When Bellezza announced that she was going to host a second Japanese Literature Challenge, there was little doubt that I would join in again. Of course I already have my long-term Reading Japan Project, but it's always more fun to share a common reading goal with others. Plus the first round of the challenge helped kick start my own project so they'll complement each other. The minimum requirement for the challenge is to read 3 books between July 30, 2008 and January 30, 2009. Click here to join or for more information on the challenge. Click on the button to go to the dedicated challenge blog.
As for what I plan to read, I've looked at my books and just can't narrow down to a list of three. I'd love to read more by Kawabata, or Tanizaki. I'd like to finally read something by Mishima and I'm also eager to get to Natsuo Kirino's more recent book, Grotesque. Then of course there is Haruki Murakami, or The Tale of Genji which I still want to try to tackle, or Rashomon which is on my list for the 1% Well-Read Challenge. So instead of setting myself a list now I'm just going to continue to read the books that appeal to me as I go along.
To help get myself a bit more organised though, I've created a list of all the books in my TBR stacks that are by Japanese authors or set in Japan. You can see the list here or from the link in the sidebar. Books I've already read are listed here.
I look forward to hearing about the books that the other participants read. And thanks for hosting again, Bellezza.