2022: January wrap-up

JANUARY 2022 WRAP-UP

2022 is starting fantastically on the reading front, as well as on the blogging front, with lots of posts, and my highest number ever of visitors and visits, thanks!
One big thing is that so far, with 15 books read, I have managed a review for each. Some longer reviews and some shorter ones, mostly posted in the Sunday Post. This format seems to be working so far.

Besides several memes,
I posted my traditional three posts on the previous year stats.
I also participated in Bout of Books 33.

📚 Here is what I read in January:

15 books:
11 in print 
with 2,172 pages, a daily average of 70 pages/day
4 in audio
= 40H12
, a daily average of 1H17
(exactly same average as in December 2021!!)

4 in mystery:

  1. Gravé dans le sable, by Michel Bussi – French audio
  2. Entre deux mondes, by Olivier Norek – French audio
  3. L’Inconnue de la Seine, by Guillaume Musso – French audio
  4. L’Affaire Saint-Fiacre (Maigret #14), by Georges Simenon – read with a French student – counts for The Classics Club

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Passport, by Sophia Glock – graphic “novel”
  2. Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom For a Perfectly Imperfect Life, by Beth Kempton
  3. Les Chemins du cœur : L’enseignement spirituel des Pères de l’Église, by Placide Deseille –  Orthodox spirituality

3 in children books:

  1. How Do You Live?, by Yoshino Genzaburo – Middle Grade, counts for the Japanese Literature Challenge 15, The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge, and The Classics Club
  2. Wabi Sabi, by Mark Reibstein – picture book
  3. Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo – Middle Grade

2 in science fiction:

  1. The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu – counts for The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
  2. Les Fourmis, by Bernard Werber – French audio

2 in literary fiction:

  1. Red is my Heart, by Antoine Laurain – received for review, counts for The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
  2. The Wild Geese, by Ogai Mori – counts for the Japanese Literature Challenge 15, The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge, and The Classics Club

1 in play:

  1. Dojoji, by Yukio Mishima – counts for the Japanese Literature Challenge 15, The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge, and The Classics Club

MY FAVORITE BOOKS THIS PAST MONTH

Entre deux mondes How Do You Live

READING CHALLENGES & RECAP

Classics Club: 102/137 (from November 2020-until November 2025)
Japanese Literature Challenge: 3/12 books
2022 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 0/12 books
2022 books in translation reading challenge
: 5/10+

Total of books read in 2022 = 15/120 (13%)
Number of books added to my TBR this past month = 38

OTHER BOOKS  REVIEWED THIS PAST MONTH

  Constance  Termination Shock

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Books available for swapping

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold

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Sunday Post #51 – 1/30/2022

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It’s quite cold and snowy (though I know Chicago’s winter weather is pretty awesome compared to the East coast), so what is there else to do than read? lol
I had another productive week:

  • One of the categories on my visual journal is Documentaries (free on youtube).
    We enjoy turning our leisurely Saturday breakfasts into cultural events.
    Since the beginning of the year, we have watched Ant Mountain (on a huge ant colony in Switzerland); Travel on the Orient Express; The construction of the Euro tunnel. And yesterday, we watched The Journey of the Snowy Owls
  • In the kitchen, for the fist time, I tried Korean Tuna Pancakes – super easy and delicious
  • Inspired by @MileStyle, I decided to start a Twitter thread for my 2022 reads – 15 already.
  • And this week biggest discovery is an awesome way of tracking your books: CAWPILE V3 by BookTuber Book Roast.
    Follow the link to watch her explanation and download a (free) copy to make your own.
    I have used my own more basic tool for several years, and tried also the one designed by Bookriot, but really BookRoast’s is so much better and easier to use when you want to edit and add categories. Highly recommended.

Since last Sunday, on the blog:

📚  JUST READ / LISTENED TO 🎧 

How Do You Live  L'Affaire Saint-Fiacre

  Dojoji   Because of Winn-Dixie  

  Wabi Sabi  Les Chemins du cœur  

L'inconnue de la Seine

📚  How Do You Live, by Genzaburo Yoshino
Published in 1937
Middle grade historical fiction
Read for The Japanese Literature Challenge 15
The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

VERDICT: Japanese variation on “Know Thyself”. Classic middle grade novel full of wisdom. If we were to apply all its advice, the world would definitely be a better place. The first step is to read the book!
Read my full review

📚  L’Affaire Saint-Fiacre, by Georges Simenon
Published in 1932
Translated as The Saint-Fiacre Affair
(Inspector Maigret #14)
Mystery
Read it with one of my French student, and
for  The Classics Club

The first half of the book was excellent, with great atmospheric details, as Simenon knows how to do. It was also involving Maigret more personally, and painfully so, as the crime sends him back to where he lived as child.
An old countess is found dead at church shortly after Mass. But no one seemed to have come around her to kill her, so how was is done? By whom? Why?
Unfortunately, the plot got really muddled, with the reader just as confused as Maigret himself, who looked more and more like a passive witness of something he couldn’t grasp. Some chapters were pure muddle for me – and I read it in the original French, so I can’t even say that’s the translator’s fault!!
I’m not even sure why the killer really did it.

📚  Dojoji, by Yukio Mishima
Published in 1957
Play
Read for The Japanese Literature Challenge 15
The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

I didn’t read the whole book displayed on the cover, just the Dojoji play.
The play focuses on a wardrobe at a private auction. It is a piece of furniture with unusual features. As buyers get ready to purchase it, a woman arrives who has connections with its strange origin.

I wish I knew more why it’s called Dojoji and how it’s really based on Noh theater. I read a summary of the 15th century Dojoji play, and I find there’s also a dancer involves, who disappears quickly at the end. The owner of the furniture shop could be a modern version of the character of the abbot. The wardrobe could stand for the bell, and there’s also a special marriage situation.
It’s a bit weird, but it’s got some interesting passages about beauty and identity, and as often with Mishima, it contains reflections on tradition and modernity. 

I had a hard time finding the play. Couldn’t find it in English, and I almost passed by this book, because it’s called Dojoji another short stories, whereas I knew Dojoji is a play. Desperate, I thought, ok I’ll read the short story instead. When I opened the book, I realized it WAS a play.
Why does this editor consider it a short story??

📚  Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo
Published in 2000
Middle grade

I so enjoyed the first book I read at the end of 2021 by Kate DiCamillo (The Beatryce Prophecy), that I followed other book bloggers’ advice, and picked up this one at my library.
Loved it!
One summer, as she just moved to Florida, Opal feels lonely and decides to adopt a dog she finds by chance in a grocery store. He looks in bad shape and is ugly, and Opal is all too ready to apply her Dad the preacher’s principles: to take care of people/creatures less fortunate than oneself. And because of the dog, Opal is going to have a summer full of adventures and discoveries.
It is  a great coming of age story, with lots of wisdom about friendship and how to handle loss.
It was neat meeting Opal and Winn-Dixie, her very smart and special dog!

📚  Wabi Sabi, by Mark Reibstein and Ed Young (Illustrator)
Published in 2008
Picture Book

I recently reviewed Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life, by Beth Kempton, and one of you mentioned this other book on Wabi Sabi.
Thankfully, it was at my awesome public library (it almost has everything I want!)
This is a gorgeous picture book to introduce wabi sabi to children and adults!
Wabi sabi is a cat, wondering about the meaning of her name.
I loved the format of the book (you read the book vertically) and the use of multimedia art, with cool collages – see the one I shared on Instagram.
It was also fun at the end to realize that most if not all the illustrations were actually based on famous haiku!!

📚  Les Chemins du cœur : l’enseignement spirituel des Pères de l’Église [The Ways of the Heart: The Spiritual Teaching of the Church Fathers], by Archimandrite Placide Deseille
Published in 2012
Picture Book

This is a good collection of essays on various topics related to Orthodox spirituality.
You can read more about it here, with excerpts (that I translated in English) and some of my notes on it.

🎧 L’Inconnue de la Seine, by Guillaume Musso
Not yet available in English
Published on 9/21/2021
Thriller

It was ok. There were some interesting elements, especially related to the theater and to Dionysus, but some aspects I didn’t like too much, like three different variations on mental health.
And how Raphaël started the whole thing seemed too unreal.
It also didn’t feel realistic that Raphaël at the end would go to the island without questioning anything. So it made the end too easy and flat.

📚  CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO 🎧 

The Waiting Years Intuitio

📚  The Waiting Years, by Fumiko Enchi
Published in 1957
Reading for The Japanese Literature Challenge 15
The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

I couldn’t find it easily and quickly in English, so I’m reading it in French.

The beautiful, immature girl whom she took home to her husband was a maid only in name. Tomo’s real mission had been to find him a mistress. Nor did her secret humiliation end there. The web that his insatiable lust spun about him soon trapped another young woman, and another … and the relationships between the women thus caught were to form, over the years, a subtle, shifting pattern in which they all played a part. There was Suga, the innocent, introspective girl from a respectable but impoverished family; the outgoing, cheerful, almost boyish Yumi; the flirtatious, seductive Miya, who soon found her father-in-law more dependable as a man than his brutish son…. And at the center, rejected yet dominating them all, the near tragic figure of the wife Tomo, whose passionate heart was always, until that final day, held in check by an old-fashioned code.
In a series of colorful, unforgettable scenes, Enchi brilliantly handles the human interplay within the ill-fated Shirakawa family. Japan’s leading woman novelist and a member of the prestigious Art Academy, she combines a graceful, evocative style that consciously echoes the Tale of Genji with keen insight and an impressive ability to develop her characters over a long period of time. Her work is rooted deep in the female psychology, and it is her women above all-so clearly differentiated yet all so utterly feminine-who live in the memory. With The Waiting Years, a new and important literary figure makes her debut in the Western world.
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🎧 Intuitio, by Laurent Gounelle
Not yet available in English
Published on 4/7/2021
Thriller

“Timothy Fisher, a young author of thrillers, leads a quiet life in Queens with his cat Al Capone. When two FBI agents show up on his doorstep asking him to help them arrest the nation’s most wanted man, he first thinks it’s a joke.
But he ends up accepting their strange proposal: to join a secret program aimed at training intuitive candidates, people capable of accessing their intuitions at will.
At first skeptical, Timothy, who thought he had a banal existence, discovers that the world hides unsuspected possibilities.
He finds himself embarked on a race against time which leads him to tame this little-known but accessible power.”

Very intriguing, especially the parts on the detailed technique to access one’s own intuition. The author says he did go through similar tests and they do work. It has been used by police to solve crimes.

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Lean On Me

📚 Lean on Me, by Serge Joncour
Translated from the French by Louise Rogers Lalaurie and Jane Aitken
US publication date: March 1, 2022
by Gallic Books
Literary fiction

Received for review
Will be reading for
The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge

I have read and enjoyed already two books by Joncour, especially Wild Dog, but I haven’t read this one yet, not even in French, so I was thrilled to receive it for review.

“Winner of the prestigious Prix Interallié.
When a flock of crows invades their shared apartment block, farmer-turned-debt collector Ludovic and fashion designer Aurore speak for the first time. With nothing but the birds in common, the two are destined for separate lives, yet are drawn inexplicably together.
Though their story is set in Paris, the tale of Ludovic and Aurore is far from an idyllic romance. With one trapped in an unhappy marriage and the other lost in grief, the city of love has brought each of them only isolation and pain. As Aurore faces losing her business and Ludovic questions the ethics of his job, they begin a passionate affair. Love between such different people seems doomed to failure, but for these two unhappy souls trapped in ruthless worlds, perhaps loving one another is the greatest form of resistance.
From the award winning author of Wild Dog, Lean on Me explores the realities of unlikely love, and how connection and intimacy offer us an escape from all that is harsh and cold in our modern day lives.”

📚  LAST BOOK ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR 📚 

The River Ki

📚  The River Ki, by Sawako Ariyoshi
Published in 1959

I added it because of the great review by Tony.

The River Ki, short and swift and broad like most Japanese rivers, flows into the sea not far south of Osaka. On its journey seaward, it passes through countryside that has long been at the heart of the Japanese tradition. And it flows too past the mountains and the villages, past the dams, ditches and rice fields that provide such a richly textured backdrop to this novel.
Powerful enough to sweep away people on its banks and placid enough to carry along with its flow a sumptuous wedding procession, The River Ki dominates the lives of the people who live in its fertile valley and imparts a vital strength to the three women, mother, daughter and granddaughter, around whom this novel is built. It provides them with the courage to cope, in their different ways, with the unprecedented changes that occurred in Japan between the last years of the last century and the middle of this century.
Sawako Ariyoshi, one of Japan’s most successful modern novelists, describes this social and cultural revolution largely through the eyes of Hana, a woman with the vision and integrity to understand the inevitability of the death of the traditional order in Japan. Ariyoshi writes with a love for detail bound to a broader understanding of the importance of the geographical and biological forces that mold her characters-and the result is a story that flows with all the vitality of The River Ki itself.”

📚   BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK  📚 

Lean On Me

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Constellation Red is my Heart

 The Most Beautiful Book in the WorldThe Woman with the BouquetThree Women in a Mirror 

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Sunday Post #50 – 1/23/2022

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Woohoo, jubilee edition: this is the 50th time I’m participating!
And with another productive week.

  • everyday exercise – I think it’s here to last, so I won’t mention it again
  • thanks to cute Instagram posts by @erraticelle, I FINALLY decided to start some type of visual dotted journal. One thing I’m doing is documenting discoveries in a visual way, like for instance Neurographic art:

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  • I’m thinking of creating series of bookmarks!
  • And my husband suggested I combine that with my love of rockpainting, so I’ve been trying on rocks with markers (instead of paint, to make it easier to do it at my desk). They will get better with non-washable markers!

art2

  • Since last Sunday, I wrote a review for Red is My Heart
  • And on The Wild Geese
  • I posted Top Ten 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get To
  •  And Friday Face Off on a Scifi written in 1975 or before
  • And Friday night, I celebrated (online!) the 10th anniversary of the book club I created for my block in January 2012.
    We’ve met 11 times per year, for 10 years! Unbelievable.
    And it means we talked about zillions of books, as our characteristic is at each meeting, for each member to share about the book they just read.
    We LOVE our format, as it makes us discover so many books in various genres. Which reminds me, I haven’t shared any of these titles for a while, I should get back to doing that.
    For the occasion, I created a variation of a Jeopardy game, and need now to prepare bags of books and fun gifts for our 3 winners!

📚  JUST READ / LISTENED TO 🎧 

The Wild Geese   Wabi sabi

Entre deux mondes

📚  The Wild Geese, by Ogai Mori
Published in 1911
Literary fiction
Read for The Japanese Literature Challenge 15
and The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

VERDICT: Short novel with a good social portrait of the time, but disappointing in its pace and ending.
Click on the cover to read my full review

📚  Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life, by Beth Kempton
Published in 2018
Nonfiction / Japan

Neat book to get more acquainted with Japanese wisdom and life style values.
I especially liked the parts where the author refers to her experience in Japan, and the wonderful people she met there, and how she little by little got introduced to these gem ideas for a “perfectly imperfect life”.
Actually lots of concept sound very close to Orthodox spirituality (that is, the spirituality of the first Christians), which is also more lived as a way of living than a religion, with less emphasis on dogma that Roman Catholicism. Attention to the present moment is for instance a major element in our spirituality.
I enjoyed less the parts where the author showed how to apply these elements to daily life, even though that’s the whole point of the book, I know. But self-help books are not really my favorite.
But if you love self-help books, and you need a guide to help you live a simplified life, with more meaning, this is the book for you!
I shared a couple of excerpts on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CYe_8kSLYQJ/ and https://www.instagram.com/p/CYiCn-8LIkP/

🎧 Entre deux mondes, by Olivier Norek
Not available in English
Published in 2017
Thriller

Phew, what a punch in the stomach. Can I listen to a more powerful historical mystery in 2022? I doubt it.
This is about the terrible situation of migrants in our world today, from Syria to the awful Jungle, the Calais refugee camp in France, just before it was dismantled. With their dreams of crossing to the UK.
The story focuses mostly on a Syrian policeman arriving in Calais where he is supposed to meet his wife and daughter who fled their country shortly before him. And a little boy, finally in the camp after an incredible journey.
What will now happen to them?
It is about all the obstacles refugees have to face, and the foes and friends they may meet.
I hope this will soon be translated into English.
After listening to this, I want to cry even more on our world, and on the so little we can do.
I knew of the Calais Jungle, but nothing in detail, this was a shock.
The writing is superb, totally on target. The author, a policeman himself, knows his stuff.

The following day, without looking for it, I stumbled on an article on a current association looking for funds to help refugees who are still there, aroun1,000.
You can donate here.

📚  CURRENTLY READING/LISTENING TO 🎧 

How Do You Live  L'Affaire Saint-Fiacre

L'inconnue de la Seine📚  How Do You Live, by Genzaburo Yoshino
Published in 1937
Middle grade historical fiction
Reading for The Japanese Literature Challenge 15
The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

To be ready when Miyazaki‘s movie comes out, I decided to read this classic, very famous in Japan.
I discovered in the Preface that Neil Gaiman read it for the same reason. Am in good company!
It’s a neat book full of wisdom. What’s fun is that I often catch myself visualizing what Miyazaki could do with this. It almost feels like the book was written to be made into an anime one day bythe Master!

“First published in 1937, Genzaburō Yoshino’s How Do You Live? has long been acknowledged in Japan as a crossover classic for young readers. Academy Award–winning animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited AwayMy Neighbor TotoroHowl’s Moving Castle) has called it his favorite childhood book and announced plans to emerge from retirement to make it the basis of a final film.
How Do You Live? is narrated in two voices. The first belongs to Copper, fifteen, who after the death of his father must confr📚ont inevitable and enormous change, including his own betrayal of his best friend. In between episodes of Copper’s emerging story, his uncle writes to him in a journal, sharing knowledge and offering advice on life’s big questions as Copper begins to encounter them. Over the course of the story, Copper, like his namesake Copernicus, looks to the stars, and uses his discoveries about the heavens, earth, and human nature to answer the question of how he will live.”

📚  L’Affaire Saint-Fiacre, by Georges Simenon
Published in 1932
Translated as The Saint-Fiacre Affair
(Inspector Maigret #14)
Mystery
Reading it with one of my French student, and
for  The Classics Club

“When an ominous note predicting the time and place of a death finds its way to Maigret’s desk in Paris, his investigation brings him to Saint-Fiacre, the place of his birth.  It isn’t long before a darkness descends on Maigret and the town, as the prediction becomes a brutal reality and the Inspector discovers he is not welcome in the place he once called home.
As much a thriller as a meditation on alienation, The Saint-Fiacre Affair displays Simenon’s unique and searing perspective of the struggles we all are forced to endure.”

🎧 L’Inconnue de la Seine, by Guillaume Musso
Not yet available in English
Published on 9/21/2021
Thriller

I have read an enjoyed several books by Musso. Check this one in English for instance.

“Par une nuit brumeuse de décembre, une jeune femme est repêchée dans la Seine au niveau du Pont-Neuf. Nue, amnésique, mais vivante.
Très agitée, elle est conduite à l’infirmerie de la préfecture de police de Paris… d’où elle s’échappe au bout de quelques heures.
Les analyses ADN et les photos révèlent son identité : il s’agit de la célèbre pianiste Milena Bergman. Mais c’est impossible, car Milena est morte dans un crash d’avion, il y a plus d’un an.
Raphaël, son ancien fiancé, et Roxane, une flic fragilisée par sa récente mise au placard, se prennent de passion pour cette enquête, bien décidés à éclaircir ce mystère : comment peut-on être à la fois morte et vivante ?”

📚  BOOK UP NEXT 📚 

Dojoji

📚  Dojoji, by Yukio Mishima
Published in 1957
Play
Will be reading for The Japanese Literature Challenge 15
The 2022 Books in Translation Reading Challenge
and The Classics Club

I have read and enjoyed a lot The Sound of Waves, so now I’m curious to see what the author can do in a play. Plus I don’t remember if I ever read a play translated from the Japanese!

“Mishima’s play is called Dojoji, and takes place in a secondhand furniture shop. The Dealer has organized a private auction for some very rich customers. He is selling a giant wardrobe, big enough to fit a double bed in. The Dealer explains that the wardrobe is up for auction because it belonged to one of the rich families who “has gone down a bit in the world” since the end of WWII, so they must sell their furniture. The wardrobe is very impressive, and soon the bidding hits three million Yen.
However, just as the bidding reaches a climax, a woman enters the scene, bidding only three thousand Yen for the wardrobe.

📚  LAST BOOK ADDED TO MY GOODREADS TBR 📚 

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet

📚  Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Published on 10/5/2021

Thich Nhat Hanh passed away yesterday. I know one of my book club members appreciates him very much, so I shared the info with her. She already knew, and she told me she’s currently reading this book.
I want to read it too, to honor the great memory of meeting him when I was 10 years old. And realized only 12 years later who this impressive neighbor I had met was, when I saw his picture on the back cover of a book!!

“In this masterful work, one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today shares his wisdom on how to be the change we want to see in the world.
In these troubling times we all yearn for a better world. But many of us feel powerless and uncertain what we can do. Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) is blazingly clear: there’s one thing that we have the power to change-and which can make all the difference: our mind. How we see and think about things determines all the choices we make, the everyday actions we take (or avoid), how we relate to those we love (or oppose), and how we react in a crisis or when things don’t go our way.
Filled with powerful examples of engaged action he himself has undertaken, inspiring Buddhist parables, and accessible daily meditations, this powerful spiritual guide offers us a path forward, opening us to the possibilities of change and how we can contribute to the collective awakening and environmental revolution our fractured world so desperately needs.”

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📚  GIVEAWAYS  📚 

Constellation   The Queen's Lover

📚  BOOK AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW 📚
Review in your own time!

1 copy available: first come first serve!
Alina_A Song For the Telling

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