I have always followed Dolce Belezza’s Japanese Literature Reading Challenge project with interest. I liked reading all about the writers and stuff, but never felt motivated enough to join.
Why? I guess because Japanese literature has always seemed too out there for me…a little too esoteric, a little too dry and unemotional. Also, I read Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami and just found myself unable to appreciate that book. I didn’t care about the bizarre love triangle, the missing girl, nada. It was a disappointing book for me and I never read any Japanese authors (except for Ishiguro who I love) since.
Until just recently, I picked up Haruki Murakami’s Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. So far, I am loving this book and re-thinking my stance on Japanese books. See a teaser of this book here.
Also Meredith’s reading challenge doesn’t seem so taxing. A Japanese book a month for 9 months? That’s doable, right? And since, this year, I am almost done with my Indian Fiction reading challenge well ahead of time, it could be time to try out Japanese. What say you?
Are you doing this challenge? Do you have any Japanese reading recommendations for me?
I know, I know, I have time and again joined and failed reading challenges. Why do I even keep bothering?
But, I like this one – the Indian Quills Reading (IQR) challenge hosted by The Tales Pensieve. I am planning to read a lot of Indian-origin fiction in the next year, and what better way to do it than join an online Indian fiction reading group? I also love that this challenge is restricted to Indian authors, which keeps the group smaller and a little more focused. I’ve joined Asian authors reading challenges in the past, but the pool of authors was just too large and the reading group so diverse that I kind of spaced out after a while.
I am also keeping the reading challenge relatively light – only 6 books, but I am going to make them count
What are the reading challenges you are planning to join in 2013?
After last year’s utter and complete Reading Challenge disaster where I did not manage to complete even one, I decided to really take it easy with the reading challenges.
However, my resolution frequently becomes dented when I come across such beautiful imagery tempting me to commit myself to reading challenge doom.
The Once Upon a Time Reading Challenge
Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings has made it even more impossible not to accept this challenge by providing an option called “The Journey”. As per Carl…
This is really as simple as the name implies. It means you are participating, but not committing yourself to any specific number of books. All reading is a journey, perhaps none more so than reading fantastical fiction. By signing up for The Journey you are agreeing to at least read one book within one of the four categories during March 21st to June 20th period. Just one book. If you choose to read more, fantastic! If not, then we have still had the pleasure of your company during this three month reading journey and hopefully you have read a great book, met some interesting people, and enjoyed the various activities that occur during the challenge. It has always been of utmost importance to me that the challenges that I host be all about experiencing enjoyable literature and sharing it with others. I want you to participate. Hence, The Journey.
By participating in “The Journey”, I commit myself to reading at least one book from one of the following genres:
That’s easy peasy, I think . I now have to decide the book/books that I am going to read on this journey.
Anybody have any suggestions for me? Anybody else wanting in on this challenge? It sounds like so much fun I really wanted to participate more fully, but alas! I know I am going to have my hands full with work, and so don’t want to bite off more than I can chew.
and the most pathetic of them all… the Reliquiae reading challenge in which I managed just 2 books out of 4. Very bad show on my part. This challenge ends on Jan 15, 2010, so I do have a little time to scramble around and find something suitable. But I don’t hold out much hope for this one either
But, that’s not going to stop me from participating in new ones. I have signed up for two new reading challenges and am now on the lookout for more. The reading challenges I have signed up for are:
S.Krishna’s South Asian Author Reading Challenge – I am from India, but I don’t always pay attention to Indian writers, so this will be a challenge to make sure I read more South Asian writing. I have signed up for the 3 books level, which should be relatively easy to complete. I have yet to decide the books though. Tentatively, I have lined up Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri, and Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh, and one other book. But, that could all change if something new and interesting pops up on my radar.
Beth Fish Reads’ Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge – I have blogged before about how much I love the True Blood series on HBO and I am really looking forward to reading the Sookie Stackhouse series of books (all 9 of them). This challenge gets over by June 2010, but since the books are all quite small and light reading, I am pretty sure I”ll finish this in no time
These are the ones that I have definitely signed up for now. There may be more later. I already know that 2010 is going to be a packed year from me and I am really hesitant to bite off more than I can chew. There’s still plenty of time left for me to decide on additional reading challenges.
I am also thinking of creating a new Reading Challenge page sometime soon, so that I can keep a better tab on the status, so watch out for that coming up some time soon.