Archive for June, 2020

Readers Dozen June

Readers Dozen for June is to read a book translated from another language. This is perhaps easier than you think, since several “classic” authors have written in languages other than English. Here are a few to try:


Homer – The Iliad, The Odyssey
Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo
Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina, War and Peace
Jules Verne – Around the World in 80 Days, The Mysterious Island
Isabel Allende – The House of the Spirits, Zorro


Or, pick up one of these titles:

So Long a Letter – Miriama Ba

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Malice – Keigo Higashino

The Dinner – Herman Koch

The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Lui

The Cairo Trilogy – Najib Mahfouz

In the Country of Men – Hisham Matar

The Housekeeper and the Professor – Yoko Ogawa

We – Yevgeny Zamyatin

Suite Francaise – Irene Zemirovsky


Or, take a look at these lists:

Women in Translation (Goodreads)

Best Translated Books You Missed in 2019 (Words Without Borders)

Translated Literature (National Book Awards)

20 Best Books in Translation You’ve Never Read (Publishers Weekly)


Here’s the link for the June Readers Dozen online entry form. Read on!