AWARD: Mistery Blogger Award

Hello, everyone! I’ve recently been nominated for this award by – wait for it –  Alex@coffeelovingbookoholic, Mischenko@ReadRantRock&Roll and last but definitely not least, Hannah@Hannah Reads!
Thank you so much, ladies for the nomination! – you all have been so nice to me ever since we met and such sweet souls!
If you haven’t already, which I think highly-unlikely – go hurry over to their blogs! They are reallyu unique in their own way and you won’t be disappointed!

This award was originally created by maggie @okoto enigma.

“mystery blogger award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. they are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. this award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

 3 things about myself

♦ I’ve already talked a lot about myself in my recent award posts, but let’s cover the basics: I’m Japanese, born and bred in Japan and an avid reader and a fledgling bookworm/blogger. By the way, I HARDLY EVER read Japanese novels/comics/mangas. I neither watch Japanese TV shows or animes either EXCEPT for some Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli feature flims. I’m completely detached from so-called ‘Cool Japan’ thing. So, if you expect me to be knowledgeable about such stuff, sorry! (not sorry :P)

♦ I have been working for a mid-sized construction company for nearly two decades (surprise, surprise, isn’t it?) and I mainly do some mundane stuff like book-keeping, making financial reports for the bank. Only occasionally I do translate documents from English into Japanese for our bosses and take charge of corresponding with our prospective overseas suppliers. Basically, I am the only one in our company who can handle English at a decent level.
Prior to that, I worked at the airport as an assistant flight operator for about two years (I left my job due to family stuff) and then I landed a job at an English conversation school but there was a catch; I applied for its administrative job but was assigned the sales and marketing job instead which involved knocking on college students’ apartment doors and giving a 30-minute presentation on the spot every single day. Sometimes I got home past midnight. After six months of perseverance, I decided to quit and go back to my hometown. Sales talk has never been my thing. I am so poor at handling customers 😦

♦ What else can I tell you????  Oh, I am becoming such a procrastinator these days. I know it’s bad, but my love of reading transcends almost everything. (Don’t get me wrong; I do what I have to do -like work stuff -, of course! I’m talking about things that don’t necessarily have to be done but I personally think they need doing.)


 Alex’s Questions

♦ Recommend one bookstore you love and tell us why you love it?

It’s very difficult to narrow down to only one bookstore… it’s a toss-up Amazon and Book Depository. Well, technically Amazon is not a bookstore, but it is a great place to buy books that are not available at bookstores where I’m living. Whenever I feel like buying books, I go to Amazon first and then go to Book Depository and compare their prices. Both shops are really convenient, especially I like Book Depository doesn’t charge extra for shipping.

♦ What were the last three books you bought?

If audiobooks counts, here are the last three books I bought.


♦ If you’d win the lottery right now, what would be the first thing you would do?

I honestly don’t know. That’d be totally up to how big a sum of money I’d win. That said though, I don’t think money would change my life; unless my current environment and situations (job/family obligations and such) dramatically change, no matter how much money I’d win, I wouldn’t change the way I live. I’d continue leading a humble, frugal life but I think I’ll give out some portion of the money to my family (especially to my Mom) or make donations.

♦ If you could be any animal for one day, which one would it be?

A horse. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be galloping across the field with or without a horseman on his/her back. It must be exhilarating.

♦ How would your perfect library/reading room look like?

Seriously, I want a house like this.


 Mischenko’s Questions

♦ What’s your ideal pet?

Maybe rabbits?? I have never had a rabbit as a pet, but I think it is soothing to watch them roam around the house.

♦ What’s your favorite food?

POTATOES!! (except sweet potatoes) hands down. I could eat them all day every day. French fries, potato chips, mashed potatoes… feed me potatoes every day, please!!

♦ If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

I probably wouldn’t go back to my hometown (after my disastrous job at the said English conversation school), I’d look for another job. I personally think coming back to my hometown and working for my current company was the worst decision I have ever made (some of the execs are our temple’s followers thus there are a lot of conflicts of interest and complications, as a matter of fact. I’ve been faithful to my current company, of course, but still), so I wouldn’t go back to my hometown. EVER.

♦ What is your favorite music?

Tough choice! I cannot pick only one! But as of now, I’m hooked on this video.

♦ Who do you most admire in life?

Integrity, sincerity, and fairness. It’s always easier said than done, but I think these are the qualities that make the world a happier place to live in and enrich our lives.


 Hannah’s Questions

♦ Do you eat or drink while you’re reading?

YES. Almost always. I need some drink and snacks at hand when reading. Drink of my choice is definitely coffee, in case you’re wondering.

♦ What’s the format you prefer with your books? And why?

If storage space was no object, I’d go for hardbacks any day. That said though, the binding HAS TO BE  tight-back, NOT hollow-back.
You can read why here.

♦ What got you into reading?

As for reading in general, I no longer remember when exactly it was or what book that got me into reading, but as a child, I would often chill out in my father’s study (while he was away at work) where he had tons of books and leaf through whatever book that caught my interest.
I don’t quite remember me being a bookworm when I was growing up, but as far as English books concerned, it was The Wedding by Danielle Steel that helped me gain confidence in reading general fiction.

It was about a four years ago; I picked up Jane Austen books and attempted to read them but I couldn’t nail any of the three books that I bought back then (Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility/Persuasion), they were just way too difficult for me with my limited vocubulary and very little experience. I felt defeated and was getting into a huge reading slump; I didn’t feel like I would get to read any English novels – the bitter experience certainly scarred what little confidence that I had.
It was where The Wedding came in – I took a chance on reading this book and thank goodness, I managed to finish the book and that triumph definitely helped me to continue reading English novels.

♦ Do you prefer complete silence while reading or do you need some background noise?

Some background noise wouldn’t bother me, but complete silence would be preferable, no doubt. I’ve recently learned to read with some white noise of TV, but I cannot stand people chatting and talking while I’m reading. Even whispery voice bothers me. Some noise is OK, but no talking, period.

♦ #1 Bookish pet peeve?

Breaking the spines. What could be worse than that?  Oh, there is! Annotations made directly on books. I could never do that for the life of me. NO.


Given I’ve been nominated by 3 amazing bloggers almost at the same time, I think this award has been going around A LOT at the moment.
I don’t want to be a rule-breaker, but I don’t want to bombard my fellow bloggers with tags either (as I have been tagging a lot lately).
So, I’ll only tag a handful of bloggers whose answers I’m particularly curious to know.

Here are my nominees;

Mojo@Book Mojo
Inge@The Belgian Reviewer
Jill Jemmett
The Readers Bay

Sorry if you have already done this award or don’t do awards. No pressure, as always! If you participate, hope you have fun with it!


I’ll mix up the questions that I got asked by my three nominators. Here you go!

♦ What is your favorite food?
♦ If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?
♦ #1 Bookish pet peeve?
♦ What’s the format you prefer with your books? And why?
♦ Do you prefer complete silence while reading or do you need some background noise?

That’s it, guys! Thank you, ladies, for the nomination once again! Hope you enjoyed reading this post!

Take care, everybody, until I see you in my next post!

33 thoughts on “AWARD: Mistery Blogger Award

  1. Nel says:

    Congratulations Noriko! I know one Namie Amuro song and that’s only cause I watch a lot of anime. It’s called Come; maybe you’ve heard of it. Great answers And I want that house too! Can we live in it together??

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  2. Congrats, my dear! I have this award too and just haven’t had the time to do it! I love potatoes too! I had chips with dinner lol. And the library is divine!! Great answers! Now I need to finish this award…it is partially drafted but I can’t think of answers hahaha!! 😂

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    • Thanks, Stephanie ❤ You're always sweet 🙂
      Oh, did you have chips for dinner! Wish I could have joined you at the dinner table lol
      And yes, coming up with answers/questions to the next nominees are the most difficult part!! I love doing these posts, but they are still hard lol


      • Thanks, Noriko! You are too! ❤💖❤

        Well, I had chips with my dinner lol! We had spaghetti and I wanted potato chips for some reason, so I ate a big bowl lol! I gladly would have shared with you 😊

        I definitely struggle with these sometimes but I have fun and enjoy them. It took me 4 hrs to do my last award, and I was overwhelmed afterward with how long it took lol. I’ve got 14 to do right now and I’m wondering when I can catch up if it takes that long 😀 Some are multiple so I’ll combine them. I think my hardest thing is finding people to nominate. Lol. I don’t know who’s done it or been nominated or who doesn’t want to do it, so I get worried lol

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