Year 2022: Six in six

Some time last year, I ran into this meme by Jo at The Book Jotter.
A fun way to look at the books you have read during the first 6 months of the year.
She has a huge bunch of prompts, see here her 2022 edition.

I ended up keeping, guess what, 6 categories. With 6 books in each, as requested.
And of course, I’m posting this on July 6th.

Year 2022: Six in six
Sorry, not taking time to link the covers

1
Six new authors to me,
whom I am looking forward to reading more of

  UpgradeThe Bride Wore BlackThe Mystery of Henri Pick
The Man in the QueueLes FourmisRiver of Stars

2
Six books I have enjoyed the most

  Entre deux mondes The Night Gardener The Bride Wore Black
  Upgrade So Big The Mystery of Henri Pick  

3
Six series of books read or started

The Three Body Problem Les Fourmis The Man in the Queue
Under Lock and Skeleton Key L'Affaire Saint-Fiacre L'Aiguille creuse

4
Six Cool Classics

 Dojoji Star The Postman Always Rings Twice

  The Year of My Life The Bride Wore Black The Man in the Queue  


5
Six From the Non-Fiction Shelf

  Passport Wabi sabi Les Chemins du cœur

  A Brush With Birds The Radium Girls After the Romanovs

6
Six books I’ve read in an English translation

  Red is my Heart The Three Body Problem The Wild Geese  

  The Box Man Death Going Down Moshi moshi

ARE YOU GOING TO DO A SIX IN SIX POST?
WILL ONE OF THESE BOOKS FEATURE ON YOUR POST?

2022 books in translation reading challenge

 

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The Challenge is organized by
@IntrovertReader (Twitter)
@Introverted.Reader (Instagram)
@IntrovertedReader (Facebook)

I love literature in translation, and read 52 books for this challenge in 2021, 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+, the highest 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 12 books in translation.

The links will send you to my review

  1. Red is my Heart, by Antoine Laurain (tr. from the French by Jane Aitken)
  2. The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu (tr. from the Chinese by Ken Liu)
  3. The Wild Geese, by Ogai Mori (tr. from the Japanese by Sanford Goldstein & Kingo Ochiai 
  4. How Do You Live?, by Yoshino Genzaburo (tr. from the Japanese by Bruno Navasky)
  5. Dōjōji, by Yukio Mishima (tr. from Japanese into French by Dominique Aury)
  6.  

TOTAL = 5

Recap of languages translated from:
Japanese : 3
French: 1
Chinese: 1

 

2021 books in translation reading challenge

Books-in-Translation-2021

Click on the banner to join this reading challenge

#2021booksintranslation

The Challenge is organized by
@IntrovertReader (Twitter)
@Introverted.Reader (Instagram)
@IntrovertedReader (Facebook)

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.
SO I HAVE ACTUALLY DECIDED TO CHALLENGE MYSELF TO 20 BOOKS

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 from the Japanese 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
  11. The Book of Ecclesiastes
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 2/27/21
  12. The Book of the Song of Songs
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 3/1/21
  13. The Book of Wisdom
    translated from the Greek
    audiobook finished on 3/1/21
  14. Kusamakura, by Natsume Sōseki
    translated from the Japanese. by Meredith Weatherby
    finished on 3/5/21
  15. The Book of Sirach
    translated from the Greek
    audiobook finished on 3/8/21
  16. The Book of Hosea
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 3/13/21
  17. The Book of Amos
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 3/13/21
  18. Le Mineur, by Natsume Sōseki
    translated from the Japanese into French by Hélène Morita
    finished on 3/20/21
  19. Before the Coffee Gets Cold, by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
    translated from the Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot
    finished on 3/21/21
  20. To the Spring Equinox and Beyond, by Natsume Sōseki
    translated from the Japanese by Kingo Ochiai and Sanford M. Goldstein
    finished on 3/29/21
  21. The Black Lizard and Beast in the Shadowsby Edogawa Rampo
    translated from the Japanese by Ian Hughes
    finished on 3/30/21
  22. The Book of Micah
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 4/4/21
  23. The Book of Joel
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 4/4/21
  24. The Book of Obadiah
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 4/4/21
  25. The Book of Jonah
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 4/4/21
  26. The Book of Nahum
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 4/5/21
  27. The Book of Habakkuk
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 4/5/21
  28. The Book of Zephaniah
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 4/5/21
  29. The Book of Haggai
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 4/5/21
  30. The Swedish Cavalier, by Leo Perutz
    translated from the German by John Brownjohn
    finished on 4/6/21
  31. The Old Capital, by Yasunari Kawabata
    translated from the Japanese
    finished on 4/22/21
  32. First Person Singular, by Haruki Murakami,
    translated from the Japanese
    finished on 4/28/21
  33. The Book of Zechariah
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 5/10/21
  34. The Book of Malachi
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 5/10/21
  35. The Book of Isaiah
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 5/13/21
  36. People Like Them, by Samira Sedira
    translated from the French
    finished on 5/16/21
  37. The Book of Jeremiah
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 5/24/21
  38. Flight of the Raven, by Jean-Pierre Gibrat
    translated from the French
    finished on 5/31/21
  39. The Book of Baruch
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 6/11/21
  40. The Book of Lamentations
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 6/12/21
  41. The Book of Ezekiel
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 6/24/21
  42. The Book of Daniel
    translated from the Hebrew
    audiobook finished on 6/26/21
  43. The Apothecary Diaries, vol 1, by Natsu Hyuuga
    translated from the Japanese
    finished on 6/30/21
  44. Cats of the Louvre, by Taiyo Matsumoto
    translated from the Japanese
    finished on 7/6/21
  45. The Apothecary Diaries, vol 2, by Natsu Hyuuga
    translated from the Japanese
    finished on 7/17/21
  46. Midaq Alley, by Naguib Mahfouz
    translated from the Arabic
    finished on 7/17/21
  47. Le Village aux Huit Tombes, by Seishi Yokomizo
    translated from the Japanese (into French)
    finished on 8/30/21
  48. Rider on the Rain, by Sébastien Japrisot
    translated from the French
    finished on 9/4/21
  49. The New Testament, by David Bentley Hart
    translated from the Greek
    finished on 10/27/21
  50. The Invention of Morel, by Adolfo Bioy Casares
    translated from the Spanish
    finished on 11/9/21
  51. Murakami T: The T-Shirts I Love, by Haruki Murakami
    translated from the Japanese
    finished on 11/29/21
  52. Ficciones, by Jorge Luis Borges
    translated from the Spanish
    finished on 12/16/21

TOTAL = 52.
This is about the regular amount of translated books I read every year.
Though it’s only 39% of all the books I have read this year. In 2020, translated fiction was 50% of all the books I read.

To that, you could add 32 books in French actually.

Recap of languages translated from:
Arabic: 1
French: 3
German: 1
Greek: 3
Hebrew: 23
Japanese: 18
Spanish: 2
Swedish: 1
So from 8 different languages, same number as in 2020