Hello-Hello, fellow readers! Today is a perfect day for a book tag, a K-Pop inspired tag. I was tagged a while back by the amazing creator of this tag, Savannah, from @TheBookProphet. Thank you! If you are curious to check out her answers and blog, you can just click the link I put above.
As many of you know, K-Pop has entered the western culture and it becomes more popular each day. This book tag combines two amazing things Korean culture and books. Some of you might be newbies or you never heard of K-Pop. Now, there is a chances to experience something new. I, myself, am a Korean drama lover. If you are interested, here is the link to my Korean Drama Top Favorites post.
Without further ado, let us start this tag!
But first, here are the rules.
Rules for the K-Pop Book Tag
— Credit the creator of this tag, The Book Prophet, and link back to her original post;
— Thank the person who tagged you;
— Answer all the questions to the best of your abilities;
— Tag as many people as you like;
— Have fun!
BTS – A Book Everyone Knows About
For this category, I have more than one book. The obvious choice is the Harry Potter book series followed by The Game of Thrones, The Throne of Glass, A Court of Thrones and Roses, Lord of the Rings, and Cassie Clare’s books from the Shadowhunters universe. Oh! And Rick Riordan’s books too. How could I forget? Believe me, there is no place on the virtual and real world without these books. It is quite scary. Sometimes, I feel the pressure of reading them because everyone is talking about them. But as my official choice, I pick the Harry Potter book series by J. K Rowling.
EXO – Favorite Companion Novel
Hmm! Let me think about that. Can I choose a companion series? Of course, I can. The Falling Kingdoms companion series Spirits and Thieves, by Morgan Rhodes. The action takes in present Toronto, Canada, and Mytica, 1000 years prior to The Falling Kingdoms events. Some people prefer the original series over the prequel series. Honestly, I love them both. As readers, we get to learn what actually happened Mytica’s history. And, as for spoilers, there are a few although I do not think they are major ones.
NU’EST – A Book/Series/Author That Doesn’t Get the Attention You Think It Deserves
The Historians book series by Trisha Leigh. Both the book series and the author deserve more attention than they actually get. This book series has time travel, historical fiction, a love story, and futuristic space. What is not to like? Give these books and author some love, readers.
ASTRO – A BOOK that Gave You a Happy Feeling When Reading
Define happy because there are multiple types of happy. Happy as in “ha-ha”? Or happy as in feeling fluffy and cuddly with butterflies-in-your-stomach happy? Or happy as in positive vibes happy? Well, for that, I think I can put more than one book since it is unclear. (Shh! I am no cheating. Shut up! ^^)
- Fluffy-and-cuddly happy: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- Funny happy: a recent read, The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
- Positive-vibes happy: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
MONSTA X – A Book Containing a Diverse Cast of Characters
The universe created by Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, The Trials of Apollo, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, the Kane Chronicles. Yeah, it is hard to choose only one book for this category.
A.C.E. – A Favorite Recent Release
BLACKPINK – A Book that Sticks Out from the Rest of Its Genre
While reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, I was highly impressed by it. Among the books I read so far, Sabaa’s book is an outlier. The story and the way it was written stayed with me for a very long time. An Ember in the Ashes stands out in the book world just like K-Pop stick out from the regular pop music.
SEVENTEEN – A Book with Multiple POVs
I feel like I am repeating myself here. Wait, I actually am repeating myself. Eh, well! I choose, The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.
BIGBANG – A Modern Classic
Hmm! I do not know… Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling? It is the first series that comes to my mind right now. I believe Harry Potter is the equivalent of PSY, the K-Pop singer, in the western culture. At least, it seams like it from my point of view.
SISTAR – A Series You Wish Never Ended
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, obviously.
RAIN – Favorite Stand-Alone
My pick is Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean. This one is a colorful book just like K-Pop, only of a different kind. If you know what I mean. Wink-wink. Nudge-nudge. It is one of my favorite adult historical romance books I read so far.
Feel free to tag yourself if you want to do this book tag!
This is it my fellow readers, The K-Pop Book Tag. I want to hear from you in the comment section if you decided to do it. I know that for some of us on this earth winter holidays are coming thus I included the books’ Amazon links instead of the Goodreads ones. You know, in case of present ideas.
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Happy Reading Holidays, minna-san (=everyone)!
Of all the world’s great metropolises, Paris and Los Angeles are among those that house the most significant and immediately recognizable cultural milieus. From the Champs-Élysées to the Sunset Strip, Marilyn Monroe to Brigitte Bardot, LACMA to Louvre, there is plenty for visitors and residents alike to fall in love with these storied cities – and in Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, for the first time ever, they are revealed in parallel.
Written by Diane Ratican with illustrations by acclaimed artists Eric Giriat (Paris) and Nick Lu (Los Angeles), Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? is a gorgeous, full-color, 272-page collectible art book, travel guide, and personal journey. Playfully ‘connecting the dots’ between respective historical landmarks, architectural icons, style codes, and cultural peculiarities, Ratican weaves a compelling narrative in both English and French throughout Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, which is interspersed with quotes from famed L.A. and Paris residents such as Walt Disney, Jim Morrison, Coco Chanel, and Ernest Hemingway.
Colorful, charming illustrations by Girat and Lu compare and contrast the foods, fashions, cultures, and cityscapes of the City of Stars and City of Lights. And, as an added bonus, precise GPS coordinates are included next to each illustrated page bringing the experience of these two incredible cities ‘off the page’ and into the real world!
Cleverly divided into seven distinct sections, Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? looks at:
· Cityscapes & Landmarks Magnifiques
· Culture Célébre: Cinema, Entertainment & Glamour
· Fashion, Style & Shopping à la Mode
· Sports & Leisure
· Communicating Ideas: Art & Culture
· Cuisine & Dining
· Cities in Motion
My Opinion –Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?
Have you ever been to Paris or LA? I can proudly say that I have. Only to Paris… And by being in Paris, I mean that I spent a maximum of an hour or two there. The majority of that time, I was in a bus station taking a break – bathroom and gas tank refill. It was a beautiful dark station with amazing bathrooms. Yes, I had to pay 50¢ (euros) for the toilet. Besides the station, I had the chances to see La Seine, the river that crosses Paris, and a few random buildings from the bus window. Now, you understand why I need to go back there?
Speaking of which, this book was a great catalyst to remember my love for France and French culture. With the American culture, I am well acquainted already. Wink-Wink. And regardless of my previous knowledge about these amazing cities, Diane Ratican’s travel guide poked my interest in them again. Also, let’s not forget that it is written in both English and French. How brilliant is that? And the artwork within the pages of this work? Marvelous!
As you can see throughout this post, I put some beautiful images from the book. It is a delight for the eyes alone. You get the chance to experience first-hand what it means to be lost in translation, literally. It was an intellectually fun experience as if this book had to writers, the author and “the translator.” Sometimes, I found myself having two different feelings about the same paragraph because the tone was different. It was just like reading two books in one.
The narration flowed easily with genuine information. It was noticeable that a person who lived in both cities wrote this travel guide. I did not feel overwhelmed by facts. And the artwork was and excellent divider between the chapters. All the written information was transformed into a visual delight of compare and contrast between Paris and LA. The they offered an idea of how those visiting places would look like in reality. Besides, the inspiring quotes, which accompanied the art work, were the cherries on top of a delicious cake.
Are you interested in Parisian and LA cultures? Then, this is the perfect book for you. Also, have you seen those graphics? Having this on your shelf would look amazing. Joke aside, Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? was my cuppa tea. I had fun reading it and I even got the chance to rediscover myself. Sincerely, I am already planing my trips to Paris and LA after this read.
This is my sole opinion. ^_^
I would like to thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Happy reading, everyone!