Japanese Literature Challenge 9 TBR

Japanese Literature Challenge 9Bellezza’s latest post reminded me of the Japanese Literature Challenge. I also participated last year (and sort-of-participated three times before that) and I’m looking forward to joining everyone again this year! The challenge runs from June to January (so there is some overlap with the annual January in Japan reading event. Link-up for Japanese Literature Challenge 9 can be found here.

Bellezza made herself a TBR for the event and that sounded like an excellent idea. I haven’t been reading as much Japanese literature this year as I wanted (a meagre 9 books) so it’s time to catch up. These are the books I will hopefully read:

  • Amrita by Banana Yoshimoto
  • Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
  • The Cage of Zeus by Sayuri Ueda
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
  • Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
  • In by Natsuo Kirino (if it is ever actually published)
  • Oh, Tama! by Mieko Kanai
  • The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto
  • Strangers by Taichi Yamada
  • Zoo by Otsuichi

J-Lit Challenge 9

Also a shout out to all my followers: I really want to read more amazing books by women. I have far too few Japanese women on my TBR. If you’ve got recommendations (preferably modern fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc.), please let me know!


  1. I haven’t known about In, so thank you for telling me about that. I absolutely loved Strangers, and plan to read I haven’t Dreamed of Flying For Awhile by the same author. Just finished Hard-Boiled Wonderland and was enamored as well as confused, per usual for favorite Haruki Murakami. Unicorn skulls? Let me know when you figure that one out. 😉
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    • You’re welcome! Not sure how useful the information is though – In has been available for pre-order/purchase on Amazon for a really long time now (I think I preordered it two years ago?) and it still hasn’t been published. Its publication date was apparently May 7, to be shipped in 1-4 months. Yeah, honestly I don’t think the book exists haha.
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