TAG: The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Hello, everybody! I’ve been recently tagged for the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag by Alex@coffeelovingbookaholic. Thank you so much for tagging me, Alex! She’s a really loving, sweet one and she has an awesome blog – you should definitely check her out!

All right, let’s dive into the questions!

Questions

1.) A popular book or book series that you didn’t like

I know this comes you as a shocker and it’s not like I absolutely hate it, (I actually quite enjoyed reading them) but I don’t think I will read Harry Potter series again. (ahhhhhhhh…)

Now, before you hate me for this, just hear me out – as I said, it’s not that I didn’t like it; I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. It’s just that it really pained me to read/see Harry and his peers suffer and agonized so much. My favorite book in the series is definitely Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone. The world is full of hope and delight. Although there are horrific, terrifying scenes in the latter part of the book, but overall, it was such a delightful read. That said, as you all know, the deeper we go into the series, the darker and darker the overall tone of the book gets, AND we have some of our beloved characters both severely injured or perished… it was so heartbreaking and I cannot have it anymore…

This is the reason why I picked up Harry Potter series here. Although I have completed the series, I probably won’t be reading it unless I have a drastic change of heart 😦

2.) A popular book or book series that everyone else seems to hate but you love

Can I pass this question? Honestly, I am not 100% sure what kind of book constitutes popular/unpopular books … so I cannot even come up with a book. Seriously.

3.) An otp that you don’t like

As a matter of fact, I haven’t read full-on romance books nor books that might apply to this question… so once again, allow me to pass this question 😛

4.) A popular book genre that you hardly reach for

Non-fiction. Like I said like a broken record, I am not quite sure what is so-called ‘popular/unpopular,’ but I’ll say this anyway; I don’t gravitate toward nonfiction books in general. I rarely pick them up unless I desperately want to read or the book in question touches on the topic I’m interested in (like Apollo 13 / my favorite musicians and such).

5.) A popular/beloved character that you do not like

Inej Ghafa from Six of Crows.

I know she is a complex character and has gone through a lot and that almost everybody likes her. But I don’t. Again, it’s not that I dislike her with a burning passion, it’s just that she doesn’t strike me as much. To me, she’s just A-OK character and doesn’t mean a ton for me, sadly.

6.) A popular author that you can’t seem to get into

Sarah J. Maas.  This has actually more to do with the covers NOT with the author herself; I just don’t like the full-on ‘Fantasy’ book covers 😦
On top of all that, I am really a contradictory person; I tend to want to avert overly hyped books. Unless I am genuinely dying to read them, I wouldn’t pick them up. In this case with Sarah J. Maas… I’m afraid I won’t pick up her books unless there’s a drastic change in her book covers.

7.) A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing

Self-deprecating, pessimistic emotional oscillation where the heroine (especially the heroine, yes!!) tells herself not to follow her heart by making lame excuses, like, ‘no, I shouldn’t tell him that I love him because my best friend is head over heels in love with him even though he seems to love me back…‘ etc, etc.  Honestly, I AM TIRED OF THIS. I probably would behave that way if the table were turned, but I tend to think ‘Why the heck don’t you follow your heart?? Stop making such lame excuses, I am not having such BS!’

8.) A popular series that you have no interest in reading

I think the answer to question No.6 applies here, too 🙂  No plan whatsoever in the foreseeable future. (I wouldn’t say NEVER but highly unlikely.)

9.) The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or tv show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I don’t watch a lot of movies or TV shows (to be honest, hardly ever…), so I’ll bring up once again The Jane Austen Book Club. 

I watched the movie adaptation way before the book (maybe 5 to 6 years ago), and the book came as a huge, huge disappointment. There was almost NOTHING I could relate to the characters, I found each character’s episode really drab and boring. The ending was a bit redeeming but felt rushed and too convenient, it didn’t serve well enough to make up for the bad impression that I had toward this book.
The movie is much better with this book; I actually like the movie a lot better and actually want to watch it again.

 

I tag…

Nel@Reactionary Tales

Mischenko@ReadRantRock&Roll

Abbey@Three Cats and a Girl

Nika@Bookster

mojoreb@Book Mojo

As always, don’t feel pressured or obliged to do this tag if you have already done this or don’t do tags.
If any of you wants to do this tag, consider yourself tagged and go right ahead! Just link back to my blog post so that I can read your answers 🙂

That’s it, guys! This is my take on ‘the Unpopular Opinions Book’ tag!
I hope you enjoyed reading my answers and don’t be offended! lol

Thank you so much for reading as always and I will see you all in my next post!

Happy reading until then!!

Noriko

TAG: Dreamy Book Covers Tag

Many thanks to my wonderful, beautiful, amazing friend, Nel@Reactionary Tales for tagging me on the ‘Dreamy Book Covers’ Tag! Nel and I met about two months ago and have been chatting back and forth almost every single day now. I had never read Paranormal books but she pushed me into branching out into the genre, and I am so excited to read the book she personally recommended (and you, too, Patty!).

If you haven’t already, go check out Nel’s blog – I particularly like her Facebook Friday segment where she features some fun stuff that she found on FB, but she shares some staggering facts on endangered animals and plants… really illuminating and thought-provoking! You won’t be disappointed 🙂

 

RULES:

  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Mention the creator of this tag (Tiana @ The Book Raven)
  • Use the original tag image in your post.
  • At least tag one fellow blogger for doing this tag!
  • List the rules.

 

Without further ado, let’s tackle the questions!

 

‘No Ideas But in Things’ A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I think this somewhat distorted-looking cool cover best illustrates what’s inside. In all honesty, the concept of multiverse theory is not so hard to figure out – Blake Crouch did an amazing job of breaking it down into manageable bits which are easy to follow, but I cannot think of any other cover that better fits this theme.

 

‘Dark and Lovely’ –A cover that is so creepilicious, that you want to eat it up.

Geez, the only thing I got to come up with is this one.

Michael Moorcock: Behold the Man

Needless to say, I have no idea why I have this book on my Kindle nor do I have any idea when I’ll actually read this one…

 

‘Sugary Sweet’– A CUTE cover that is so fluffy, you want to give it a hug.

A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen.

I read this book in August, 2015. It was a delightful read depicting a strange, yet strong bond between James and a stray cat which later james named Bob. There seems to be several editions, but personally, I love this one the best.

 

‘The Simple Aesthetic’ – A book cover that stuns with the most minimalist of designs.

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
(By the way, I have this book on my Kindle but haven’t read yet.)

The first thing that crossed my mind was actually Nevil Shute ‘Most Secret.’
But personally, I HATE the cover (I’ll tell you why later), so I picked my second choice.

 

‘Cover Envy’ –A book you wish you had on your shelves, but don’t yet.

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

I love this cover. I don’t know whether the base-color is gold or yellowish brown, but I love how it includes red and green in its design. More than anything, I love the intricacy of its design with an image of a ship in the background. The book is coming out on September 12, I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

 

‘Traveling Abroad’ –A beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

I simply love the whole package; I’m Japanese and live in Japan, so ANY book written in English features countries outside of my own. Then, I would definitely go for the cover that I find the most aesthetic!!

 

‘The Colour Wheel’ –A cover that showcases one of your favourite colours.

The Ladies’ Room by Carolyn Brown

I love green and pink and I like the whole color combination. I actually enjoyed the book itself, too. Since this is my earlier post that I wrote probably a year ago, my writing is quite sloppy compared to what it is now, but if you are interested in my thoughts on this one, you can read my thoughts here.

 

‘Changing Gears’ –A cover change you absolutely adore.

Honestly, I have no idea what book went through cover changes… so, can I talk about the cover change that I absolutely hate?? Lol
Actually, there are tons of changes that I don’t appreciate, but let’s show you the two of them.

Most Secret by Nevil Shute

I absolutely hate the simplistic design. Some may say this one is better, but for me, this one is UNACCEPTABLE. The thing is, when I found this book at Amazon Japan, the cover image on their page was the left one – but when it arrived, it turned out to be the one on the right.

Can you imagine how infuriated I was??? The image of a fishboat (or something) was deeply etched into my brain – I was expecting to get this edition but then the one actually arrived was the one that I least expected. No, I don’t like this type of cover. Period.

The Bear and the Nightingale By Katherine Arden

I love the left one and hate the right one. Well, to be fair – I probably wouldn’t have hated this cover as much had I not seen the cover on the left. This is the cover image that I have been seeing in this book community. For me, when someone says the title, I visualize this cover. But then again, if you go for a cheaper edition which is actually 5 dollars cheaper than the left one, you’ll get the right one. Huge disappointment. I personally find this edition beautiful in its own way, but no. Once I have a fixed image in my brain, I cannot take any other edition. (#bookwormproblems #firstworldproblems)

 

‘Oldie but Goodie’ —A favourite cover of your favourite classic.

I haven’t read as many Classic books, but I’d definitely go for this one;

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Simply stunning.

 

And the winner is —Which book cover mentioned above is your favourite.

I’m going to do what orangutan (Nel’s nominator) and Nel did and leave it up to you, dear readers, to decide. Which cover is your favorite?
Have you ever read any of the books that I listed above??
Let me know in the comments below!

 

Since I’ve been tagging lots of people lately, I’ll leave it to you to participate.
If you are up for this and interested, consider yourself tagged and go ahead! Just leave the link to your post in the comment section so that I can read your answers!

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this post.
Thank you so much for reading as always, I’ll see you in my next post!

Noriko

TAG: Goodreads Book Tag

Thank you so much, Nika@Bookster for tagging me for this Goodreads Book Tag!
Nika and I met about two weeks ago (sorry if I’m wrong…), and she has been so nice and approachable since the very first moment! I love reading her book reviews, they are very detailed and thorough; they are very eloquently executed! If you haven’t already, go check that out!

Now, let’s talk about Goodreads. (Yes, this tag is supposed to be all about Goodreads, is it not?)
I joined Goodreads in April, 2014. As I mentioned in my earlier posts, I didn’t use to be THIS hardcore bookworm until last summer. I used to be sort of an ‘on-and-off’ bookworm, so I only used Goodreads sporadically.
But guess what? Goodreads has now become one of my most-accessed social media!
Find me on Goodreads and let’s be friends ❤

Now, let’s move on to the questions!

Questions:

1. What was the last book you marked as “read”?
I just finished The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. YES!!! I finally made it!!! It took me nearly a month but I am super happy and am basking in the sense of accomplishment right now… man, what a ride it has been!!!
But to be perfectly honest, I didn’t want it to end. I was so invested in the story and the characters… The last 50 pages or so felt a tad drag and slippery at times, but overall this was quite a delightful read. Undeniably one of the best books of 2017.

 

2. What are you currently reading?
Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka. I got this book from NetGalley and I’m planning to single-mindedly focus on this book for the time being. It’s been almost a month since my request was approved and I am actually feeling a bit of pressure right now. Finishing this book and writing up feedback is my first priority at the moment.

 

3. What was the last book you marked as “to be read”
In all honesty, it’s The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett which was recommended by my Goodreads friend. But I know you are a bit tired of hearing me gushing how much I want to read his books, I’ll say Beartown by Fredrik Backman.
As I love going into the book pretty blindly, I don’t know almost anything about the synopsis, but it seems like pretty heavy (or emotionally gripping?) and I have heard lots of good things about it. So, I’ll definitely pick up this book by the end of this year.

 

4. What book do you plan to read next?
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris. As I told you in my Read-A-Thin Post, this is another book I was approved by NetGalley. Again, it’s been almost a month since I downloaded it. I think I’ll need to read/write feedback like ASAP. This will definitely be the next book that I’ll read once I’ve finished Girl in Snow.

 

5. Do you use the star rating system
Yes, I do. But I still don’t have any specific definition or idea as to what quality a book needs to have or how emotionally gripping a book has to be to deserve high ratings or low ratings, etc, etc…
As a fledgling bookworm, I don’t think I have been exposed to as many good/wonderful books as you have. So my rating can be pretty lenient and loose. That being said though, I have a feeling that I am getting a bit more critical towards books than before, especially nowadays.

6. Are you doing the 2017 reading challenge?
Yes, I am. I do reading challenge every year. I never skipped a year. Never. My goal for the 2017 reading challenge is to read 70 books. With another 4 months to go, I’ve finished 58 books. I am actually debating whether to push up the number to 80 or not, but for the time being, it’s finishing 70 books and I’ll see how the wind blows.

7. Do you have a wishlist?
Sort of. But it’s more like a reminder for me; whenever a book catches my interest, I add the book to my wishlist either at Amazon or Book Depository (it depends on what edition I can get at both sites) and I come back to the wishlists when I feel like buying books.  Again, it’s a pretty casual one, not something like ‘the list of books I’m dying to read!!!’ kind of stuff. I don’t even check back on them sometimes.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?
I think I probably won’t be buying books until September, but I’ve already got several books lined up on my to-buy list. The books are:

 

9. Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.
In all honesty, I don’t think much of quotes. There are some quotes or phrases that I am mesmerized by, but I don’t go so far as to remember them or write them down. So… there’s none. Sorry!

10. Who are your favorite authors?
Although I say things like, ‘I love his/her books!’ every now and then, but I have yet to find any ‘auto-buy’ authors whose work I’ll definitely jump at no matter what. But, I’d say Ken Follett would be pretty close to that level. We’ll see.  🙂

11. Have you joined any groups?
Yes, I have joined 3 groups. Catching up on Classics (and lots more!), Top 5 Wednesday, and EVERYONE Has Read This but Me – The Catch-Up Book Club.
I joined the latter two when I was so into reading Classics a couple of months ago, but obviously, I am not in the mood for Classics right now, so I’ve been not so active in those groups, sadly to say 😦

 

I tag:

Mischenko@ReadRantRock&Roll
Jo-Ann@Inspiration Pie
mojoreb@Book Mojo
Holly B@Dressed to Read

I honestly want to tag ALL OF YOU, but I’ve been tagging so many of you lately and I feel a bit guilty about it thus I only picked a handful of bloggers here. That said though, if you are interested in doing this tag, please do!!
Consider yourself tagged and have fun! Just link back to me so that I can read your answers! 🙂

Thank you so much for reading as always, I’ll see you in my next post 😀
Hope you have a great weekend! (I need to go renew my driver’s license… duh)

Noriko

Tag: The Cookie Book Tag

Many thanks to Harini@@BooksandReaders for tagging me for The Cookie Book Tag!
She has been so nice and sweet to me since our first meet which was a couple weeks ago. If you haven’t already, go hurry over to Harini’s blog! She’s such a cutie and her book reviews are pretty awesome!

Rules :

  • In addition to linking back to the person who tagged you, it would be awesome if you link back to Nicole’s original post!
  • Pick a book that corresponds to the cookie’s ‘theme’.
  • Have fun!
  • Tag one to three people.

Questions:

Chocolate Chip: A Classic book that you love ?

I haven’t read many Classics but it’s a toss-up between On the Beach by Nevil Shute and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
On the Beach
is an apocalyptic novel and the setting is pretty bleak; the lethal fallout from the cobalt bomb is expected to reach the Southern Hemisphere in the next six months. This book depicts the last six months of those in Australia and how they prepare their imminent deaths. The stark contrast between those two facets highlights the poignancy and it’s pretty gut-wrenching. I fell in love with Nevil Shute’s calm and quiet writing style. This book turned me his fangirl.
Wuthering Heights was my very first Emily Bronte and again, I fell in love with this dramatic, dark and complex tragedy. Almost all the characters are unrelatable, yet the plot reeled me in the story, there was never a dull moment at least for me. It was a great reading experience. I’m going to re-read this book this Fall season.

 

Thin Mints: A Hyped-Up Book You Want To Read ?

I’ve got so many!! I cannot pick only one… but I’d say The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. It’s really high time that I picked up this book to see if this book really lives up to the hype.

 

Shortbread: An Author You Can’t Get Enough Of ?
I have yet to have an author whom I think I can’t get enough of… I’m still a fledgling bookworm and literally a baby in the book community. There are so many authors whose work I need to catch up with.
That said though, for the sake of the question, I’d probably go for either Ken Follett and Adam Silvera (for the time being, at least).

 

Samoas: An Emotional Rollercoaster of A Book 

Again, a toss-up between The Pillars of the Earth and Me Before You.
Especially, the last several chapters of Me Before You are… I was literally on a roller-coaster of emotions and I bawled.

 

Oreos: A Book Whose Cover Was Better Than Its Inside

Pancakes and Corpses by Agatha Frost. I actually DNFed this book at 87%…
I don’t know why, I really enjoyed reading this until halfway through the book, but for some reason, it just fell apart and I found my interest rapidly withering away.
I might come back to this book later, but not just anytime soon.

 

Tagalongs: A Book That Wasn’t What I Expected

The Fireman by Joe Hill. I was expecting full-on thriller which keeps me on the edge of my seat with a constant stream of suspenseful jolts, but it was, at least for me, more like a human drama that slowly unravels the dark, disingenuous side of human nature.  I enjoyed reading this overall, but this was not exactly what I had expected.

 

Snickerdoodles: A Book I May Never Stop Rereading/ Loving

The Pillars of the Earth. I haven’t even finished this book YET, I know. But I’m frickin’ loving this book! It’s got everything – literally EVERYTHING that I look for in a book, and I just can’t get enough of it. I’ll definitely read the sequels, too!

 

I tag…

As always, feel free to skip it if you don’t do tags or have already been tagged 🙂
If you are interested to do this tag, consider yourself tagged and go right ahead!

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this bookish tag.
Thank you so much for reading as always, I’ll see you in my next post!
Happy reading!

Noriko

Tag: The TBR Tag

Hello, everyone! It’s time for another book tag!
Many thanks to Katie@Never Not Reading for tagging me! She has a great blog with amazing book reviews and a lot of fun stuff! Be sure to head over and check her out!

Questions:

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?
Actually, I don’t keep track of my TBR nor do I check my Want-to-read shelf on Goodreads so much.
I am basically not a kind of person who adds books to my ‘want-to-read’ shelf at the instant when I think ‘Oh, I wanna read this,’  I only add books to ‘to-read’ shelf once I actually order/receive the books.
That said, nowadays, I try to add books to my ‘want-to-read’ shelf if a book caught my interest or I am personally recommended a book from my online friends and my friends (yes, you guys!) here at WordPress or Goodreads, and try to remind myself to buy them when I feel like reading them.
As for physical books, I organized my two bookshelves a few months ago (you can see what they look like here) and one of the bookshelves is used to store the books I’ve already read. Which means, the other bookshelf only stores the books I have yet to read. That helps me to keep myself reminded how many books I need to read. But the problem is, the pile keeps growing and growing… I no longer have any idea how many books I actually have on that shelf… lol

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?
As I said in my answer to #1, it’s been a while since I lost count… but I think it’s probably 50/50, or e-books make up a little more than 60%, I guess???

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?
I’m basically a 100% mood reader. It totally depends on the mood I’m in when I’ve finished a book. Even if I set out a monthly TBR and have already chosen the books I’m going to read, if none of the books on my TBR suits my mood, I’ll switch them with something else.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella.
Sophie Kinsella and I have been on a sort of a ‘love-and-hate’ terms. I’ve only read three Sophie Kinsella books, so I’m only speaking from my own experience, but t I basically dislike the heroine in Sophie Kinsella books; they simply IRRITATE OR FRUSTRATE ME like crazy. I cannot simply relate to them.
Nevertheless, I also know that I would flip-flop my mind probably around halfway through the book. I always end up enjoying Sophie Kinsella books immensely once the story or romance element kicks in. It’s typical.
But then again, my distaste for her typical heroines just stops me from actually reading her books. This book has been on my TBR since April 28th, 2014. I don’t know how likely it is that I ever pick this up…

 

A book that you recently added to your TBR.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. I love dark, emotional, heart-wrenching, heavy books. Steph@Lost Purple Quill’s stunning review (you can read her review here) completely sold me on this book; I knew I had to read this. My Twitter friend also told me this is one of the best books she has read this year so far. I already ordered this book at Book Depository and am waiting for its delivery now.

 

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

All the Good Parts by Loretta Nyhan. Look at this cover. I love pink. Pretty, isn’t it?
But the problem is, this is women’s fiction and I am not particularly in the mood for that genre right now…

 

A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading.

There are actually two books:

If you have known me for some time, you know I am not a non-fiction reader. But for some reason, these two books are sitting on my TBR AND on my Kindle for more than 2 years… it’s astronomically unlikely that I’d actually read them. Maybe I should delete them once and for all…

 

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

This book excites me sooooo much. The synopsis sounds so intriguing, too. I cannot wait to read this father-son collaboration that’s coming out this September!

 

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you.
I have no idea what book everyone else has read… so I’ll pass this question!

 

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Obviously, almost everyone around me has read it and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. Some of my friends here at WordPress also recommended this book, too.

 

A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read.

World Without End by Ken Follett.
It’s plain to see how I’m loving The Pillars of the Earth right now. How could I ever resist reading its sequel??
I NEED TO READ THIS!  I’m literally dying to read this like ASAP, but first, I need to finish the Pillars…. duh.

 

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.
153 books so far. But then again, as I said in my answer to #1, it’s not at all reliable. There must be a lot more…

 

I tag:

As always, no pressure! You can feel free to skip it. Just have fun with it 🙂
If you are up for doing this tag, you’re very welcome. Consider yourself tagged and go ahead! Just link back to me so that I can read your lovely answers ❤

There you have it. It’s been so much fun doing this tag!
Thank you so much for reading as always, I’ll see you in my next post 🙂

Noriko

Tag: ‘I Messed Up Book’ Tag

TGIF, everyone! I’ve recently been tagged for so many bookish tags and have been working on it.
Today, I want to do this ‘I Messed Up Book’ Tag that ItchusBookCorner tagged me a couple of days ago.
Thank you so much for tagging me, ItchusBookCorner! I really appreciate your thinking of me 🙂
If you haven’t already, please go visit her blog and show her your love!

 

Questions:

A character appearance that you misread or imagined differently. 
Can I tell you what you may find a staggering truth here? I basically IGNORE character appearances/settings. I tend to have my own specific idea or vision towards characters irrespective of the character descriptions and I stick to my own idea. The visual can be derived from someone I personally know, actors/actresses, or even pics from my online friends! (Yes, you guys, you can be a fictional character in the book I’m reading! Hehehe)

But from my recent read (and I’m actually still working on it), a character appearance that I imagined totally differently is Philip from The Pillars of the Earth.
According to what the book says, Philip is Welsh. He is also short in stature, with bright blue eyes and black hair, shaved as is typical for monks of the time. Later in life he becomes stout, and his hair turns gray.
Yet, I visualized Philip as being tall (not short, obviously) and having blond hair, definitely not bald. My imagination sometimes runs wild and my heart wouldn’t listen to whatever the book says, apparently.

A character name that you have been pronouncing wrong.
Basically, almost all the character names are really hard to pronounce or decipher for me lol
In particular, the names in Six of Crows… I didn’t even know how to pronounce them.

An overused trope that is your guilty pleasure.
A bad guy/person later turns out to be a really nice guy?
I basically try to find good things in others, fictional characters is obviously not an exception. I love this even if might be an overused, hackneyed trope.

A cliché character type that you like better on screen than reading about.
I have no idea on this one… (partly because I no longer watch movies much.) I’ll pass!

Have you ever not read or completed a required-reading book for school?
Never. I religiously read all the books that I was assigned when I was in school.
Actually, I was pretty good at writing book reports when I was in elementary school. During a month and two weeks long summer vacation, we would be assigned writing two book reports, one on a required-reading and the other on the book of your choice.
My book reports would always win a prize in the prefectural book report competitions. Yes, I’m boasting, but I was actually pretty good at it. hehe. *smirk*

Have you ever skipped (or wanted to) a chapter from the point of view of a character you weren’t interested in?
I usually don’t. But I must admit I sometimes want to skip pages where a character goes through some really, really humiliating or embarrassing situations. I tend to identify myself with the characters, so it can be pretty hard for me to read on such scenes.

Have you ever canceled social plans to read a book?
You want an honest answer??

 

Yes.

 

A few times… but don’t get me wrong, I just POSTPONED them, NOT canceled them!

 

Since I’ve been tagging so many of my fellow bloggers, I am not tagging anyone today.
But if you are interested
in doing this, go right ahead! Just link back to me or put the link to your post in the comment section so that I can read your answers!

 

That’s it for today.
Thank you so much for reading as always, I’ll see you in my next post!

Noriko

 

Award: The Black Cat Blue Sea

Thank you so much, Jay@This-Is-My-Truth-Now for nominating me for this award, you have been incredibly nice and sweet ever since we started interacting and I cannot thank you enough, I really appreciate the friendship we’re building now.
Those of you who haven’t already (and I’m sure it’s highly unlikely), go hurry over to Jay’s blog – he has so MUCH to offer – ranging from stunning and detailed book reviews, film/TV show reviews, and most importantly inspiring and enlightening 365 Daily Challenge! Go check that out and you won’t be disappointed 🙂

What Is This Award:

This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserve it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.

Rules:
  • Anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  • The nominee answers three questions posed by the nominator
  • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions
  • If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award
Questions:

1. What would you like bloggers to do more of that they aren’t doing right now?

I’m not sure if I got this question right (duh) but, let’s give it a shot…
I think we bloggers – regardless whether we have been blogging for years or barely started blogging, we’re all striving to do the best we can; even if we say that we’re just blogging for ourselves or just for fun, the commitment and dedication are definitely THERE. In terms of that, I don’t think I would like anything more from them. Too much pressure can turn ourselves into our worst enemy and crush ourselves. I’d just want other bloggers and myself to stay the way we are and just keep striving the best we can. Does that answer your question? I hope so!

2. Tell us 4 things about yourself, one of which is not true… And see if we can guess.

Now, this is the toughest question I’ve ever come across… You know I’m really bad at cheating or lying (ahem)! Anyways, here are 4 things about me:

  • Bad with direction: I am notoriously bad with direction. Seriously, I cannot go anywhere without a GPS system, or I’ll get lost. Especially, driving to a place I have never been before always makes me nervous and jittery. Night-time driving makes me even more nervous. By the way, the aid has to be a GPS – maps don’t work because I am also bat at reading maps.
  • Introvert: Believe it or not, I’m an introvert. I cherish solitary and my me-time a lot. It often takes me a while to get to know someone unless the person in question is incredibly nice and personable. Once a bad impression settles in my mind, it takes ages to wipe that out. I’m not saying that I’m a kind of person who easily holds a grudge against others, it’s Far from it. I basically try to see others in a positive light, try to find good things in them, but if they treated me in an awful manner for no legitimate reason, then I’d hold a grudge against them. I would just keep my head down and let them pass. I’d clam up or simply walk away.
  • I’m all thumbs: Yes, I am. Other than baking and crocheting, I am a mess. I cannot wing it in the kitchen and obviously I don’t have a green thumb. Sewing? Out of the question and it actually makes me feel miserable and worthless at times. How I wish I were as good a cook as my sister-in-law and my own big sister! But like I said, I am pretty good at crocheting and baking because I used to bake cookies or cakes almost every weekend. I was OBSESSED WITH baking fluffy, soft sponge cake that melts in my mouth when I was in high school. As I used to bake such cakes or cookies on a regular basis, my big brother once blamed me for his weight gain.
  • I’m a tone-deaf: It’s not as prevalent as it used to be a decade ago, but when Karaoke was all the rage in Japan, it pained me a lot to hang out with my friends because the first option to kill time was going to karaoke. Thank goodness now we get to have private karaoke rooms, but when I was asked to go up on a little stage at the corner of a pub or restaurant, I would feel mortified.

There you have it; these are four things about me. Can you guess which one is the odd one out? Put your detective hat on, and peruse my answers!

3.Describe a perfect day that balances all the things you love.

I’ll get up early in the morning and read and blog for about two hours before hitting a seattle style cafe (like Starbucks) for a leisure breakfast with my favorite book. I’ll stay there at least more than an hour and then call up my friends to come out and spend a whole day with me, doing some shopping (most likely at bookstores or accessory stores), chilling out at a cafe (again) to have some quality time and then we’ll go for dinner and some drinks. Coming home, taking a shower and then I’ll veg out on my couch and chat with my online friends here at WordPress and Goodreads ❤ Then, I’ll get some reading done if I can before I go to bed. Turn off the lights and good night!

My nominees:

As usual, if you don’t do awards or have already done this, feel free to skip it! Just remember that I really appreciate all the time and efforts that go into your blog 🙂

Now, as for questions, as you can guess (YES!!), I, once again, cheat a little bit and challenge you all with Jay’s questions. Have fun with them (hehe) 😛

 

Thank you so much once again, I hope you enjoyed reading my answers!
I’ll definitely keep striving to make this blog even more entaining and fun for all of you to read 🙂

That’s it for today and I’ll talk to you again soon!

Noriko

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