Throwback Thursday: November 2012

 

Throwback Thursday

#ThrowbackThursday

Revisiting what I posted 10 years ago
(my blog was born on September 29, 2010)
following the idea I found at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog
(click on this link or the logo to see where the idea started from,
and to post the link to your own post).

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Today, a week later than planned, I’m revisiting November 2012.
I published 18 posts, 7 of which being book reviews.

Of these books, here is the one that received most views then:

Click on the covers to know more

The Black Count

 

 

This was also my favorite book read that month. 
I realize I have no memory of 3 boks read that month, even though I even wrote a review of them!
Another book that did stay with me is:

Master And Margarita

The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov.
Be sure to visit my review

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My next post on this meme will be on February 9

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!)

 NO OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

MOST POPULAR BOOK REVIEW THIS PAST MONTH

Talk to me

click on the cover to access my review

MOST POPULAR POST THIS PAST MONTH
– NON BOOK REVIEW –

The top 9 books to read in November 2022

BOOK BLOG THAT BROUGHT ME MOST TRAFFIC THIS PAST MONTH

Caffeinared reviewer
please go visit, there are a lot of good things there!

TOP COMMENTERS 

Karen at Booker Talk
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please go and visit them,
they have great blogs

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Come back tomorrow to see the titles I’ll be reading in December
How was YOUR month of November?

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Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction
has created a Month In Review meme
where you can link your monthly recap posts
Thanks Nicole!

Novellas in November 2022: recap

Novellas in November 2022

Picking from my 4th list of books for The Classic Club, my plan was to read 8 novellas this month for the Novellas in November event.

I managed to read them all, but have been bad at posting reviews recently.
I did post a short review for these three (click on the cover), the three reviews are on the same post:

  The Lady Macbeth of MtsenskThe Lifted Veil  The Snow Goose 2

The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, by Nikolai Leskov (1865)
The Lifted Veil by George Eliot (1859)
The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico (1951)

And here are now a few words on the 5 other novellas I have read.
I may end up writing more and more super short “reviews” of that type. Would you still be interested in this blog if I did?
Click to continue reading