Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Japanese Literature Challenge 8
For the eighth year, Dolce Bellezza is hosting the Japanese Literature Challenge. This is the third year I have joined in. The challenge began June 1, 2014 and continues through January, 2015. There is only one requirement: read one, or more, books of Japanese literature and share them with the challenge group. There is a suggested reading list here.
Each year that I have participated, I have read one book by a Japanese author. It is no surprise that both were crime fiction, and I am sure I will continue in that vein. It would be nice to read more than one book for the challenge, but that is all I need to commit to, and I like it that way.
In 2012, I read The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi, a vintage mystery first published in 1948. In 2013, I read The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. That book is an inverted mystery; the reader knows from the beginning who committed the murder. I owe my access to Japanese mysteries to my husband, who is a fan of the genre.
The book I definitely plan to read for this year's challenge is Villain by Shuichi Yoshida. I love this cover and purchased this book for myself.
All She Was Worth (1992)
by Miyuki Miyabe
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (1981)
by Soji Shimada
Salvation of a Saint (2008)
by Keigo Higashino
Inspector Iminishi Investigates (1989)
by Seicho Matsumoto
by Natsuo Kirino