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Bonne année et bonne santé!

January 1, 2014 26 comments

Dear all,

Mafalda_Noel2That’s it, 2013 is over. I enjoyed writing billets and discussing books with you. A thousand thanks to you who spent time reading my billets, commenting them or sending a virtual little wave of the hand by clicking on the Like button. Special thanks to Guy, Caroline, Vishy, Brian, Max, Edith and Tom who have been the most frequent commenters. I appreciate the time you gave me and the thoughtful comments. As time goes by and with my reading your blogs as well, it feels like we are in a permanent conversation about books and I love it.

I wish you all a Happy New Year 2014. In France we usually say Bonne année et bonne santé and kiss on the cheeks twice. We wish each other a good year and a good health and we don’t say it before the 1st of January. I wish you all the best for this New Year. I assume we’ll hear a lot about WWI and about football, at least in Europe. For me, 2014 is also the centenary of Romain Gary’s birth.

It’s time to tell my best wishes to our literary microcosm. I wish us, avid readers, to spend many delightful hours with the words of others. I wish writers inspiration and translators a lot of work to bring us the world of authors who write in other languages. I wish indie publishers success in promoting good and unusual literature and I wish independent bookshops a lot of customers.

In other words, I wish us a wonderful reading year full of discoveries, exchanges, thought-provoking books, delights and emotions. I leave you with a quote from Promise at Dawn by Romain Gary:

Je prenais encore la vie pour un genre littéraire. *

 * I was still thinking that life was a literary genre.

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