2021 books in translation reading challenge


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The Challenge is organized by
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I haven’t participated in this challenge for several years.
So far, as I prepare this post, I have read 17 books in translation in 2020 (plus 28 books in French), so this is not really a challenge. I’m joining more for the social aspect and connecting with other readers of world literature.
So am shooting for the Linguist Level = 10+, I wish there were a higher level.

I will be updating the list here as I go along.
I start the year with the Japanese Literature Challenge, so by the end of March, I should already have read 9 books in translation.

The links will send you to my review

  1. The Book of Psalms
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 1/6/21
  2. The Sound of Waves, by Yukio Mishima
    translated from the Japanese
    by Meredith Weatherby
    finished on 1/16/21
  3. Some Prefer Nettles, by Junichiro Tanizaki
    translated from the Japanese
    by Edward G. Seidensticker
    finished on 1/22/21
  4. The Book of Job
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 1/23/21
  5. N.P., by Banana Yoshimoto
    translated from the Japanese
    by Ann Sherif
    finished on 1/25/2021
  6. In Praise of Shadows, by Junichiro Tanizaki
    translated from the Japanese
    by Edward G. Seidensticker
    and Thomas J. Harper
    finished on 2/4/21
  7. The Book of Proverbs
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 2/8/21
  8.  A Cat, a Man, and Two Women, by Junichirō Tanizaki
    translated by Paul McCarthy
    finished on 2/9/21
  9. The Half-Finished Heavenby Tomas Tranströmer
    translated from the Swedish
    by Robert Bly
    finished on 2/13/21
  10. Dans l’œil du démon / Devils in Daylight, by Junichirō Tanizaki
    translated from the Japanese into French by Patrick Honoré and Ryoko Sekiguchi
    finished on 2/13/21

Recap of languages translated from:
Hebrew: 3
Japanese: 6
Swedish: 1

2019 Reading Challenges

When I started book blogging, i was doing tons of reading challenges, up to about 12. Then less and less. I was considering doing only the Classics Club for 2019, but then, I discovered another one I could NOT resist.

So here are my

2019 Reading Challenges

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  classicsclub   Calendar of Crime Challenge pix


I will also be doing some readalongs:

  1. Don Quixote, with One Catholic Life and Silvia Cachia
  2. Berlin Alexanderplatz, by Alfred Doblin, with NYRB Classics Goodreads Group – DNFed
  3. Les Misérables – this is a re-read, in French again, with one of my French students


IN 2019?

2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge

Just discovered this awesome

Calendar of Crime Challenge pix

2019 Calendar of Crime Challenge

Calendar of Crime Checkoff Sheet

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The blogger can send you a real Excel File
I’ll add my titles here as I go along

  1. The Plotters: could fit for Jan/March/Sept
  2. The Woman in the Window: could fit for Jan/May/July/Oct/Nov
  3. Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead: could fit for Jan/Oct/Nov
  4. Crimson Lake, by Candice Fox
  5. Redemption Point, by Candice Fox
  6. The Night Before, by Wendy Walker
  7. A Long Way Down, by Randall Silvis – for Criminal Element
  8. A Better Man, by Louise Penny – for Criminal Element
  9. The Gomorrah Gambit, by Tom Chatfield – for Criminal Element
  10. The Sentence is Death, by Anthony Horowitz – ebook
  11. The Reunion, by Guillaume Musso – for Criminal Element
  12. La fille de Brooklyn, by Guillaume Musso – in audio
  13. La vie secrète des écrivains, by Guillaume Musso – in audio
  14. Sang Famille, by Michel Bussi – in audio
  15. J’ai dû rêver trop fort, by Michel Bussi – in audio


LAST EDIT on 12/30/2019:

I read 32 mysteries in 2019, and most of them are crime fiction [see here], but I’m not going to waste my time trying to fit the titles with the chart for this challenge. It contains categories like the author’s birth month. I have no idea, and for me, it’s totally irrelevant. I should have paid more attention before launching into this challenge.