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Digital Reader – 1 February 20, 2012

Posted by thehypermonkey in Book talk.
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Digital Reader is basically Mailbox Monday (this month hosted by Metroreader) or   In my Mailbox (created by The Story Siren ), but with a title that suits my blog. If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, I invite you to visit those two features. 

I got this idea from The Infinte Shelf.


I’ve recently developed a passion for Japanese Literature and Japanese fiction in general. I’ve been busy amassing a collection of works from all different Japanese authors. Not all of these works are in Kindle format but I’ll have to learn to live with that.

So far I’ve read two books by Japanese authors. Shadow Family by Miyuki Miyabe and After Dark by Haruki Murakami. Both were excellent, but After Dark was by far my favorite.

It was much to my delight that I started reading the huge volume 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami this week. It’s over 900 pages and quite ponderous. It’ll probably take me quite awhile to read.

Another book that I’ve picked up is Laura Joh Rowland’s Red Chrysanthemum. I haven’t read her Sano Ichiro books in awhile, but I’m still enjoying it. It’s a light read and a nice switch from 1Q84.

Finally, I purchased the book Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki. I’m very interested in books about the conflict between traditional and modern Japan which is what is at the “heart of this novel”.


by Haruki Murakami

Red Chrysanthemum

by Laura Joh Rowland

Some Prefer Nettles

by Junichiro Tanizaki

What have you added to your shelves or your Kindle recently? Have you ever read anything by a Japanese author?



1. GoodbyeNavi - February 20, 2012

I’ve been interested in getting into Japanese literature but I have not known where to start. I’ve always been an avid reader but since I got my Kindle Fire, I have just been reading much more. I am one of those who still has a soft spot for paperbacks so I still will purchase those!

What genre are these books in that you have mentioned; sci-fi, mystery, crime, horror, etc?

akamaireader - February 20, 2012

Rowland’s book is a mystery. The Murakami book is a homage to Orwell’s 1984 and Some Prefer Nettles is also literary fiction. I hope that helps!

2. miq - February 20, 2012

I think I need a Kindle. Badly.

akamaireader - February 20, 2012

They’re awfully nice to have.

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