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

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

August TBR! (Revised)

Although I shared with you the books that I’m going to read in the month of August (see my Read-A-Thin Challenge post), there’s a problem cropped up;

Totally unexpectedly, I got to finish Girl in Snow last month!! lol

I was estimating that it would roll into August, I wasn’t even expecting to actually finish it – but guess what? I did!

Now, I need to tweak my Read-A-Thin challenges…
After a long contemplation and meditation (what???), here are the books I’m going to read in the month of August.

As you can see, I only added Most Secret by Nevil Shute to my August reads.
This is for the challenge; “Read a book with a title or author with the same first letter as the first letter in your first name.”

My first name is Noriko which starts with ‘N’ and ‘Nevil’ starts with ‘N’ (#obvious), so there’s that 🙂
Besides, I was supposed to read this last month, but I failed to do so. I’ll definitely pick this one up this time around!!

I hope to read some other books out of this readathon challenge, but I’m going back to my hometown for about five days in the middle of the month and I’m not quite sure if I’ll get any reading done during that time.
I don’t want to be ambitious and aim too high, so I’ll settle with 6 books at least for now.
Let’s see how many I’ll actually get to read!

There you have it; this is my August TBR.

What about you? What are the books that you’re planning to read in August?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading as always (and sorry for posting so many in a day lol), I’ll see you in my next post!

 

Noriko

Song of the day: Can’t Stop by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Reading Challenge: Read-A-Thin

Hello, friends!  July is almost over – again, how fast time flies by!
Today, I am going to share my August reading challenge, Read-A-Thin TBR with you all!

If you don’t know what ‘Read-A-Thin’ is, this is a month-long readathon created and hosted by Amanda at ACourtofBooksandLove ,Chelsea at AVeryBookishGirl, and Jessicamarie493@JessicaMarie493!

Here’s the brief overview of this Read-A-Thon excerpt from JessicaMarie493 blog:

READ-A-THIN

So the readathon is called ReadAThin and is all about thinning down your long ass TBR list! You all know you have one.

The point is to kind of read books that you’ve had sitting around for a while and read them! You know all those random books you’ve bought off of BookOutlet and haven’t got around to them? This is the perfect ReadAThon to participate in and read them!

Since it’s the whole month of August it’s all really laid back and you can totally combine it with other readathons this month, like @unhaulathon! I plan on participating in both, so you totally should too!

 

For details, visit JessicaMarie493 page!

 

My Challenges:

I’m going to read these books for my Read-A-Thin challenges:

 

Read a 2017 release
For this challenge, I picked Girl In Snow by Danya Kukafka.
I was meaning to read this book in July, but I probably won’t be able to finish this month, so I decided to push it into my August TBR.

Read a book with a summer themed cover
For this challenge, I’ll definitely read Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.  I got this book maybe a month ago, but I have yet to read it 😦
I cannot think of any book with a summer themed cover other than this, plus, it’s relatively a slim book with less than 300 pages. I’m planning to read a couple of thick books in August, a slim book or two will be most welcome 🙂

Read a book with a warm colored cover (orange, red, yellow, brown)
For this challenge, I’d go for The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (featuring Brown, I guess?).  In fact, I’m still debating whether to pick The Final Empire and I might subsequently change my mind, but at least for now, I’m planning to read this one. I cannot wait to actually read it 🙂

Read a new to you author
The Breakdown by B.A. Paris.  This is another book I was approved by NetGalley and I really want to read and write a review as soon as possible… Obviously B.A. Paris is a new author to me. I am curious to find out what her writing style is like 🙂

Buddy read a book
Now, this came as a complete surprise to me – Lauren@My Paper Infinity suggested that we buddy-read Fangirl next month!!
We both have Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell on our TBR for the longest time and Lauren suggested crossing it off our TBR by buddy-reading it!
This is the first time I’ve buddy-read a book with my blogger friend and am super excited to see how it turns out! 😀

Read a book recommended to you by someone in the book community
World Without End by Ken Follett. This book was, just like The Pillars of the Earth, recommended by Jay@ThisIsMyTruthNow and I’M DYING TO get my hands on this book. I’m close to finishing the prequel and cannot get enough of it. Given this sequel, World Without End being even better according to what he says, I am literally drooling right now lol

There you have it; These are the books on my Read-A-Thin TBR!
Are you participating in Read-A-Thin, too? If you are, what are your challenges?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading as always, I’ll see you in my next post!
Happy reading ❤

Noriko

Tag: The TBR Tag

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

Questions:

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

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

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

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

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

 

A book that you recently added to your TBR.

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

 

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

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

 

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

There are actually two books:

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

I tag:

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

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

Noriko

WWW Wednesday! : July 12, 2017

Hello, everyone! I’m back with a new feature, WWW Wednesday today!
I’ve been seeing this meme almost everywhere here at WordPress and have been meaning to try this out. Hope it works! 🙂

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?

 

Now, let’s dive into it. The books I’m currently reading are:

 

  • History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

 

I know, I know. I’m still slogging through those two books, but you gotta remember that I am not the fastest reader in the world; I’m a slow reader, I can only read like 30 to 50 pages per hour. So… yes, I’m still reading them and quite enjoying them so far!

I’m currently 75% into ‘History Is All You Left Me,’ and I want to finish reading this hopefully today or by tomorrow at the latest. I’m planning to make a post on my thoughts and put it up here as soon as I’ve finished the book, so look out for that!

 

Next up, the book that I recently finished is:

 

Little Brother

Cory Doctorow : Little Brother

 

This is a totally unexpected read; it wasn’t even in my July TBR! But the post I made last Thursday made me itching to pick this one up and ended up spending almost the entire weekend reading this book. It didn’t blow me away as much as it did with my first read, but I thoroughly enjoyed the re-read. You can read my review here.

 

Final question: What do I think I’ll read next??

 

 

As soon as I’ve finished History Is All You Left Me, I’ll shift my focus on The Pillars of the Earth and plan on predominantly read this one. I may or may not pick up some other books along the way, but the focus will be on The Pillars of the Earth, that’s for sure!
I’m only 10 % in the book right now and really want to make progress in this book to find out how the story unfolds! The writing is absolutely stunning, incredibly strong and descriptive. Although this book is such a tome with whopping 973 pages according to Goodreads, I’m already certain that it’s going to be a delightful read. I even asked my Bookish friend who lives in Tokyo to get the sequel on my behalf when her favorite bookstore holds a huge sale!

As for Me Before You, once again, this book wasn’t even in my July TBR but I got a lot of vehement recommendations from my dear friends here at WordPress and I decided to move this one up to my TBR, which means some of the books will have to be put on the back burner, but oh well, I figure that’ll have to do.

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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! 😉

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#WeekendReads: July 7th, 2017

TGIF, everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!

As usual, let me share with you the books that I’ll be reading over this weekend.

Without further ado, let’s get right into it!
Here are the books that I’ll be reading this weekend:

 

 

  • History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

 

I’ve already started reading the first two books but the last one was totally unexpected; this book was NOT even on my July TBR but I ended up picking it up.

Look at what Throwback Thursday post has done to me lol

I’m actually planning on adding some more features to my blog starting next week, and now I can only assume what upheaval such new features will bring to my already messed up TBR…

That said though, I’m kind of excited to read Little Brother once again. I remember enjoying it when I first read it and I cannot wait to re-experience all the exciting, thrilling moments that book offers.

As for the first two books I’ve already been reading, I’m really liking them so far! They both are pretty gripping and compelling. Once I pick them up, I simply cannot stop; I’m literally torn between two books but I can’t wait to see how the stories unfold!

What books are you currently reading and how are you liking them so far?

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend 🙂

 

Noriko

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