Top Ten Tuesday: Ten All Time Favorite Books in Japanese literature

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten All Time Favorite Books in Japanese literature

Top Ten TuesdaySooo this week the Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in [a genre of your choice]. I needed to think about the genre for a while. I had a few options where I’d actually read enough to make a top ten. And we probably can’t even consider ‘Japanese literature’ a proper genre. Doesn’t matter!

This week:

Ten All Time Favorite Books in Japanese literature

The J-Lit shelves...
The J-Lit shelves…
  1. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
    Was anyone surprised that Murakami is first on this list? This book has become one of my all time favourite books. I’ve said it before: there’s this thing with Murakami’s books. I’m never in a hurry to finish them (taking my sweet time with 1Q84 which cost me nearly a year), and when I have finished them I can’t immediately pick up another of his books. Which sounds like I don’t enjoy them but in fact I love them. Anyway, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle has everything you expect from a Murakami novel mixed into one perfect mix: magical realism, missing cats, music, strange girlfriends…
  2. Kokoro by Natsume Soseki
    Must-read, even if you end up not liking it (but it’s an easy read, so do try!).
  3. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
    I really enjoy Yoshimoto’s work anyway and I loved Kitchen.
  4. Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa
    Yes, I had issues with this book. But I still think of it very fondly. It just… worked.
  5. Harmony by Project Itoh
    Good dystopian literature? CHECK!
  6. Rashomon and Other Stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
    Akutagawa is a magician with words. Simple, straightforward, and oh so enjoyable.
  7. The Briefcase by Hiromi Kawakami
    I wrote a review for this one here.
  8. The Housekeeper + The Professor by Yoko Ogawa
    Beautiful and oh so sad…
  9. The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino
    Many people didn’t like this one, which I get if you like Natsuo Kirino’s other works. So do I. Still I enjoyed this book a lot. If you like mythical stories and old religion, this is really good (and sad)!
  10. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
    Throwing in another Murakami for good measure. Can’t go wrong with Kafka on the Shore!

Looking at this list, then looking at my bookshelf, I realise there are so many more Japanese authors I have to give a try!

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten All Time Favorite Books in Japanese literature

  1. Hm. I’ve read a few Murakami Haruki novels, but I have yet to fall in love with his stories… But I’m reading Norwegian Wood next (been planning to read that one since forever) so *fingers crossed* I’ve watched a few minutes of the movie so I think I’m going to *finally* love this one.
    Kokoro! <3 Have you read I Am a Cat? I loved that one even more.
    Kitchen!! <333 Have you watched the movie? And Akutagawa!! I really love his stories too. And I quite enjoyed The Goddess Chronicle, but yes I definitely loved OUT more.
    Harmony is dytopian?? *runs to check it out* And I'll look up the others I haven't read as well (Restaurant of Love Regained, The Housekeeper + The Professor & The Briefcase)

    <33 your J-Lit shelves!!

    Btw, you should read some Higashino Keigo and Abe Kōbō too! 🙂
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    1. I love magical realism so I must say Norwegian Wood is personally my least favourite… but it’s a really good book 🙂 I’m curious what you’ll think of it! And I’m curiosu about the other books if you read them.

      Ooohhh I keep forgetting there’s a movie for Kitchen! Why haven’t I watched it yet 😮

      Exchanging recommendations with you is awesome 8) Plenty of stuff to put on my reading list, yay! Thanks!

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