Japanese Season Has Ended, For Now

Japanese Literature Challenge 3

Can you believe we have gone through the third round of Japanese Literature Challenge, and it has again, ended?

I did a lot better this time around than last year. Funny. Last round I intended to read a lot and ended up reading much less. This round I intended to read one or two, and ended up reading 4 books by Japanese authors and 3 books by non-Japanese, which is uum.. 5-6 books more than planned.

Books of Japanese origin:

  1. Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara (finished 08/09, 3 stars)
  2. Strangers by Taichi Yamada (finished 09/09, 2.5 stars)
  3. I Am a Cat (Vol 1) by Soseki Natsume (finished 12/09, 4 stars)
  4. Oishinbo: Ramen & Gyoza by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki (finished 01/10, 4.5 stars)

Books about/set in Japan by non-Japanese authors:

  1. Squeamish about Sushi by Betty Reynolds (finished 08/09, 4.5 stars)
  2. Kabuki: The Metamorphosis by David Mack (finished 08/09, 4 stars)
  3. Clueless in Tokyo by Betty Reynolds (finished 10/09, 4.5 stars)

The first three books of Japanese origin were on my original list, so really, I can’t be happier with the result.

I love Japanese Literature Challenge. Not only because of the challenge itself, but also because I seem to meet a different bunch of people that I wouldn’t normally meet anywhere else in the blogosphere. Do you think so too or is it just me?

Thanks again Bellezza, for such a wonderful challenge and for being such a wonderful host. I look forward to sharing more Japanese works in the future with you! And of course, with all of you.

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25 thoughts on “Japanese Season Has Ended, For Now

  1. Jackie (Farm Lane Books)

    I agree with you. I love joining in genre related challenges which introduce me to blogs I would never normally visit. Congratulations on reading so many books – I now have lots of great ideas for the next Japanese challenge.

    1. mee Post author

      But especially for JLC, I found blogs that only join that challenge and nothing else. Like a niche group of participants.
      I can’t remember if you joined JLC3 or not Jackie, but I hope you do next year. I know I will. And I hope you get to read Battle Royale someday ;D

    1. mee Post author

      I think it’s great that the challenge is not continuous and we have a few months of gap, so we can have something to look forward to :D

  2. Michelle (su[shu])

    Yay for surpassing your own target! I think we discovered each other through this challenge, didn’t we? =)

    Anyway, I’ll have to go pop by your post about Kabuki. The title has been intriguing me for ages, and I still don’t know what it’s about.

            1. mee Post author

              Okay, just because I’m an obsessive fact-checker, I went back to see the date of your comment on my Norwegian Wood post, which I believe one of the first that you commented on (if not the very first). It’s 3 September 2009. JLC3 starts in July. Ahah! :P

  3. anothercookiecrumbles

    Wow! I’m impressed, considering I did all of two books for this challenge. I haven’t read any of the ones you did, but, reckon it’s only a matter of time before I read some of them (Clueless in Tokyo and Kabuki).

    Was a wonderful challenge!
    .-= [anothercookiecrumbles´s last blog: February Reading Plans] =-.

    1. mee Post author

      They’re both great anothercookie! Hope you get to read them! Also, two books are fine. Last year I read only 2 books too.

  4. Gnoe

    Well done! I believe I found you just before I discovered the JapLit challenge, but otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to miss you!

    1. mee Post author

      You sure Gnoe? I remember you started dropping my blog (and I yours) in the middle of JLC3. In any way I’m glad to have found you!

  5. Novroz

    everyone seems to make a closing post for JLC3 I should write a post too soon ;)

    It’s has been my favorite challenge next to Hello Japan…hahaha I can’t help being a Japan Addict.

    The only book we have in common is Stranger, I’m planning to read I am the Cat somewhere this year.

    See you all in JLC4 (^_^)/

  6. Bellezza

    All of these comments make me smile: I’m so happy that all of you joined, and I’m also happy that it turned out to be a fulfilling experience. One never knows, when one embarks on something new, but now I think the Japanese Literature Challenge is firmly established. It never could have been a success without all the willing participants! Thank you each one, and Mee, this lovely post. It makes me very happy.
    .-= [Bellezza´s last blog: Heart Stones] =-.

    1. mee Post author

      Thank you for lovely comment Bellezza. And of course for the wonderful community you have begun and nurtured :)


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