I've Accepted the Challenge!
I've officially joined my first reading challenge...ever! Big news, right? I've been blogging for over a year without participating in a challenge, but this one was just too good to pass up. Like a lot of readers, I find that many of my book choices unintentionally fall into very homogeneous territory regarding both author and story. This is my attempt to rectify that just a little bit.
Hosted by Bellezza over at Dolce Bellezza, the Japanese Literature Challenge 6 is an exciting way to expand my reading horizons. Running from June 1st, 2012 to January 30th, 2013, the goal is to read one or more books by Japanese authors. Of course, mine will be translations, but it would be awesome to be able to read the original texts. Head on over to her site for some great recommendations to jump start your reading. Also, I must point out (if you hadn't already been awed) that the badge for this years challenge is absolutely gorgeous!
In all honesty, the fact that I'm currently reading The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino is what prompted me to join in the first place. I mean, I'd almost completed the challenge without even knowing it, so why not make it official? However, I then realized that I've had Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore sitting on my shelf for ages. This challenge gives me the motivation to finally get one of this widely read author's books under my belt.
So, my goal for the sixth annual Japanese Literature Challenge will be 2 books. Hopefully reading these will be such positive experiences that I'll want to seek out a few more, but for now I'll leave the goal small.
Have any of you signed up for this challenge or participated in years past? Whether you have or not, I'd love to hear your Japanese literature recommendations!