Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2013

Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge

Thank you to everyone who joined the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge for 2012. My apologies for being such an absent host last year. It was a year of big adjustments, but now that life has settled down I'm looking forward to spending some quality time in the pages of Murakami's stories once again. I hope you'll join me!

This is the sign-up post for the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge 2013. If you've taken part before, the challenge "rules" are essentially the same. And as always, the goal of the challenge is simply to encourage you to discover, or re-discover, the unique story-telling of Haruki Murakami. It's a really flexible challenge and all you have to do to participate is read at least one book by Haruki Murakami in 2013. However, there are several levels of participation to choose from, for those that want to immerse themselves more in Murakami's surreal worlds.

Levels of participation:
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.

Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge


Things to keep in mind:
*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 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, 2013.
*Please share your reviews of the Murakami books you read for the challenge. This is optional 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. 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!

Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge

Sign up for the Haruki Murakami Reading Challenge in the Mr. Linky below. If you have an introductory post about the challenge, please link to it directly. Otherwise, you can simply add a link to your blog's home page. If you don't have a blog, you can also sign up with your Tumblr, Goodreads, Library Thing, Twitter, or Facebook account. If you don't wish to link up any personal site, please simply leave a comment with your name (and contact information) on this post -- in the comment section -- NOT the Mr. Linky.


Now that you've signed up, don't forget to come back here to the challenge blog to add your reviews, and follow the blog to be notified of giveaways and other Murakami-related news throughout the year. You can also follow the Murakami Challenge Twitter account, or the Murakami Challenge Facebook Page for updates.

Happy reading!

P.S. Please note that I am not affiliated with Haruki Murakami or his publishers. I'm simply a fan who decided to host a reading challenge, because one can never have enough Murakami, right? ;)

32 comments:

  1. I can never get enough of Haruki Murakami! Thanks for hosting again. There are still a few of books I've been saving as yet unread. What happens when I come to the day I've read everything he wrote? I guess I'll have to begin again.

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    1. Once we've read everything that has been translated into English we'll have to learn Japanese so we can read all the essays and stories that haven't been translated! ;)

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    2. I too have been been saving a few, as I don't want to have to wait for a new one to be translated to read something new.

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  2. In 2012 I've read all three volumes of 1Q84, but did not write a post about it. I'll do my best this year.

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    1. Reading is the most important part! :)

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  3. Well I am doing the #winditup2013 read-along in April so that for sure will count but I may read one other book, Wild Sheep Chase.

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    1. Have fun with The Wind-up Bird Chronicle! I've already read it a few times but I'm looking forward to hearing what you all think of it. I'll post about the read-along next week or so, for anyone else that might interested.

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  4. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge again in 2013!

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    1. No problem. Sorry I was such a bad host last year!

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  5. I'll never get enough of it. Until I finish his book, I'll be joining the party for while. Thanks for hosting! I'm glad this is still on 2013.

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  6. Thanks for creating this challenge! I love, love, LOVE Haruki Murakami and I can't wait to read all of his books.

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  7. Thanks for holding the challenge and looking forward to reading Murakami with so many who enjoy his work.

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  8. Thanks for hosting! This is a new-to-me author, and I have IQ84 on my TBR pile, so I'm aiming for HAJIME level.

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  9. H.M. is simply the best. 2013 = 1Q84

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  10. This is just what I needed to get me through my slump!

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  11. Hi
    I would like to enter the challenge as Nakata, please.

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  12. Bumped into this in almost April but well, bumped into this! :)

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  13. So excited! I haven't been reading as much Murakami as i'd like in recent months. This year I'm going to try re-read some favourites (Kafka on the Shore!), and maybe dip into some new ones. Thanks for hosting :D

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  14. What a great challenge! I've been meaning to read 1Q84 since it came out and now I have an excuse. Plus, 1Q84 was nominated for the IMPAC prize this year, so I'm going to tryyy to read it before the winner is announced in June... I'll submit a review when I've finished!

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  15. Am in @ http://betweenthelines.in!

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  16. Hi,

    I'm a newbie. Never read Murakami. It's going to be a fun ride. Hajime level first.

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  17. Hi,
    I'm signing in as Sheepman.
    Hopefully I can read more Murakami this year.
    Thanks for hosting this awesome reading challenge.

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  18. Excited to join the challenge :)

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  19. I never read Murakami before, but this year I got 1Q84 from my friend, hopefully I can manage to finished it within this year. thanks for hosting this event :D
    Sincerely,
    Maria
    ( http://asian-literature.blogspot.com )

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  20. I've discovered Mr Murakami only two weeks ago and, even if I wished I'd found him earlier, I'm still too glad that it happened! He's such a talented writer! So far I've only read the three books of 1Q84 but I'm willing to continue!

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  21. i just finished norwegian wood. i'm reading 1q84 now but i'm not good in reviewing. can i join? what should i do then?

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  22. Interesting challenge, I came across your blog by mistake and I'm excited about this challenge. Now I'm reading The wind-up Bird Chronicle. I have read 1Q83, A wild sheep chase, Norwegian Wood, Dance dance dance, but my favorite book by Murakami is After the earthquake.

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  23. I'm excited about this challenge. I like that Murakami does even the simple, ordinary things seem interesting and you actually have no choice you have to finish the book!

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  24. I read 3 books by the genius this year.. bloody awesome :) so i would like to enter the challenge as the sheep man :D thank you..

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  25. Wow, thoroughly sorry I missed this! It seems like you all have a great lot of fun! I've actually read all of Murakami works and reread some of them in 2013.

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  26. Eu sou nível Nakata, adoro as histórias de Murakami, de vários escritores japoneses como Michima, Kawabata, Kenzaburo Oe, Shuzaku Endo.

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