Japanese Literature Challenge 12 TBR

Created by the wonderful Dolce Bellezza, Japanese Literature Challenge has become one of the reading challenges I eagerly anticipate every year and one I can guarantee I can participate, since Japanese literature is always included in my yearly reading.


This year’s Japanese Literature Challenge runs from January until March. You can view the announcement post here where you can find more details about the challenge, as well as the giveaways that will be running for the participants.

The books I plan to read for the challenge are:

  • Masks by Enchi Fumiko
  • A Midsummer’s Equation by Higashino Keigo
  • And Then by Soseki Natsume
  • Three Japanese Short Stories by Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Nagai Kafu and Uno Koji (Penguin Modern Classics #5)

I also plan to read Poison Woman: Figuring Female Transgression in Modern Japanese Culture by Christine L. Marran, an academic non-fiction book, throughout the duration of the challenge.

Since in 2019 I want to stop being afraid of reading in Japanese and have decided to start reading a short story every one or two months, I decided to add that to the challenge, as a little extra for myself. The book I will be reading the short stories from is 20の短編小説 [20 no tanpen shosetsu], an anthology of 20 short stories by various contemporary Japanese authors that centre around the theme of “20” in one way or another.

Are you participating in this challenge? If yes, what do you plan to read? Don’t forget to use the hashtag #JLC12 on Twitter and Instagram if you do participate!


13 thoughts on “Japanese Literature Challenge 12 TBR

  1. What a lovely post! Thank you for your interest in the challenge, but better yet, the genre. The books you bave chosen are not familiar to me, although the authors are. Such good writers! And, I like how you are reading short stories. It sounds like you will be reading them in Japanese? How exciting!

    • Thank YOU for so kindly organising this challenge every year! 🙂 Most of those books have been on my TBR for quite a while, so what better opportunity to read them than this? Yes, I’ll be reading one or two short stories in Japanese, and hopefully literary texts (in Japanese) will be a little less intimidating for me! Fingers crossed!

  2. Wow! What a great challenge! I have to say, despite having travelled around Japan and having a lot of friends who love Japanese literature, I don’t think (besides Manga) I’ve ever read any Japanese literature… I don’t think I’ll do the challenge, but you have inspired me to go and find out more 🙂

    • So glad to hear that, Juliana! Masks has been on my TBR for the longest time, so it was about time I read it. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be reading 😀

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