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Happy New Year from France

January 1, 2013 27 comments

 Bonne année

I wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope 2013 will be good for you and your beloved ones. I wish you the best for this New Year.

Blogging and interacting with fellow avid readers has changed my way of reading. It’s become less solitary. When I had no reading plans three years ago, I find myself with some right now. I’ll read the books I got for Christmas through our Humbook Gift Event. I want to finish In Search of Lost Time; two more volumes to go after La Prisonnière. I already know that I won’t like Albertine disparue but I’m looking forward to reading Le Temps retrouvé. I remember it was fantastic.

I also have the books we chose for our Book Club. In January, we’re reading Notre Coeur by Maupassant, you’re welcome to read it along with us if you wish. I want to read more of Thomas Hardy, the next one on my list is Far From the Madding Crowd. Then I’d like to explore other European writers. And I bought White Dog by Romain Gary in English. I want to compare it to the French version. You can’t talk about translation because Gary adapted the “novel” in English by himself. So I’m curious about it.

Anyway, I’ll start first with a Japanese book as Tony hosts January in Japan for the first time this year. Therefore I’m currently reading N*P by Banana Yoshimoto.

More importantly, I’m on a serious book buying ban this year. My TBR is huge and it needs to go down. To keep my promise, I even pre-ordered Andrew Blackman’s next novel, Virtual Love, which will be released in April. See how earnest I am about it; I’m trying to set some boundaries to avoid temptation. So I’ll need to steer clear of bookshops and refrain from downloading books after reading enthusiastic reviews on other blogs. That’s going to be a tough fight with myself.

I will continue to read other blogs and comment when I can or if I have something to say. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to thoroughly follow as many bookish blogs as I’d wish to. Thanks again to all the readers who intend to follow my literary life. I send a friendly Hi to all those who will pop here now and then or land here by accident after typing something in their search engine.reading_yearPS: Special message to all the persons who arrive here after searching “How French men treat their women”: as far as I’m concerned, I’m well treated… 🙂 Please find another sentence to word your thoughts, this one sounds so Neanderthal to me.

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