NOTE: Hirose announced the disbandment of Kobushi Factory in the latest honcierge update, and mentions wanting to work hard to become a full-fledged singer.
Hirose Ayaka's book recommendations for January 2020; "Books Saved in Idol Activities". She recommends them to both book lovers and Kobushi-gumi. (As per usual: not a translation, just tidbits I was collecting for myself anyway, probably errors, etc.)
1. Ichiban ni Naru Hito (一番になる人) by Tsunku (つんく♂)
Tsunku♂, a genius in the music industry who has been the lead vocal of the popular band "Sharan Q" and has worked on many million sellers, including releases for "Morning Musume". Tsunku♂. The author who was never the best no matter what he did, the conclusion of "how anyone can become the best" has finally been revealed through trial and error.
2. Tomodachi Genso Hito to Hito no <Tsunagari> wo Kangaeru (友だち幻想 人と人の〈つながり〉を考える) by Kanno Hitoshi (菅野仁)
With the spread of various communications tools, such as SNS, the trend of emphasizing <connection> is increasing. Over 10 years ago the author (since deceased), a sociologist, examined the 'suffocation' caused by excessive "connections" and carefully reconsidered the common sense of "connections between people". / Friends are more important than anything. But why are you so hurt and annoyed with your friends? A book that allows you to build a good "connection" by refining the sense of distance between people.
3. Sekai no Utsukushii Honya-san Itsuka Ikitai Sekaijuu no Meiten Guide (世界の美しい本屋さん いつか行きたい世界中の名店ガイド) by Shimizu Reina (清水玲奈)
A world-class guide to fabulous bookstores you'd like to visit one day, featuring locations selected from "Sekai no Yume no Honya-san". Filled with new information, including photo commentary and MAP.