#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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#WeekendReads & Emojiathon Wrap-Up (Final)

Hello, everyone! Like it or not, June is almost over – this is June 30th (in Japan) and it’s time for doing my Emojiathon wrap-up and sharing a book that I’ll be reading over this weekend.

Let’s start off with my Emojiathon wrap-up. I set out 7 challenges for this Readathon, you can check out my challenges here.

Out of those 7 challenges, I completed 6 challenges as follows:

HeartRead a romance or contemporary
My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon : Complete!  (for my thoughts: here)

smile  Read a book you bought because of its cover 
The Keeper of Lost Things : Complete! (For my thoughts: here)

freebie Freebie! Read any book
Paige’s Turn by Jennifer Peel : Complete! (For my thoughts: here)

horror  Read a thriller or horror
The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek : Complete! (For my thoughts: here)

eyes  Read a book you’ve been seeing everywhere
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood : Complete! (For my thoughts: here)

baby  Read a 2016/2017 release
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sadhya Menon : Complete! (For my thoughts: here)

 

The only challenge I failed to complete was ‘To read a book about a current event.’
I picked up The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for this, but I’m only halfway through the book and it’s apparent that I cannot complete it by the end of today. So, there you have it – 6 out of 7 challenges. I still count it as a victory 🙂

Which leads me to my weekend reads. I’ll definitely continue reading ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas.

The Hate U Give

Seriously, I cannot figure out why it took me so long to pick this up – I got this book at the beginning of March, but I hadn’t gotten around to reading it.  All the hype and this book being a YA must have put me off a little bit.

But why, how strong this book is – I do find some parts/scenes are slightly  redundant and monotonous, yet there are incredibly gripping scenes that evoke my feelings … I even had some scenes where I felt my blood boiling. Again, I’m only halfway through the book, but I’m convinced this book will topple my world and perspectives upside-down and I cannot wait to find out what big an effect this book will have on me.

I’m so glad that I participated in this Emojiathon. I probably wouldn’t have picked this one up otherwise.

 

So, that’s it! This concludes my Emojiathon wrap-up and weekly updates in the month of June.
How about you? What are the books you’re currently reading or planning to read?
Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you in my next post!
Hope you have a fabulous weekend 🙂

Noriko

 

Note: I’ve decided to change my Handle name for WordPress from ‘Norin’ to ‘Noriko,’ which is my name. Don’t be a stranger! It’s me! lol

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#WeekendReads & Emojiathon Weekly Wrap-Up #3

Since a lot of things happened yesterday (overtime work, award nomination, coming down with a bit of a cold, etc, etc…), I almost forgot to do this. Phew! So close!!

Every Friday, under this hashtag I keep you updated on my weekly reading progress and share with you the books that I’ll be reading over the weekend.

Without further ado, let’s start with my Emojiathon weekly wrap-up.
Since last update, I read:

The keeper of lost things

I finished this book last Sunday; 5 down, 2 more to go on my Emjiathon TBR.
Then, I picked up When Dimple Met Rishi a couple of days ago – maybe around Tuesday or Wednesday and I’m really enjoying this.

As for my weekend reads, I’ll continue to work on the biography book and When Dimple Met Rishi.

When Dimple Met Rishi

As for the biography, as I told you in my last update, it’s really, really DENSE. As I stopped jotting down every single historic events and instead started noting down only things that I find very important or caught my attention, I got to pick up speed a little bit this week. I’ve got only 50 pages left in the book and I think I’ll get to finish this book today (Saturday) if I focus on this book. Then, I’ll start working on my thoughts for a review which may take a while (sigh…). But I’ll start doing it next week. NOT during this weekend. I want to take my mind off, I need a bit of a break lol

As for When Dimple Met Rishi, I think this is an engaging, hilarious fast read.
Once I finish the biography, I’ll see how far I can go over this weekend.
With less than a week left, I wonder if I can complete all the challenges that I had set for my very first Emojiathon, but I’ve finished five books on my TBR, I’ll take it as a victory 😛

That’s it for today.
Thanks for reading as always, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Love,
Norin

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#WeekendReads & Emojiathon Weekly Wrap-Up #2

Half of the month has already passed; I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but how fast time flies! 

Every Friday, under this hashtag I keep you updated on my weekly reading progress and share with you the books that I’ll be reading over the weekend.

Without further ado, let’s start with my Emojiathon weekly wrap-up.
Since last update, I read:

I got to tick off 3 books on my Emojiathon TBR this week and with two weeks left, I have another 3 to go. It’s been coming along pretty nicely and I’m kind of proud of myself.

This week’s highlight is definitely The Nightwalker, a disorienting yet engaging psychological thriller. The creepy vibe kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and I really enjoyed this. This one takes the cake.  You can read my thoughts on this book here.

Paige’s Turn was a cute quick read which I think will make a perfect summer read. There’s nothing special that makes this book stand out, the plot and the romance between the two main characters are pretty predictable but it is just so darn cute. If you’re a sucker for romance books or love stories (like me), this is for you.

Out of the three books that I finished this week, My Sweet Revenge ended up the least impressive. I did enjoy reading it, but it pales in comparison with the other two books.
You can read my thoughts on this one here.

 

As for my weekend reads, I’ll be most likely to keep working on the non-fiction book that I got from the editor for a review.
It’s been 5 days since I started reading this book but I haven’t made much progress with this one. I’ve just started the second chapter and I’m literally reading this at a snail’s pace. Reading 20 pages a day feels like such an achievement for me. It’s really dense and the diction employed in this book is super sophisticated; it’s far cry from the books I’d normally pick up.

Slogging on

Since this book is jam-packed with various kinds of information and my memory retention is getting weaker by the minute, I started to take notes and scribble my thoughts in a word document as I read along.  It is time-consuming, but I figured it would be better if I did this so as not to leave anything out. I don’t know if it’ll work, but I’m enjoying the process so far.

That being said, as I mentioned in my last update, non-fiction is basically not my cup of tea; I think I’ll go nuts if I keep focusing on this book the entire weekend, so I think I’ll pick up The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan.

The keeper of lost things

This wasn’t on my Emojiathon TBR, but when I picked up Luck, Love & Lemon Pie (Amy E. Reichert) for my next challenge, which is to read a book I bought because of its cover, I was a bit put off by the synopsis.  I don’t gamble nor do I know anything about poker, so I wasn’t sure if I’d get attached to the story and I decided to swap it for The Keeper of Lost Things. This is my TBR so I can bend the rules, can’t I? 😛

Anyways, this will be my fifth challenge on my Emojiathon and hopefully I get to complete this during this weekend!

 

What are you going to read during this weekend?
If you are participating in the Emojiathon, how are your challenges coming along?
Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you again soon 🙂

Happy reading!

#WeekendReads & Emojiathon Weekly Wrap-Up

This week has passed so quickly; it’s already Friday (here in Japan)!
Like I always do, let me reflect back on my reading progress that I made so far and share the books that I’m going to be reading this weekend 🙂

First, the Emojiathon. Out of 7 books on my Emojiathon TBR, I read The Handmaid’s Tale and am working on My Sweet Revenge at the moment.

(You can read my thoughts on The Handmaid’s Tale here.)

As I was reading some books which were not on my TBR and got completely wrapped up in reading them, I haven’t made much headway in my actual Emojiathon TBR which I find a bit disappointing 😦
I’m currently on page 128 in My Sweet Revenge and I hope that I get to finish this by Sunday.  A girl can dream, right?

My usual self would normally pick up another book from the TBR, but there’s one thing that makes me hold off on doing so.

I’ll come straight to the point – I got a book sent by an editor for an entertainment magazine for a review; she asked me if I’d be willing to write a book review.

Surprise, surprise, isn’t it?

I was a bit concerned if I’d be interested in the book – a biography – which is not a type of book I’d normally pick up.
I don’t know what it is about non-fiction in general that puts me off, but I just don’t get tempted to pick it up.
For that reason, when she first contacted me through my Facebook friend, I was a bit hesitant but agreed to at least take a look at the book. Jumping the gun will never be a good thing, I figured.

I received the book last night and skimmed through the first few pages.
And who’d have thought? I found myself engrossed in the book; I was literally voraciously devouring every single sentence on those pages. Then I thought:

I might be able to pull this off, I might as well give this a try.

Long story short, I sent the editor a message that I’d like to discuss the timeline and the details about the review. I haven’t got the reply yet, but I think I’ll have one soon.

To be perfectly honest, I’m not even 100% sure if I can do this; I’m not and I have never been confident in myself.  Not having done anything like this, I’m kind of scared of failing to live up to her expectations.

That said, I do believe there’s a grain of truth in the adage, ‘everything happens for a reason,’ I’ve decided to at least give this a try. Sometimes you just need to push your limits and see what lies ahead of you. And I thought this is the time for me to do exactly that. Besides, we have yet to discuss the details yet! It’s too early to brush it off, isn’t it? 😀

Anyways, I’ll see how it goes and just do the best I can.

If the reply doesn’t come by tomorrow, I’m going to pick up the Nightwalker for a thriller fix.

The Nightwalker

Contemporary novels and YA books are so much fun to read, but you just need some engrossing spine-chilling thriller for a change and I’m definitely in the mood for that.

 

That’s it for this week.
If you are participating in the Emojiathon, I’d love to know how you are getting along with your TBR. Please comment below whatever you want to say, I’d love LOVE to hear your thoughts! 🙂

Thank you for reading (as always) and I’ll talk to you guys again soon!
Have a great weekend!

#WeekendReads : June 2nd, 2017

Can’t believe it’s already Friday here in Japan – This week just flew by!
Which means it’s time for another weekly updates; let me share with you the books I’ll be reading over the weekend.

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Killer Cupcakes by Leighann Dobbs

As I mentioned in my previous post, I started reading The Handmaid’s Tale as part of my very first Readathon challenges and I’m on page 60 now.  I’m not far into the book, I’ve only just started, BUT I find Atwood’s writing very distinct, possessing a very unique rhythm with all the short sentences and punctuation or things like that. I don’t know how quickly I can get through this book, but I’m pumped to see how the story unfolds.

Along with The Handmaid’s Tale, I’m currently reading All the Bright Places. I finally picked up this book; this book, particularly this cover had always spoken to me but it took me a while to actually sit down and start reading. I’m currently on page 43 and liking it so far; the story kicks off in a pretty brisk, nice way and I like the two main characters struggling with their own issues. I can’t wait to see if this book will live up to the hype 🙂

Lastly – this was totally unexpected – but I picked up a cozy mystery, Killer Cupcakes. I was bored to death at the doctor’s waiting room, I just needed something to kill my time, something short and light to blast through. I’ve read this book before so I knew the plot, but I figured it might be nice to reread it so that I’d get to post my thoughts on this blog. This is a very quick read with a decent writing. I read 24% (or somewhere in the neighborhood) in just 15 minutes. Hopefully I can finish this book during this weekend.

 

All right, these are the books I’m working on right now. I’ll definitely keep you posted on my progress in my upcoming posts.
Thank you for reading and hope you have a wonderful weekend! 😀

#WeekendReads: May 26th, 2017

Hello, everybody! I hope you’re all having a great reading week.
It’s time for another #Weekend Reads post and I’m going to share with you the books I’ll be reading this weekend.

If you’ve been following me on Goodreads, you might know that I had been reading Cloudstreet: A Novel ( Tim Winton) and just picked up Tenth of December: Stories (George Saunders) yesterday. I thought I had been enjoying both of them, but yesterday, something just snapped;  my brain just stopped functioning.

I guess I can put it down to me having been busy in the last couple of weeks; I put in many hours of overtime, I often found myself dozing off with a book in my hands.
In addition to the looming due date of our financial statement, there have also been a lot of things/demands that I needed to handle, they might have just mentally drained me.

Then I crashed. 

I was like, ‘OMG, nothing comes into me, I can’t, I just can’t process these books.’

To be honest with you, Cloudstreet had been a tough read for me. Like I said, I had been enjoying it, the story of two dysfunctional families seemed and was actually interesting to read.
However, the biggest issue that I had was ‘diction/dialect’ in the book.
I’m not sure if that was because of Tim Winton being an Australian author or the lack of my English skills (duh), but it had been an awfully slow read. I could only read 20 pages per hour at best.

My brain fatigue might have come to a head at that point; I just wanted to read something I could process without using any brain power. I was by no means in the mood for another tough novel.

So I put those book back in my bookshelf and picked up All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr. I needed something emotionally gripping and compelling enough to get me completely hooked.

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And it turned out right!
I was swept up in the emotions right off the bat and I’ve already read about a hundred pages. I’m absolutely loving this so far! I just don’t want to stop reading.

What I’m particularly enjoying to get through is the bond between Papa and Marie. Ah, it’s sooooo beautiful. It’s just hitting all the right notes for me. I JUST ADORE THEM!

Surprisingly, this book turned out to be such a page-turner and a quick read (compared to Cloudstreet :p).  I don’t have any socializing coming up this weekend, so I hope I can make headway in this book.

Another book I’m currently reading (technically, I’ve just started reading this morning) is Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Wonder

Again, I just needed some quick, emotional reads in which I can immerse myself AND I must admit the retweet from my friend tempted me to pick up this one. It put me in the mood for a nice middle grade read.

This is actually a reread for me; I read this book in the summer of 2014 or sometime and I remember enjoying it so much. I was reading this on the airplane sandwiched by two men in business suits, and then there came the most emotional scene at the end of the book where August performs in a school play or something or it could be a commencement ceremony? (I no longer quite remember.)  Anyways, the entire time that I was reading that sequence, I kept telling myself, ‘don’t cry, don’t cry! I can’t let them see me crying over a book!’  I didn’t expect the book to be so emotional and moving; it was so hard to keep myself from shedding tears and sniffing lol

I was pretty positive that I’d enjoy this reread as much as I did the last time. I knew I would blast through this one, so this one made the list. I’m 10% into the book right now and am quite enjoying it 🙂

If I get to finish either of these two books, I think I’ll pick up Five Go Glamping: An adventure in the countryside for grown ups by Liz Tipping that I just got from Amazon.jp yesterday.

Five go Glamping

Doesn’t the cover look cute? I found this book on my trusty Bookbub feed and I immediately snatched it. There’s a lot of reviews that say this is not your typical Glamping story, it’s more like a romance story, but why not?  It’s such a slim novel with around 176 page count, and I am in the mood for a Summery read right now.
I NEED SOMETHING LIGHT AND FLUFFY for a change!

That’s it, guys. Those are the books that I’m currently reading and plan to read this weekend. Hopefully, I can finish at least two of them, but we’ll see 🙂

What are you reading right now?
Let me know in the comments and I’ll talk to you guys again soon.
Happy reading! XD