Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge

I started reading Haruki Murakami’s novels and short stories last year when my friend introduce to me this out-of-this-world writer who wrote novels that are dreamy and too puzzling that sometimes I ask myself whether the book really make sense. At least, some of the lines make sense and still warms me inside every time I open those books. Some of books were borrowed from my friend who introduced me from Murakami and some; I bought to add my collection.

To celebrate my love to Murakami, I will work with my budget and time to read his never ending thick novels that pop somewhere in my head and sometimes in my dreams that happened to be Murakami’s revisited stories. Yes, that’s how powerful Murakami can help you escape reality by transporting you to his own world of mystical creatures and sorrowful characters. Endings, well, some of his works doesn’t really end well or sometimes there is no ending. Not a cliff-hanger, but sequences that will lead to nothing like you are stuck in a never ending labyrinth.

To join the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge, the reader must sign-up to the main blog site which mentioned below of the page. Of course, the main goal of the challenge is simply to encourage you to discover, or re-discover, the unique story-telling of Haruki Murakami. The following criteria must be follow and must keep in mind. Levels are also included, choose wisely!

  • 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 throughout the year.
  • Feel free to grab one of the Murakami Challenge badges to display on your own site, but please save them to your own computer first. You’ll notice a new button at the top of this post, but I’ve also updated the previous badges for 2012 if you prefer to use one of the “original” ones.
  • There is no need to list the books you plan to read in advance, and even if you do, you can change them, or your level of participation, at any time.
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate. You can also share your thoughts on Goodreads, LibraryThing, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. Or provide a guest post here!
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • Books should be read between January 1st and December 31st, 2012.
  • Please share your reviews of the Murakami books you read for the challenge. This is not required but we’d love to hear what you thought. I also welcome you to submit reviews to any of Murakami’s books or stories that you have read and reviewed previously. And reviews in any language are welcome. More on the ‘Submit a review‘ page.
  • Books can be in any format: paper, ebooks, audio.
  • Rereads are allowed, and encouraged.
  • There will be prizes (details to be decided).
  • And most importantly, have fun!

You can also participate in certain levels, below are the list of levels you can join for the next couple of months full of Murakami roaming around your room.

  • 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.

Some fragmented parts were taken from Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2012.

The link in the title of each book will direct you to Goodreads’ database and the link at the side with the given site name will direct you to my review. ‘Blog’ will direct you to my blog post.

2011 – (7/10 books) Sumire

  1. Sputnik Sweetheart – ★★★★✩ – Goodreads
  2. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman – ★★★✩✩ – Goodreads
  3. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle – ★★★★✩
  4. The Elephant Vanishes – ★★★★✩
  5. after the quake – ★★★★✩
  6. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World – ★★★✩✩
  7. Kafka of the Shore – ★★★★★

2012 – (0/10 books) Sumire

  1. None

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