Time for a Treat: A Murakami Diary Prize

Behold the front of the newly released Haruki Murakami diary for 2009…

and the back.

Inside are the covers of his published works, and beautiful photographs…

mingled in with the pages for you to write your schedule or appointments. (Above is Kafka On The Shore)

This is a page from After Dark.

How can you win such a lovely treat?

Leave me a comment on your favorite Murakami work, and why you love it, by October 31.

Good luck!

Oh, and don’t be discouraged if you haven’t read anything by him yet:
a.) There’s lots of time before the end of the challenge on January 30 and
b.) Think what you have to look forward to and
c.) More Murakami prizes will be forthcoming!
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36 thoughts on “Time for a Treat: A Murakami Diary Prize”

  1. The diary looks absolutely gorgeous.I must confess that I haven't read any of Murakami's books yet, though several of them are pending on my TBR list. I did recently read one of his nonfiction pieces in a compilation of essays called Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler. I was most impressed with his take on cooking and eating spaghetti. 😉

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  2. The diary looks absolutely gorgeous.I must confess that I haven't read any of Murakami's books yet, though several of them are pending on my TBR list. I did recently read one of his nonfiction pieces in a compilation of essays called Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone edited by Jenni Ferrari-Adler. I was most impressed with his take on cooking and eating spaghetti. 😉

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  3. You are always so creative in coming up with prizes, Bellezza! Who wouldn't want to participate? Unfortunately, I can't, because I haven't read anything by Murakami, but I send good wishes to those who have. I know they'll love your prize!

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  4. You are always so creative in coming up with prizes, Bellezza! Who wouldn't want to participate? Unfortunately, I can't, because I haven't read anything by Murakami, but I send good wishes to those who have. I know they'll love your prize!

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  5. I've never heard of Murakami either. And who would dare want to write in that beautiful journal.My word verification was lizers…hope that's not a sign.:-)

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  6. I've never heard of Murakami either. And who would dare want to write in that beautiful journal.My word verification was lizers…hope that's not a sign.:-)

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  7. Hi Bellezza,Mine was KAFKA ON THE SHORE. The character's daily work place is a library and a well kept library at that. Murakami had me living in his novel which is a difficult achievement for a writer. Now I know he can take us on a vacation into his imagination, on those instances I enjoyed reading his wonderful ideas but stayed firmly rooted in reality :PWhat a beautiful book,, I'd love to win it and if not I will treat myself to itA wonderful week ahead to you bellezza

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  8. Hi Bellezza,Mine was KAFKA ON THE SHORE. The character's daily work place is a library and a well kept library at that. Murakami had me living in his novel which is a difficult achievement for a writer. Now I know he can take us on a vacation into his imagination, on those instances I enjoyed reading his wonderful ideas but stayed firmly rooted in reality :PWhat a beautiful book,, I'd love to win it and if not I will treat myself to itA wonderful week ahead to you bellezza

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  9. No need to enter me because I already have one. It's such a fun diary, isn't it? But I think my favourite Murakami novel of the ones I've read is also Kafka on the Shore. Although a close second would be Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Kafka because of the library but also because in true Murakami style, even when it was rather surreal, it was completely believable.

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  10. No need to enter me because I already have one. It's such a fun diary, isn't it? But I think my favourite Murakami novel of the ones I've read is also Kafka on the Shore. Although a close second would be Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Kafka because of the library but also because in true Murakami style, even when it was rather surreal, it was completely believable.

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  11. My favourite Murakami is 'After Dark'. I haven't yet read others, but I will before the end of the challenge. I was captured by the surreal and pictorial imagery. I was dragged along by the unknown what what it all meant. I developed my own interpretations, but have since found others to have different idea's – fascinating and captivating. Just like that wonderful looking diary – I must have it…

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  12. My favourite Murakami is 'After Dark'. I haven't yet read others, but I will before the end of the challenge. I was captured by the surreal and pictorial imagery. I was dragged along by the unknown what what it all meant. I developed my own interpretations, but have since found others to have different idea's – fascinating and captivating. Just like that wonderful looking diary – I must have it…

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  13. Bellezza, don't enter me in the drawing. The book is beautiful, but I think someone else would get better use out of it than me. Since I've retired, I don't have to keep an appointment book anymore. My life is wonderfully relaxed.I wanted to let you know that I tagged you for a picture meme. It's quick, easy and fun. You can see the short rules HERE.

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  14. Bellezza, don't enter me in the drawing. The book is beautiful, but I think someone else would get better use out of it than me. Since I've retired, I don't have to keep an appointment book anymore. My life is wonderfully relaxed.I wanted to let you know that I tagged you for a picture meme. It's quick, easy and fun. You can see the short rules HERE.

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  15. Smiling Sal, I hadn't heard of him until I hosted the first Japanese Literature Challenge. Now he's my new favorite author! He takes a bit of getting used to, but you might like to try a work of his. Fascinating stuff!Molly, I'd love to live in a library, too. After I finished Kafka on The Shore I was filled with so many questions. I'm planning on reading it again to try to grasp a better understanding of some of the pieces…don't you think the old man was the boy damaged on the mountain top?m, I saw that book just recently (Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone), and it sounded so intriguing! I'm counting that as reading Murakami, and therefore an entry for the prize.California Teacher Guy, I hope the prize is well received. One always worries about offending the non prize recipients. You should try him when you get a chance. You know, in the summer.Brenda, I feel the same way every time I open a new journal/diary. Scared to mark the pages.Madeleine, what a beautiful synopsis for Kafka. You make it sound like I understood it!Tanabata, I want to read the Hard-boiled Egg book (as well as ALL of his others which I've slowly been accumulating). I'll try that one next on your recommendation, because I've only read Kafka, After Dark, and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. I'm gald you already have a copy of the 2009 diary. Won't it be fun to use? I'll think of you from here in Illinois.Tamara, that's one of the cool things: being able to discover all kinds of unique and different points of view about his writing. I don't think any of them could be wrong, necessarily, but more a matter of personal interpretation.Booklogged, thanks for tagging me. I'll look into my fourth file/fourth picture and see what I come up with. Hopefully it will be an aesthetically pleasing picture!

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  16. Smiling Sal, I hadn't heard of him until I hosted the first Japanese Literature Challenge. Now he's my new favorite author! He takes a bit of getting used to, but you might like to try a work of his. Fascinating stuff!Molly, I'd love to live in a library, too. After I finished Kafka on The Shore I was filled with so many questions. I'm planning on reading it again to try to grasp a better understanding of some of the pieces…don't you think the old man was the boy damaged on the mountain top?m, I saw that book just recently (Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant: Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone), and it sounded so intriguing! I'm counting that as reading Murakami, and therefore an entry for the prize.California Teacher Guy, I hope the prize is well received. One always worries about offending the non prize recipients. You should try him when you get a chance. You know, in the summer.Brenda, I feel the same way every time I open a new journal/diary. Scared to mark the pages.Madeleine, what a beautiful synopsis for Kafka. You make it sound like I understood it!Tanabata, I want to read the Hard-boiled Egg book (as well as ALL of his others which I've slowly been accumulating). I'll try that one next on your recommendation, because I've only read Kafka, After Dark, and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. I'm gald you already have a copy of the 2009 diary. Won't it be fun to use? I'll think of you from here in Illinois.Tamara, that's one of the cool things: being able to discover all kinds of unique and different points of view about his writing. I don't think any of them could be wrong, necessarily, but more a matter of personal interpretation.Booklogged, thanks for tagging me. I'll look into my fourth file/fourth picture and see what I come up with. Hopefully it will be an aesthetically pleasing picture!

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  17. OOh, pick me, pick me! :p What an incredible journal! My favorite Murakami so far is definitely Norwegian Wood. From what I've heard, it's very different from many of his other books. Much more straight forward. But it's absolutely beautiful and has become one of my favorite books. Full of melancholy, sorrow, loss, hope, and nostalgia. I want to read it over and over again!

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  18. OOh, pick me, pick me! :p What an incredible journal! My favorite Murakami so far is definitely Norwegian Wood. From what I've heard, it's very different from many of his other books. Much more straight forward. But it's absolutely beautiful and has become one of my favorite books. Full of melancholy, sorrow, loss, hope, and nostalgia. I want to read it over and over again!

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  19. Chris, you've inspired me to pick it up after Hardboiled Egg…something about the end of the world. Murakami writes so piercingly sometimes I feel he can look into my heart, and this is the perfect season for sorrow, loss, nostalgia. Thanks for your great comment!

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  20. Chris, you've inspired me to pick it up after Hardboiled Egg…something about the end of the world. Murakami writes so piercingly sometimes I feel he can look into my heart, and this is the perfect season for sorrow, loss, nostalgia. Thanks for your great comment!

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  21. I looove Norwegian Wood. Possibly the best novel I've ever read. It's so sad, not in a teary way, but in a painful way. And it's very Japanese as well. You've got to read for yourself to see what I mean :). The journal looks great! It's perfect, since I'm definitely a fan of Murakami 😉

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  22. I looove Norwegian Wood. Possibly the best novel I've ever read. It's so sad, not in a teary way, but in a painful way. And it's very Japanese as well. You've got to read for yourself to see what I mean :). The journal looks great! It's perfect, since I'm definitely a fan of Murakami 😉

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  23. I'm so glad that you've decided to read Norwegian Wood! It's incredible and I absolutely know that you'll love it. Looks like Mee feels the same way!

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  24. I'm so glad that you've decided to read Norwegian Wood! It's incredible and I absolutely know that you'll love it. Looks like Mee feels the same way!

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  25. What a great diary! I wish I could say I had read Murakami, but Kafka on the shore sounds like my kind of book . . . although all of his books have interested me. Onto the TBR list he goes – or at least further up the list since he's already there.

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  26. What a great diary! I wish I could say I had read Murakami, but Kafka on the shore sounds like my kind of book . . . although all of his books have interested me. Onto the TBR list he goes – or at least further up the list since he's already there.

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  27. I've only read After Dark so far and while I only rated it 3.5/5, I was definitely intrigued by his writing style and want to read more. He creates such a unique atmosphere in his books!The diary is beautiful, and I'd love to be in the running!

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  28. I've only read After Dark so far and while I only rated it 3.5/5, I was definitely intrigued by his writing style and want to read more. He creates such a unique atmosphere in his books!The diary is beautiful, and I'd love to be in the running!

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  29. Now that R.I.P. is over I look forward to getting back into Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World. I am only a few chapters in but am as hooked by his writing style as ever. He has been one of my most treasured discoveries this year and you certainly have had your part in that. Thank you!!!

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  30. Now that R.I.P. is over I look forward to getting back into Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World. I am only a few chapters in but am as hooked by his writing style as ever. He has been one of my most treasured discoveries this year and you certainly have had your part in that. Thank you!!!

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  31. Carl, I'm so glad we've shared in the impact Murkami has made in us as readers. I've gone ahead and ordered every book he's written that I can find (even ordering one for $200.00 from Japan, much to my chagrin). He's my new favorite author, and I just can't seem to get enough of him. I'm glad you feel that spark, too.

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  32. Carl, I'm so glad we've shared in the impact Murkami has made in us as readers. I've gone ahead and ordered every book he's written that I can find (even ordering one for $200.00 from Japan, much to my chagrin). He's my new favorite author, and I just can't seem to get enough of him. I'm glad you feel that spark, too.

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