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The grapes of hope: Happy New Year 2018

In my family, we eat grapes for New Year because tradition says it brings wealth for the coming year. So the grapes on the picture are not the grapes of wrath although they could be after this challenging political year. They are the grapes of hope. I’m sending virtual grapes to you for this brand new year.

I will write a Best of 2017 post in the coming days. Out of superstition, I didn’t want to post it before the year actually ended. What if I finished a fantastic book after the post was published? Well this year, I was glad for this foresight because I ended up reading two greats books in the last few days, The Dark Angel by Dominique Sylvain and The Three Miss Kings by Ada Cambridge.

I want to say hi to the readers who joined Book Around the Corner in 2017 and to the faithful ones who keep reading about my literary adventures. I am grateful that you choose to read me among the billions things you have to do and I will do my best to entertain you in 2018. Your presence and interactions make my reading journey a lot brighter.

The billet where I asked for recommandations in Australian literature is the one that attracted the most “likes” and the highest number of comments, so we’ll see what I’ll make of them in 2018. So, my only reading plans for 2018 are to read my Book Club choices and read at least one Australian book per month.  And of course, if the TBR could decrease…

I will try to read more of you blogs too as I enjoy discovering new writers and reading about your literary voyage. I don’t have as much time as I’d like to read all the reviews I’d like to.

I wish you all the best for 2018, for you and your family, especially health and happiness. And money too, because, if money doesn’t bring health or happiness, let’s be honest, it sure contributes to them. 🙂

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  1. January 1, 2018 at 1:08 am

    And a very happy new year to you too, Emma!

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    • January 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Happy new year to you, Lisa.


  2. January 1, 2018 at 3:40 am

    Happy New Year, Emma.

    In my area we have to eat black-eyed peas for luck in the New Year. I have them ready plus some cornbread. But I’d rather have grapes, lol.

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    • January 1, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Happy New Year, Dagny.
      I didn’t know about this black-eyes peas tradition. Do you know where it comes from?
      I hope I’ll get more messages like yours, it’s interesting to hear about these traditions.

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 2, 2018 at 1:08 am

        No, sorry, no idea how it got started. If I find out, I’ll let you know!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. January 1, 2018 at 3:49 am

    In my country we have to eat banica with lucky notes inside. Happy New Year Emma!


    • January 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      I looked up banica, it looks good.

      Happy New Year to you too.


  4. January 1, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Happy New Year Emma!🤗🥂🎊


  5. January 1, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Happy New Year Emma to you and your family.

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    • January 1, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Hi Guy,

      Happy New Year to you and your beloved ones.


  6. January 1, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Happy New Year to you Emma. Those grapes look delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Brian Joseph
    January 1, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    I think that eating grapes is a great New Year’s Day tradition. I also do not like year end rap ups before New Year’s.

    Happy reading in 2018 and Happy New Year’s Emma!

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    • January 1, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks Brian.

      I wish you and your family a Happy New Year.


  8. January 1, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Happy new year to you too Emma – here’s to a good 2018!

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 2, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you! Happy and healthy 2018! And of course, lots of great books…

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Vishy
    January 2, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Happy New Year to you and yours too, Emma! It is great that you have decided to focus on Australian literature this year! Looking forward to following your reading adventures! Happy reading!


    • January 2, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks Vishy Happy New Year to you too.
      Yes, Australian lit will be a focus for me this year. It should be great, I haven’t read many Australian books.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Vishy
        January 3, 2018 at 12:30 am

        Thank you, Emma! Hope you have a wonderful Australian reading adventure this year! Looking forward to reading your billets!


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