It's time once again for the Japanese Literature Challenge, hosted by the lovely Bellezza, and already in its fifth year! It started last week on June 1st and runs to the end of January, 2012. All you have to do to take part is to read ONE book! However, it's no surprise, I'm sure, that I plan to read more than that. I have a bookshelf full of JLit books that I haven't read yet, but these are some of the ones I'm most hoping to read over the next few months.
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
It's the Japanese Literature Book Group selection for this month and I'm just waiting for my copy to arrive so I can start.
Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata
Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
These are the JLit Book Group selections for August and September, and I'd love to have you join us for any of these.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
This is probably my most anticipated book of the year. I can't wait until the English translation is finally out in October! Also, I'll be hosting a discussion/read-along of 1Q84 in November both for the Japanese Literature Book Group and the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge.
The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
I've read a couple of her books so far and I have to say I'm not completely sold on Yoshimoto. But her new one sounds very good and I'm looking forward to giving it a try.
Naoko by Keigo Higashino
I've heard lots of good things about this author recently, and last month's Hello Japan! Mystery challenge put me in a mystery mood.
The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
I thoroughly enjoyed both of her other books available in English: The Housekeeper and the Professor, and Hotel Iris, so it's time I finally read this one too.
And plenty more, but if I were to list all the JLit books I'd like to read, we'd be here all day!
Which Japanese Lit books are you looking forward to reading this year?
To celebrate the start of the Japanese Literature Challenge, I have 3 contemporary Japanese stories to give away.
Be With You by Takuji Ichikawa
When Mio suddenly returns home one rainy day, her husband and son can’t believe their eyes. For a year they’ve been mourning her sad and untimely death. Now here she is again. How could such a thing be possible? Did love bring her back from the grave? And most importantly, is she here to stay? Together, the reunited family start looking for answers to these questions. What they discover is a secret buried deep in the past … and the future.
Back in 2003, Takuji Ichikawa’s heartbreaking story of a couple’s second chance at first love captivated millions of Japanese readers. The novel was so popular it inspired a blockbuster movie, a top-rated TV series and a best-selling manga. Now published in the U.S., Be With You proves one thing: Love is a miracle that lasts a lifetime and beyond.
The Devil's Whisper by Miyuki Miyabe
Miyabe is known for her slice-of-Japanese-life suspense novels - and The Devil's Whisper continues her winning ways. Three deaths come in quick succession: one girl jumps from the roof of a six-story building; another falls in front of a train; and a third is hit by a late-night taxi. But how are they related? And are they accidents, suicides... or murder?
Slowly, the answers are uncovered by sixteen-year-old Mamoru, the nephew of the unlucky taxi driver, who is being held by the police on charges of manslaughter.
Determined to help his uncle, the enterprising young man discovers that the girl who met her death under the wheels of his uncle's taxi had participated in a devious scam, and that three of the four girls involved are already dead. When a powerful businessman reveals new evidence that could free Mamoru's uncle, Mamoru decides he must not only clear his uncle's name but go all out to save the last of the four girls being targeted by the real killer.
And then the killer contacts him...
Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol 1, 2 & 3 by Kotaro Isaka and Megumi Osuga (set of 3 books to one winner)
“As crazy as your ideas might be, as long as you believe in yourself and tackle the issue head-on, you can even change the world.”For more information and sample chapters: Maoh: Juvenile Remix from Viz Media.
Ando is a high school student who has the power to make others say out loud what he’s thinking. Inukai is the mysterious leader of a vigilante group called Grasshopper, which is at odds with the city’s redevelopment plan. In this chaotic city, these two will come together to weave a story of courage, determination and confrontation.
There will be 3 winners.
You may enter for one, two, or all three prizes, but you can only win one of them.
Anyone, anywhere can enter.
The giveaway will close on June 20, 2011 and the winners will be notified the following day.
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