@Book Mojo
Holly B@Dressed to Read

I honestly want to tag ALL OF YOU, but I’ve been tagging so many of you lately and I feel a bit guilty about it thus I only picked a handful of bloggers here. That said though, if you are interested in doing this tag, please do!!
Consider yourself tagged and have fun! Just link back to me so that I can read your answers! 🙂

Thank you so much for reading as always, I’ll see you in my next post 😀
Hope you have a great weekend! (I need to go renew my driver’s license… duh)

Noriko

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31 thoughts on “TAG: Goodreads Book Tag

  1. Nel says:

    Hey! Great tag! I was a hardcore reader before Goodreads. However I didn’t join until 2014 as well. I don’t have James’ stamina to go back and review every book I’ve ever read though, haha. I didnt used to actually write reviews, I just rated them and kept it moving. It’s only been this year that I’ve really got into the detailed reviewing and it’s actually paid off for me a little. 🙂

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    • Noriko says:

      Thanks, Nel! If you’re interested, please do this tag. I’m curious to know your answers!
      I know! Jay is simply beyond amazing – he is like a review machine – pumping out stunning reviews one after another – I could never do it!!
      I think I’m like you – when I first joined Goodreads, I only sporadically reviewed books. I just rated the books and that was it.
      Writing reviews can be tough and my reviews on Goodreads tend to be based on my gut-instinct. I sometimes find myself frozen and staring at the PC screen for hours lol

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      • Nel says:

        He is indeed! And writing them are so hard! I can never tell if I wrote enough for someone to find the review useful or if I wrote too much. There’s like this unknown balance I’m not aware of yet, lol.

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        • Noriko says:

          I know!! It’s so hard!! I’m actually tackling to write a review on The Pillars of the Earth right now, but my words won’t come out!! I am literally frozen in front of my PC. don’t know what to write… wish I could be like Jay. Seriously.

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          • Nel says:

            Yeah I’m waiting for Lana to help me write mine cause I just can’t think of a good place to start with it and she’s better with words than I am haha. The good news is, I think I know what I’m gonna read next!

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  2. silviakaybooks says:

    Net Galley can be quite stressful – I second that! I actually decided to stop requesting books from them for the time being. I went to town with my requests and now I can’t keep up. At first I didn’t think any of my requests would be approved, so I applied for pretty much every book that caught my eye (NOT something I’d recommend haha).

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  3. Holly B / Dressedtoread says:

    Hey! Thanks for the tag! I love connecting on Goodreads and finding new titles (that I don’t need!!) of course! I like all the questions! Now, I’m going to go and follow everyone you tagged so I can see all the responses and maybe find more books! Eek

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