Throwback Thursday: Chat Love by Justine Faeth

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! 

 

The book that I’m going to share with you today is Chat Love by  Justine Faeth (Published on April 1st, 2012)

City girl Lucia is having trouble finding a man. With a few nudges from her friends, she decides to try out Chat Love, an online dating service for New Yorkers. Hilarity ensues with one disastrous date after another…where do these men come from? Mars? Certainly not Manhattan! She finally meets someone from work who is almost perfect, but decides to move on as he’s still seeing other women. She keeps in contact with a man named Jack on the Chat Love site. Could he be the one? What about her love interest at work? Just like the lovable cast of characters from Sex and the City, Lucia is Carrie, a stylish woman who has found her “Mr. Big” but can’t seem to get him to commit. Danni is Samantha, who loves to have fun and is wild and promiscuous. Autumn is Charlotte, desperate to meet the right man and settle down. Skyler is Miranda, level-headed and quick to offer advice. Will these ladies ever find love? Will Lucia find her man? Chat Love will give you something to talk about! (Goodreads)

I read this book about a year and two months ago and remember enjoying it so much.
I didn’t set off reading this book with high expectations, but I soon found that this book was surprisingly riveting and entertaining to read.

Here’s the review that I posted back then. Pardon it not being thorough and relatively short lol

 

It was a quick, incredibly riveting read; I finished reading it in two days which doesn’t happen to me so often – a testament that shows how captivating the book is. The plot was well-written and it was just so much fun to read!
The try and error part that describes the ups and downs of the dating site is just hilarious. Although the overall plot was a bit predictable, especially I could foresee the spark between the main two characters from miles away and knew all too well how they were going to end up, I just couldn’t stop turning pages. I got completely hooked on this funny, exhilarating love story.

One drawback – well, it probably can’t be seen as a drawback anyway, it’s more like my personal pet peeve – is that I don’t like people who drive themselves in a state of despair for no reason, even when the situation says the otherwise; I was gritting my teeth seeing Lucia feel down in the dumps after the shocking revelation up until she finally comes to her senses, and I had a strong urge to nudge her to admit her own feelings and follow her heart.

Like I said, some may find the plot rather predictable, but finding how all the pieces come together in the end brought a smile on my face. It was like an “a-ha!” moment.
I highly recommend reading this book. You won’t regret it.


It’s been less than a month (if my memory serves me correctly) since I kicked off this weekly meme but I’ve already found what big a havoc the whole throwback thursday wrecked with my TBR lol  It just keeps adding book after book to my ever growing pile…. !!!

That being said though, you can rest assured – I have no intension whatsoever of ending this meme 😛   As long as i have books to introduce here, I’ll keep posting!

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

WWW Wednesday: August 16th, 2017

Hello, friends! I’m officially back from my 5 day vacation and 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 are:

I was supposed to be reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, but my vacation wreaked a havoc with my reading. As it was like I was on call during the day, I couldn’t dedidate my undevided attention to reading such a big book.
Instead, I ended up reading some slim books and I’m currently reading a cozy mystery, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke and am listening to the audiobook, By Your Side by Kasie West.
I am enjoying Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder so far – I like the main character, Hannah being not so dumb and the supporting characters like her Mom are vividly drawn out. The writing is solid and the pacing is also on-point. I have a pretty good feeling about this one. As For By Your Side, I’ve just started listening on my way back to my apartment and I’ve just finished Chapter 2. Let’s see how it goes.

 

The Book that I finished from my last posts are:

I remember telling you that audiobooks aren’t for me last week, but I’ve changed my mind. I actually gave it another chance and ended up enjoying listening to Fangirl So. Much. I was initially listening to the audiobook while physically reading the paperback, but before I knew it I was just listening to the audiobook and letting my brain absorb the words, holding the paperback against my chest, mesmerized. You can read my review here.

As For Never Never Part Two, it was totally unplanned – I started reading it on a whim and ended up finishing it within a couple of hours. It was quite a ride yet not as stellar as the first one. I’m in two minds about this second installment though, I’ll probably read the third book, too because I need to see how it ends.

Aside from those two books, I actually finished one book which is outside my TBR. I won’t go into much detail about the book, but I’ll just say IT WAS FANTASTIC.  I just couldn’t put it down and devoured the book in two days.

 

What I think I’ll read next?

If I finish the books I’m currently listening/reading, I think I’ll go back to The Lost Symbol and then IF A MIRACLE HAPPENS AND I GET TO FINISH IT, I will pick up World Without End, the sequel to The Pillars of the Earth which I really really loved.
Both books are such chunkers, so I am not quite sure how far I get to go within a week, but I hope I can at least finish The Lost Symbol by next week.

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

Goodreads Monday: Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger

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 Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.

In April 1970, during the glory days of the Apollo space program, NASA sent Navy Captain Jim Lovell and two other astronauts on America's fifth mission to the moon. Only fifty-five hours into the flight of Apollo 13, disaster struck: a mysterious explosion rocked the ship, and soon its oxygen and power began draining away. Written with all the color and drama of the best fiction, APOLLO 13 (previously published as Lost Moon) tells the full story of the moon shot that almost ended in catastrophe. Minutes after the explosion, the three astronauts are forced to abandon the main ship for the lunar module, a tiny craft designed to keep two men alive for just two days. As the hours tick away, the narrative shifts from the crippled spacecraft to Mission Control, from engineers searching desperately for a way to fix the ship to Lovell's wife and children praying for his safe return. The entire nation watches as one crisis after another is met and overcome. By the time the ship splashes down in the Pacific, we understand why the heroic effort to rescue Lovell and his crew is considered by many to be NASA's finest hour.

Now, thirty years after the launch of the mission, Jim Lovell and coauthor Jeffrey Kluger add a new preface and never-before-seen photographs to Apollo 13. In their preface, they offer an incisive look at America's waxing and waning love affair with space exploration during the past three decades, culminating only recently when the Apollo 13 spacecraft itself, long consigned to an aviation museum outside Paris, was at last returned to its rightful home in the United States. As inspiring today as it was thirty years ago, the story of Apollo 13 is a timeless tribute to the enduring American spirit and sparkling individual heroism. (Goodreads)


A little-known fact about me (probably); I am all about Apollo 13. Ever since I first watched the movie featuring Tom Hanks a few years ago, not only does Apollo 13 remain my all-time favorite movie, I got obsessed with Apollo 13 and all the efforts made by the whole crew in Mission Control, to bring back the crippled spacecraft and the crew members back down to earth safely.  This is a great story imbued with human endeavor and ingenuity. I LOVE everything about Apollo 13. I cannot wait to read this book and re-experience the whole perilous journey through the eyes of the commander.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtEIMC58sZo

BONUS! 

Although I got a used copy from Amazon Japan, it turned out to be author-autographed! Lucky me 🙂


In addition to this, I am in the mood for picking up a fiction book (for some reason) so I'll pick By Your Side by Kasie West.

 

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead, it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side? (Goodreads)


This book has been on my radar since early January or February as one of my Twitter friends gave this book a high rating.
Although I have never read a single book of Kasie West, the synopsis of being locked in the library for the entire weekend (!!!!) with a boy sounds really interesting and delightful. Let's be honest- it's bookworms' dream to get stuck in the library, isn't it? Providing that there are enough food and bare necessities in terms of hygiene.

I already downloaded this audiobook and am planning to listen to this for the rest of the month.

That's it for today.

Have you read either of those books ? 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

Audiobook Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This review is going to be much gushier and incoherent than usual. Noted? … Okay, let’s go.

Blurb from Goodreads:

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

A tale of fanfiction, family, and first love.


I’m still in two minds about this book. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this and have heard so many readers gushing and raving about it.
Despite that, I must confess that I went into the book with lower expectations; You might have not known this side of me, but I have a weird tendency of NOT wanting to be one of those people who just do things just because everyone else is doing it. To put in a nutshell, I don’t basically gravitate toward overly hyped books/things and this Fangirl exactly falls into the category, hence my hesitation about reading this.

Having finished listening to this audiobook, I can honestly say, Rainbow Rowell did it again. She won over my heart again. 

For the overall storyline, I’d give this book solid 3.5 or 3.75 out of 5 stars; NOT solid 4 let alone 5 stars. Not even close. YET for the romance part, my goodness, this book melted my heart (you might guess I’m a sucker for this type of slow-burned romance) and straight 5 stars go to this book.
I personally found the whole romance progression quite beautiful and breathtaking.

This is exactly what happened to me when I read ‘Landline’ last year; When a male character – the love interest – in Rainbow Rowell’s books speaks, the words grab my heart. I often feel like I’m spellbound. This book was no exception; I was literally under the spell of Levi’s words. Funny thing is that, I don’t even particularly love Levi, he’s way too skinny and lanky for my liking but I love HIS WORDS. I just love what he says, what’s coming out of his mouth and how he embraces and appreciates Cath as she is.

His words are simple but have something that has my heart in its clutches. Simply captivating and I couldn’t get enough of it. I kept going back to his words over and over and over again. Hypnotic. Like magic. Rainbow Rowell did it again – made me fall in love with Levi just like she did with Neal from Landline. 

Now, let’s talk about the characters. I think most of the characters are well fleshed out and their emotions are well-drawn. In particular, I could absolutely relate to Cath’s restlessness from being a ‘misfit’ in college and the dorm, the fear of not blending in. Her concerns and trepidations, the weird sense of incongruity she has when she wakes up in her dormitory bed – they are vividly depicted and executed and brought back my memories when I was in junior college. It was really well done.
The character dynamics, especially the relationship (friendship) between Reagan is such a delight to read. I love her. She’s straightforward, brusque, calling a spade a spade yet is kind at heart; I loved to see how Reagan kind of forcibly drags Cath into her world and lets Cath accustom to the new environment, and how she forges a friendship between Cath.
To be perfectly honest, and this might be an unpopular opinion, but I didn’t particularly LOVED Cath. There are several things that stopped me from rooting for Cath, in fact.
For one; She is naive and immature. It is kind of hard to talk about this without giving much away, but she is afraid of ‘change’ and wants to stay in her own small, confined world – her bubble. This part of her gradually changes through the interactions with Reagan and Levi, but I felt it a bit hard to get invested in Cath’s character in the beginning.
What really irked me is her naivety that is showcased through the dialogue with Professor Piper. If you have read this, you’ll know what I am talking about and yes, I was so fed up with Cath’s lame excuses and logic. Writing fan fiction is totally fine with me, but what she does in this segment is NOT something to be condoned and it frustrated me so much.

Secondly, she is so quick to decide to drop things. She tries to get away from things once she finds it doesn’t belong to her or not her thing. Although she no doubt has a distinct ‘Voice’ in her writing that speaks to the readers, she adamantly refuses to give what she’s supposed to a try.
She has THE VOICE that any writers or creators desperately crave for but she is all willing to let it go without even giving it a try. She says she doesn’t want to. Again, I was quite frustrated by this side of her, and it took me a while to warm up to her (not fully, but to some extent).
That said though, her mounting feelings toward Levi and how she gets drowned in it was incredibly well-delineated and it literally captured my heart. I DEVOURED the words that Rainbow Rowell weaves. Again, it felt like magic. Stunningly beautiful and delicious.
My impression toward Cath is redeemed by the development in the latter part, and I personally found it quite clever. I am glad to see how it plays out and am content with that.

Other characters are all vivid and funny to get to know; Cath’s Dad is my second favorite character; I liked how he is bruised and flawed, yet is funny and chirpy at the same time. He brightens up the world for me.

As for the plot, I found it interesting that Rainbow Rowell writes a story involving a flawed, wounded family; each family members is more or less bruised by the traumatic experience of having their wife/mother walk out of their lives. But their struggles, especially Wren’s struggles were not heartfelt. Although there are strong moments where Cath gushes out her pent-up emotions about their estranged, biological mother, I felt this element a bit weak. For that reason, Wren’s issue that comes to light in the latter part might have been the author’s attempt to display the damage what Wren was inflicted on, but it didn’t strike me as strong as the author might have intended. Wren seemed quite standoffish, frivolous and distant for the most part of the story -intentionally distances herself from Cath but later comes back to her saying she has never stopped reading the story Cath uploaded. It felt a bit abrupt because I thought Wren’s character arc and the reason why she acts the way she does are not well drawn, at least for me.
Nonetheless, once again, there’s a redeeming scene for her and I am happy with how it plays out.

The fan fiction part… or the inserts at the end of each chapter was honestly a bit too much for me. Some of them could have been cut, but given how this whole fan fiction thing works out for the romance part I absolutely LOVE, I, once again, have a mixed-feeling about this. I cannot decide what to make of this.

But overall, Yes, I enjoyed reading/listening to this audiobook. The narrator did an amazing job of employing different tones of voices for each character and elevating the romance scenes to absolutely beautiful, captivating and enchanting ones.
Like I said, had it not been for this delectable, heart-tingling romance part, this book would have gotten solid 3.5 stars. But Levi’s words (not himself) made the book for me and I loved how their romance develops and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole package.

If you haven’t read or listened to this book, I recommend you pick this up; this book has become one of my favorites.
Not mind-blowing, but enchanting. I gave this audiobook 4 out of 5 stars.

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)

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

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