Although I don’t have a great track record with completing reading challenges, I still find them alluring. Perhaps it’s the perpetual student in me, craving “assigned reading.” Or the idea of participating in a group effort. Of course, the need to purchase new books for the challenge is extremely tempting, since I’m always looking for good reasons to go book shopping.
At any rate, I’ve decided to give this challenge a go, largely because I feel quite sympatico with its host (the delightful Dolce Bellezza) and usually find our reading tastes to be very complimentary. She and the other challenge participants are fascinated with Japanese literature so I’m eager to see what all the fuss is about.
And also because I’m intriqued with the idea of studying a “national” literature. I’ve chosen to read three selections – a volume of literary short stories, a mystery, and one that would likely be considered “women’s fiction.” These are some of my favorite types of western fiction, so I’m interested to do a compare/contrast type of analysis and see how these genres differ in the Japanese literary culture.
My Amazon order went off last night, so I’ll be watching the mailbox for my three new books.