Award: The Awesome Blogger Award #2

Thank you, Misty@Mistybookspace for nominating me for the ‘Awesome Blogger Award!’
This is my second nomination and I’m simply overwhelmed by the love and support by you readers!
Misty and I met about several months ago and she’s always been so nice and have left kind comments on my blog (I cannot tell you enough how relieved I was to read your response to myMe Before You review… thank you!).
She’s very active in this book community and has great content. You should definitely check out her blog!

This Award was created by Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala and she said:

This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the reason behind the award.
  • Include the banner in your post.
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated!

 

All right, let’s dive into the questions!

Questions:

What movie have you watched recently? Was it good?
I hardly ever watch movies lately… but oh, wait! I have! It was Ip Man featuring a Hong-Kong Kung-fu actor, Donnie Yen. I just looooove him. His execution, especially kicks are just amazing! In this movie, the fighting style is slightly different and I don’t get to see many kicks for which he is widely known… but this movie reminds me that he is soo good as an actor not only as an action star ❤

What food would you recommend everyone to try at least once?
Geeez, tough question…I’m not a foodie!! Lol but let’s see… I’m from Japan, so maybe Tempura, I think?? It’s basically deep-fried veggies and seafood with light and crispy batter made of eggs, flour, and cold water. It’s one of the most popular traditional Japanese dishes and you should definitely give this a try. It’s one of my favorite. Most people usually dip Tempura in a special sauce called ‘tsuyu,’ but I personally love to eat with a bit of salt. That won’t ruin the crispness of the batter, and you can better appreciate the flavors that the ingredients have.

What are some of your hobbies?
Crocheting, (occasionally) baking?? Oh, I hardly ever bake bread now, but I used to be crazy about baking bread, like bagels, chocolate chips bread… here are some pics of the bread that I baked.

What’s your beverage of choice?
Coffee! Or tea, occasionally.

Do you collect anything other than books?
Decorative small objects that give off a seasonal vibe. Something I can decorate my room with. To elaborate on this, I often buy tons of pumpkin themed candles or figurines when Halloween rolls around (I bought a mug cup last year) and then I start buying lots of Christmas themed items right after Halloween lol

What is your favorite season?
Fall season, hands down! I get to wear one of my favorite colors, Brown a lot. And the weather is much color in Fall. I easily get hot and sweaty, so summer is the worst!!! Winter is good, but it might be a bit too cold (it’s totally fine though).

What do you spend most of your time doing?
No doubt, reading! Give me a whole day on which I get to spend reading. That’ll make me a happy girl 🙂

What is your favorite book to movie adaptation?
Again, I haven’t watched a movie for like ages… I haven’t watched it yet, but I think Everything Everything seems good judging from its trailer! Oh, no, wait! I don’t know what you guys think about this… but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone! I watched this movie looong before I read the book, so I was mesmerized by the Wizardly world ❤

Tell us something about yourself?
…eh, what do you guys want to know about me??
It’s not like I’m trying to hide anything from you, I simply cannot come up with anything to share with you (I’m a very ordinary person).

All right, basic info:
Name: Noriko
Country: Japan (born and raised, never have been outside of Japan)
Gender: female (#obvious)
Favorite color(s): Pink, brown, green, blue
Likes: music, YouTube, English, Books,
Dislike: Spiders, snakes, obnoxious, rude/disrespectful people…
Occupation: an office worker for a small construction company, mainly do book-keeping.

What is your favorite book of 2017 so far?
As of today, hands-down, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, but I also looooooove History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. These are my faves ❤

My nominees:

Yesha@Books Teacup and Reviews
Lauren@My Paper Infinity
hanahpotamus@peanutbutter & Books
Alex@coffeelovingbookoholic

 

I know I’m being lazy but please pardon me for not listing my own questions and asking you the same questions Misty asked me (again, lack of my creative genes, guys!! lol).

As always, please feel free to skip it, don’t feel obliged to participate! If you do, have fun 🙂

That’s it, guys! I hope you enjoyed this!
Thank you so much for your support, as always! I’ll see you all in my next post 🙂

Noriko

AWARD: The Unique Blogger Award #2

Many thanks to my dear fellow blogger, Delphine@Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads for nominating me!
She and I met about a month (maybe even more…?) ago and it’s always been so much fun to read her unique ‘babbles!’ 
Yes, she has a very distinct ‘voice’ and I love her voice so much!! Her blog is always full of fun, delight, and great book reviews! If you haven’t already, you should definitely check her out!!

Rules (with Delphine’s personal twist )

  • Respond to the questions without adopting a contradictory identity (in bimbo: don’t detour from who you are!)
  • Tag fellow babblers who you find “unique”
  • Don’t post until you link back to your tagger
  • Ask your peeps three questions

All right, now that we’ve got all the rules down pat, let’s move on to the questions!

Questions from Delphine:

1. Who are you, besides an avid bibliophile?
Who am I? Geez, there’s nothing much to speak of… Okay, I’m going for a bit unconventional; ask me whatever question you wanna ask in the comment section, and I’ll make another post answering those questions! Will that do? No?
Anyways, I’m from Japan and working for a mid-sized construction company. Basically, I do almost anything other than physical work; sort of like a jack-of-all-trades and master of none.
Besides an avid bibliophile, what am I??? I have no idea. Send whatever questions my way, that’s it!! lol (by the way, I’m serious.)

2. Briefly describe your recipe for the ideal life (question open for interpretation).
Tough question! The thing is, I don’t have any specific vision or idea for the ‘ideal’ life.
It would be absolutely fantastic if I could live the rest of my life doing absolutely nothing but reading and blogging, but obviously, it is just a pipe dream. We need to support ourselves.
But, for the sake of the question, I’d say, ‘trust’ and ‘harmonious relationship with others.’
Personal relationships with others – like it or not – weighs so much in our lives; we can never live just by ourselves, we certainly benefit from others’ help and sacrifices more or less.
In that respect, I want to be appreciative of what others have done for me and what they are inclined to do for my sake. Every little bit of appreciation will definitely help to forge a strong relationship and that will certainly enrich and bring joy in our lives. If I am happy in my everyday life, that will certainly be ideal for me.

3. Who is your favorite author of 2017 and why?
Although I’m only halfway through the year 2017, I would say Ken Follett, hands down.
The Pillars of the Earth turned me into Ken Follett fangirl and I cannot get enough of his writing!
I just simply admire his creativity (writing as long as 1000 pages should require plenty of creative genes) and prowess in writing!

 

My nominees:

Tiana@The Book Raven
Darque Dreamer Reads
Trisy@Bobo’s Book Bank

Since I’ve been tagging so many of my fellow bloggers, I decided to tag some new bloggers that I got to know lately 🙂
No pressure, as always! You can feel free to skip it. But please do remember that I appreciate your ‘unique’ voices!

My Questions to the nominees:

  1.  What do you think it is that makes you ‘unique’?
  2.  Briefly describe your recipe for the ideal life (question open for interpretation).
  3.  Describe your personality traits in less than 10 words.

I’m so sorry for taking so long, Delphine! But I’ve finally made it! (*smirk*) Thank you so much for the nomination once again! I really appreciate our friendship 🙂

And thank you so much, everyone, for your support and love! I really appreciate every single like and comment you have given me! ❤
Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll talk to you all again soon!

 

Noriko

Award: Real Neat Blog Award

Thank you so much, Jo-Ann@Inspiration Pie for nominating me for this ‘Real Neat Blog’ award!
I’ve really started to sound like a broken record, but I cannot believe the number of awards that I have received in the last couple of months!
Jo-Ann and I met about a month ago and she has been so nice and sweet since our first meet 🙂
Thank you so, so much once again for even thinking of me!

If you haven’t already, go hurry over to Jo-Ann’s blog! She’s just come back from her vacation, you get to see wonderful, awesome pics there! Plus, do enjoy her relaxing, soothing ‘Daily Walk’ posts; they will definitely make you feel like taking a walk with her! I love that segment!!

 

Okay, the rules for sharing the Real Neat Blog Award:

 

Rules:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the folks who nominated you and provide links to their blogs.
  • Answer the seven questions asked by your nominator(s).
  • Nominate any number of other bloggers to share the award and give them some linky love.
  • Notify the nominated folk.
  • Ask your nominees seven questions of your own.

 

Questions from Jo-Ann:

1. What is your favorite genre?
I’m not completely sure about genres and I don’t know if I can accurately pigeonhole a book into a certain genre. So, I would say books like The Pillars of the Earth! I know you’re getting sick of me coming back to this book over and over and over again, but I cannot help it.

Yes, you are AWESOME!!

2. What is the last book you read that you gave 5 Stars and what did you love about it?


I’m pretty close to finishing The Pillars and I’m certain that I’ll give this book hands down 5 stars, but let’s leave it aside for now and talk about Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
What I love the most about the book is the emotional connection that I had with this book. This book is incredibly visceral, gut-wrenching, heart-ripping, downright sad. I really love and appreciate how emotionally engaging this book is. I also appreciate how this book deals with some serious subject matters such as life, respect (of life) and dignity. I am so glad this book didn’t end up being another Chick-Lit which heavily focuses on romance and perfunctorily touches (or passes off touching) such issues. Light, fluffy, happy-go-lucky romance books are all well and good, I do want to read them every now and then, but those books tend to leave a much smaller impact on me. I love books that emotionally wreck me and shatter me. Weird as it might sound, but that’s true.

3. Who is your favorite author?
Ken Follett! I’ve only read one book from him, but I think he is a master of storytelling. it surely takes plenty of skills and creativity to keep the readers engaged and entertained throughout the book as thick and big as The Pillars of the Earth.

4. What keeps you from attaining your goals?
Life. There are times when things which are beyond your control get in the way. You have to ride it out and let nature run its course in such situations.

5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Does it sound shallow if I say I don’t have any specific life goals and objectives?? Honestly, I don’t. I have no idea where I’ll be in five years. I will simply live each day doing what I really love and I’m passionate about. If that leads me to a happier life, that’ll be great.

6. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
Interactions that I get to have with my friends and readers 🙂 Writing book reviews and coming up with ideas can be pretty tough and daunting at times, but whenever I receive positive responses and sweet comments, they’ll make me extremely happy. I’ll be like, ‘life is good.’ Seriously.

7. How do you start off your morning?
As soon as the alarm on my iPhone goes off, I go straight to WordPress and check all the comments and likes to catch up with them. (at this point, I’m still in bed.)
About 5 to 10 minutes later, I peel myself off my bed, switch on my PC, check Twitter/Goodreads and e-mail.
When I’m done, I pick up my Kindle and do some reading for the next 30 to 1 hour and then I wash my face, put on a makeup and do my hair while watching some YouTube videos. Then I fix my breakfast which usually consists of a piece of toast and a yogurt bowl topped with some fruits (mostly bananas) plus coffee, squeeze some reading again, and then I get ready and leave for work.

 

My Nominees:

I only picked a handful of people here thinking that most of you have already done this award! Lol
No pressure as always and take however long you need 🙂 Most importantly, you can feel free to skip it! No worries!

 

My questions to the nominees: (some my own, some from Jo-Ann)

1.  Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
2. How long have you been blogging?
3. What do you love most about blogging?
4. Who is your favorite author?
5. What keeps you from attaining goals?
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
7. What quality do you look for a friend? What about them attracts you the most?

That’s it! We’ve made it.
Thank you all so much once again- this award and recognition have been brought by your continuous support!

Hope you enjoyed reading this and I’ll see you in my next post!

Noriko

Award: Blogger Recognition Award #2

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.
Today, I’m going to do The Blogger Recognition Award post!
This is my second nomination and I was nominated by itchusbookcorner and Nel@Reactionary Tales! Thank you both for even thinking about me – I feel so blessed and humbled to have someone like you two, who are willing to interact with me! You two (and all of you- my dear friends and readers!) have definitely brought delight to my life, thank you ❤

If you Haven’t already, go hurry over to their blogs! They are both amazing bloggers and have got great & fun, inspiring content!

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

My story

I signed up for WordPress a couple of years ago. I think it was the summer of 2014 or around that time.
Writing in English has always been my passion since my time in junior college and I wanted to hone my writing skills even more by making posts on a regular basis.
However, along with very little drama in my life, I was completely lacking creative genes (I still am); it didn’t take me long to run out of topics to blog about.
More than anything, I didn’t have a specific vision for my blog nor did I know anything about blogging in the first place. Stumped, I stopped blogging altogether after posting 3 to 4 posts sporadically and let it lie dormant for about two years. It never crossed my mind to revamp and relaunch my blog during that time.

Fast forward to the summer in 2016. I was bitten by a bookworm bug all of a sudden. I’d always loved reading since I was little, but I had been more like an ‘on-and-off’ reader, never been a hardcore bookworm. I had never got so wrapped up in reading before.
As I read books back to back, I started to be itching to gush and share my thoughts on books with like-minded people. Although I had already had a bunch of Japanese online friends and been gushing about books, it was no longer enough for me – I’d come to look for an outlet where I can gush about books as well as use my English.

So I decided to launch this book blog on August 25th, 2016. It was a decision that I made totally on a whim, I launched this ‘Diary of a Bookfiend’ without having done any homework whatsoever – I just started it.

Now I’m blessed with so many wonderful friends and readers, but there was hardly anyone visiting my blog other than my Twitter friends right after the launch. My earlier book reviews were simply pathetic and embarrassing to look at. But I kept going; I kept posting and posting and posting while picking up tips and techniques about blogging along the way.

And here I am – still blogging after almost a year since its launch. This little book blog will celebrate its 1 year anniversary next month! How times flies!

I still can’t believe that I got to be this consistent and have come this far – it’s all thank to you, my dear readers. I thank you all for your continuous support!

Anyways, this is how I started blogging again and how this book blog came into being 🙂

 

My Two Pieces of Advice

  • Have your own voice/Stay true to yourself: This is something I’m still struggling. Basically, I’m still a newbie in this blogging community. I know almost nothing about blogging and it’s not like I get to write as wonderfully and mellifluously as you do; it’s always been a struggle to write my book reviews and I’ve always been battling with my inferiority complex.
    That said, no matter how miserable and immature my writing and execution may be, I’m consistently trying the best I can to express my true self, my emotions, and my thoughts through my posts. I want to stay true to myself and my emotions, and I want my readers/friends to feel them.
    I’m not sure if such feelings are actually reflected in my writing, but nothing would please me more and make me happier if I can get my message across to you all.
    I’d rather have a flawed, incomplete yet distinct voice of my own than being able to write impeccable yet stolid, impersonal, emotionless sentences. I want to have my own voice with which I can convey my truest self. I strongly believe that’s what our blogs more engaging and endearing to our readers. Have you own voice and write in the way you feel most comfortable. That’s my first advice.

 

  • Interact with other bloggers, have fun!: As I mentioned in my blog start-up story, my blogging activity was initially a solitary one. Believe it or not, I didn’t use to interact with my followers and other bloggers as much before. I used to just write up book reviews, post them and that was it; there was hardly anyone who gave me likes or comments. It was literally a solitary activity but I kept telling myself it was OK and kept things that way.
    I don’t know exactly when I started proactively interacting with other bloggers, but let me tell you – the enjoyment and delight that I get from blogging activity has probably become tenfold; I am almost addicted to blogging/interacting with you all!
    Every single like, comment, and response that I get from all of you readers has definitely enriched my life. The last couple of months have been quite a ride!!! I cannot believe how I could have been satisfied with how things used to be.
    If you don’t open up with other bloggers and interact with them, your blogging activity will remain pretty solitary. You might feel intimidated and balk at the mere thought of posting comments at first, but do not worry! This blogging community is really welcoming and kind! Just look at me – I’m Japanese and barely manage to handle English, BUT through this blog and the interactions with other bloggers (some of them are super-experienced and prolific, amazing ones!!), I’ve now made friends with so many wonderful bloggers all over the world!!
    It does take courage to throw yourself in, but trust me, it’ll open up a whole new world for you.
    Go ahead. Just interact and most importantly, enjoy yourself!!

 

My nominees:

Nika@Bookster
Harini@Books and Readers
Naty@Naty’s Bookshelf

I’ve got a feeling this award is currently going around this blogosphere, so I’ll just pick up a couple of bloggers that I recently go to know.
You can feel free to skip it, of course,  but if you’re up for participating, have fun! 😀

Let me thank you once again for your support!
Hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll talk to you again soon!

Noriko

 

Award: The Sunshine Blogger #2

Thank you,  Yesha@BooksTeacupandReviews for nominating me for this award!
Although I’ve been blogging almost 10 months now, it’s actually been only a few months since I became pretty active in this blogging community. It is truly humbling to have someone (all of you, guys!) appreciate and recognize what I’ve been doing. Thank you so much once again, Yesha for the nomination. If you haven’t already, check out her blog; she’s such an active blogger and has got great content!

Rules:

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

Questions from Yesha:

1.A quote or any saying you love and follow
I’m not big on quotes or saying as a matter of fact, but my favorite one – well, this is actually not a saying, I’m afraid – is ‘whatever floats your boat.’ I like the rhythm that it has, and at the end of the day, we all live only ONCE. So, it is always nice to do whatever we want to so that we won’t regret at the end of our lives for not having done what we should have.

2.What life lesson took you the most to learn?
Be honest and true to myself.
Being an introvert and due to my predisposition to avoiding conflicts, I tend to hold in my feelings and go along for the ride. I thought it was the key to a harmonious relationship. That said, a big heart-to-heart talk that I had with my sister-in-law several years ago taught me that it is not always the case. Respecting others’ will and feelings is very important, there’s no doubt about that, but at times you need to open up and state your true feelings; you need to be honest with others. Some would want you to be honest and straightforward than clamming up.
It is hard to be completely honest especially to someone who is awfully straightforward (because the probability of receiving criticism is awfully high), but this is something I learned from my relationship with my sister-in-law.
We’re still on a bumpy ride every now and then, but I know she means well and I try not to take it personally too much, so it’s been much better than before.

3.What do you love most about YOU?
To be perfectly honest, I have never explored that side of myself. I neither love nor hate myself. There’s nothing special to brag about.  That said though, What I think I can brag about is being a firm believer of ‘no one can be inherently evil.’ This is what I strongly believe and I want to keep it that way.

4.What personality trait are you currently trying to change or improve?
Short-temper. Timidity. It’s kind of related to the answer to #2, I think 🙂

5.When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I no longer remember!! I don’t think there was any specific occupation or dream when I was growing up.
That said, my school book when I was in 4th grade in elementary school (yep, my mom still keeps it. Yikes.) says I wanted to explore and communicate with people all over the world… wow, does that mean I’ve made my dream come true? Yay me 🙂

6.What courses were your worst and best in school?
Worst: math.
Best: either Japanese or English.

I was miserably crappy at math since I was in elementary school. In high school, I was always on the verge of flunking and I even took some follow-up courses during the spring break. My then teacher once said, ‘you should probably start over from elementary math.’
My best subject has always been Japanese (obviously) and English. I didn’t particularly love English, but something clicked me when I was prepping for college entrance exams and learning and using English has become an integral part of my life since then 🙂

7.If you had to stick with one book genre for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I don’t know much about genre nor am I good at pigeonholing books so I’d say I’d want to read epic books like The Pillars of the Earth because it’s got all the elements that I look for in a book rolled into one. I could read books like this my entire life.

8.What is your superpower?
Can I pass this question? I cannot even come up with an answer…

9.What are you currently watching on tv (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc (that you would recommend?)

I hardly ever watch TV now, but I love watching ‘Air Crash Investigation’ type of thing on YouTube. As I said earlier somewhere in my previous post, my first job was an assistant flight operator for a Japanese airline company. I learned a lot about aircraft and I always love the feeling of exhilaration that I get when planes take off/land.

10.What’s the weirdest or most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
I’m pretty sure most of you will find this flat-out gross and disgusting. So, peace out if you don’t think you can stand what I’m going to tell you…
The answer is, a bug. Yes, you heard that right. A BUG. The thing is, it happened when I was about 10 years old. A bug crawled into a bag of potato chips while I went to the bathroom and I grabbed a handful of potato chips and popped them into my mouth without knowing there was a bug lurking in them… I know it’s gross. Sorry! But this is the only unusual thing I have ever eaten in my entire life. (And obviously, I SPAT IT OUT in case you’re wondering.)

11.TWO PIECES OF ADVICE

  1. Try to see things/people in a positive light. Try to find good things about them. This is something I keep reminding myself. When I look at something or meet someone for the first time, the first impression can be of great significance to me. Once a bad impression sets in my mind, it’s hard to wipe that off. That said, I also know it totally depends on my mindset. If I look at things/people in a negative light right from the beginning, nothing or no one will please me, and I think it’s really deplorable. It can be hard at times to always try to do so, but we are responsible for our moods and feelings; it’s not like ‘oh, such a such a person puts me in a bad mood,’ we can make what we see more pleasant with a bit of an effort and if that leads to a happier life, what more could you ask for?
  2. Find passions in your life. Not everyone can pursue their dreams. Even if you aspire to achieve something, and even if others keep telling you that it’s your own life and you ought to take control of it, things don’t necessarily go the way you want them to go. Sometimes you just cannot have your own way; you could be condemned to stick to where you are. That’s life.
    With that being said though, if you have something you can be passionate about and really love, it can bring light to your life. If you have an outlet where you can let yourself go and immerse yourself in, that might make your life less daunting, less bleak. In my case, I gave up an opportunity to move to Tokyo a few years ago; life and a lot of complications got in the way and I finally decided to stay where I am now.
    I felt miserable and impotent. Although it was me who eventually made the decision, I brooded over it for some time. But ever since I found my love of reading and blogging/interacting with you all, the quality of my life has been raised significantly. I have never felt better in years!
    My long-winded advice is, find something you love and keep doing it. No matter how small and inconsequential it may seem, it’ll definitely enrich your life.

My nominees:

Annie@Uniquely Magic
Misty@MistyBookSpace
Kathy@Books & Munches
Delphine@Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads
Maxxesbooktopia
Nika@Bookster

As always, don’t feel obliged to do this if you don’t awards or have already been nominated!
Just remember all of you (including those I didn’t specifically nominate here) are the sunshine to me 🙂
Stay the way you are and keep inspiring me!

Questions to the nominees:

Yikes… this is the hardest part for me. So, I’ll mix up some of the questions Yesha asked me with mine. Here we go:

  1. What are your plans for this summer?
  2. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  3. What is your favorite book genre?
  4. Who is your recent fictional crush?
  5. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  6. Coffee or tea drinker?
  7. Night owl or morning person?
  8. What is your superpower?
  9. What’s the weirdest or most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
  10. What do you most love about YOU?
  11. What are your passions in life?

That’s it, we’ve made it!
Thank you so much again for the nomination, I really appreciate your support and all the likes and comments, more than anything, all the time you have taken to interact with me 🙂  Thank you so, so much ❤

I hope you enjoyed this post. I’ll talk to you in my next post 🙂

Noriko

Award: The Awesome Blogger Award

Thank you so much Des@Des’ Random Thoughts for the nomination! It is kind of humbling to be nominated for such an amazing award!
Des and I have met about a couple of weeks ago and she’s been so nice to have given so many likes to my posts! Thank you Des for your kindness and support, it means the world to me 🙂  If you haven’t, you should definitely check out her blog – her site is so cute to the eye and her book reviews are just amazing. You won’t regret it!

The award was created by Maggie at Dreaming of Guatemala who stated:

This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.

 

Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Include the reason behind the award.
3. Include the banner in your post.
4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

 

Questions from Des

1. What is your favorite food?
My favorite food…I’d say French fries! I love potatoes. Seriously, I could eat them all day every day. I can’t get enough of it. Other than that… sunny side up, I would say.

2. TV series or movie adaptation?
That’s hard to say. I think TV series can be too long for an adaptation of a standalone book. Production teams and manuscript writers could throw in some scenes that are not even in the book. If it works, it’s fine but if it doesn’t, I’ll absolutely hate it. On the other hand, movie adaptation can be too short. I’m probably in between on this one. I’m in two minds about this.

3. Where are you from?
I’m born and bred in Japan, never have lived in other countries.

4. If you could choose a skill you can master, what would it be?
Home economics in general? Like, cooking, sewing… stuff like that.

5. Any summer plans?
Nothing in particular so far. But I’ll be going home from Aug.13 to Aug.16 for a midsummer holiday, what we call ‘Obon Holiday,’ which I’m planning to share with you on my upcoming posts. My sister’s family will join me, so basically it’s an annual family get-together. We’ll probably do a barbecue on the evening of the 15th. That’s all I’ve got for this summer so far.

6. You can choose five artists/bands you’ll watch in one music festival, who are they?

  • Chicago
  • TOTO
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Sting
  • … (can’t come up…)

7. What’s on top of your bucket list?
Visiting Space Center Houston! As I briefly mentioned in my Anything But Books Tag, I’m crazy about Apollo 13. I love the movie and I also read the book in Japanese. I want to see the mission control center with my own two eyes. But basically, I want to visit the United States sometime in my life 🙂 Need to save up my money!

8. Beach or mountain?
Definitely mountain! I HATE hot weather and being sweaty. I want to chill out in a cottage or somewhere high up in the mountain, with an AC turned on, of course 😛

9. Least favorite social media platform?
Facebook. There are too many notifications and I don’t appreciate their ‘Do you know XXX?’ function. I’m basically an introvert. I don’t want my bosses or my subordinates to pry into my private life too much. (But funnily enough, exactly the opposite goes for my online friends.) I hardly ever log on to Facebook recently.

10. Aside from reading, what else do you do on your free time?
Watching YouTube videos or playing minesweeper on my PC while listening to music. Or, simply taking a nap lol

 

My Nominees

 

As usual, it’s totally fine to skip it if you aren’t up for this. If you participate, have fun with it! 🙂
It’s such a shame that I don’t get to tag everyone, but please do remember my appreciation for you guys is always there!!!

 

My Questions to the nominees

As you already know, I’m lacking a creative gene so I’ll mash up some questions from Des’ and mine.

  1. What is your worst fear in your life?
  2. Are you left-handed or right-handed? If you’re right-handed, are you inherently right-handed or were you forced?
  3. Tell us about the happiest moment you have ever had in your life if you don’t mind.
  4. If you could go back in time and re-experience a certain event/time period, when is it and why?
  5. Where are you from?
  6. What is your least favorite social media platform and why?
  7. If you could have Doraemon’s Anywhere Door (for those of you who don’t know what it is, it is basically a magical door that transports you anywhere you want in an instant), where would you go?
  8. What’s the 2nd item on your bucket list?
  9. Any summer plans?
  10. What life lesson do you appreciate the most and why?

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That’s it!
Thank you so much for the nomination once again, I appreciate your love and support ❤
I hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll talk to you again in my next post!

Noriko

Thank you 2

Award: The Versatile Blogger Award

 

Thank you so much Mischenko@ReadRantRock&Roll and Priyasha@BOOKS AND CO. for nominating me for this award!
This nomination came as a complete surprise and I still cannot believe this. Thank you so much for your support, guys! I really appreciate it 🙂
If you haven’t already please check out their blogs! Mischenko’s blog has a lot of great contents such as great good reviews, mouth-watering food recipes and photos and beautiful stories that pull your heartstrings!
Don’t forget to visit Priyasha’s blog, too! She seems to be a busy-bee with her school and everything, but she consistently posts cute posts that put a smile on her face. She’s such a cutie ❤

 

RULES OF THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:

1.) Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
2.) Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
3.) Also inform them about their nomination.
4.) Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

 

7 FACTS ABOUT ME

1.BookTube (YouTube) addict:
Yes, I am. I love watching YouTube, especially BookTube videos. But before becoming as big a bookworm as I am now about a year ago, I used to watch an awful lot of cooking (baking) videos such as FoodTube by Jamie Oliver and Honeysuckle catering by Honeysuckle (although I am far cry from a good cook…*sigh*)
I don’t think I have to explain Jamie Oliver, but if you have never watched Honeysuckle videos, go check that out. Her videos are so beautifully filmed, edited and more than anything, Honeysuckle – Dzung (she’s a Vietnamese) is such a sweetie! I love her.

2.Love Music
This might not be a surprise for you, but I listen to music A LOT. There’s never a day when I don’t listen to music. Even with my growing pile of books, I always squeeze some music into my life.
I basically listen to whatever genre as long as it’s good and strikes a chord with me, but I generally like music with beautiful harmony or melody line.
My favorite band will always be TOTO but I also often listen to:

  1. Chicago
  2. YES
  3. Phil Collins (sometimes)
  4. Genesis
  5. Steve Porcaro (Yes, he released his first solo album! I love it <3)
  6. Red Hot Chili Peppers (especially Stadium Arcadium)
  7. Kesha
  8. Evanescence (Fallen)
  9. Linkin Park (Meteora)
  10. Daryl Hall & John Oates

Oh, I also do a lot of carpool karaoke (of course by myself). Surprised??

3. I don’t read mangas nor watch animes that much.
No, I don’t. There are some mangas that I absolutely loved to some extent such as One Piece and Naruto, I don’t usually read any mangas nor do I watch animes. Can I be honest with you? Illustrations of girls with huge, about-to-cry eyes and big boobs simply disgusts me. Believe it or not, a municipal government in Japan once put such images of girls on their posters!!! Even if that was an attempt to draw in inbound tourists… Ughh, no. I cannot stand that…

4. I cannot blow my nose
No, I cannot. Laugh at me if you want – but seriously, no, I cannot blow my nose.
To be more precise, I don’t seem to know how to properly blow my nose. I’m not even joking!
I don’t know why, but blowing my nose always makes me worry if I accidentally damage my eardrums and I just cannot bring myself to blow my nose. And what do I do instead if I can’t blow my nose? … Take a guess.

5. I cannot ride a motorcycle
In Japan, when you get a driver’s license, you’re automatically qualified to drive a motorcycle by merely taking a one-hour crash course on motorcycle. Long time ago, while I was waiting in line for my turn to come, the motorcycle suddenly acted up and then the brake went out of order. In an attempt to put the raging motorcycle under control, the supervisor jumped in and tried to grab the handle. But the very next moment, the tire that was spinning at the speed of about 40km/h, cut right across the supervisor’s arm, the blood, THE BLOOD trickled down onto the pavement. Needless to say, the class was cut short, we were dismissed but since then, the idea of riding a motorcycle frightens me. I don’t think I will ever get over my fears.

6. I hate spiders
Just mentioning talking about spiders sends the chill down my spine, I won’t talk much, but yes, I hate spiders. Small, tiny ones are okay but the big ones… Ughhh, they just scare the crap out of me! In Japan, there is a saying that we should not kill spiders in the morning (because it’s an auspicious harbinger), but for me, spiders must be get rid of regardless of the time of day. I simply cannot stand the idea of them lurking somewhere in the room.
My biggest concern when Summer and Fall time roll round is the encounters with big kinds. I always make sure that I’m well stocked up with insecticide sprays just in case I have to tackle them on my own.

7.Possession obsession
Once I think I want something, I feel like I have to have it unless it’s extremely expensive.
And then I start thinking about it almost 24/7, and I just succumb to my temptation and end up buying it.
This is why ‘borrowing something’ doesn’t work for me. If I borrow something (mostly books) from someone and I find I really like it, then I start feeling I want to possess my own copy. A bad habit which is hard to kick out of.

 

My Nominees:

It’s hard come up with as many as 10 bloggers and I don’t want to inundate my friends with tags (since I’ve been tagging them a lot), I’ll pick only a handful of them. Hate to be a rule-breaker, but here are my nominees:

As usual, don’t feel obliged to do this if you’re not up for it. No pressure! Those of you who stumbled across this post and up for it, consider yourself tagged and go ahead!

 

Thank you all so much once again, I hope you enjoyed that!

Noriko