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Bonne Année 2019!

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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  1. January 1, 2019 at 12:59 am

    And a happy new year to you too Emma, it’s been a great pleasure having your company during the year, and I look forward to more of the same. I have woken into 2019 a little seedy after a “quiet” night with family and perhaps by lunchtime I’ll be fit to drive home. Of your Americans, I was meant to read the Baldwin in year 12 and didn’t and I can remember the class a few years earlier taking turns to read Tom Sawyer.


    • January 1, 2019 at 9:49 pm

      Happy New Year, Bill.
      It’s been a pleasure to discuss books with you during this year and also to hear about your life in your Journals. I hope your trucker activity turns for the best in 2019.

      I’m looking forward to reading all these American books and especially the Baldwin as I was blown away by Going To Meet The Man.


  2. January 1, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Bonne Année! I’m looking forward to another year of talking about books and finding out about new ones. Happy reading for 2019:)


    • January 1, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      Bonne année, Lisa et bonne santé.

      I’m looking forward to another bookish year too. I wish I could read all your reviews but you publish so much I can’t keep up! 🙂

      Bonne année de lecture.


  3. The truthism project
    January 1, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Bonne année à vous ❤


    • January 1, 2019 at 9:52 pm


      Bonne année à vous également. Au plaisir de vous lire.


  4. January 1, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Bonne Annee Emma!


    • January 1, 2019 at 9:52 pm

      Bonne année!

      Lots of excellent books and reading time.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. January 1, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Happy New Year, Emma, and here’s to another 12 months of fabulous reading!


    • January 1, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      Happy New Year, Kim.

      And yes, we have a blank reading page, ready to be filled with wonderful reading experiences. I hope I’ll choose my books well.

      I need to reduce the TBR…

      Liked by 1 person

  6. January 1, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Happy new year Emma! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to more in 2019! 😀


    • January 1, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      Happy New Year, Kaggsy.

      I enjoy reading your blog too but have too little time to read everything. A shame, really.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. January 1, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Happy new year Emma! And happy new year Mafalda! That’s a nice reading list for 2019. I haven’t read any of those writers, except for Eudora Welty (Delta Wedding). I’ll be looking forward to reading your thoughts. And may the new year bring you more literary escapades in interesting places!


  8. January 1, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks Bénédicte and Happy New Year to you too.

    I hope the American books I chose will be good. They’re rather long and I’m happy I have several of them in translation.
    I’ve already read (and written about) Baldwin, Roth and Fante, Tallent and Rash were at Quais du Polar (Rash is coming again this year) and I liked their interview.
    Four of these books are published by Gallmeister, so they should be good.

    I really hope I’ll have time for literary escapade. I will do one in Paris, at least.


  9. January 7, 2019 at 5:38 am

    nice program! Sad yo say I only read last one. At university, I studied one book by Eudora Welty, but for the life of me, I can’t remember which one!! I have not yet tried Philip Roth, so I’ll be curious to see what YOU think.
    Bonne année, bonne santé!


    • January 7, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      Thanks. I’m sure I’ll have a great time.

      I loved the Roth I’ve read. There are several billets about his books on my blog. I don’t read him often because I want to read him in English and it’s still difficult for me to read. But his books are brilliant.


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