I don't think I'll be reading any other Japanese literature before the end of the month so I might as well wrap up this challenge now. The goal was to read 3 books by Japanese authors between July 30, 2008 and January 30, 2009. I ended up reading 4 books, most of which came from my list of possibilities.
(Click on the titles to read my reviews, click on the book covers below to read more at Amazon).
A Geisha's Journey: My Life as a Kyoto Apprentice - Komomo (with photography by Naoyuki Ogino)
Grotesque - Natsuo Kirino
After Dark - Haruki Murakami
Rashomon and other stories - Ryunosuke Akutagawa
My favourite of these is Rashomon and other stories. Akutagawa and his stories are so famous and I'm glad to have finally read a few of them. Also, the beautiful glossy photos in A Geisha's Journey have made it a book to keep and admire from time to time.
I didn't like After Dark as much as I have some of Murakami's other books but it was still interesting to read. Grotesque though was quite disappointing. So a mixed result this time around but I do plan to read more by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Haruki Murakami and Natsuo Kirino.
Thank you for being such a wonderful host again, Bellezza, and I'm looking forward to the Japanese Literature Challenge 3!
In the meantime, I'll still be reading Japanese authors as part of my perpetual Reading Japan Project, which I'll post about again next week, recapping what I read in 2008.