It’s snowing here. Again. It’s been snowing all day and is supposed to keep it up until about midnight. We already have close to four inches and might get up to as much as six. The weather forecast says more snow on Thursday and possibly even more on the weekend. For the past several years we have been rather snow deficient in December. Now it seems Nature is trying to make it up all at once. Sleds and skis will be safe gifts this holiday season. But I shouldn’t complain. The folks up in Duluth are getting buried under lake-effect snow and might see as much as 20 inches by tomorrow morning. Yikes!

Since I will be going out to do some shoveling shortly, I thought I’d take it easy this evening and post about two new challenges that I am recklessly signing on to.Β 

Bellezza’s Japanese Literature Challenge. Three books, any genre. From now until January. My three books are:

  1. Acts of Worship by Yukio Mishima. This is a book of short stories that I began reading today at lunch. I only had fifteen minutes so didn’t get far, but they were a great fifteen minutes.
  2. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. I’ve yet to read any Murakami so I am really looking forward to this.
  3. Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai. Thanks to Bikkuri, I requested one of the graphic novels from the library. I’m not sure of the title but it is an earlier one. Turns out there are lots of volumes and they are very popular. I’m not sure if this really counts as Japanese literature but it looks like lots of fun.

The What’s in a Names? Challenge, is hosted by Annie who is something like ten or eleven years old. The challenge starts on January 1, 2008 and goes through the end of the year. During that time those who dare must read a book from each of the following categories (my book choices are listed under each):

  1. A book with a color in its title. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. I’ve read it before but didn’t take to it so I am going to try it again.
  2. A book with an animal in its title. Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes. One of Litlove’s favorites, I can hardly wait to get to it.
  3. A book with a first name in its title. Anna Karenina. So many possibilities for this one it was hard to choose.
  4. A book with a place in its title. Sodom and Gomorrah by my friend Proust. I’m not done with Guermantes Way yet but clearly I have high hopes.
  5. A book with a weather event in its title. Breath of Snow and Ashes bt Diana Gabaldon. I was so excited when this came out in 2006, yet I never managed to read it. My dear Bookman read it and has been keeping his mouth shut about what happens all this time without a slip. He’s an a saint!
  6. A book with a plant in its title. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I know leaves aren’t technically a plant, but they are parts of a plant so I think it’s close enough to count.

Good reading ahead! Must shovel some snow first.

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