Birthday Book Shopping List & July TBR

 

Hello, everyone!  As you can see in my TAG: Who I Am post,  my birthday is coming around less than a week (hahaaaa).

As I bought way too many books AND pretty much everything that I’d had my eyes on, I don’t think I’ll be buying a lot of books in the month of July.
That said, there are a few books I still want to read so I decided to treat myself to some books for my birthday, I’m going to buy (yes, I AM GOING TO BUY) them before my birthday arrives 😁

Here are the books I still want to read:

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by  Becky Albertalli 
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda 
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

 

Other than The Pillars of the Earth, I don’t know much about the plot. As usual, the cover caught my eye and they have been making the rounds in this book community, I thought I had to read them.

As for The Pillars of the Earth, this has been on my radar for quite some time, like, since last October or November but the sheer volume of the book (around 1,000 pages) literally intimidated me.
In spite of that, I decided to pick this one up because some of my friends (including you, Jay) VEHEMENTLY recommended that I should definitely read this. I skimmed through the first few pages at Amazon and I found it quite gripping right from the beginning, so this one is no doubt a must buy.

 

Now onto my July TBR.
Being a mood reader, I used to think that this TBR thing would never work for me but given the number of challenges that I completed in my very first Readathon, I think I’ll keep making monthly TBR list from now on.
In the month of July, I plan to read:

 

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • Summer Days & Summer Nights (YA Anthology)
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentmer
  • Most Secret by Nevil Shute

 

Summertime makes me want to read a lot more YA than I usually do, so I threw in three YA books for July reads.
So as to balance things out, I’m going to read two Classics and one of them is my favorite (I’ve only read one book though) Nevil Shute. I so fell in love with his ‘On the Beach’ that I read last April, I am so pumped to read this.
To tell the truth, I debated whether to throw in another Wartime novel, ‘Catch-22,’ but given the fact that I’m going to read The Pillars of the Earth, I wasn’t quite sure if I could handle it so I decided against it.
I think this is pretty much all I can handle in a month, but if things go swimmingly, I might throw some short cozy mysteries into the mix.
Whatever the case may be, I cannot wait to find out how my July reading plays out.

 

There you have it; those are my birthday book shopping list and July TBR.
Thank you so much for reading as always, hope you have a fabulous reading month!

Noriko

 

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June Book Haul

Hello, everyone! This is not technically a book haul, this is just a monthly book-buying which ended up being way over my budget (again, yes), but I’m going to share with you the books that I bought this month. I’m pretty much certain that I’ve bought all the books that had been on my radar or I had been meaning to buy, but we’ll see…

Here are the images of the books that I’ve bought this month (so far):

I completely lost track of the number while I was buying them, but I ended up buying 17 books… this is plain crazy lol  But only five are physical copies (paperbacks) and most of the Kindle books were on special offers (or incredibly low-priced), so the number itself is pretty staggering, but as far as the bottom line goes, it didn’t put me in much of a strain.

Totally unexpected was this:

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Yes, my new Kindle Fire 7 which came out on June 7th. I didn’t even intend to buy this, but I noticed what had stopped me from reading on my Kindle was the colorless, black-and-white display of my Kindle Paperwhite. As you guys know, I do AN AWFUL LOT of cover buy. I am an epitome of ‘judging-a-book-by-its-cover’ reader, so not being able to appreciate beautiful covers means quite a downside to me 😦

It’s been more than a week since I got this baby and I’m really enjoying the reading experience. This won’t change my preference for physical books but I’m now more inclined to read on my Kindle than before unless physical books seem more appropriate than e-books (For instance, I don’t think books like ‘Everything Everything’ and ‘Illuminae’ will work well with e-book formats; they do contain a lot of graphics and I’m not quite sure how truthfully e-book formats can recreate and visualize them.) If you have such e-books and think they work perfectly well, definitely let me know. I might change my mind about e-books in general 😀

In addition to those books, my dear Twitter friend (she likes reading English books, too) got me Jane Green ‘Summer Secrets’

I asked her to get ‘Summer Days & Summer Nights,’ a collection of short stories by popular YA authors on behalf of me and then she decided to throw in that book, too!
I don’t know if you can tell from the pic, but the SPINE IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS with an alternative stripe pattern of different shades of blue, I fell in  love with it.
This is going to be my very first Jane Green (as a newbie, there are so many authors whose books I have never read…), and I am so excited to read it this summer!
Thank you, my friend! I know you’re reading this, I cannot thank you enough for all the love toward me ❤

 

That’s it for today. Those are the books I recently bought and plan to read during this summer (not everything, but hopefully).
What are the books you’re planning to read or you’re anxiously waiting?
Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you all again soon 🙂

April & May Book Haul!

Despite my steadfast pledge that I made after my Out-of-Control Book Haul, I did it again;
I ended up buying a lot more books than I initially anticipated.

Although it wasn’t that I bought all of them in one go, I bought them in the span of two months from April to May, but I’ll lump them up and show you what I got 🙂

In no particular order, I got:

Being prone to mood swings, my taste in books and inclination tend to swing depending on my mood; one day I’m madly in love and all about YA and the next day I do a completely 180 and turn my back against it. I know it doesn’t make a ton of sense, but that’s the way I am as a reader 😦

In other words, I’m inclined to read whatever genres or books once I get interested and tend to buy a lot of books without knowing much about the synopsis.
It can be the main plot/core of the story, or, it can be the cover that draws my attention.
Whatever the reason is, I more often than not bend my rules and end up buying books. And I just can’t stop it.

As you can see, I ended up buying as many as 19 books (once again) in two months from April to May.
But seriously, how could I not buy books having read or watched so many great reviews up both on BookTube and this book blog community???  At least 4 books have been added to my already too long wish list within a week… Too many temptations to resist. Utterly impossible. It’s so much fun though!

Anyways, that concludes (probably) my April & May book haul!
Thanks for reading as always.
Happy reading! XD

Out-of-Control Book Haul

I went on a book-buying frenzy the other day.

Well, it’s technically a couple of weeks ago when I bought them, but as I bought all of them from Book Depository, it was just last week that I got a package from them.

Now, take a look at how big the package is;

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This is undeniably the biggest package that I have ever received from them, but it’s a small wonder- I bought as many as 18 BOOKS in one go; all Classic books including some Modern Classics.

Since there are so many, I haven’t gotten around to taking photos of them to share with you guys, but let me just put the pic that I took and posted on Instagram last night to celebrate World Penguin Day.

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Needless to say, this pic doesn’t cover everything so I’ll put the titles instead to walk you through all the titles I got from this out-of-control book haul.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee (Vintage Classics Edition)
  • On the Beach by Nevil Shute 
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen 
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen 
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • North and South by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell 
  • The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James 
  • Howards End by E.M. Forster 
  • Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

I didn’t even realize that I actually did, but no sooner had I opened the package than I realized that I had ordered two copies of Catch-22 (Silly me!)so I tweeted if any of my friends would be interested to read it and then one of my Twitter friend said she would, so I decided to send it to her by the time she comes back to Japan at the end of July. Yikes lol

Although Lolita was not initially included in the list, I found it’s going to be one of the May group reads for a Goodreads Book club that I belong to, I decided to add it to my list. I have never read Lolita before and I am super excited to read it along with my book club members 🙂

Upon buying so many books in one go, I had decided to rein in book buying for the next few months; I’ve obviously bitten off more than I can chew, there are way too many books to read.
However, I flip-flopped my mind already- reading Nevil Shute On the Beach made me his fangirl and I wanted to read more of him. So, I ended up buying Most Secret which I could expect to get in the next few days along with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood which I haven’t read yet but has been all over the Book community.

I will definitely give you guys an update once I receive them!

Thanks for reading guys and I hope you have a wonderful reading week!

Crazy Book Haul Part 2

Hello, all!
Since the books that I mentioned in my Crazy Classic Book Haul have finally arrived, I’m going to do my Crazy Book Haul Part 2 as I promised.
It’s supposed to be my Crazy Classic Book Haul Part 2, but I’ve decided to lump them up with some other books I got in the last couple of weeks.

The books that I got are:

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(From top left to bottom right)

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders
  • The Comforters by Muriel Spark
  • The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Middlemarch by George Elliot

 

I remember pre-ordering The Hate U Give at the end of last year. It wasn’t like I had my eye on this book but I happened to bump into this book while I was browsing Amazon and the premise caught my eye. I immediately decided to get this book because I thought it would be important to read books like this given the time and the world we live in.
Right now, I’m on a huge Classic kick so I haven’t gotten around to actually reading this, but hopefully I can read this in the coming months.

The Comforters and The Man Who Loved Children are what I got after watching one of my favorite Booktubers, Mementomori video. He vehemently gushed about how much he loved these books and how, without fail, Muriel Spark has hit his comfort button.
Having heard the premise, I decided to give them a try and am looking forward to find out whether these babies will measure up to my expectations 🙂

Although I haven’t even read his latest novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, that came out two months ago, I was itching to read this short story collection, Tenth of December first.
Reading thick books or full novels does take a lot of time and commitment and that’s the beauty of reading for sure, yet whenever I get busy, I tend to get more inclined to read slim books or novellas that I can fly through in no time and that’s how this book fell into my lap.

As for The Nightwalker, I simply fell in love the synopsis. Crime thrillers involving insomnia and night-walking sounds so intriguing and spine-chilling and I just wanted to read this. I’m pretty certain that I’ll get to this book one of these days.

 

Now, with regards to Classic books that I got… I have no idea what had gotten into me, I simply don’t.
All I can say is that I had gotten bitten by a massive Classic bug and just couldn’t resist to get those pretty Penguin English Library editions.
Most of the books that I got over there are from watching Lucythereader videos. As I mentioned in my previous haul post, I know absolutely NOTHING about the synopsis. I don’t even know if my English skills are good enough to read these books.
I may well hit a huge setback in reading them, which is likely the case as a matter of fact,  but I hope that I get to enjoy them all.

 

That’s it, we’ve made it. Those are the books that I got just within the last couple of weeks.
I’ve completely forgotten how many books I actually bought and am quite surprised at the number.

Have you done a book haul recently? If you have, what kind of books did you get?
Whatever the case, thank you for reading guys and happy reading!

Surprise Book Haul!

Hello, everybody!
Although it’s been a while since my last post, I have been reading as rigorously as always.
AND, the same goes for book buying.
Today, I thought it’d be a lot of fun to share with you the books that I got yesterday.

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All right, these are the books that my friend sent me yesterday.

From top to bottom:

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Always by Sarah Jio
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The three from the bottom are actually what I asked my friend to get for me.
Although I had been curious to try Book Outlet or Thriftbooks where you can get books at much cheaper prices, living in Japan literally ruins the perk; it totally depends on how many books you buy and its total weight, but when I once attempted to buy books from Book Outlet, the delivery fees came to about $17.99 while the total price of the books came to less than 10 dollars.
You know what I mean? It is RIDICULOUS.

So, when my Twitter friend with whom I often do buddy reads and who lives in Guam asked me if there were any books I’d been meaning to get so that she could get them on my behalf at more reasonable prices and then send them to me when she’s back in Japan this April, I literally pounced on the offer.  

Unfortunately, only Truthwitch was available on Book Outlet and I ended up getting other two books from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble,  I think I got Truthwitch almost for a song (if my memory serves me correctly, it only cost like $3 or something for a hardcover. That was incredible). So I was happy 🙂

BUT THEN, as you can see, the package sent from her included THREE MORE BOOKS.
Windwitch, Always and Lord of the Flies. 

I was like, “OMG, she shouldn’t have!!!”  I momentarily lost for words.
Seriously, who would have imagined that she would throw in three more books!?!

Although I insisted that I would pay for them, she flatly refused saying that it’s been a lot of fun talking with me about books and that I don’t need to think about paying her back.

Oh, my gosh, I am so blessed to have such a wonderful friend 😀
Thank you so, so much!! I can’t thank you enough.

Looking at these books makes me so happy 🙂
They all look so pretty and gorgeous. I LOVE all of them.

 

There you have it, this concludes my Surprise Book Haul.

What are the books that you’ve got recently?
Whatever that may be, happy reading!

Crazy Classic Book Haul! – Part 1

Heavily influenced by BookTubers’ videos, such as Mementomori and lucythereader, I found myself going on a big Classic book haul…

Honestly, I’ve lost count exactly how many books I got in the last couple of weeks, but I thought I’d share some of them with you guys, so here we go 🙂

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From top left to bottom right:

  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • A Room With a View by E.M. Foster

Now, let me tell you – I have never been a Classics type of reader. I hardly read any Classics or Modern Classics in my entire life.
I have watched the movie adaptations of ‘A Room With a View’ and ‘Clockwork Orange,’ but I have never read the books.
As for William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, I haven’t even heard of them before… where have I been??! That sounds crazy. I’m even ashamed of myself XD

However, the BookTubers’ videos that I talked about earlier made me kind of intrigued to branch out my reading taste into the realm of Classics (including Modern Classics). So, in a bid to right this embarrassing situation, I decided to go on a big Classic spree and bought them. I know almost NOTHING about their synopsis though…

I’ve only read Fahrenheit 451 and am still muddling through Crime and Punishment, but I am so excited to read them all. Particularly, I am so pumped to read A Clockwork Orange. The movie left such a big impact on me, giving me a sort of distorted, disorienting feelings, I am really curious to see if the book has the same vibe to it.

Next we have Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Jane Eyre by  Charlotte Brontë.
Yes, the Brontës.

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Again, I have never read any of their books even the translated versions, but I am all up for giving them a try because I’ve heard a lot of good things about them!

In my Reading Habits Tag post, I told you that I now can handle maximum two books at once, but speaking from my meager experience with reading Crime and Punishment (you guys surely know how beefy the book is),  I think such tomes should be given my undivided attention. Otherwise, I’d completely forget how the story and dialogues between characters go.

Anyways, this is the part 1 of my crazy Classic book haul!
I’m still expecting the other half of the books to arrive and it’s most likely to take another week or so, I’ll wrap this up here.
I’ll definitely give you an update once my books have arrived!

If you have any recommendations on what Classic books I should try, definitely let me know!
Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you guys again soon! 😀