Japanese Literature Challenge

Japanese Literature ChallengeThe 4th Japanese Literature Challenge is hosted by Dolce Bellezza. It’s very simple:  read one or more works of Japanese literature between June 1, 2010 and January 30, 2011.

Leave your name on Dolce Bellezza’s blog, so you’re officially part of the challenge.

Just to be able to put this beautiful picture on your blog would be a reason to join in!

As I’d probably read one or two Japanese books in that period anyway, I’ll go for a target of 3 books. Yes, that’s not all that much, but I’m also doing some other challenges and book group reads, so 3 Japanese Literature books will be a challenge for me.

What shall I read?

1. I’ve read almost everything by Haruki Murakami, but I haven’t read What I Talk About When I Talk about Running. I doubt that it will inspire me to start running, as that is one thing I’ve never enjoyed. But it’ll be fun to read what Murakami has to say about it.

2. Another favorite writer of mine is Kazuo Ishiguro. I have read three of his books, the outstandingly brilliant The Remains of the Day and the great dystopian novel Never Let me Go. I also read When We were Orphans, which story I confuse in my mind with Number9Dream by David Mitchell. Anyway, if you ask me, it’s time to read The Unconsoled.

3. Thirdly, Out by Natsuo Kirino has been on my TBR for some time now. And I hear it’s a brilliant book. So, that’s number 3.

Will you join in too?

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11 Responses to Japanese Literature Challenge

  1. Iris says:

    I think I will join as well. Funny that you mentioned What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. I was actually hoping that listening to the audioversion of the book would help me to start running again (I listen to audio when running, at least that’s the plan. I’ve managed to finish 1 book in 5 months, which shows how little I actually go running).

    • leeswammes says:

      I guess that is a brilliant plan. But running’s never been my thing. I used to listen to audio books on the cross-trainer but needed more rhythm so now it’s mainly 70s en 80s music (except I hardly go on the cross trainer now).

  2. Bellezza says:

    Your post is so interesting; it’s nice to learn a little more about you. I love Haruki Murakami, but even though I own almost everything he’s written, I’ve only read six of his works. I’m hoping to finish them this time around, and I also want to read Out. Everyone says that book is incredible! I like seeing the button on your blog; I’m glad that you’re so enthused about the challenge. We’ll have fun reading together I’m sure.

  3. Miel Abeille says:

    Best of luck with your challenge!

  4. Nymeth says:

    One of my very favourite challenges! Enjoy. I love Murakami and Ishiguro too.

  5. JoAnn says:

    I’ll be signing up for this one, too. When We Were Orphans is the only Ishiguro I’ve read. Hopefully this will be the year I finally try Murakami!

    • leeswammes says:

      I *love* Murakami’s books. They’re odd and strange and sometimes a little incomprehensible. But still great fun. Hope you’ll like them too. Try A Wild Sheep Chase, maybe, for starters.

  6. Suzanne says:

    I love Out by Natsuo Kirino! I read this before I even knew what Japanese literature was! I will be signing up for the challenge too, and I think I will list the books I’m going to read too as an extra push towards that goal. I may have to consider The Remains of the Day….

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