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Japanese Literature Challenge 2015

Japanese Lit Challenge 9Click on the logo to join.

Dolce Belleza has been graciously hosting the Japanese Literature Challenge for 9 years! This year,  it runs from June 1, 2015 until January 30, 2016. It requires the reading of at least one work of Japanese literature (or poetry) written by a Japanese author (or poet).

I’m posting this super late, but I have already read 3 since June, and plan to read possibly 2 more.

So my list may be something like this:

  1. In a Grove, by Ryunosuke Akugatawa
  2. Rashoumon, by Ryunosuke Akugatawa
  3. The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro – listened to, really cool!
  4. The Face of Another by Kobe Abe
  5. Grass on the Wayside, by Soseki

NB: to my immense regret, I had to DNF Wind/Pinball, the most recent volume by my favorite Japanese Haruki Murakami. The volume contains two stories, actually the very first he ever wrote, but only now translated in Engligh.
I only read the first, I felt it was all over the place and I was not able to recognize in it the themes that I enjoy in Murakami’s other books. Maybe one day I’ll dare try the second story, which I heard is actually better!
But all lovers of Murakami should read the introduction by the author. It’s a neat sharing of how he started his writing life. This was the best part of the book for me.

Possible alternative titles for Challenge 9

Strangers”/or In Search of A Distant Voice, by Taichi Yamada

An Artist of the Floating World, by Ishiguro

Manazuru, by Kawakami

Volcano, by Shusaku Endo

I Am A Cat, by Soseki

The Sound of the Mountain, by Yasunari Kawabata

Kitchen, by Banana Yoshimoto

CLICK ON THE LOGO IF YOU FEEL LIKE JOINING
WHICH OTHER BOOK WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE ME
TO READ FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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Sunday Post #17 – 7/5/2015

Sunday Post

 

 

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share news.
A post to recap the past week on your blog,
showcase books and things we have received.
Share news about what is coming up on your blog
for the week ahead.
See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

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This post also counts for
Mailbox Monday2 it's Monday WWW Wednesdays 2

Mailbox Monday,
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
and WWW Wednesdays

I hope you are enjoying this special week-end. Finally it’s warming up around Chicago, good to be able to just read in T-shirt on the porch!
It is so colder than usual that cicadas are at least a month late, compared to my own record of previous years. It really feels so weird not to hear them yet, nor crickets by night.
Anyway, I had a great book week, so here we go:

BOOKS JUST READ

The Cost of Courage

The Travels of Daniel Ascher   Third rule of ten

    click on the covers to know more about them

CURRENTLY READING

The Woman in White

     The Fictional 100 Murder in the Marais

Tell No Lies

  • The Woman in White, by Wilkie Collins:
    finally time to read this classic!
    Enjoying it a lot so far.
  • The Fictional 100, by Lucy Pollard-Gott,
    a wonderful book ranking the most influential characters
    in world  literature and legend
  • Audio book:
    Murder in the Marais, by Cara Black.
    I read several in that series,
    each book is set in a different Parisian neighborhood,
    time to start at the beginning!
  • Currently translating into French:
    Tell No Lies, by Tanya Anne Crosby.
    Will be available in French on Oct 1.
    Already translated 2 other books by her

BOOKS UP NEXT

   The Bookseller The Cruelest Month

  1. The Bookseller, a mystery set in Paris!
  2. The Cruelest Month, as audiobook.
    Slowly working my way up in the amazing series by Louise Penny

RECENTLY ON WORDS AND PEACE
and FRANCE BOOK TOUR

COMING UP ON WAP and FBT

  • The review of The Cost of Courage
  • The review of 2 Japanese short stories
  • hopefully more!!

 

BOOK REVIEW MOST
READ THIS PAST WEEK

The Travels of Daniel Ascherclick on the cover to know more about it

 

POST MOST VIEWED
ON FRANCE BOOK TOURS

sisters of versaillesclick on the cover to know more about it

 

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

 The Keys of the Watchmen Race to Tibet

Taking the Cross cover  Journeys Through France and Life

         Click here to enter the giveaway

BOOKS JUST ADDED
TO MY GOODREADS TBR

  Speak The Memory Painter

BOOKS RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

The Cost of CourageReceived for review from Other Press

 The Bookseller Crypt Thief
another series of mysteries set in Paris!
Received for review from Seventh Street Books

HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

Sunday Post #16 – 6/20/2015

Sunday Post

 

 

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share news.
A post to recap the past week on your blog,
showcase books and things we have received.
Share news about what is coming up on your blog
for the week ahead.
See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

***

 

This post also counts for
Mailbox Monday2 it's Monday WWW Wednesdays 2

Mailbox Monday,
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
and WWW Wednesdays

OMG, already 6 months went by since my last Sunday Post!! I will just post the books finished these past 2 weeks

BOOKS JUST READ

  Race to Tibet Tightrope Walker

In a Grove   Rashoumon

The Beautiful Mysteryaudiobook

    click on the covers to know more about them

CURRENTLY READING

      The Travels of Daniel Ascher Third rule of ten

     The Fictional 100 Murder in the Marais

Tell No Lies

BOOKS UP NEXT

   The Woman in White The Cruelest Month

  1. The Woman in White, finally! working on my TBR
    If nothing else comes up,
    though I have a few books requested
  2. The Cruelest Month, as audiobook.
    Slowly working my way up in the amazing series by Louise Penny

 RECENTLY ON WORDS AND PEACE
and FRANCE BOOK TOUR

COMING UP ON WAP and FBT

  • A post on the wonderful designer of my new France Book Tours logo and banners!
  • More reviews!
  • A video??

 

BOOK REVIEW MOST
READ THIS PAST WEEK

Housekeeper And The Professorclick on the cover to know more about it

 

POST MOST VIEWED
ON FRANCE BOOK TOURS

From the 15th districtclick on the cover to know more about it

 

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

 The Keys of the Watchmen Lies Told in Silence cover

Taking the Cross cover  Journeys Through France and Life

         Click here to enter the giveaway

BOOKS JUST ADDED
TO MY GOODREADS TBR

    Armada 23395771

   17332349  319388

BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

The Travels of Daniel Ascher

From Other Press for review

 I also received things I ordered on Gone Reading, as I had won a $25 coupon there. You should check there beautiful stuff. I chose these:

 GoneReading t-shirt for Men
T-shirt

Book Journal - Garden Blossoms Flexi Journal - Cover
Book Journal

Book Shaped Plate
A book plate!

HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?

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