May 31, 2013

The Japanese Literature Challenge 7

I am joining the Japanese Literature Challenge 7 hosted by Dolce Bellezza.
It runs from June 1 through January 30, 2014;  the challenges have been very popular. The link above will take you to a sign up post and suggested books for reading. This year, children's books and manga, short stories, and poetry will be included.

My first book for the challenge? To finish reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which I started some time ago. I hope to include some children's books and poetry this year.

My planned readings so far:

1. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, literary fiction
2. Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura, thriller
3. Paprika by Yasutaka Tsutsui, sci-fi

What I have actually read for the challenge so far: 

1. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, fiction
2. Evil and the Mask by Fuminori Nakamura, thriller

What Japanese novels or books have you read or hope to read?


  1. Harvey, so pleased to have you! (May I add that I LOVE the Murakami quote at the top of your blog?!)

  2. My comment published too soon...I also wanted to say that I hope to reread The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle as the ending was a bit confusing to me. Well, I always gain a lot by retreading Murakami anyway. We'll have fun together!

  3. Looking forward to sharing comments, Bellezza!

  4. To my dismay I realize that I have never read any Japanese literature. It is high time that I did something about it.

    I am looking forward to your posts on these works!

  5. I enjoyed Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro. Have you read that one?

    Wind-Up was fun and I still can't quite shake it. It has messed with my head for weeks!

  6. Harvee, this is a wonderful reading challenge. I am not sure what I'll read for it, but I am planning on participating in it again.

  7. Sounds like such a great idea. I'm going to go sign up as well.

  8. Ahh! I'm going to join this challenge as well. I finished The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle recently (May 27 darn! I can't count it. lol!).. it was my 2nd Murakami and probably my 2nd Japanese Lit work ever, so I'd like to read more. Especially since I'll be going to Japan this summer! So excited.

    I'll post a sign up post soon! Happy reading!


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