#LifeUpdates: I’ll be away for 5 days!

Hello, everyone! Noriko here.
Today, I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be taking a bit of a break from blogging for about 5 days starting from August 13th. I’m going back to my hometown and staying with my family.

We are having what we call ‘Obon Season’ where we welcome and celebrate the home-coming of our ancestors’ spirits at this time every year.
We light lanterns or make bonfires to illuminate the gateway to our house to welcome in our ancestors’ spirits, celebrate our reunion by making Obon decorations using veggies like cows made out of eggplants and cucumbers (for more information, check out this article), then after a few days, we send them off by making another bonfire or lighting lanterns.

During that time, our family (back in my hometown) are super busy; as my big brother is the resident priest of our temple, which means my family’s temple is literally adjacent to our residence (they are connected with an aisle), we need to welcome our followers coming to make offerings to their ancestors. It’s hard to explain… I might take some photos and share with you guys what it looks like lol

Anyways, for that reason, I’ll be off blogging from the 13th to the 16th 😦
I will try my best to make posts and schedule them before I leave, but pardon me if I fail to do so.

I may not be able to check in with you guys as much as I usually do, either. Now, this is what frustrates me THE MOST, but as this is the time of year where we should celebrate and appreciate the reunion of our family and our ancestors’ spirits, I’m afraid that’ll have to do.
I promise you that I’ll try to stay on Twitter as much as I can, so don’t forget me while I’m away!

I’m leaving for my hometown in the afternoon on the 13th and coming back in the evening on the 16th Japan time.
I know I’ll miss you guys while I’m away – I kind of miss you all already!!

But I’ll be here until the day after tomorrow and will make the best of the time I have until then!

That’s it! Here’s a little announcement of my mini-break from blogging.

Thank you so much for reading/commenting as always, I’ll talk to you all in my next post!

Noriko

Throwback Thursday: Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

Hello, everybody! It’s time for another Throwback Thursday post 🙂

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Renee at It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you want to read that were published over a year ago.  This is a great way to bring some of your old favorites back to life.
If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, and you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her@It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it!

 

 

 

Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. 

Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé. Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. 

Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend.

I read this book sometime in summer of 2012 or 2013 and remember loving this book so much.

The thing is, I totally connected to the main character, Rachel’s oscillating emotions between what’s right and what’s wrong and her second-by-second mounting feelings toward Dex were so heartfelt – it really ached my heart.

The first person present tense, in which the story is narrated threw me off a little bit at first, but I found it was what made this book so engaging for me. I ended up liking its sequel, Something Blue much better than this, but this book still keeps a special place in my heart, conjuring up something akin to nostalgia every time I pick this up.

The forbidden love where Rachel finds herself in was really well done and it’s one of those overused tropes but the one which always tugs at my heartstrings.

As it’s been a while since I last read this book, I think I’ll be reading this sometime by the end of this year and write my thoughts on my blog. It sounds like a lot of fun to see if the way I think of a book will be any different than before 🙂


That’s it for today.

If you have read this book, let me know your thoughts in the comments.
I’d love to hear what you think of this book 🙂

Thank you so much for reading as always, I’ll see you in my next Throwback Thursday! 😀

Noriko

 

To my lovely Jenn (Mischenko <3)

#Milestone: 200 Followers – Thank You!!

I am really getting to sound like a broken record but look at this; 

I’ve just hit 200 followers!!!

To be more precise, 200 WordPress followers plus 1 E-mail follower and THAT makes 201 followers in total.

Gobsmacked. Seriously. Could this be real?????

It was July 2nd (omg, it’s been only a month!) when I hit 100 followers and I seriously cannot believe what I am seeing right now.
I’ve been blogging almost a year and come August 25th, this book blog will celebrate its 1 year-old anniversary, but did I ever imagine me having as many as 200 followers?

Honestly, No. I didn’t think that would EVER happen to me. EVER.

I honestly cannot believe this. I never imagined that my blog would be followed by so many people.
There are hundreds of thousands of great blogs out there in this blogging community, and I always thought mine is just a humble, little blog and I’ve always been comfortable with that.

But my goodness, 200 followers … unbelievable.

Thank you so much, everyone! This really means the world to me!

I really appreciate your taking time to visit, read and interact with me!
None of this would have happened had you not been there for me! I will definitely keep striving to grow my blog and make it more entertaining for all of you to enjoy 🙂

Thank you so much for your support, everyone!
I hope you all will stick around ❤

 

Love,
Noriko

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WWW Wednesday: August 9th, 2017

Hello, friends! It’s time for another WWW Wednesday!

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?

 

The books that I’m currently reading is:

I am currently reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown and listening to Fangirl audiobook. I do have a paperback edition too, but I thought it might be a good idea to try an audiobook so that I get to squeeze as much reading as I can into my daily routine. I’m enjoying the audiobook so far; the narration is good and the plot and the characters are all fleshed out. It’s working well at the moment! 🙂
Correction: Once again, it failed to hold my interest; to be fair, the problem must lie with me. I didn’t get to be invested in the book as much as I usually do with physical books. Something was OFF for me. Duh. I’ve just started over Fangirl (paperback) and I’m enjoying it much better now.

Simultaneously I am reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. The jargon in this book sometimes throws me off just a little bit, but so far, it’s manageable enough to follow and as usual, Dan Brown got me hooked. I’m only 16% into the book but I cannot wait to see how things develop from here!

Simultaneously I am reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. The jargon in this book sometimes throws me off just a little bit, but so far, it’s manageable enough to follow and as usual, Dan Brown got me hooked. I’m only 16% into the book but I cannot wait to see how things develop from here!

 

The Book that I finished from my last posts are:

I finished these two books since my last update, it’s been a great reading week so far. One contributing factor that I get to finish two books within a week is definitely the size of the books. They both are around 300 pages and are quick reads. I don’t think I need to tell you that I enjoyed both of them!  Click the links to read my thoughts on these books.

Words in Deep Blue
The Breakdown

 

What I think I’ll read next?

If I get to miraculously finish those two books within a week, I’ll probably do some reading OUTSIDE my August TBR but I might throw in short books like Never Never Part Two which I mentioned in my Goodreads Monday post.

Either way, as I mentioned in my previous posts, I’m going back to my hometown from August 13th to the 16th to help out my family with all the crazy stuff that’s going around in Mid August, and I probably won’t be able to do much reading during that time.
But let’s see how it goes. If I get any reading done during that time, that’ll be a victory 🙂

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! 😉

Noriko

Question Answered: Audiobooks and Goodreads

Hello, friends!
Thank you so much for responding and giving me tips on my previous post – as to how to go about updating audiobook progress on Goodreads.
I really appreciate all your comments and input, thank you so much!!

As I connect my blog to Twitter, some of my Twitter friends who don’t have WordPress account gave me a great tip that you may find convenient and I would love to share it with you all!

Let me walk you through how to do it!

 

Step 1  Open Audible app

First, open your audible app (in my case, it’s on my iPhone) and tap the icon that I marked with a blue circle.

 

Step 2   Choose “Share my Progress”

 

Step 3  Choose the platform

Tap the platform you want to share your progress on. In my case, I’ll go for Twitter.

 

Step 4   Post it!

Add some text if you like and then tap ‘post!’

 

Then, here it is – your progress has been shared on Twitter and you can tell how much progress you have made!
I tried on Twitter this time, but I’m pretty certain it’ll work the same way with other platforms!!
Although you still can’t share your progress directly on Goodreads, better than nothing, don’t you think?

Hope it helps!

Thank you so much once again for responding to my previous post. I’ll see you again later today!

Noriko

Question: Audiobooks and Goodreads

Hello, friends! I’ll be posting my WWW Wednesday! post later today, (it’s already Wednesday in Japan), but I am here writing this post to ask you all readers/audiobook listeners a question.

I’ve just started listening to Fangirl and am really liking it so far, but I don’t know how to go about updating my reading/listening progress on Goodreads 😦

Let me show you an example to elaborate on this:

Here is a Goodreads page for A Man Called Ove audiobook edition; as you can see, it says ‘9 pages’ in this edition.
But the problem is, I don’t know how many chapters there are (as I haven’t downloaded this audiobook yet), but in most cases, there are more than 9 chapters in an audiobook, so you can’t go like, ‘Okay, I’m on chapter 2, so let’s update my Goodreads status that I am on page 2.’

As for Fangirl, thank goodness, I already owned a paperback so I can compare and see how much headway I make.
But how would you go about it if you didn’t have a physical/e-book?? Would you wait until you finish a chapter and calculate how much progress you make and just type in the percentage you read in the update feed???

Let me pick your brain, my dear readers! I’m in over my head already lol

Thanks for reading as always, I’ll see you in my next post!

Noriko

Goodreads Monday: Never Never Part Two by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Hello, everyone! It’s time for another Goodreads Monday!

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Lauren@Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s blog and link back to her so that others can see what you picked!

 

My pick for this week is Never Never Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher.

“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”

(Goodreads)


I read the first installment of the ‘Never Never’ series last year and I tremendously enjoyed it. (You can read my thoughts here.)
I’ve been meaning to download/read the rest of the series, but for some reason, they have been put on the back burner, I’ve completely forgotten about this series.

Today, I decided to read at least the second installment and just downloaded it. It’s now sitting on my Kindle, waiting for its turn to be read.
As I said in my review for Never Never Part One, there’s something sensual and compelling in their writing, something that has your heart in its clutches and wouldn’t let go till the end.
As it’s really a slim book with only 158 pages, I think I can wolf down this book in a day or two and I seriously cannot wait to find out how the story plays out!

Have you read  Never Never Part Two?  If so, what are your thoughts?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading as always, and I’ll see you in my next post!

Noriko