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 ‘How I Choose My Books’ Tag

Hello, friends! I used to make a post under #WeekendReads every Friday, but from now onwards, I am going to do weekly wrap-ups on Sundays and do tags on Fridays (if I ever get tagged, that is).

Today, I’m doing the ‘How I Choose My Books’ tag’!
My sweet and dear friend, Stephanie@Stephanie’s Novel Fiction tagged me for this and I am so excited to do this 🙂
Thank you again, Stephanie for tagging me – if you haven’t already, go check out her blog since it has a lot to offer and her book reviews are really detailed and simply amazing. Her sweet and wonderful personality is beautifully reflected in her writing. You’re bound to enjoy!

 

Questions:

1. Find a Book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

Gemina

I’ve got several books with blue cover, but I particularly like this cover. It’s glossy and I simply love the cover design. Plus, I bought this book last December but haven’t read yet. I picked this one up just to remind myself that I need to read this…
(Crap, I forgot to answer the reason why I got this book… Well, Jessethereader’s video!)

 

2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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A lot of people told me this book is dark and rather depressing with totally messed-up, dysfunctional characters but I fell in love with this cover when I found it through a BookTuber mementomori’s video and I knew I had to read this.
To my surprise and delight, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Yes, A LOT.  If you are interested, you can read my Goodreads review here.

 

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

the final empire

I found this one through Mollie Reads video. I simply adore every single video she puts out and watching her raving about this book made me want to pick this up.
I got the complete box set (paperbacks) last December, but once again, I haven’t read them yet… I’ll definitely need to pick them up – The Final Empire at least!

 

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

The pillars of the earth

I don’t think I have to tell you who recommended this book to me, and I haven’t even finished this one, YET I’m really liking this so far! I find the character relationships and names are a bit complicated to follow (I needed to refer to Wikipedia…), but the story-wise, I’M LOVING THIS. I think it’s astronomically unlikely, but I seriously hope that it doesn’t go south from here…

 

5. Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube / Book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

History is all you left me

I found this book through reading Aweng@Beast Books stunning review. The moment I read her thoughts, I knew I had to read it and I finally got to finish it the other day.
This one, THIS ONE. Definitely lives up to the hype. This is such a stunningly beautiful, gripping, haunting read that captures readers’ hearts.  I now want to read more of Adam Silvera!

 

6. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

Dune

I must have been completely nuts when I bought this one… I was so into mementomori videos and was on a huge Classics kick back then.
To tell the truth, I am not a massive fan of Sci-Fi or fantasy, so I seriously have no idea what to do with this one…

 

7. What book did you discover through a film / TV adaptation?

The Jane Austen Book Club

I don’t watch film nor TV shows much now but I watched the movie adaptation many years ago and then I found that it was based on this book.
Although I didn’t like the book AT ALL (I gave this book solid 2 stars), I enjoyed the movie.

 

8. Think of your all-time favorite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

the-kite

I think I downloaded this book through Goodreads recommendation or something… I no longer remember and it had been a while until I actually picked up this book. I read this early January this year.
I didn’t even know the synopsis when I downloaded it, so when I found out that this book centers on a wealthy Afghani boy and his servant’s son, it took me by surprise but I ended up loving this book. This is a beautiful, compelling book on friendship and redemption. This will definitely remain as my all-time favorite.

 

Landline

Again, I got this from Goodreads recommendation and read this last November. I didn’t even know anything about Rainbow Rowell when I downloaded this book (it was way before I got bitten by a bookworm bug), but once I started reading, Neal, Georgie’s husband, stole my heart and I found myself rooting for them to save their crumbling marriage. This is a great book and I absolutely adored the dramatic moments at the end of the book. Highly recommend it.

 

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Awww… just thinking about this book makes my heart ache. I don’t know what it is, but this book, particularly the writing just captivated me. I never thought I’d enjoy an apocalyptic novel, but I ended up loving this book.
I no longer remember why I got this book, may be from reading Goodreads synopsis?? and I read this in April this year.

 

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life
I first read this book in summer of 2013 or 2014?? Probably in 2013 because it was the time when I was reading kids’ books or middle-grade books like crazy. I remember downloading this book from Goodreads recommendation. This goes to show to what extent Goodreads affects me when choosing books…

 

I tag…

Jay@This-Is-My-Truth-Now
Nel@Reactionary Tales
Steph@Lost Purple Quill
Tina@Reading Between the Pages

If you have already done the tag, feel free to skip it, please do not feel obliged to do it again!
Any of you who wants to do this tag is certainly welcome – consider yourself tagged and jump right in!

 

That’s it, my friends. This concludes my How I Choose My Books Tag! Hope you enjoyed that!

Thank you so much for reading as always, see you in my next post!

Noriko

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TAG: Who I Am

I found this tag at Mischenko@ReadRantRock&Roll and strongly intrigued to give it a try.
I didn’t use to do tags until last month (I didn’t even know there was such a thing existed…), but now I’m all for it. I think doing these tags is a perfect way to make yourself known to other bloggers and deepen and strengthen the bond/friendship you had built!

Note: This post includes A LOT OF quizzes and results, so this is going to be rather long. Grab a cup of coffee/tea or whatever, make yourself comfortable!

 

Without further ado, let’s dive right in!

What is the meaning of my name?

My name is Noriko, ‘Norin’ is actually sort of a nickname that I picked when I started this blog.
Traditionally here in Japan, there are two ways of naming their kids;
1) Take one Kanji (Chinese character) from each of their parents and combine them, and
2) Pick Kanjis based on a ‘wish’ or ‘hope’ that parents want their kids to carry on throughout their lives. In this case, each Chinese character that is used in a kid’s name carries a special meaning or “wish.”

Going back to my name, ‘Noriko,’ I didn’t get to find out the ‘real’ reason why I got this name believe it or not.
However many times I asked my mom where my name came from, she always goes like, ‘It was your father who decided on your name. I had nothing to do with it, so I don’t know.’
Unfortunately, my father passed away 13 years ago, so there’s no telling where my name really came from, which is a bit unfair given both of my elder siblings’ names have their roots – My big brother got his name following Pattern 1), by taking one kanji from each of my parents while my big sister was named after Master Dogen, because she was born on the day Master Dogen entered into the eternal sleep. As I mentioned in my post, we were born to a humble *wink* Buddhist monk, that’s where Master Dogen came in just in case you’re wondering 😉

 

What is my Myer-Briggs Personality type? (Link)

ADVENTURER PERSONALITY (ISFP, -A/-T)

My results

Adventurer personalities are true artists, but not necessarily in the typical sense where they’re out painting happy little trees. Often enough though, they are perfectly capable of this. Rather, it’s that they use aesthetics, design and even their choices and actions to push the limits of social convention. Adventurers enjoy upsetting traditional expectations with experiments in beauty and behavior – chances are, they’ve expressed more than once the phrase “Don’t box me in!”

Adventurers live in a colorful, sensual world, inspired by connections with people and ideas. These personalities take joy in reinterpreting these connections, reinventing and experimenting with both themselves and new perspectives. No other type explores and experiments in this way more. This creates a sense of spontaneity, making Adventurers seem unpredictable, even to their close friends and loved ones.

Despite all this, Adventurers are definitely Introverts, surprising their friends further when they step out of the spotlight to be by themselves to recharge. Just because they are alone though, doesn’t mean people with the Adventurer personality type sit idle – they take this time for introspection, assessing their principles. Rather than dwelling on the past or the future, Adventurers think about who they are. They return from their cloister, transformed.

Adventurers live to find ways to push their passions. Riskier behaviors like gambling and extreme sports are more common with this personality type than with others. Fortunately their attunement to the moment and their environment allows them to do better than most. Adventurers also enjoy connecting with others, and have a certain irresistible charm.

For more detailed explanation for Adventurer Personality, visit here.

I personally found this results pretty accurate; I don’t find myself fit in the first half of the description shown above, I am definitely an introvert; my offline self is rather private. I do appreciate friendships and relationships that I established with my (real life) friends, but hanging out with them or sending text messages back and forth 24/7 exhausts me. I definitely need some space where I can take a break and really be myself.
In addition to this, I don’t handle criticism very well; any words of advice or caveat in a negative sense momentarily sting me even more so with face-to-face criticism or heads-ups.
I know I need to be more open to criticism than I actually am, but I cannot help but feel a bit dejected 😦

 

What is my Zodiac sign? (Link)

My birthday is July 6th and that makes me…

Cancer

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Element: Water
Quality: Cardinal
Color: White
Day: Monday, Thursday
Ruler: Moon
Greatest Overall Compatibility: Capricorn, Taurus
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 15, 20
Date range: June 21 – July 22

CANCER TRAITS

Strengths: Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive
Weaknesses: Moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure
Cancer likes: Art, home-based hobbies, relaxing near or in water, helping loved ones, a good meal with friends
Cancer dislikes: Strangers, any criticism of Mom, revealing of personal life
Deeply intuitive and sentimental, Cancer can be one of the most challenging zodiac signs to get to know. They are very emotional and sensitive, and care deeply about matters of the family and their home. Cancer is sympathetic and attached to people they keep close. Those born with their Sun in Cancer are very loyal and able to empathize with other people’s pain and suffering.

The sign of Cancer belongs to the element of Water, just like Scorpio and Pisces. Guided by emotion and their heart , they could have a hard time blending into the world around them. Being ruled by the Moon, phases of the lunar cycle deepen their internal mysteries and create fleeting emotional patterns that are beyond their control. As children, they don’t have enough coping and defensive mechanisms for the outer world, and have to be approached with care and understanding, for that is what they give in return.

Lack of patience or even love will manifest through mood swings later in life, and even selfishness, self-pity or manipulation. They are quick to help others, just as they are quick to avoid conflict, and rarely benefit from close combat of any kind, always choosing to hit someone stronger, bigger, or more powerful than they imagined. When at peace with their life choices, Cancer representatives will be happy and content to be surrounded by a loving family and harmony in their home.

Cancer – the Brave Crab Sent to this Earth by something they believe in, only to mess with someone bigger than they are, this isn’t an animal aware of their strength. Patriotism can make them endanger their own wellbeing, fighting for someone else’s cause, as if others can become their higher power. The Crab knows where they’re going, but this is often in a wrong direction, at least until they learn their lessons and start relying solely on themselves.


Overall, I agree with most of what the result says.
I am very emotion-driven and prone to mood swings, definitely NOT logical.
That said though, “always choosing to hit someone stronger, bigger, or more powerful than they imagined,” “only to mess with someone bigger than they are…” 
THAT’S ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. I dislike conflicts, period. It’s always better to live in harmony, things would definitely go smoothly and swimmingly if we paid a bit more attention to others’ feelings. I have absolutely no intention of messing with someone who’s more powerful than I am. Why would I want to go out on a limb, putting myself on the spot in the first place??? This is definitely not me.

 

What is my Hogwarts House? (Link)

Although I have read all Harry Potter books (the whole series, I mean) and enjoyed them all, I have never done quizzes like this before – I don’t even know what kind of characteristics each house has – so it was so much fun to see what house I would be sorted into.
My house would be…


Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

Hufflepuff!!

But then again, I am not quite sure whether to be glad or sad… lol
What do you guys think???

My in-depth results are:

Hufflepuff – 14
Ravenclaw – 12
Gryffindor – 10
Slytherin – 6

I’m kind of disappointed that I wasn’t sorted into Gryffindor – I wanted to be sorted into the same house as Harry, Hermione and Ron!

 

What are my learning styles? (Link)

My scores were:

Visual 9
Aural 6
Read/Write 12
Kinesthetic 7

I have a multimodal learning preference.

Now, I agree with read/write aspect getting higher scores. I think I learn best by reading/following detailed instructions or manuals rather than by taking lectures or watching videos or something like that. Being an introvert and my preference for solitary activities might affect the results, too.
That’s not to say I dislike working with others or participating in seminars, but my lack of creativity kind of hinders me from even coming up with questions to ask. Rather than actually asking questions personally, I’d prefer to be given detailed, step-by-step written instructions or diagrams/pamphlet that I can work with at my own pace.
This is exactly how I picked up how to work with PC; I bought tons of manuals on Excel/Word/Powerpoint and followed every single instruction  on those manuals. By strictly following the instructions and examples, I learned how to program macros on Excel, making graphs, inserting graphics/pics in Word docs. I feel most comfortable working on my own because I can go over the same process over and over and over again to my heart’s content without interrupting others who can learn faster than I do.

 

Am I right or left brain dominant?

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I’m using my brain equally.

That said though, I’m not quite sure if I got the question right in Section 2. I wonder how that actually affected this result… lol

 

What is my bloodtype?

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I’m Boodtype A positive.

For more detailed information associated with Bloodtype A+, visit the website Mischenko found – you can read it here.

Now, the website says the personal traits associated with bloodtype A+ are;

They are described to be analytical, inventive, detail oriented, creative, good listeners and sensitive to the needs of others.

With regard to this, I agree with being sensitive to the needs of others and I’m probably detail oriented. But I’m definitely NOT analytical  (hell, no), inventive (how could I be??), creative (most certainly NOT). Actually, my mind goes blank when asked to come up with ideas or something; I’m probably good at tweaking something that already exists and turning it into something slightly different from the original, but creating something from scratch??? I don’t even know HOW. That’s plain IMPOSSIBLE.

 

What career am I meant to have? (Link)

Writer

You have a skill for language, your imagination is vast and you are artistic and creative. Your brain is just overflowing with ideas, and all you have to do is get a piece of paper and share it with the world. You were born to turn words into magical stories.

I wonder why all the results show the complete opposite of how I think of myself;
my brain is not overflowing with ideas (no), my imagination is SCARCE (not vast).
I love reading, but loving reading and actually writing (coming up with) stories are totally different, at least for me.
As for a skill for language???? I can only handle Japanese and English (albeit sloppy). Ha!

 

Which Divergent faction do I belong in? (Link)

Another big confession to make; I haven’t read the Divergent trilogy, so I haven’t the foggiest idea what this faction thing means… anyways, let’s figure out which Divergent faction I’ll be sorted into….

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“The smart ones, the ones value knowledge and logic are Erudite. They know everything.”

Erudite is one of the five factions in the world of Divergent, the one and only faction dedicated to knowledge, intelligence, curiosity, and astuteness. It was formed by those who blamed ignorance for the war that had occurred in the past, causing them to split into factions in the first place. Their substance for the Choosing Ceremony is water. Its leader, Jeanine Matthews, is the main antagonist of Divergent and Insurgent.

Uh… I have no idea what to make of this. Shoud I be happy with the result, anyone??

 

What does my birth order say about me? (Link)

Like I mentioned earlier, I am the youngest of the three – I have a big brother and a sister who are respectively 7 years/5 years older than me. I am literally the baby of the family.
My mother actually told me she was quite surprised when she found out the pregnancy lol

Anyways, let’s take at look at what my birth oder says about me.

The Baby

Stereotype: Free spirit, risk taker, charming.
Why it’s true: Parents are less cautious. (Hey, the older ones ate the dog’s food and lived!) And they also probably have more resources than they did when starting out. “Parents are more lenient, so youngest kids tend to be less rules-oriented, and yet they still get lots of attention,” says Salmon.
When it’s not: “Some babies resent not being taken seriously,” says Linda Campbell, a professor of counseling and human development at the University of Georgia, in Athens. “They might become very responsible, like the oldest, or social, like the middle.”

Now, this “youngest kids tend to be less rules-oriented” doesn’t apply to me; being born to a Buddhist monk, I was instilled in the importance of comforming to rules and being mindful of others my entire life. When I was little, I always felt kind of frustrated by constantly getting an earful from my parents, particularly by my father about what I was allowed to do and what I was not. For instance, what was universally acceptable, like eating soft serve while walking and chatting with my friends was definitely a No-no for me. Every time my father spotted me doing so, I was summoned to his study and was talked into why I shouldn’t have done that. He also told me to be nice to others, like greeting everybody even if I had never met them because I would never know who was watching me and judging me by my behavior. I felt it kind of stifling, but I now think that’s exactly what made me what I am today – in a sense.

And yes, it’s true – my father was way more lenient with me and my big brother would often grumble about me getting everything I wanted. I didn’t think it was true, but in retrospect, I can’t deny the fact my father pretty much doted on me 😛

 

Okay, that’s it!
I’m so sorry for this post being lengthy, but I hope you enjoyed reading this and got to know me a little bit better than before!

I’m not tagging anyone this time, but if you are interested, give it a go! It’s so much fun and you might discover the fact that you have never thought about.

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

 

Norin

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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 😀