Monday, June 8, 2015

Japanese June

For those of us who engage in the online bookish c0mmunity, this month is "Japanese June," a month-long event where participants read works by Japanese authors and authors of Japanese decent.  The International Reads Bookclub on GoodReads is hosting the event and particpants can post their TBRs and share their progress on the club's message boards.

There are three challenges for this event:
  1. Read a book by Haruki Murakami;
  2. Read a book by a female author; and
  3. Read a graphic novel
Anything else you read above and beyond these three challenges is gravey . . . as long as it is Japanese!

For my own part, I have developed a conservative TBR for the event given my terrible track record with TBRs.  By the end of the month, I hope to read three books corresponding the the three challenges:
  1. Haruki Murakami: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle [I started this back and April and need to finish it as soon as possible]
  2. Female Author: N.P. by Banana Yoshimoto [I loved Kitchen as a teen and as an adult; I am hopeful that Yoshimoto's winning stream will continue with this novel]
  3. Graphic Novel: Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine [I disliked Shortcomings, another Tomine graphic novel.  However, I am going to give the author another chance, if only for this event.]
To participate in the event, you need only join the International Reads Bookclub and announce your intention.  If you are participating, please feel free to leave your book suggestions in the comments.

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