The lovely Bellezza is hosting the Japanese Literature Challenge 3 and I plan to participate again.
The challenge is to read one work of Japanese origin between July 30, 2009 and January 30, 2010. There are a ton of great prizes from the oh so generous Bellezza; I won a beautiful Japanese calendar in the last challenge that I love to look at.
I've enjoyed the books I've read in the last year and have a few more that I know I'd like to read. I don't have an official list but maybe:
- Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (am I the only one who didn't read this last time?)
- Cranes at Dusk by Hisako Matsubara (picked this up for $1)
- When We Were Orphans by Kazou Ishiguro (love Ishiguro!
- another mystery by Miyuke Miyabe (I've read 2 already but I don't know if I can get my hands on another one)
The books I've read already that I would recommend:
After Dark by Haruki Murakami (a little strange, but compelling)
All She Was Worth by Miyuke Miyabe (police mystery)
A Pale View of Hills by Kazou Ishiguro (not his strongest, but still good)
Shadow Family by Miyuke Miyabe (police mystery)
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa (best book! with math!)