I’ve decided to participate in Bellezza’s Japanese Literature Challenge again. This is already the 8th edition (and the sort-of-third that I’m participating in, if I remember correctly).
During the Japanese Literature Challenge – which lasts all the way through January 2015, so no need to read heaps and heaps of J-lit at once – participants can share their reviews, submerge themselves in J-lit, and discover new authors.
I hope to be able to read more modern authors. I enjoy the classics, but my heart goes to contemporary fiction. I’d especially like to read more by female authors, of whom sadly not nearly as many books have been translated. Miyuki Miyabe, Sawako Ariyoshi, Mieko Kanai, Fumiko Enchi, Yoko Ogawa… These are certainly on my to-read list. More recommendations (also male authors, of course) are welcome!
Besides hopefully discovering some more interesting authors, I’ll also use this challenge to finally write some more reviews on Japanese literature. I consider J-lit one of my ‘specialities’, one of my go-to genres, but I don’t write nearly enough reviews on what I read (not even during January in Japan *shock*). Time for change! I might possible revisit some books I’ve read a while ago.