2022: November wrap-up

NOVEMBER 2022 WRAP-UP

November went really fast. I was very bad at posting on my blog, even though I participated a bit in Nonfiction November and Novellas in November.

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:

  1. Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, by Nikolai Leskov – from the Russian
  2. The Lifted Veil, by George Eliot
  3. Bel-Ami, by Guy de Maupassant – in French, with a student
  4. Crimson Sails, by Alexander Grin  – from the Russian
  5. Le Petit Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry – in French, with a student

2 in historical fiction:

  1. The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico
  2. The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Emmuska Orczy – audio, WITH THE FABULOUS NARRATOR RALPH COSHAM!!

2 in mystery:

  1. Respire, by Niko Tackian – in French, with a student
  2. Where’s There’s Love, There’s Hate, by Adolfo Bioy Casares – from the Spanish

2 in fantasy/literary fiction:

  1. The Heart of a Dog, by Mikhail Bulgakov – from the Russian
  2. Il visconte dimezzato, by Italo Calvino – in Italian

2 in children’s lit:

  1. The Story of the Treasure Seekers (Bastable Children #1), by E. Nesbit – audio
  2. Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling – audio

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, by Isabella Lucy Bird – audio
  2. 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.

Unbeaten tracks in Japan The Scarlet Pimpernel

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+

Total of books read in 2022 = 129/120 (107%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 33 (several because of Nonfiction Nvember!)

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The top 9 books to read in November 2022

Here are
The top 9 books
I plan to read in November 2022

Two special events I’ll be participating in this month:
Nonfiction November and Novellas in November:

Nonfiction November 2022  Novellas in November 2022

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And as you can see here below, besides a brand new French audiobook and a book written twenty years ago, my focus is definitely the classics, in various genres.

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📚 CURRENTLY READING 📚

Bel-Ami📚 Bel-Ami, by Guy de Maupassant
 French literary fiction
Published in 1885
Reading with French student F.
It counts for The Classics Club

“Guy de Maupassant’s scandalous tale of an opportunistic young man corrupted by the allure of power.
Young, attractive and very ambitious, George Duroy, known to his admirers as Bel-Ami, is offered a job as a journalist on La Vie française and soon makes a great success of his new career. But he also comes face to face with the realities of the corrupt society in which he lives – the sleazy colleagues, the manipulative mistresses, and wily financiers – and swiftly learns to become an arch-seducer, blackmailer and social climber in a world where love is only a means to an end. Written when Maupassant was at the height of his powers, “Bel-Ami” is a novel of great frankness and cynicism, but it is also infused with the sheer joy of life – depicting the scenes and characters of Paris in the belle époque with wit, sensitivity, and humanity.”

Les nouvelles enquêtes de Maigret

📚 Les nouvelles enquêtes de Maigret,
by Georges Simenon

Mystery – short stories collection
Published in 1944
Reading with French student E.
It counts for The Classics Club

This is the first collection of short stories in the Maigret series.

These are 20 short stories written between 1936-1938.
It’s really neat to see that Simenon displays the same quality of writing, in his plots and his way of creating bleak atmosphere, than in his novels.

Respire

📚 Respire, by Niko Tackian
French Mystery
Published on January 5, 2022
Reading with French student S.

“The very white sand, the turquoise ocean. This is what Yohan discovers when he wakes up. A heavenly place where he will start a new life. Have a second chance to be happy. To arrive on this unknown island, he signed up with a mysterious company that promised to make him disappear and erase all traces of his past.
During the first few days, Yohan savored his rediscovered carelessness. Even if little by little, a feeling of strangeness gets over him. The island is home to a dozen inhabitants, each more enigmatic than the next. Yet the abandoned houses, the deserted stalls in the windswept streets, suggest that they were once much more numerous. Where have the others gone?
Yohan wants to understand. But he should never have looked behind the scenes. Because it is well known that knowledge can shatter Paradise…”

Wanderlust📚 Wanderlust, by Rebecca Solnit
Nonfiction / History and Travel Essays
Published in 2001

I bought this book a long time ago, and am finally reading it!
I was actually planning to read it with another blogger, but I didn’t write down who was talking about a read-along on this, and I can no longer find who it was! Let me know if you know who!

“This volume provides a history of walking, exploring the relationship between thinking and walking and between walking and culture. The author argues for the preservation of the time and space in which to walk in an ever more car-dependent and accelerated world.”

The Lifted Veil📚 The Lifted Veil,
by George Eliot
Gothic, Horror
Published in 1859
Reading it for Novellas in November
and for The Classics Club

I have already read a good chunk of it, so far it’s definitely more gothic than horror per se, though psychological horror might be a good way to look at it — so far.

“Quite unlike the realistic fiction for which Eliot is best known, The Lifted Veil explores themes of extrasensory perception, the essence of physical life, possible life after death, and the power of fate. ”

📚 READING NEXT 📚

The Snow Goose📚 The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico
Novella, Historical fiction
Published in 1941

I will be reading it
for Novellas in November.
It counts for The Classics Club.

“Classic storytelling from a bestselling author. Gallico’s most famous story, The Snow Goose,
is set in the wild,
desolate Essex marshes and is an intense and moving tale about the relationship between a hunchback and a young girl. ”

Scarlet Sails

📚  Scarlet Sails, by Alexander Grin
Novella, Classic Russian fiction
I don’t know yet the translator
Published in 1922
It counts for The Classics Club
And I will be reading it
for Novellas in November.

“In this Russian classic of romance and adventure at sea, Arthur Grey falls in love with Asole without ever having exchanged a word with her.
Also known in English translation as “Crimson Sails.”

These are just two of several (possibly 8??) novellas I’m planning to red this month.

🎧 CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS 🎧

  Unbeaten tracks in Japan  The Story of the Treasure Seekers

🎧 Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, by Isabella Lucy Bird
Nonfiction, Travel, Japan
Published in 1885
It counts for The Classics Club

I am very happy I am able to listen to this one.

“This classic travel book details Isabella Bird’s 1878 trip, where she set out alone to explore the interior of Japan – a rarity not only because of Bird’s sex but because the country was virtually unknown to Westerners. The Japan she describes is not the sentimental world of Madame Butterfly but a vibrant land of real people with a complex culture and hardscrabble lives.”

🎧 The Story of the Treasure Seekers (Bastable Children #1),
by
E. Nesbit
Children classic
Published in 1899
It counts for The Classics Club

It’s about time to discover this great classic.
If I like it, I may go on and listen to the 4 books in the series, we’ll see.

“When their father’s business fails, the six Bastable children decide to restore the family fortunes. But although they think of many ingenious ways to do so, their well meant efforts are either more fun than profitable, or lead to trouble…”

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HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR NOVEMBER?

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