Japanese Literature Challenge 12 (State of the Challenge #8, and the winner of Desire by Haruki Murakami)

img_0312Strange Weather in Tokyo, giving us a heartfelt response similar to the one I experienced myself after reading it. (Although my edition of the same book was entitled The Briefcase, oddly enough.)

Juliana has done a masterful job of reviewing The Pillow Book by writing a letter to Sei Shōnagon here.

Andrew Blackman has also read The Pillow Book, mentioning it in his February post, promising to publish his thoughts which I am eager to read.

I have read and adored The Emissary and Hideo Yokoyama’s latest book, Seventeen.

As promised, I have a winner for Desire which was offered as a giveaway last Thursday. The easiest, and fairest, way to find a winner was to simply pull a name from those who left a comment on the original post. And so, I am pleased to announce that Abby has won this particular book. I will email you, Abby, to ask for your mailing address. Thanks to all who entered and enjoy Japanese literature!

Winner of The Kairos Novels by Madeleine L’Engle


Because I am not a large fan of computer generated results, I wrote down the names of each person who submitted a comment on the original give-away post from last week.

Each name was folded once and randomly put into a crystal dish.

The name which was pulled as the winner for the 2 volume set of Madeleine L’Engle’s Kairos Novels is: Nadia.

A big thank you to all who read the post and entered for a chance to win. A big congratulations to Nadia, of A Bookish Way of Life. May you enjoy these novels as I have in my life.