I purposely put off picking a book up from the library before today because I was a afraid I wouldn't be able to resist jumping in and reading early..ha ha. My first choice for my JLC2 is...drum roll please....Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto! It is a collection of six short stories, published originally in 1993, with English version being published in 1995. I thought reading a few short stories might ease me into the Japanese genre. Also, although I saw Yoshimoto mentioned in the suggested reading lists, I actually 'found' her myself while browsing the shelves at the library for Japanese authors.