Makes for great train-reading. One of the great things about Japanese paperbacks is the size. They really *do* fit in your shirt pocket, and take up very little space.
Yeah, although I drive to work at current, I'm changing jobs soon and will probably be training to work every day. I'm looking forward to the hour alone with my book every morning and night. =) Even now I try to make a point of it to carry at least one fluff novel at all times..
As for book recommendations, if we're going to do Nastume Souseki, I recommend bocchan only because it's the most well known. I will worn people that souseki's books are not written like modern Japanese, and can be very hard to follow (bocchan has no quotations marks for people's speech, for example).
For short easy books, I would recommend something like Murakami Haruiki's 羊男のクリスマス, which is only about 50 pages long.
If people are interested in short humorous essay books, I'm particularly fond of Sakura Momoko's series of personal essays. Each essay is about 10-13 pages and there are about 10 to a book. Easy to read, and very enjoyable.
For people who not afraid of squirm-enducing 気持ち悪い stuff, I would recommend アッシュベイビー or へびにピアス. Both of which were written by 18 year old girls who just won the Japanese literature awards for young authors.
Anyone who feels like beating themselves against a book that even Japanese people give up reading, I can kind of recommend 遠藤周作's (Endou shuusaku) 沈黙（ちんもく）. I'm only 29 pages in, but it's seems like a interesting book so far.
Anyhow, those are my recommendations, but I'll read anything.
What if Clay could get the books for us, and we order them from the order site of the Japanese page? Then we could be supporting the Japanese page while we studied. Would that be doable?