NOVEMBER 2022 WRAP-UP
BUT I read a lot of short books (novellas), in six different genres. In fact, I am now at 107% of my yearly goal – 129/120 books.
Most importantly for me, I read my first novel in Italian, by Italo Calvino. Teaching myself to read Italian (mostly with Duolingo) had this one goal: read this wonderful author in the original text.
It was not easy Italian, but I learned a lot and so much enjoyed the experience that I’m planning on reading more in Italian, and also go back reading in Spanish.
My Japanese studies are going well, and I’m starting reading tiny little books for beginners – level 0! I am giving here the link to these free Japanese books by level. But if you are studying Japanese yourself, you probably already know about this famous resource.
Right now, I’m mostly using these 3 tools for Japanese: Duolingo, Anki (the JLPT 5 deck), and Wanikani (to learn kanji)
📚 Here is what I read in November:
15 books – most of these in translation or in language other than English
11 in print
= with 1,709 pages, a daily average of 56 pages/day
4 in audio
= 29H58, a daily average of 59 minutes/day
5 in literary fiction:
- Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, by Nikolai Leskov – from the Russian
- The Lifted Veil, by George Eliot
- Bel-Ami, by Guy de Maupassant – in French, with a student
- Crimson Sails, by Alexander Grin – from the Russian
- Le Petit Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry – in French, with a student
2 in historical fiction:
- The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico
- The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Emmuska Orczy – audio, WITH THE FABULOUS NARRATOR RALPH COSHAM!!
2 in mystery:
- Respire, by Niko Tackian – in French, with a student
- Where’s There’s Love, There’s Hate, by Adolfo Bioy Casares – from the Spanish
2 in fantasy/literary fiction:
- The Heart of a Dog, by Mikhail Bulgakov – from the Russian
- Il visconte dimezzato, by Italo Calvino – in Italian
2 in children’s lit:
- The Story of the Treasure Seekers (Bastable Children #1), by E. Nesbit – audio
- Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling – audio
2 in nonfiction:
- Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, by Isabella Lucy Bird – audio
- Novelist as a Vocation, by Haruki Murakami – from the Japanese
MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH
Very very hard to pick only 2 this month.
READING CHALLENGES & RECAP
Classics Club: 27/150 (from September 2022-until September 2027)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 15
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 10/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge: 29/10+
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Come back tomorrow to see the titles I’ll be reading in December
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