Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2013

Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge

It's back! A couple of people asked me if I was going to revive the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge this year, so for those of you with an ear fetish, a love of cats, or simply a fondness for the surreal, I do hope you'll join us. As always, it's very flexible and you can participate by reading just one book by Haruki Murakami this year, and even if you're new to Murakami, what better way to give one of his books a try? If you'd like to sign up for the challenge, just click through to the dedicated blog and add your name to the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2013 Sign-up Post.



For myself, I think this year I'd like to focus on the books that I haven't read yet:
South of the Border, West of the Sun, a kind of love story. From the Times Literary Supplement blurb on the back it is "memorable for its unflinchingly extreme treatment of romantic love".

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, a collection of short stories which apparently include, among other things, "animated cows, a criminal monkey, an ice man, as well as the dreams that shape us and the things we might wish for".

And What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, a memoir in which Murakami, an avid runner, "reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and his writing".

For some time now I've also been wanting to re-read Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, a kind of "Kafkaesque science fiction detective story", so maybe I'll try to fit that in sometime this year as well.

If you'd like to read along with me for any of these, please let me know!

So, what do you say? Will you be reading anything by Murakami this year?




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12 comments:

  1. Maybe now I'll finish Wind Up Bird Chronicle and read Norwegian Wood! Thanks for the challenge!

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    1. Enjoy Wind-up Bird Chronicle! It's one of my favourite Murakami stories.

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  2. I think I failed to read anything when I signed up the last time but this year, I'm determined to read 1Q84 and finish it! So yes, sign me up! I really enjoyed What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - it was very inspirational.

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    1. I didn't read anything by Murakami last year! I'm looking forward to finally reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Good luck with 1Q84. ;)

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    2. I love 1Q84. It had me spellbound - like most Murakami books do. Cannot wait for his next book to be published.

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  3. I am already reading Kafka on the shore :) I'm a huge Murakami fan :)

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    1. I really need to re-read Kafka on the Shore!!

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  4. I'll be!:) The Elephant Vanishes - for sure, because it came out recently here in Poland. And I'll try to read something else too, maybe the mentioned Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

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  5. Sputnik Sweetheart and Dance Dance Dance for me.

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    1. Dance Dance Dance is fun! Have you read A Wild Sheep Chase? I should probably re-read Sputnik Sweetheart one of these days. It was one of my first Murakami reads, before I appreciated the surrealism.

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  6. I read What I Talk About When I Talk About Running last year or the year before. It's really interesting; the extremes of running that he's gone through are really something. I chose not to hang onto my copy because I can't run anymore. Such a bummer. Good book, though. I don't do challenges but it's likely I'll end up sneaking in a Murakami, this year. I seem to do best with his short stories and nonfiction, so far. Need to tackle a novel! Glad you've decided to revive the challenge!

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    1. Never having been a runner, that aspect of the book doesn't really appeal. LOL. I was glad to have the nudge to bring back the challenge - it's been too long since I've read any Murakami - not since 1Q84 came out. I wouldn't recommend that one to anyone reading their first Murakami novel though. ;)

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