August TBR! (Revised)

Although I shared with you the books that I’m going to read in the month of August (see my Read-A-Thin Challenge post), there’s a problem cropped up;

Totally unexpectedly, I got to finish Girl in Snow last month!! lol

I was estimating that it would roll into August, I wasn’t even expecting to actually finish it – but guess what? I did!

Now, I need to tweak my Read-A-Thin challenges…
After a long contemplation and meditation (what???), here are the books I’m going to read in the month of August.

As you can see, I only added Most Secret by Nevil Shute to my August reads.
This is for the challenge; “Read a book with a title or author with the same first letter as the first letter in your first name.”

My first name is Noriko which starts with ‘N’ and ‘Nevil’ starts with ‘N’ (#obvious), so there’s that 🙂
Besides, I was supposed to read this last month, but I failed to do so. I’ll definitely pick this one up this time around!!

I hope to read some other books out of this readathon challenge, but I’m going back to my hometown for about five days in the middle of the month and I’m not quite sure if I’ll get any reading done during that time.
I don’t want to be ambitious and aim too high, so I’ll settle with 6 books at least for now.
Let’s see how many I’ll actually get to read!

There you have it; this is my August TBR.

What about you? What are the books that you’re planning to read in August?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading as always (and sorry for posting so many in a day lol), I’ll see you in my next post!



Song of the day: Can’t Stop by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Reading Challenge: Read-A-Thin

Hello, friends!  July is almost over – again, how fast time flies by!
Today, I am going to share my August reading challenge, Read-A-Thin TBR with you all!

If you don’t know what ‘Read-A-Thin’ is, this is a month-long readathon created and hosted by Amanda at ACourtofBooksandLove ,Chelsea at AVeryBookishGirl, and Jessicamarie493@JessicaMarie493!

Here’s the brief overview of this Read-A-Thon excerpt from JessicaMarie493 blog:


So the readathon is called ReadAThin and is all about thinning down your long ass TBR list! You all know you have one.

The point is to kind of read books that you’ve had sitting around for a while and read them! You know all those random books you’ve bought off of BookOutlet and haven’t got around to them? This is the perfect ReadAThon to participate in and read them!

Since it’s the whole month of August it’s all really laid back and you can totally combine it with other readathons this month, like @unhaulathon! I plan on participating in both, so you totally should too!


For details, visit JessicaMarie493 page!


My Challenges:

I’m going to read these books for my Read-A-Thin challenges:


Read a 2017 release
For this challenge, I picked Girl In Snow by Danya Kukafka.
I was meaning to read this book in July, but I probably won’t be able to finish this month, so I decided to push it into my August TBR.

Read a book with a summer themed cover
For this challenge, I’ll definitely read Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.  I got this book maybe a month ago, but I have yet to read it 😦
I cannot think of any book with a summer themed cover other than this, plus, it’s relatively a slim book with less than 300 pages. I’m planning to read a couple of thick books in August, a slim book or two will be most welcome 🙂

Read a book with a warm colored cover (orange, red, yellow, brown)
For this challenge, I’d go for The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (featuring Brown, I guess?).  In fact, I’m still debating whether to pick The Final Empire and I might subsequently change my mind, but at least for now, I’m planning to read this one. I cannot wait to actually read it 🙂

Read a new to you author
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris.  This is another book I was approved by NetGalley and I really want to read and write a review as soon as possible… Obviously B.A. Paris is a new author to me. I am curious to find out what her writing style is like 🙂

Buddy read a book
Now, this came as a complete surprise to me – Lauren@My Paper Infinity suggested that we buddy-read Fangirl next month!!
We both have Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell on our TBR for the longest time and Lauren suggested crossing it off our TBR by buddy-reading it!
This is the first time I’ve buddy-read a book with my blogger friend and am super excited to see how it turns out! 😀

Read a book recommended to you by someone in the book community
World Without End by Ken Follett. This book was, just like The Pillars of the Earth, recommended by Jay@ThisIsMyTruthNow and I’M DYING TO get my hands on this book. I’m close to finishing the prequel and cannot get enough of it. Given this sequel, World Without End being even better according to what he says, I am literally drooling right now lol

There you have it; These are the books on my Read-A-Thin TBR!
Are you participating in Read-A-Thin, too? If you are, what are your challenges?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading as always, I’ll see you in my next post!
Happy reading ❤


WWW Wednesday! : July 12, 2017

Hello, everyone! I’m back with a new feature, WWW Wednesday today!
I’ve been seeing this meme almost everywhere here at WordPress and have been meaning to try this out. Hope it works! 🙂

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?


Now, let’s dive into it. The books I’m currently reading are:


  • History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett


I know, I know. I’m still slogging through those two books, but you gotta remember that I am not the fastest reader in the world; I’m a slow reader, I can only read like 30 to 50 pages per hour. So… yes, I’m still reading them and quite enjoying them so far!

I’m currently 75% into ‘History Is All You Left Me,’ and I want to finish reading this hopefully today or by tomorrow at the latest. I’m planning to make a post on my thoughts and put it up here as soon as I’ve finished the book, so look out for that!


Next up, the book that I recently finished is:


Little Brother

Cory Doctorow : Little Brother


This is a totally unexpected read; it wasn’t even in my July TBR! But the post I made last Thursday made me itching to pick this one up and ended up spending almost the entire weekend reading this book. It didn’t blow me away as much as it did with my first read, but I thoroughly enjoyed the re-read. You can read my review here.


Final question: What do I think I’ll read next??



As soon as I’ve finished History Is All You Left Me, I’ll shift my focus on The Pillars of the Earth and plan on predominantly read this one. I may or may not pick up some other books along the way, but the focus will be on The Pillars of the Earth, that’s for sure!
I’m only 10 % in the book right now and really want to make progress in this book to find out how the story unfolds! The writing is absolutely stunning, incredibly strong and descriptive. Although this book is such a tome with whopping 973 pages according to Goodreads, I’m already certain that it’s going to be a delightful read. I even asked my Bookish friend who lives in Tokyo to get the sequel on my behalf when her favorite bookstore holds a huge sale!

As for Me Before You, once again, this book wasn’t even in my July TBR but I got a lot of vehement recommendations from my dear friends here at WordPress and I decided to move this one up to my TBR, which means some of the books will have to be put on the back burner, but oh well, I figure that’ll have to do.


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! 😉

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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!



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#WeekendReads : June 2nd, 2017

Can’t believe it’s already Friday here in Japan – This week just flew by!
Which means it’s time for another weekly updates; let me share with you the books I’ll be reading over the weekend.

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Killer Cupcakes by Leighann Dobbs

As I mentioned in my previous post, I started reading The Handmaid’s Tale as part of my very first Readathon challenges and I’m on page 60 now.  I’m not far into the book, I’ve only just started, BUT I find Atwood’s writing very distinct, possessing a very unique rhythm with all the short sentences and punctuation or things like that. I don’t know how quickly I can get through this book, but I’m pumped to see how the story unfolds.

Along with The Handmaid’s Tale, I’m currently reading All the Bright Places. I finally picked up this book; this book, particularly this cover had always spoken to me but it took me a while to actually sit down and start reading. I’m currently on page 43 and liking it so far; the story kicks off in a pretty brisk, nice way and I like the two main characters struggling with their own issues. I can’t wait to see if this book will live up to the hype 🙂

Lastly – this was totally unexpected – but I picked up a cozy mystery, Killer Cupcakes. I was bored to death at the doctor’s waiting room, I just needed something to kill my time, something short and light to blast through. I’ve read this book before so I knew the plot, but I figured it might be nice to reread it so that I’d get to post my thoughts on this blog. This is a very quick read with a decent writing. I read 24% (or somewhere in the neighborhood) in just 15 minutes. Hopefully I can finish this book during this weekend.


All right, these are the books I’m working on right now. I’ll definitely keep you posted on my progress in my upcoming posts.
Thank you for reading and hope you have a wonderful weekend! 😀

#Reading Challenge: Emojiathon

So, we’ve finally hit the halfway mark of the year – it’s June already!
Although I’m not generally a TBR kind of reader, but I’ve always been interested in such reading challenges. Inspired by JessicaMarie493 post, I’ve decided to give Emojiathon a try this June 🙂

Emojiathon is created and hosted by  Dylanthereader5, Naya and Sarah and it goes on until the end of the month. You can take a look at the whole list of challenges for this Emojiathon here.

Here are the challenges that I picked up for my June Emojiathon:

HeartRead a romance or contemporary

For this challenge, I picked up My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon. To be honest, I personally think this challenge could also be applied to Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert, which seems to be about a crumbling marriage, I’m going to go for My Sweet Revenge on this one.

smile  Read a book you bought because of it’s cover

This is where Luck, Love & Lemon Pie comes into play. I got this book last November solely for this pretty, tantalizing cover but this has been sitting on my shelf since then. I decided to take this opportunity to actually pick it up and read it.

freebie Freebie! Read any book

For this challenge, I picked up Paige’s Turn by Jennifer Peel. It seems to have gleaned pretty high reviews PLUS the cover looks gorgeous and summery. A reviewer on Goodreads says this book often pops up as a Kindle freebie, but it’s not necessarily the case that a freebie on is also a freebie on Japan Amazon, so I got lucky and I snatched it right up!

horror Read a thriller or horror

I picked up The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek for this one. The plot of a young man who suffers from insomnia turning violent during his nocturnal excursions sounds so intriguing. This is also a book that has been sleeping on my shelf for quite some time, so I see this Emojiathon as an opportunity to pick this up this time around.

eyes  Read a book you’ve been seeing everywhere

For this challenge, I picked up The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Ever since the adaptation became available on Hulu, I have seen this title almost everywhere; on Twitter, On Google and not to mention in this book community.
I know I’m rather late to this The Handmaid’s Tale party, but hey, better late than never, right?

baby  Read a 2016/2017 release

This Emojiathon came at the perfect time – I downloaded When Dimple Met Rishi just yesterday! This book had been on my radar since late March or sometime and I really, really wanted to read this. I really love the cover by the way 🙂

News Read a book about a current event

If I managed to get all the other challengers out of the way, I’m going to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Now, I’ve had this book on my shelf for 3 months, this book was actually my most anticipated release in 2017 and I even pre-ordered it at the end of last year, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it; something akin to intimidation made me have cold feet and push it down to the bottom on my TBR.
In order to right this situation, I’ve decided to include this book in my Emojiathon challenge. We’ll see how it goes!

There you have it; these are my challenges for my very first Emojiathon. I don’t know how many challenges that I’ll get to tick off, but I’m super excited!

Let me show you how determined and pumped up I am for this Readathon;

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See? I actually took all the physical books for this Readathon out of my bookshelf and plopped them up on my couch 🙂

Being a mood reader, I tend to flip-flop my mind and pick my next read randomly despite having made a TBR. So as not to repeat the same mistake, I decided to make the pile visible as a reminder; This pile will stay on my couch throughout this readathon.
Also, I can easily keep track of my progress this way 🙂

Participating in this readathon definitely motivated me to read some books that I probably wouldn’t pick up otherwise. This will hold me accountable and I’m glad that I decided to tackle these challenges for that.

Are you participating in this Emojiathon? If so, what are your picks for these challenges?
Definitely let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you again soon! XD


Although we’re well into May already and I’m kind of late to the party, I would love to share with you guys the books that are on my May TBR.

Being a 100% mood reader, I’m prone to mood swings and my reading taste can easily change. So, this TBR thing doesn’t work for me most of the time, but I have two books that I definitely want to read in the month of May.


The first on my list is ‘Lolita’ by  Vladimir Nabokov.

If you have been following my blog (thanks so much!), you might figure out why I picked up this book; this is one of my Goodreads group-read picks for May.  There are actually some other books on the group-read list, such as ‘Moby-Dick’ by Herman Melville, but I read somewhere that the opinions are polarized – some absolutely adore the book and some just denounce it.

Given the fact that I’m still absolutely naive and new to Classics, I decided to go for Lolita and see how I’d be getting along.

As of today, which is May 8th, I’m still slowly plugging through George Orwell, 1984 and it will most likely to take at least another couple of days to complete, but I am super pumped to bury my nose in this!


cloudstreetNext on my list is Cloudstreet by Tim Winton.

Again,  this book hadn’t even been on my radar. I hadn’t even heard of him.
But earlier last month or late March, I got an E-mail message sent by BBC World Book Club saying that they’ll be inviting the author Tim Winton and discussing his bestselling novel, ‘Cloudstreet.’
(How did I end up getting messages from them without having to subscribe their newsletter, you ask? That’s a story for some other time.)

Intrigued, I decided to give this book a try and bought it from Amazon. Since they didn’t have any stock at that time, I had to wait for about two to three weeks until the book arrived at my doorstep.

If you have read this book already, please let me hear your thoughts on this.
I love reading book recommendations!

All right, guys, those are the books on my DEFINITELY-NEED-TO-READ-IN MAY list.
As for the rest, I’ll just read whatever floats my boat and see how it goes!

Thanks for reading as always and I’ll talk to you soon!