Desert Island Discs Blog Tag

This is slightly different from usual book tags – sounds so much fun and perfect to shed some lights to bloggers’ unknown facts and tastes!

Thank you so much for tagging me, Nel@Reactionary Tales, you’ve always been so nice, broad-minded and inspirational! I highly recommend you all check out her blog!

 

The Rules:

  • Link back to Bookbum’s original post, so she can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, she won’t get a notification if not!)
  • Thank the person who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!

 

The Premise:

You are cast away onto a remote desert island:

You can bring 5 albums – what are they?

Nooo, only 5 albums??? So hard to narrow down! But I’d pick…

  • TOTO XIV – TOTO
  • Chicago Twenty 1: Chicago
  • Meteora – Linkin Park
  • Fallen – Evanescence
  • 90125 – YES

 

I have no idea how many times I listened to these albums. I could keep them going on all day, every day. These are literally the soundtrack of my life. I love them in different ways.

However, there’s actually one more song I’d desperately love to share with you.
Jon Anderson ‘Top of the World’ from In the City of Angels. You gotta listen to this – it’s SICK!

 

You can bring one book – which is it? You are provided with a Bible/other religious text if you want it, as well as the Complete Works of Shakespeare. No series!

Another tough one… it is nearly impossible to decide which book to take with me, but if I were to be on a desert, inhabited island for an extended period of time, I’d need to stay positive, so it would seem appropriate to pick up my favorite book. YET the excitement of reading a new book – a sense of unknown – would definitely lift my spirits. So, I think I’d go for Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. Very summery cover would definitely lighten me up, I’m sure!

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You can have one luxury item (it had to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island) – what is it?

Suppose there was no electricity available on the island, it would seem ridiculous to bring my Kindle/laptop/iPhone, so I would bring my bed with me. Sounds idiotic, but it’d be always nice to sleep in your comfy bed rather than directly on the sand, wouldn’t it?

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I tag:

If you don’t feel up for doing this tag, feel free to skip. If you do this, have fun with it!
Cannot wait to read your answers!

As always, it’s been so much fun coming up with my own answers. I hope you enjoyed this!
Thank you so much for reading and I’ll talk to you all again soon! 😀

Soul Ripping Romance Tag!

Hello, everyone! Here comes another Tag time!
Thank you Jo-Ann@Inspiration Pie for tagging me for this fun tag created by Nel@Reactionary Tales. You guys know how much I love heart-shattering books, so this tag is right up my alley,  I know it’ll be so much fun doing this.
If you haven’t already, go hurry check out Nel’s and Jo-Ann’s blogs. They are both amazing bloggers and have great, inspiring, fun content, too!

Without further ado, let’s dive right in! 🙂

The Guide:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author Nel@Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas.
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)

 

My Take on Soul-Ripping Romances:

 

Neal and Georgie from Landline

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Let me say this out loud – I LOVE Neal in Landline. He’s quiet, reticent yet once he speaks, whatever word comes from him just rocks my soul to the core.  I don’t know exactly what it is, I just can’t put my finger on it, but something about Neal enthralled me.  What broke my heart while reading Landline was Georgie’s angst and desperate want to get a hold of Neal. Her desperate craving for his voice and reassurance that they’ll be OK tugged at my heartstrings and I couldn’t help but root for Georgie. I love them.

 

Marie-Laure and Werner from All the Light We Cannot See

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I know I keep bringing up this book over and over again, and Marie-Laure and Werner might not fall into the category of ‘romance,’ yet I swore I felt something beautiful and special sprang between them and I simply adored it. This is the reason why THE FOUNTAIN OF THE EARTH thing shattered my heart to bits and rendered me momentarily dysfunctional. I cannot gush enough about how shocked and broken I was. Oh, man. Anthony Doerr… 😦

 

Ben and Felicity from Felicity (TV show)

I love this couple. This might date me (who cares, anyway?), but when I first watched this show long time a go, I fell in love with the budding romance between them and literally gritted my teeth with frustration every time a third character gets in the way and splits them apart.
I haven’t watched the final episode yet, but I bought the complete DVD box series last summer so I could always indulge myself whenever I’m in the mood for a healthy dose of heart-tingling romance 🙂

 

Cinder and Kai from the Lunar Chronicle Series

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I know all too well (yes, ‘WELL,’ thank you) I’m a bit too old for having my heart flutter over a YA series, but this couple had me in their clutches and filled me with happiness when they finally get reunited in Cress. Their mutual attraction is nothing but the obvious right from the beginning, so it was almost agonizing that I had to read how emotionally conflicted they are in Cinder and Scarlet. Kai is still a teenager but his demeanor and maturity embody what I look for in a man and I absolutely adore Cinder for being mentally strong and a kick-butt heroine, not being reduced down to be a saccharine cutey-girly type I personally don’t like.

 

Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars from Sense and Sensibility (Film)

I haven’t read the book yet I’ve watched this adaptation so many times, and the last scene (shown in the Gif) never fails to get me all welled up. Emma Thompson’s performance is simply stunning; she beautifully expresses the moment when Elinor’s bottled up feelings and emotions toward Edward finally gush out. It’s simply breathtaking and rewarding. I love this film. I cannot get enough of it.

 

I tag…

I’m sorry if you’ve already done this tag. If you haven’t been tagged, feel free to participate and keep this chain going. Let’s be real; we could always use a little romance in our lives 🙂

Thank you so much for reading and your support! It’s been fun!
I’ll talk to you again soon 😀

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hello, everyone! Here comes another tag time; I’ve recently been tagged by mojoreb @Book Mojo for this Mid Year Book Freak Out tag and I’m definitely all game for the challenge!

If you haven’t already, go check out his blog. His in-depth reviews are simply impressive.

Without further ado, let’s get on with the tag 🙂

 

Questions:

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017:

This is a tough one! These two books are actually almost on the same level so I would pick The Kite Runner by  Khaled Hosseini and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  They are both stunningly beautiful, haunting books. They literally broke my heart and I love them.

2. Best sequel of 2017 so far:

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Winter by Marissa Meyer. It would probably have been a toss-up between ‘The Crooked Kingdom’ and ‘Winter’ if I had read the latter, but I still haven’t, so ‘Winter’ got the first prize on this one. It’s such a tome with whopping 800 page count but there was never a dull moment. I actually felt so sad as I got close to the end. This is such an epic book.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:

Goodbye Days

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner. I’ve heard only good things about this and mojoreb’s review actually sold me on this one. His whirling emotions were heartfelt. You can read his stunning review here.

4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017:

Sleeping Beauties

Big confession time – I have NEVER read a single book by Stephen King.
I HAVE read two books by his son, Joe Hill last year and I enjoyed them both, but I haven’t gotten around to reading any Stephen King books yet and know almost nothing about him; his writing style, his delivery…  literally NOTHING. I’m totally in the dark.
That said though, there is absolutely NO way to miss this father-son collaboration that’s coming out on September 26. I’m on it.

5. Biggest disappointment of 2017:

The Jane Austen Book Club

I basically try to find redeeming elements and good things in every book I read. That said, no books that I read this year could top The Jane Austen Book Club in the ‘disappoint’ department. This book is definitely not my thing; it was painful to read at times.

6. Biggest surprise:

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Chasing Echoes by Jodi Perkins.  I received an e-book copy in exchange for an honest review and I started this book with lower expectations as a matter of fact. But this book genuinely surprised me in a lot of ways; the plot with ‘shrinking time loop’ is well-crafted and refreshing, and the latter part is such a page-turner. I really enjoyed reading this.

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you):
Celeste Ng.  Everything I Never Told You enthralled me and I even pre-ordered her next novel, Little Fires Everywhere that’s coming out this September. I cannot wait to read it.

8. Newest fictional crush:
I don’t usually fall for fictional characters and it’s kind of embrassing to confess, but Prince (Emperor) Kai from The Lunar Chronicles series stole my heart. While I was reading the series, I even skipped ahead to the end to make absolutely sure that he’s still safe and sound. What does this say about me? I don’t know…

9. Newest favorite character: 

● Werner from All the Light We Cannot See
● Death from The Book Thief
● Olivia from Wonder
● Nina from Six of Crows

10. Book that made you cry:

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Little known fact about me – I cry A LOT.  I cry over books, movies… I seem to be really impressionable and I tend to cry over whatever I find moving/touching/sad. There are actually a lot of books that made me cry this year, but Will You Remember Me? by Amanda Prowse definitely takes the cake; it left me in a sobbing mess and I kept crying over an hour even after closing the book. I’m not even joking.

11. Book that made you happy:

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If you look at the books that I have read so far, you’ll find there aren’t many that will make you happy. But I would pick Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.
It’s a World War Ⅱ novel and you wouldn’t think it’s a type of book that makes you feel happy, YET the ending is simply brilliant and beautiful. It did make me feel happy.

12. Favorite book to movie adaptation of 2017 you’ve seen:

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I’ve only watched the trailer (does that count?), but I have high hopes for Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.  It seems like a pretty truthful reflection of the book!

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year:

The Book Thief.  Writing reviews has always been quite a challenge for me and I need to put a lot of time and effort into writing them, but my favorite one would be The Book Thief.  I don’t think none of my subsequent reviews has exceeded this one…

14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year:

It’s hard to choose only one book, so these two are what I found most beautiful.

15. Books you need to read by the end of this year:

Hard to choose, because I have so many!! But I would say the Classic books that I bought last April…

 

I tag…

Books Teacup and Reviews
Always Trust In Books
Carissa Reads It All
Maxxesbooktopia
Book Reviews by Shalini
Confessions of a Readaholic

If you don’t do tags or have done this tag already, please feel free to skip it and don’t feel obliged to do this twice!
If any of you are interested in doing this tag, consider yourself being tagged and go right ahead!

Thank you so much for reading as always and I’ll see you guys again soon! 😀

Anything But Books Tag

Surprise, surprise again – I was tagged by James @this-is-my-truth-now for this Anything But Books Tag! We started chatting on our WordPress blogs a couple of weeks ago (if my memory serves me correctly) and it’s been so much fun for me. If you haven’t already  -which I think is incredibly- highly-unlikely – go check out Jay’s blog, he’s simply an amazing blogger, he’s got great content and the posts are so inspiring too!

I think this Anything But Books Tag is a fantastic way to get ourselves known as an individual and connect with other bloggers/readers. I hope you’ll like this and get to know a little bit more about me  🙂

Note: The image used for the Feature Image is not my creation! It belongs to another blogger. I heard it’s sourced back to The Girl Who Read Too Much book blog. Go check it out and follow her. I did earlier today and found it to be a really fun site.

Questions:

1. Name a cartoon that you love
Tom and Jerry. I’m Japanese, so this might have been the only cartoon that I was exposed to on a regular basis when I was a child and I remember watching this every day after school.  I’m definitely on the TOM camp by the way.

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What is your favorite song right now?
Apple & Cinnamon by Utada. She’s one of the greatest female songwriters in Japan and her beautiful music always strikes a code with me.

What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?
Watching YouTube Videos/ Netflix or Hulu.
Playing Minesweeper on PC while listening to music.

What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
I love crocheting. Before becoming a bookworm, I would crochet all day long and give out most of my creations to my friends and my mom/sister.

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?
The Moon. I’ve always been obsessed with the Moon. I’m convinced that it comes from my guardian planet being the Moon according to astrology (yes, I was obsessed with astrology in my youth, too), I even begged my parents to buy me an astronomical telescope when I was a kid which ended in vain. I totally gave up on my dream to be an astronaut a long ago (obviously) , but the Moon still remains as my strongest infatuation.

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What is something unusual that you know how to do?
Geez, I can’t even come up with an answer on this one… so I’ll pass! lol

Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.
A wool cape that I crocheted early last year. I’m pretty proud of myself on this one 🙂

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What is your most recent personal project?
This book blog, no doubt. To be perfectly honest with you, I’ve been in a huge writing slump lately and it takes like ages to make a single post; the more I write, the poorer my posts seem to be. But I’ll keep going!

Tell us something that you think about often?
Traveling abroad. I’ve only been to Guam, Singapore, and London. I’ve never been to the United States; visiting Space Center Houston is definitely on my bucket list!

Give us something that is your favorite
Hong-Kong Kung-Fu movies featuring Jet Li and Donnie Yen ♥ He’s my most recent obsession actually.

Anything pinkish. The color pink has always been my favorite. There are a lot of pinkish things in my room in fact.

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Music. I can’t go over even one day without listening to some music. I basically listen to whatever genre as long as they hit the right notes with me.

Apollo 13 (film). This is my absolute all-time favorite. This is a great story on human endeavor and ingenuity; I was fascinated by the flair and the efforts that Mission controllers displayed to bring the crew back down to earth in such a dire, hopeless situation. That’s simply fantastic.

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Say the first thing that pops your mind.
Pancakes.  I don’t know why, but it may be because it’s early in the morning in Japan and I’m hungry! lol

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I tag…

Kristin Kraves Books
The Mystique Reader
The Curious Guy
Coffee Doll Chronicles

Feel free to skip this if you don’t do tags! And if you feel like doing this, consider yourself tagged!

 

So, there you have it; this concludes my Anything But Books Tag. I hope you enjoyed it!
Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you all again soon!

Blogger Stats Book Tag!

Hello, everybody! This is another Book Tag time and we’ll be doing Blogger Stats Book Tag!
This tag was created by AlwaysTrustinBooks and you can read the original post – here.
To my great surprise, I was tagged by jessiccamarrie493, you should definitely check her answers here!

All right, then, let’s get started 🙂

Questions:

The last three books you read?

Nighteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The Quaker Cafe by Brenda Bevan Remmes 
and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I was not all satisfied with how The Quaker Cafe ends,  but I enjoyed the reading experience.

Spoilers or spoiler free?
Definitely spoiler free. I like diving into a story pretty blindly, so I basically don’t want to know much about its synopsis. I try not to include spoilers in my posts the best I can, too.

How long have you been book blogging?
I started this book blog on August 25th, 2016. I’ve been blogging almost 9 months now.
That said, there are still so many about book blogging that I don’t even know, so reading other book bloggers’ posts are really inspiring.

A book you read in one sitting?
Being a slow reader, it’s quite a rarity for me to finish a book in one sitting, but I would say This is Where it Ends by Marieke Mijkamp. I took this book with me to the beauty salon and reached pretty close to the end.


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Your favorite genre?
It depends on my mood, but Dystopian, Contemporary Fiction, sometimes YA.

Preferred book size? (novella, tome…etc.)
I am not so particular about page count, but I must say tomes feels a bit intimidating to tackle. I like books around 300 pages.

Amount of books on your TBR?
Geez, I actually lost count of how many unread books that I have, but I would say at least 100 Kindle books plus 89 physical books 😦

A book you have DNF’d?
There are actually more than one. I wrote a post on that theme here.

Recent awards or milestones?
I’ve recently hit 30 subscribers and even more surprisingly, the number of followers has been increasing. I just can’t believe this is happening. I want to thank everyone for their support!

Best interaction with an author you enjoy?
Living in the middle of nowhere in Japan, I hardly have any opportunity to actually meet/interact with authors… 😦
But that reminds me of not necessarily an actual interaction but an indirect interaction with Jeffery Archer two months ago. I’ll definitely write a post on that experience soon!

Average number of books you read per month?
I think the average hovers around 6 to 7 books.

Top three publishers?
I don’t usually pay close attention to such things. All I care is its cover and the binding lol

Social media sites your blog uses?
Twitter and Instagram. If Goodreads does count, I update my status most diligently on Goodreads with Twitter a close second.

Average amount of time you spend networking?
Being an international book blogger, I need to put a lot of time and effort into writing posts/stating my opinions in English. So I don’t get to spend as much time on interacting with other bloggers as I would like. That said, I do try to set aside at least 30 minutes to an hour for networking every single day.

Most comfortable blogging position?
I blog only on my PC. So at my desk sitting on a couch.

Music or quiet when writing reviews?
Definitely quiet. Otherwise, I would get distracted and my posts would end up really disorienting and messy lol

Can you sum up your blogging style in 5 words?
Tough question! Geez… I would say…

Be consistent. Do the thing.

I can be quite the procrastinator when it comes to posting reviews, so I think I’ll need to keep telling myself to be consistent. That says it all lol

A blog you looked up to starting out?
Actually, none. I launched this book blog on a complete whim without knowing/having read any book blogs. But I’ve been following a lot of book blogs now. I’m learning! 🙂

The best book you have reviewed so far?
It’s really hard to narrow down! But the book it’s a toss up between On the Beach by Nevil Shute and Kane & Abel by Jeffery Archer.

Best piece of blogging advice?
Like I mentioned earlier, I still know nothing about book blogging, but from what little experience that I’ve had, I can say the book community is REALLY WELCOMING! They are so nice and encouraging. I am so glad that I started this blog.
Even if you feel like nobody’s reading your posts, they are. Just stay the way you are and keep going.


That’s it! It’s been kind of humbling to answer some of the questions, but it’s been so much fun!

Although I’m still a newbie in this book blog community and don’t know many bloggers, let me tag these people:

Before I go, my sincere thanks goes to jessiccamarrie493 once again for tagging me.
If any of you haven’t done this tag, definitely give it a try and put the link in the comment section! I am super excited to read your answers and tips on blogging!

Hope you all enjoyed the tag and I’ll talk to you guys again, soon! 😀