2011 Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge

I thought this would be a good way for me to add some eastern ‘flair’ to my reading lists for the year and it seems like Haruki Murakami is a very good writer so I am looking forward to this challenge. Just so I don’t over extend myself I am only going to read one book but who knows I might really like this guy and start devouring all his books!

All the info for this challenge is listed here and the book I am going to read is Sputnik Sweetheart (info on the book can be found here). If you are interested in joining the challenge or want to check out more info click here to see the blog and challenge info.

Here is the challenge info:

I’d been playing with the idea for a while of possibly hosting a Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge next year. Then when I mentioned it on Twitter a couple of weeks or so ago, quite a few people expressed interest, so here we are. The goal of the challenge is simply to encourage you to discover, or re-discover, the unique story-telling of Haruki Murakami. It’s a really flexible challenge and all you have to do to participate is read at least one book by Haruki Murakami in 2011. (If you’re planning on reading 1Q84 when the English translation comes out next fall, that’s enough to complete the challenge!). However, there are several levels of participation to choose from, for those that want to immerse themselves more in Murakami’s surreal worlds.

Levels of participation:
Hajime – Read one book
Sheep Man – Read 3 books
Toru – Read 5 books
Nakata – Read 7 books
Sumire – Read 10+ books
Super-frog – Read everything Murakami has written! (that is available in English, or your preferred language) For a list of the books available in English, visit the Books Page.
Things to keep in mind:
*The goal is simply to read something/ANYthing by Haruki Murakami.
*Whether you’re a complete newbie, or already a huge Murakami fan, everyone is welcome to join in.
*You can join in anytime.
*Feel free to grab either of the buttons but please save them to your own computer first.
*There is no need to list your books in advance, and even if you do, you can change them any time.
*You can also change your level of participation at any time because sometimes life just gets in the way.
*You don’t have to have a blog to participate. You can also share your thoughts on Goodreads, LibraryThing, etc.
*Crossovers with other challenges are allowed. (Don’t forget that anything you read for this challenge also counts for Bellezza’s Japanese Literature Challenge).
*Books should be read between January 1st and December 31st, 2011.
(However, I welcome you to submit reviews to any of Murakami’s books or stories that you have read and reviewed previously. More on the ‘Submit a review‘ page.)
*Books can be in any format: paper, ebooks, audio.
*Rereads are allowed, and encouraged.
*There will be quarterly prizes (details to be decided).
*And most importantly, have fun!

2 thoughts on “2011 Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge

  1. Welcome to the challenge! I look forward to hearing what you think of Sputnik Sweetheart. I read that one quite a few years ago and have forgotten most of it, but that final scene has stayed with me. Happy reading!

    1. Same here, I have not read anything by Murakami so I am really excited to start Sputnik Sweetheart, I have heard all of his books are good so who knows if I like it I might add a couple more 🙂

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