Last year, I never stated it officially, but a personal challenge of mine for the year was to read a book a month by a Japanese author (in English translation). I did read 9 in 2006 but I thought by putting it out there, like Kailana's Canada Challenge, it would help keep me on track this year. So, again I'm aiming for a book a month or a total of 12 for the year.
The following are the unread Japanese books I already have:
Rashomon and other stories – Ryunosuke Akutagawa
The Elephant Vanishes – Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
The Silent Cry – Kenzaburo Oe
I am a Cat – Natsume Soseki
The Makioka Sisters – Junichiro Tanizaki
Goodbye Tsugumi – Banana Yoshimoto
Shipwrecks – Akira Yoshimura
(Tale of Genji – Murasaki Shikibu)- I attempted it last year but lost steam and set it aside because I'd rather wait until I'm ready for it than force myself through it. I contemplated it for the Chunkster Challenge, but I decided that I'm not quite ready to try again. Someday though, someday.
Since I only have 8 on hand, that also gives me license to buy more! Logical, no?
Update: (February 23, 2007)
I forgot about a short book I bought at the used book store a couple of months ago, plus last week I picked up 2 more Japanese books:
The bridegroom was a dog - Yoko Tawada
Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata
All She Was Worth - Miyuki Miyabe