I haven't read as much JLit as I'd hoped to this year so the Japanese Literature Challenge hosted by the lovely Bellezza, is just the thing to encourage me to read a few more. It starts this Friday (Nov. 30th) and runs for 2 months (until Jan. 30th) and the goal is to read 3 books. I'm pretty much flunking out of my year-long challenges that end next month but this seems do-able.
Here are 3 books that I think I'll read for the challenge:
Tales of Moonlight and Rain - Akinari Ueda -- I had planned to read it for the R.I.P. Challenge but other books got in the way. Plus Bellezza loved it!
Snow Country - Yasunari Kawabata -- I'm cheating slightly since I was already planning to read this for the Book Awards Challenge.
The Elephant Vanishes - Haruki Murakami -- It's been a while since I've read anything by Murakami and I keep buying his books so I really should get around to reading them. I think this one has been waiting on the shelf the longest.
Course, I also might like to read something else by Junichiro Tanizaki, which would fit in nicely with the 2nds Challenge, since I loved The Makioka Sisters by him at the beginning of this year.
Or there's The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima or The Ocean in the Closet by Yuko Taniguchi, both of which Bookfool really liked.
Or Twenty-four Eyes by Sakae Tsuboi, about a rural primary school teacher, which I think Bellezza might enjoy.
Or Shipwrecks by Akira Yoshimura, a slim book that's been staring at me for a while now.
Or... Or... there are so many really. It's too hard to choose.
In addition to the JLit books already in my TBR stacks, Bellezza has gone and posted a list of recommendations which has made my wishlist suddenly that much longer. (Click on the link to see her list)
So we'll see which ones I actually do read in the next 2 months but I'm looking forward it. Thanks for organizing the challenge Bellezza!