I have a bloggy friend named Cayce who posted about joining in on this challenge. So thanks to her, I have learned about the challenge and decided to join in on it also. So now I’m posting about it. Huzzah! I’ve actually entered in quite a few challenges this year, but haven’t exactly been committed to them as I should be. Hopefully this challenge, which started on June 1 and ends January 30, 2014, will be a different story as I swear that it was calling out to me.
You see, I really love manga. Reading a series chapter by chapter, falling in love with it a little bit more with each chapter, and just pretty much being a fangirl is something that I like doing. But I would also like to get into the other types of Japanese literature, which is why I decided to sign up for The Japanese Literature Challenge. I believe that it will give me a little push to read a variety of Japanese literature awhile still not putting myself under any pressure. I will be able to read novels, manga, light novels, short stories, poetry, anything to do with Japanese literature and let it count towards the challenge 🙂
I really don’t have a set list of books to read since I am a mood reader, but here is a sample:
Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe– This novel has been sitting on my shelf unread for a long, long time because the amount of pages has been scaring me off. It’s over eight hundred pages! But I am determined to read it this year… at some point. *gulps*
Attack on Titan Vol.3 by Hajime Isayama– I got interested in the story upon reading volume one, fell in love by volume two, and am itching for volume three. I’ve already ordered it and it should come in the mail by tomorrow. Yay! And just to be stupid…
Spice & Wolf Vol.1 by Isuna Hasekura– This is the first book in a light novel series. I really can’t wait to get into this book since my love for Holo and the banter between her and Lawrence has reawakened after watching season two of the anime, sooo.
Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto- What really made me perk up at the thought of reading this book was the fact that one of the main characters loves Lolita fashion. Also, the idea of a girly girl becoming friends with a girl in a biker gang is very appealing to me 😛
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time by Yasutaka Tsutsui- I am familiar with this book only because it has an anime based on its title story. But I am pretty interested since I’ve heard that the author is a very well-known science fiction writer.
Goth by Otsuichi– Okay, um, two teenage sociopaths and a serial killer. I FREAKING NEED THIS!
Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto– First thing that caught my attention: the author is cool enough to be named Banana. Second thing that caught my attention: the premise sounds so… intriguing.
Natsume’s Book of Friends Vol.1 by Yuki Midorikawa– I’m actually very surprised that I haven’t even started reading this manga since it is so popular and it has a pretty high rating on Goodreads. But it sounds like a beautiful series~
There is a manga that I have read and reviewed this June before this post that I am going to count it so it will give me a good start. I’m aiming to read at least thirty titles! Right now, I am pretty sure that I will enjoy this challenge. I will be posting an update post at the end of beginning of every month. Look out for them if you are interested 🙂