JLC8 is in full swing and I am ready to partake in the festivities. Finally! I can't believe that I haven't posted sooner about this wonderful annual event - especially since it is one of my all-time favorite reading challenges! How could it not be, when it is a reading challenge dedicated to Japanese literature?! And you know I love me some Murakami, Ogawa, and Yoshimoto - big time! So, of course I am excited to dive right in and start a new TBR pile of all of the books I want to read for this challenge (the new Murakami will most definitely be included). I'm really hoping to find some new-to-me authors to read. Luckily, Dolce Bellezza (creator of JLC) has decided to highlight a specific author for each month of the challenge - how perfect is that? Plus, there will be giveaways and read-alongs throughout the rest of the year - JCL8 runs from June 2014 thru January 2015. How fun is that!?! I know I'm excited. I've actually just finished reading The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto (talk about perfect timing!) and have started Murakami's book, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman - so, I think I'm off to a pretty great start. And now, I'm off to finish reading An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear - its the last book in the Maisie Dobbs series that I need to read. Happy reading!
June:Kaikō Takeshi (a prominent post WWII writer who won the Akutagawa prize in 1957)