Saturday, January 16, 2021

Japanese Literature Challenge 14

Again I will be joining in on the Japanese Literature Challenge, hosted by Dolce Bellezza

The guidelines are simple:

  • The Challenge runs for thee months, from January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021.
  • Read and review one or more books which have originally been written in Japanese.

There is a dedicated review site to link up reviews for the Japanese Literature Challenge 14.

Also, there will be a group read of Breasts and Eggs, by Mieko Kawakami, for those who wish to join in.

I am currently reading my first book for this challenge: Under the Midnight Sun by Keigo Higashino. This book is a standalone crime fiction novel, and it is a chunkster, at about 550 pages. 

I also plan to read Malice by the same author. That is the first book in the Police Detective Kaga series. This one is not such a long read, about half the length of Under the Midnight Sun. Both of these books belong to my husband.


Margot Kinberg said...

I'm really glad to see these here, Tracy. I like Higashino's work, but I haven't kept up with it the way that I should. These look really interesting, and I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of them.

TracyK said...

Margot, I have read two of Higashino's Inspector Galileo books, The Devotion of Suspect X and Salvation of a Saint. I am enjoying Under the Midnight Sun but it is very different from those two.

Judith said...

This sounds like it will be a really fun challenge! I will be so interested to read your comments on these books. Enjoy! And hoping you can be vaccinated soon, as we are hoping.

TracyK said...

I always enjoy this challenge. My husband likes Japanese mysteries and I have a few of my own.

Regarding vaccinations, the latest I hear from our provider in the area is that they are eager to start giving the vaccinations but they are dependent on getting supplies, which is a problem here. That is the simplified version, but I am not expecting them to be available anytime soon. And when they are, I don't look forward to being line forever, so I hope they schedule appointments. Anyway, I will be glad when it can happen, but not fretting about it at the moment.

col2910 said...

Good luck with this one. I've had limited experiences with Japanese fiction, none of them that enjoyable. I suppose I should try again, I do have some candidates in the tubs.

TracyK said...

Col, I am definitely having good luck this year. I am reading my second book by Keigo Higashino right now, am close to finishing, and I am liking it a lot. The countries I have mixed results with are the Scandinavian countries. Sometimes the books are too dark or too too violent, but sometimes I find a series that I really like.