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Bonne Année 2019!

January 1, 2019 18 comments

I wish you a Happy New year from France. This is the last year of the decade and after that we’ll all be in our 20s again, isn’t that a great perspective? 🙂

Meanwhile, I hope that 2019 will be kind to all of you and your family. I wish you the best and especially a good health.

This post opens my 2019 blogging year and I’m looking forward to spending these months in your company. I’ll do a wrap up of 2018 in an upcoming billet and I will probably write something special about my year of reading Australian literature.

Before sharing my reading projects for 2019, I want to thank you all for reading my billets, for clicking on the Like button to let me know you were there and took the time to read my often hastily-written ramblings.

Thanks for all the comments and discussions, it makes my reading a less solitary affair and a more fulfilling adventure.  I also enjoy reading your thoughts and following your bookish journeys, even if I don’t have enough time to read all the reviews I’d want to. I hear about a lot of books thanks to you and discover other cultures. Australian bloggers have been very patient and helpful during 2018 and it broadened my reading experience.

I’m grateful for the exchanges and for the courteous and stimulating community that book bloggers have created. I wish us all a fanstatic bookish year full of great books, stimulating conversations, fun literary events and challenges.

Now, what about my reading plans?

I have all the books for my Book Club meetings. I missed reading American literature in 2018 and I prepared a little stack of American books from my shelves. That’ll help keep the TBR under control. (That’s the biggest challenge of all challenges.) Since book bloggers LOVE reading lists, here’s my selection:

  • American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • Go Tell It On The  Mountain by James Baldwin
  • The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
  • The Hard Bounce by Todd Robinson (French translation)
  • The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey (French translation)
  • Wait Until Spring, Bandini by John Fante
  • My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
  • Not Fade Away by Jim Dodge (French translation)
  • The Last Report On The Miracles At Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich (French translation)
  • Sex, Death and Fly Fishing by John Gierach (French translation)
  • Burning Bright by Ron Rash
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (French translation)

I hope I’ll manage to read one per month, I don’t know in which order.

What I know for sure is that reading, blogging, doing literary escapades and attending literary events will prevent me from feeling like this:

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