Friday Face Off: The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

Friday Face Off

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each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
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This year, there’s no weekly theme, you just choose a book you have recently read.
The four books I have read so far this year do not offer too many options, so I’m going with The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, one of my last reads in 2022. This book has 642 editions available on Goodreads… Don’t worry, I only feature 9!

I actually listened to the whole work, that is both The Wonderful Adventures of Nils and The Further Adventures of Nils Holgersson, a total of 17 hours of audio.

It is really a fascinating Swedish children’s classics, publiched in 1906-1907.
Click on the links to access my short review.

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Click on the picture below if you want to identify the various editions
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The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

 

My favorite cover is the 1992 Harcover edition by Floris Books, because of the artistic quality.
The 2018 Arabic edition didn’t put much effort: just reverse the cover! But the art is not as detailed, it looks more like a bad scan job!

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Have you read this book?
WHICH COVER IS YOUR FAVORITE? WHY?
Not sure about my next participation,
all depends on how my next reads will qualify

2022: December wrap-up

DECEMBER 2022 WRAP-UP

Before launching into my 2022 advanced stats, here is how December 2022 went. Really well according to my standards, with some amazing books.

📚 Here is what I read in December:

11 books 
8 in print 
with 2,220 pages, a daily average of 71 pages/day,
which is almost my highest monthly page average this year.
3 in audio
= 24H09
, a daily average of 46 minutes/day

3 in children’s lit/YA:

  1. Jasmine Toguchi (#5), Brave Explorer, by Debbi Michiko Florence
  2. The Last Human, by Lee Bacon (scifi)
  3. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils/ The Further Adventures,
    by Selma Lagerlöf – audio

3 in mystery:

  1. A World of Curiosities (Armand Gamache #18), by Louise Penny
  2. A Death in Tokyo (Detective Kaga #3), by Keigo Higashino – for review
  3. An English Murder, by Cyril Hare – audio

2 in science fiction:

  1. Du fond des âges, by René Manzor – with French student F.
  2. Progress Report, by Roman Lando – for review

2 in nonfiction:

  1. Diary of a Tokyo Teen, by Christine Mari Izner
  2. Wanderlust: A History of Walking, by Rebecca Solnit

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Story of the Other Wise Man, by Henry Van Dyke – audio

 MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Picking 3 this month:

Progress Report The Last Human

A Death in Tokyo

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 30/150 (from September 2022-until September 2027)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 9/12 books – During the year: 16
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 11/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 31/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 140/120 (117%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 20

 OTHER BOOK  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

Japanese Kanji Made Easy

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Japanese Kanji Made Easy

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Sunday Post #72 – 01/01/2023

 

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Wishing you all a Happy New Year,
and of course tons of awsome books to discover in 2023!

2022 ended with some great books for me.
As usual, during this coming week I will post detailed stats, but suffice it to say for now that I’m very happy with my 2022 year of reading:
140 books read, so that’s 20 more than my goal (117%).

I only posted once this week:

Here are the 2 books I finished recently:

📚JUST READ/LISTENED TO 🎧 

Progress Report

📚 Progress Report,
by Roman Lando
Self-published
on 12/9/2022
Scifi technothriller
239 pages

VERDICT: Fabulous sci technothriller with kickass characters and excellent plot, to start your 2023 year of reading with a bang!

These days, I rarely request a review copy and even less often accept one. But when Roman Lando contacted me about his self-published scifi technothriller, I thought the genre had some potential. I was hooked when I read the synopsis and the first pages.
I am so glad I accepted to read Progress Report. I devoured it in a couple of days and can close my 2022 reviews with a bang!
Click on the cover to read my ecstatic review! 

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

🎧 The Wonderful Adventures of Nils/
The Further Adventures of Nils Holgersson
by Selma Lagerlöf

Classics children’s lit
Published in 1906-1907
17H06
It counts for The Classics Club

This is a wonderful children’s classic.
The young naughty boy Nils is transformed into an elf and travels all over his country on the back of a goose.
It’s a delightful way of presenting the whole of Sweden, its geography and landscapes, though sometimes some passages are a bit long.
It’s all mixed with the style of fantasy and fairy tales (for instance with animals talking, and the use of repetitive structure of sentences).
And ultimately, it’s a delightful coming of age story.

I listened to this book through the Cloud Library App (provided by my public library), and their version is actually from Librivox.
The narrator is Lars Rolander, who is Swedish I believe. That was great for the correct pronunciation of place names, etc. He is excellent at dialogues, at making different voices for all the animals. Alas, he is not as good when it comes to the narrative itself, and sometimes quite boring in these lines, with often the same intonation. Sad, as he is so good for the dialogues.

📚  CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO 🎧 

Death of a Red Heroine

📚 Death of a Red Heroine
(Inspector Chen Cao #1), 

by Qiu Xialong
Chinese Mystery
First published in 2000 (in English)
482 pages

Every year, my publisc library organizes a Winter Reading Challenge: you tell them the books you like or don’t like, and the last four books you’ve read, and the staff picks a book for you to read.
As I highlighted my love for Japanese mysteries, I guess they thought I had to expand my horizon to Chinese thrillers!
I’m only around page 50, but finding it very good so far.

“A young “national model worker,” renowned for her adherence to the principles of the Communist Party, turns up dead in a Shanghai canal. As Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Special Cases Bureau struggles to trace the hidden threads of her past, he finds himself challenging the very political forces that have guided his life since birth. Chen must tiptoe around his superiors if he wants to get to the bottom of this crime, and risk his career—perhaps even his life—to see justice done.”

Week-end à Zuydcoote📚 Week-end à Zuydcoote,
by Robert Merle

French historical fiction
Published in 1949
244 pages
It counts for The Classics Club

My French student F. wanted to try a French historical novel. Among the titles I proposed, she chose this one, set during WWI, in June 1940 at Dunkirk.
It was actually trasnalted into English as Weekend in Dunkirk.

I had not read any book by Robert Merle for a very long time, so it’s nice to go back to his writing.
This book is raw, and yet a lot of humor at the same time. It tells the life of a group of French soldiers trapped in the pocket of Dunkirk, for two days, after the Franco-British defeat.

The Red Thumb Mark

🎧The Red Thumb Mark
(Dr. Thorndyke Mysteries
#1),
by R. Austin Freeman
Mysteries
Published in 1907
224 pages
9H32
It counts for The Classics Club

I have heard a lot about this author recently, so I was eager to discover Dr Thorndyke.
Richard Austin Freeman (1862-1943) was a British writer of detective stories, mostly featuring the medicolegal forensic investigator Dr Thorndyke. He invented the inverted detective story and used some of his early experiences as a colonial surgeon in his novels. 

“In this first book of the series, Dr. Jervis encounters his old friend Dr. Thorndyke; soon after they are drawn into a mystery in which a man is accused of murder and his own bloody thumbprint – evidence that cannot be denied – places him absolutely at the scene of the crime. But for Thorndyke, things may not be quite as straightforward as they seem. Can one forge a thumb print? As Thorndyke investigates, it becomes apparent that he is too much of a threat, and must be removed…”

This edition I’m listening to, narrated by Luke Barton, has a good and fairly developped introduction on and by the author.

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Gaspard Melchior & Balthazar

📚  Gaspard, Melchior & Balthazar,
by Michel Tournier
French historical fiction
288 pages
Published in 1978
Was translated into English as The Four Wise Men

I ended up reading lighter books, so haven’t started this one yet.
Thankfully, my Nativity comes only on January 7th, so when I finally start reading it, I should still be in the Christmas season!

“Displaying his characteristic penchant for the macabre, the tender and the comic, Michael Tournier presents the traditional Magi describing their personal odysseys to Bethlehem–and audaciously imagines a fourth, “the eternal latecomer”‘ whose story of hardship and redemption is the most moving and instructive of all.
Prince of Mangalore and son of an Indian maharajah, Taor has tasted an exquisite confection, “rachat loukoum,” and is so taken by the flavor that he sets out to recover the recipe. His quest takes him across Western Asia and finally lands him in Sodom, where he is imprisoned in a salt mine. There, this fourth wise man learns the recipe from a fellow prisoner, and learns of the existence and meaning of Jesus.”

📚  LAST BOOK ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR 📚 

Owls

 

📚 Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays, by Mary Oliver
Nonfiction, poetry, essays
88 pages
Published in 2003

“Within these pages Mary Oliver collects twenty-six of her poems about the birds that have been such an important part of her life-hawks, hummingbirds, and herons; kingfishers, catbirds, and crows; swans, swallows, and, of course, the snowy owl; among a dozen others-including ten poems original to this volume. She adds two beautifully crafted essays, “Owls,” selected for the Best American Essays series, and “Bird,” one that will surely take its place among the classics of the genre.”

📚 MAILBOX MONDAY: BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK 📚 

 

Progress Report

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And share what books you just received at Mailbox Monday

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