May TBR

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.

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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!

My Bookish Goals for 2017

Hello, dear readers!
I know I’m too late for announcing my bookish goals for 2017, but I’d love to share with you some of my thoughts and intentions, such as what kind of books I want to read in the year 2017.

As far as the number goes, I want to aim for reading 70 books at least this year.
Personally, I think it’s pretty attainable given that I read 76 books in the past 6 months.
I could have set my Goodreads goal for reading 100 books, but I eventually decided against it. While I want to read as many books as I possibly can, I also want to hone my review writing skills by reading other book bloggers’s reviews, so I think it would be wise if I lowered my Goodreads goal to set aside larger chunks of time to do so.
70 books a year works out about 6 books a month and I have already read 14 books this year. I think I can pull off reading 70 books with relative ease if I put my mind to it. (and I do intend to do so.)

Next on my list is to read more diverse books than I did in the past.
Now, I must make it crystal clear that I am a 100 percent mood reader and am quite fastidious about what to read; I rarely pick up books I am not even remotely interested in. To make the matter even more complicated, my mood swings. A LOT. One minute I feel like reading Romance novels and the next minute I care for Historical novels. My interest runs off in all directions at the smallest of things yet I tend to hold fast to my tastes. I don’t particularly relish the idea of reading books I don’t really like.

Non-Fiction generally falls into this category. I would even say that Non-Fiction is the last genre that I would go to; there is something about Non-Fiction that I don’t really care for, I’d rather read Fiction than read Non-Fiction.

Nonetheless, I want to change this. I want to read more of Non-Fiction this year.

Believe it or not, I didn’t used to read a lot of historical novels or horror novels. I would normally go to contemporary novels or romance novels.
But as you can see, I have read several books from both genres and I adore them so much. If anything, I’d now love to read many more Historical novels!

I hope the same thing will happen with Non-Fiction and I will try to read as many of them as possible this year.
Just to show you how willing I actually am, take a look at some of the books I have bought;

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren and Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.

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I found them both on Goodreads and thought; “Oh, that sounds interesting, I might as well try reading them!”
Hopefully, they both turn out to be as good as I expected!

Another thing I’d love to try this year is to follow an author’s complete body of work chronologically.
Now, this bookish goal is inspired by watching this Mementomori video, in which he picks William Faulkner and pledges to read all his books in publication order.
I have yet to decide who to follow, BUT, I am going to (in the near future), or I might tweak the challenge just a little bit and turn it into reading as many historical novels as possible this year.
Now, THAT sounds interesting and attainable.

Speaking of historical novels, take a look at this;

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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. THIS BEAUTY.

I’d had my eye on this for quite some time because the premise sounds so interesting and I just couldn’t resist buying it. I knew I was way over my budget, but I just couldn’t give up on this one.

Now that I have this baby in my hands, I am so excited to read this. Hope it measures up to my expectations!

What are your reading goals for the year 2017?
Are there any books (particularly Historical Fiction) that you think I should definitely read?
Throw in your comments and let me know! I could really use your input to decide what to read (and what to buy)!

Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you again, very, very soon!
Bye 🙂

November TBR!

I don’t know where you are from, but it’s November here in Japan, which means it’s time for making my November TBR!

I’ve actually been planning this for quite some time, probably since mid-October, and I’ve finally made up my mind 😀

I’m going to read these books in the month of November:

 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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As I told you in my previous post, I have never been much of a Classic fan nor big on reading Classics.
In addition to that, it’s sort of a big confession to make, but I have never wanted to be one of those sheep who just picks up something just because everybody is doing it.

For instance, I have never wanted to watch a movie while literally everybody is watching it, nor have I ever wanted to read a book everybody else is raving about.

I have always waited until the fad died down, then I would go watch or pick up the book.
It just irks me to think ‘I’m reading this book just because everybody is reading it,’ thus I’ve always kind of distanced myself from any popular stuff even if it meant I would fail to keep up with the trend.

Despite all that, having finished ‘The Halloween Tree,’ which just blew my mind with its aesthetic and grand writing, I’ve come to think there must be something in such highly acclaimed classics that grabs our attention; it would have long been forgotten otherwise.

So, I have decided to pick up this book and am at 20% right now. Wonder how it turns out!

 

Never Never by Colleen Hover, Tarryn Fisher

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I got this book when I was debating whether to buy ‘It Ends With Us’ at Amazon.
I had intended to read this one prior to buying ‘It Ends With Us,’ dipping my toe in the water to see what Colleen Hoover’s writing is like, but it somehow slipped my mind and I ended up reading ‘It Ends With Us’ BEFORE this one.  I hope that I get to read this sometime this month.

 

Hope Springs on Main Street by Olivia Miles

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I believe I already talked a lot about this book in my October Book Haul, so I won’t talk much here. I just need to pick up this book for the sake of being Autumn! Yes!!

 

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

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I’m currently on my own ‘Readathon’ where I try to read as many genres as possible by the end of this month, and I have decided to pick up two books from ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ by Lemony Snicket.
I have read ‘The Bad Beginning’ and ‘The Reptile Room’ before and enjoyed them both. However, I no longer remember exactly where I left off, so I decided to go back to the ‘very beginning’ (no pun  intended) and start afresh.

 

Clockwise by  Elle Strauss

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Again, as part of the ‘Readathon,’ I picked up this book from YA and Fantasy. (I don’t know about the latter, but according to what my Twitter friend says it’s about time travel, so I lump it in ‘Sci-Fi or Fantasy 😛 )

 

Wedding Ring by Emilie Richards

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I don’t know about you,  but I always feel like reading knitting or quilting related books when Winter rolls around.
Maybe it’s because they’re warm and cozy and are perfect for snuggling under in cold, wintry seasons.
Although I know almost NOTHING about the synopsis, I picked up this book just because of the cover. Yup, I can’t help it. Don’t judge me 😛

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Now, this is probably the biggest and most ambitious challenge in the month of November.
I’ve decided to read THE Jane Austen! Holy moly, what have gotten into me?!

I have absolutely no idea if I can ever pull this off, but hopefully I can make it!
Wish me luck!

 

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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I originally didn’t intend to include this book in my November TBR, but I watched a Youtube Video posted by a BookTuber whom I’ve been following, and she talked about this book, ‘Landline’ by Rainbow Rowell. She likened this book to ‘comfort food,’ saying she enjoyed it, so I flip-flopped my mind and decided to read this book.

 

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

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I remember briefly talking about this book, and it has finally arrived at my doorstep this morning!!!

Although I wanted to include this book in my October (Spookathon) TBR, it didn’t make it, so I’m going to read this sometime this month.
My Twitter (and Goodreads) friend says it’s sooo creepy but also says she likes it, so I have high hopes on this one 😀

 

There you have it. These are the books I intend to read this month.
I know I’m being pretty ambitious pledging that I’m going to read 10 books in one month on top of Jane Austen, but hopefully, I can make it!

I hope you will have a great reading month, talk to you soon!

 

October TBR! (for the Latter Half)

I know, I know. It’s a bit too late for announcing my October TBR given that it’s already past the middle of the month, but I’ll do it anyway.

I’m going to be talking about some of the books that I have read so far (the books I liked) and the books I’m planning to read later this month.

Let’s start off with talking about some of the books that left a big impact on me:

 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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As you may know, I’ve already finished this book earlier this month and I really adore it. It deals with a big subject matter and some of you may find it pretty heavy. I found it a bit gut-wrenching, but I quite like it. If you are up for reading my personal thoughts, click here.

 

The Fireman by Joe Hill

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I just finished this book last Sunday, precisely one week after the purchase. Although it’s quite long, this book got me hooked in every aspect. There are actually a lot of things what I think I need to delve into bit more, so I’ll definitely go back to this book at some point. (You can read my super-mini review here.)

Now, let’s talk about my Late October TBR.

The Wedding by Danielle Steel

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After finishing such heavy long books, I felt like I needed to go back to my roots – the book that literally saved my life. Although I didn’t initially plan to read this, having written the post, I got inclined to re-read this to see whether I’d feel exactly the same as I did the last time or I would have a different perspective about this book. I’m enjoying it right now.
Well, we’ll see.

 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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I know. It sounds kind of crazy that I haven’t read this book.

In my defense, I have watched all Harry Potter films and have read all the other books in the series. Yes, I have been on and off, but I have read all of them except this one.
I don’t know what about this book has kept me from finishing it, but I haven’t been able to get myself committed to this.

But.

This is going to change, you guys.
Personally, I think Fall is a perfect time to read Harry Potter books. So why not?
I’ll take this opportunity to commit myself to finishing this long journey this time around!

 

The Kindness of Strangers by Julie Smith

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I originally plan to read another Joe Hill book, ‘NOS4A2’ and I just ordered the physical copy last night. However, I’m afraid I won’t be getting it until the end of the month, so I decided to read this book instead. I got the Kindle version for a song from BookBub and I hope that I’ll be able to wrap up this October with this book – you know, on a thrilling note.

 

These are the books on my October TBR list and I am super excited how it turns out.
Hope you all have a great reading month. Talk to you soon! 😀

 

Books on my ‘to-read’ shelf

I’m currently reading ‘The Inn at Eagle Point’ by Sherryl Woods and have got another 30% to go. I hope that I’ll get to post another blog in the next couple of days, in the meantime, here are some books that I’ve added to my ‘to-read’ shelf (I haven’t actually put them on my ‘to-read’ shelf at Goodreads.com, but I have mentally).

Cipher by Aileen Erin

I got to know about this book through Bookbub. Since I signed up with Bookbub thanks to my friend on Twitter, I’ve been proactively digging around for my next read.
Although I don’t normally read young adult books, the synopsis showed a lot of promise and I got intrigued, I decided to give it a go.

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Ms. Communication by Myra Kendrix

Again,  my Twitter friend tweeted about this book being free, I rushed to Amazon and got it. To tell the truth, I hadn’t read the synopsis closely enough to grasp what this book would be like before I clicked, but hey, not having any preconceived idea can be a good thing. You’ll be presently surprised if the book turns out pretty good 🙂

I like the witty title of the book; play on words for ‘Miscommunication’ (I suppose.)

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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Now, I took a giant leap of faith on this one; I hardly ever read paranormal books, much less zombie books 😦
Despite my aversion to gruesome aspects of horror books, I had a gut instinct that this book might be different from your average zombie books and the vote of confidence from my Twitter friend gave me an encouraging push to download the audiobook. (She assured me that it wouldn’t be as gory as ‘The Walking Dead.’ Now, that’s a relief.)

In a nutshell, my curiosity took over my uncertainty. Besides, who could resist such a great deal of getting a best-seller audiobook for as cheap as $3.95?! Come on, now.

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The One I’m With by J. Lynn Rowan

Last but definitely NOT least, the third book of my favorite “Sweet Somethings” series that’s coming out on October 12th, 2016.

As you can tell from my posts on both the previous books, “Better than Chocolate,” and “When In Rome,”  this author seems to have a romantic bone in her body and I ADORE those two books 😄  She does know what makes our hearts tingled and squirm, squealing like, “Yes, yes, yes!!

The beautiful cover adds a lot to my excitement. I can hardly wait until the book comes out 😀

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There you have it; these are the books recently added to my to-read list.  I tend to ‘judge a book by its cover’ and go on an impetuous buying, I hope these books will measure up to my expectation and satisfy me.

ただいま Sherryl Woods サマの The Inn at Eagle Pointを読んでおりまして残すところ30%程度ですが。あと2~3日中には次のポストが書けるといいなぁと思いつつ、その間に最近「読みたい本」に加えた本たちをご紹介したいと思います(実際にGoodreads の読みたい本リストに加えたわけではないのですが)。

Ciper by Aileen Erin

この本はBookbubを通じて知りました。Twitterのお友達に紹介してもらって登録してからというもの、積極的に時間を作ってはあれこれ本を探しております。
普通はヤングアダルトものは読まないのですが、あらすじも結構面白そうだったので試してみることにしました。

Ms. Communication by Myra Kendrix

この本もまたTwitterのお友達のツイートから知りまして。無料だということでAmazonくんのお世話になってダウンロードしました。正直言うと、あらすじ良く読まずにダウンロードしたのでどんな話なのか良くわかってないんですよね(^_^;) でもね、ほら、先入観無いってのはいいことかもですし。本が実際良ければ嬉しさも倍になりますしねw

本の洒落たタイトルも好きです。「ミスコミュニケーション」とかけたのかしら、とかね。(想像ですが)

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

この本にかけてはですね、そりゃー思い切りましたとも。私は普段パラノーマルものとかゾンビものは読まないので。
ホラー小説にありそうなグロい描写に対する嫌悪感みたいなのがありましたけど、なんか本能的直感でこの本は普通のゾンビ本とは違うかも、と思ったしTwitterのお友達からお墨付きも頂いたので、背中を押されてオーディオブックをダウンロードしました。(The Walking Deadみたいな感じじゃない、とおっしゃって下さったので安心しまして)

簡単に言えば、好奇心が不安要素を上回ったと。それに、ベストセラーがたった3.95ドルで聴けるならねぇ? これは拒否れないぞ、と。

The One I’m With by J. Lynn Rowan

最後だからって一番興味がないとかそんなんとは全く違います。こちらは私の大好きな Sweet Somethings シリーズの第3作目です。10月12日に発売予定です^^

過去2作品のブログでお分かりのように、この作者はロマンティストじゃないかなぁと思いますし、私は前2作が大好きでした 😄
なんか上手いんですよね。こうじらされるというか、「そうそうそう!!」と叫んでしまったりとかw

綺麗な表紙で一層興奮が高まりますし。発売日が待てません 😀

というわけで、これらが最近読む本リストに加えた本達です。私は結構「表紙で本を選ぶ」ことが多いのですが、これらが私の期待に沿ってくれたらいいなーと思ってます。