2011 is going to be one great reading year 🙂
I have joined a non-challenging challenge to read 6 or12 books of my number one Author, Stephen King…and yesterday, I found another non-challenging challenge to read books from my second favorite author, Haruki Murakami 🙂
This Challenge is hosted by good blogger friend, Tanabata who already created an amazing series of challenge called Hello Japan! in her main blog, In Spring It Is The Dawn. Nat lived in Japan, although she is not Japanese.
Here are some of the rules for this challenge:
- The goal is simply to read something/ANYthing by Haruki Murakami.
- Whether you’re a complete newbie, or already a huge Murakami fan, everyone is welcome to join in.
- You can join in anytime.
- You don’t have to have a blog to participate. You can also share your thoughts on Goodreads, LibraryThing, etc.
- Crossovers with other challenges are allowed. (Don’t forget that anything you read for this challenge also counts for Bellezza’s Japanese Literature Challenge) < I have already joined this since last year.
- Books should be read between January 1st and December 31st, 2011.
(However, I welcome you to submit reviews to any of Murakami’s books or stories that you have read and reviewed previously. More on the ‘Submit a review‘ page.)
- Rereads are allowed, and encouraged.
- And most importantly, have fun!
Levels of participation:
Hajime – Read one book
Sheep Man – Read 3 books
Toru – Read 5 books
Nakata – Read 7 books
Sumire – Read 10+ books
Super-frog – Read everything Murakami has written!
Another Murakami’s Fan ,Gnoe of Grassland, had already written this nice post about trying to read all Murakami’s books (read the post here), I copied her list to see which book I have and haven’t read, here are all Murakami’s books:
- 1979: Hear the Wind Sing (風 の 歌 を 聞く Kaze no uta o kike)
- 1980: Pinball, 1973 (1973年 の ピンボル / 1973-nen no pinbōru)
- 1982: A Wild Sheep Chase ( 羊 を 巡る 冒険 /Hitsuji o meguru bōken)
- 1985: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (世界 の 終り と ハドウボイルド ワンダアランド / Sekai no owari to hādoboirudo wandārando )
- 1987: Norwegian Wood (ノルヱイ の 森 / Noruwei no mori)
- 1988: Dance Dance Dance (ダンス ダンス ダンス / Dansu dansu dansu )
- 1992: South of the Border, West of the Sun (国境 の 南、太陽 の 西 /Kokkyō no minami, taiyō no nishi )
- 1993: The Elephant Vanishes (short stories from 1983-1990)
- 1995: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Nejimaki-dori kuronikuru)
- 1997-1998: Underground (アンダアグラウンド /Andāguraundo)
- 1999: Sputnik Sweetheart (スプウトニク の恋人 / Supūtoniku no koibito )
- 2000: after the quake (Kami no kodomo-tachi wa mina odoru)
- 2002: Kafka on the Shore (海辺 の カフカ / Umibe no Kafuka)
- 2003: A Steam Whistle in the Middle of the Night (夜中 の 汽笛 に ついて / Yonaka no kiteki ni tsuite)
2004: After Dark (アフタアダアク /Afutā Dāku)
- 2006: Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
- 2007: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Hashiru koto ni tsuite kataru toki ni boku no kataru koto)
- [2009: 1Q84 (1Q84 Ichi-kyū-hachi-yon)]
These are the books I have read and reviewed (click on the picture to see the reviews)
Here are books related to Murakami, but not actually his books
As I already said in my SK Challenge sign-up post, I am NOT a fast reader, therefore I can only manage to read either 1 book or 3 books by Murakami. Which books I am going to read will depend on which books my library owned. I am sure that Norwegian Wood will be one of them because the movie will come our soon.
I discovered Murakami in 2005 when I saw the cover of Kafka On The Shore, the cover looks interesting and I borrowed it straight away. I am the kind of reader that judges the book by its cover and blurb 😉 and fortunately I rarely got bad books by doing so. After reading Kafka On The Shore, I fell in love with his works and wanted to read all his books.
I am looking forward to read books by those two great authors 🙂
If you never read Murakami’s book, you’re missing something great!!