Japanese Literature Challenge 13

Japanese Literature 13

JAPANESE LITERATURE CHALLENGE 13

#JapaneseLitChallenge13  #JLC13  #JapaneseLiterature

So glad DolceBelleza (@bellezzamjs) is organizing this challenge again!
Click here or on the logo to read more about it.

Checked my history, and realized this is my 5th participation. I did the Japanese Literature Challenge from 2012-2015, but for some reasons, I stopped after that, even though I regularly read Japanese Lit.

I have currently 13 Japanese novels I mean to read, so this Challenge, running from January-March 2020, is perfect.

Here is my TBR for this event:

📚 Ebooks received in 2019 through Edelweiss Plus:

1. The Ten Loves of Nishino (2003), by Hiromi Kawakami (transl. by Allison Markin Powell)
2. Inhabitation (1984), by Teru Miyamoto (transl. by Roger K. Thomas)
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📚 Books on my physical shelf:

3. The Sound of Waves (1954), by Yukio Mishima (trans. by Meredith Weatherby)
4. N.P. (1990), by Banana Yoshimoto (trans. by Ann Sherif)
5. Some Prefer Nettles (1928),  by Junichirō Tanizaki (trans. by Edward G. Seidensticker)

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📚 For my Classics Club list (besides # 3 and 5 above):

6. Kusamakura (1906), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Meredith Weatherby)
7. The Book of Tea (1906), by Kakuzō Okakura= (listened to) reviewed on 1/12/20
8. Sanshirō (1908), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Jay Rubin) = reviewed on 1/17/20
9. And Then (1909), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Norma Moore Field
10. The Gate (1910), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Francis Mathy)
11. To the Spring Equinox and Beyond (1910), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Kingo Ochiai and Sanford M. Goldstein)
12. The Miner (1908), by Natsume Sōseki (trans. by Jay Rubin)
13. Devils in Daylight (1918), by Junichirō Tanizaki (trans. by J. Keith Vincent)
14. A Cat, a Man, and Two Women (1936), by Junichirō Tanizaki (trans. by Paul McCarthy)

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You notice several books by the same authors, it’s just that these have been on my TBR for a long time. Thankfully, most are rather short, so I should be able to read at least 4 per month, besides other books. And I’ll try to listen to some!

NB: there are some other huge Japanese authors not on this list: my favorite, Haruki Murakami, Ishiguro, and many more, because I have already read many by them, or mostly because I don’t need to read them urgently if I don’t have an egalley of them waiting; if they are not collecting dust on my shelf; or they are not on my Classics List to read in 5 years. But your recommendations are welcome for later in the year or this challenge another year!

1/12/20 update: I just discovered that Sanshiro is actually the first volume of a trilogy, so I’ll read And Then and The Gate after it.

I’ll update this page as I go along.

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WHICH OTHER BOOKS WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE ME
TO READ FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

 

Bout of Books 24: Day 3 challenge

boutofbooks 24

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Today, the challenge is based on an idea I submitted.

Challenges

Six degrees of separation from Bout to Books
Find an original way to connect the two words (Bout and Books) through six books
Thanks to Emma (Words and Peace) for today’s challenge.
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I submitted this idea, based on the quirky way I do the monthly meme Six degrees of separation. I tried something similar but it didn’t work as expected, so here is what I came up with, based on titles I have read – click on covers to see my reviews

bob challenge

The Blue   our thoughts

two-days-gone

 

of mice and men The Book Artist Kingdom of the Blind Syncopation

Did you do this challenge?
Curious to see what you came up with!

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Check my Bout of Books 24 ultimate goal

 

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Bout of Books 22: Day 5 challenge

Bout of Books 22

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized
by Amanda @ On a Book Bender
and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal.
It is a week long read-a-thon that begins
12:01am Monday, May 14 and runs through Sunday, May 20
in whatever time zone you are in.
Bout of Books is low-pressure.
There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize,
but all of these are completely optional.
For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates,
be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books 22:

Day 5 Challenge

Space Scavenger Hunt

You all like a scavenger hunt, right? This one is space themed.
Use the guidelines below. Participate as much as you can.
This is a challenge, so you don’t have to get them all to win. If you have fun, you win.

Mercury – Favourite short story/novella
Venus – Favourite book with female protagonist
Earth – Favourite book about nature/nature word in the title
Mars – Favourite book with a red cover
Jupiter – Favourite tome over 500 pages
Saturn – Favourite book with circle/ring on the cover/in the title
Uranus – Favourite book set in winter
Neptune – Favourite book set at sea, on a boat, or under water
Pluto – Favourite books featuring a dog/with a dog on the cover
Moon – Favourite book set anywhere other than Earth
Sun – Favourite book set in summer
Space – Favourite book set in space

Thanks to Liz (@LizHannah25) for today’s challenge.

Here is a fun challenge. I have to admit the book I chose is not necessarily my favorite of all times in that category, but at least, that’s the one that came first to mind. So here we go. Click on the book covers to access my review/book on Goodreads

 The Story of Your life

Mercury

Favorite short story/novella

 

Unexpected Mrs Pollifax Venus

Favorite book with female protagonist

unseen-city Earth

Favorite book about nature/
nature word in the title

Magpie Murders Mars

Favorite book with a red cover

1q84 Jupiter

Favorite tome over 500 pages

Too Close to the Edge Saturn

Favorite book with circle/ring
on the cover/in the title

if on a winter's night Uranus

Favorite book set in winter

under-the-channel Neptune

Favorite book set at sea, on a boat, or under water

The Black Island Pluto

Favorite books featuring a dog/
with a dog on the cover

The Sparrow Moon

Favorite book set anywhere other than Earth

Prodigal Summer Sun

Favorite book set in summer

the-martian-chronicles Space

Favorite book set in space

WHAT’S THE RESULT OF

YOUR SPACE SCAVENGER HUNT?