Sunday, July 13, 2008


Hi, Caitlin here to say hello, and that I'm hot on the trail of some 'good reads' for the JLC2. I am presently exploring my options; not in any rush since we have a while to complete the assignment. I posted a little something on my regular blog about my struggle today also.
Now let me ask a question. Does the author need to be Japanese, or can the books just be themed around/about Japan? Whichever, there are plenty to choose from. I've just never been looking for them before!


Bellezza said...

Hi, Caitlin. The "rules" apply as you see fit: originally I thought we'd read Japanese authors, but there are good books with a Japanese theme that are written by nonJapanese authors (Memoirs of a Geisha comes to mind). So, please feel free to read around a Japanese theme, or a Japanese author, whatever works for you. It could even be a cookbook, or a photography book as I think about it.

I've picked up my first Manga this weekend. It was very strange reading a "comic" book from the back toward the front, and from right to left. But, once I got the hang of it, it was fun.

That's the point of this challenge: have fun, learn something new, and let's talk about the adventure.

cj said...

Caitlin -

If you don't mind me adding my two bits, I'd suggest you read at least one book by a Japanese author. It can be an enriching experience because of the cultural differences.


Bellezza said...

Good point, CJ!

caitlin said...

bellezza...When I asked the question about Japanese themed vs author, I was actually thinking of Memoirs of a Geisha.
Yesterday when I was in the bookstore I saw acres and acres of Manga books (lol). They didn't look to make a whole lotta sense to me...but reading your comment here explains a lot.
cj...I leafed thru a couple of books by Japanese authors, and I can clearly see there is a difference that I will definitely explore.