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Happy New Year 2022!

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you spent New Year’s Eve in good company and that you had a wonderful evening.

I wish you all and your loved ones a good health, a chance to go and see your relatives who live abroad, a peaceful professional life, an opportunity to make your dreams and projects come true.

I am thankful for all the healthcare professionals who bear with Covid-19, keep on nursing us and who have to take the brunt of the epidemic every single working day. I hope this year will be easier on them.

Let’s hope that this year will grow into an amazing transition year to a better future.

I wish us all an excellent reading year and I’ll come back later with my best-of-the-year list and 2022 reading projects. Meanwhile, here are the bookish gifts I got for Christmas. Look at my cool Mafalda tote bag and the cutest library socks ever!

I got myself a subscription to Quais du Polar, and along with it, the book Les jardins d’Eden by Pierre Pelot. I’m ready to read Nemesis by Philip Roth and see his take on a pandemic situation.

Many thanks to the book blogging community for sharing and exchanging about literature, libraries, book shelves, TBRs, book recommandations, for organizing challenges and events that bring us together. We make our lives better with civilized discussions about the immense pleasure that books and literature bring into our quotidian.

I’m looking forward to spending this new reading year with you.

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  1. January 1, 2022 at 11:58 am

    I agree with everything you said and very much hope 2022 will be the transition to better times for all. Lovely presents! Bonne année Emma!


    • January 1, 2022 at 12:12 pm

      Bonne année!
      Many thanks for reading my billets and commenting so often.
      Cheers to a less stressful year!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. January 1, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Happy New Year to you too Emma


    • January 1, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      Happy New Year, Bill!
      I hope you and your family will be healthy and that it’ll be easier to drive from one corner of Australia to the other.


  3. January 1, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Happy new year to you too, Emma.

    Forget going abroad. Some of us just want to be able to visit relatives in the same country! Because of border restrictions I have been unable to see my parents and my sister and her family for two years. I a as m hoping this year we might actually all get to see each other. It’s kind of ironic, because part of the reason I repatriated was so I could see family more easily, but I may as well be still living in London. 🤷🏻‍♀️


    • January 1, 2022 at 4:15 pm

      Happy New Year, Kim.

      It seems more complicated in federal countries. It seems always impossible to agree on the same rules for all the states, provinces and so on. I’ve heard of the quarantine rules in Australia through Bill’s truck driving. What a mess.
      I hope 2022 will allow you to visit your family.


  4. January 1, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    All the best for 2022 Emma, and happy reading!


    • January 1, 2022 at 4:11 pm

      Happy New Year to you and the Spouse! Lots of good books and book festival, hopefully.


      • January 2, 2022 at 9:23 am

        LOL, a book festival? I still haven’t forgiven them for cancelling the 2021 Melbourne Writers Festival. Any fool could see that a lockdown was on the cards, and they should have prepared for it. The authors were devastated…


        • January 2, 2022 at 2:39 pm

          Here, they’ve already postponed the Festival d’Angoulême. (BD / comic books)
          Let’s hope for the best even if the year is having a rocky start.


  5. January 1, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    Happy New Year


  6. January 1, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Happy New Year 🙂 Wish a year of wonderful reading, and us all a year when Covid hopefully relents.


    • January 1, 2022 at 5:14 pm

      Happy New Year and let’s hope things get better on the pandemic side.
      In any case, happy reading ! 📚

      Liked by 1 person

  7. January 1, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    Happy New Year Emma – let’s hope that 2022 is a good and bookish one!


    • January 1, 2022 at 6:00 pm

      Happy New Year and to a fun reading year! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  8. January 1, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Bonne année Emma! I can only echo your wonderful wishes for this new year. And it’s such a blessing to have the supportive and interesting book and art communities in real life and on SM!📚🌹


    • January 1, 2022 at 10:03 pm

      Bonne année et bonne santé! Et vive les lecteurs compulsifs et les amoureux de la littérature.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. January 1, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Happy New Year, Emma, what lovely presents and wishes that I echo for all of us!
    Sadly, I notice that the Quais du Polar this year falls on a date when I hope to be in Romania (if all goes well), so I cannot attend. I feel like it’s been far too long since I last visited!


    • January 1, 2022 at 10:04 pm

      Happy New Year to you and the boys.
      I would have loved to have you at Quais du Polar again. Let’s see how things pan out in March. Everything is so volatile.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. January 2, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    You’re right that the book community is a much-needed positive place and a refuge from all the horrible things going on elsewhere. Happy New Year!


    • January 2, 2022 at 2:41 pm

      Happy New Year, Cathy and a happy reading year.


  11. Ajb
    January 3, 2022 at 3:15 am

    Happy New Year, Emma!!


    • January 3, 2022 at 9:28 pm

      Happy New Year to you and your wife.


  12. January 3, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    What lovely gifts! I do love the book blogging community and long may it continue.


    • January 3, 2022 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks! And yes, we’re the lovely book troopers!


  13. January 3, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Bonne année à toi ausi !
    Those socks are so so cute!
    I actually have never tried Roth before, and this book might be a good way to do it, thanks!


    • January 3, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      Meilleurs voeux pour 2022! (eh!, ça rime! 🙂 )
      I love the socks too.
      Philip Roth is truly a magnificent writer. I don’t know if this one is a good play to start but at least it’s a short one.


  14. January 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Happy New Year! I echo all your wishes for 2022.
    Have you tested your socks yet and, if so, do you find they change/improve your reading experience?!


    • January 3, 2022 at 9:30 pm

      Happy New Year to you too. Let’s hope for the best in 2022.

      I haven’t tried the socks yet but I’ll let you know! 🙂

      I heard there’s a children book that sold 40 000 copies in Budapest as it is seen as resistance against the government. Good call.


  15. January 7, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    I’m interested to see how authors incorporate the pandemic into books, but I don’t care for Roth. Happy New Year.


    • January 8, 2022 at 7:35 am

      Happy New Year to you and your family.

      The interesting thing about this Roth is that it’s about another pandemic. I’ve never heard of a book about the Spanish influenza. Have you? It must have been a trauma, just in the wake of WWI.


  16. January 18, 2022 at 5:52 pm

    You’ve expressed such kindness and thoughtfulness that all I can say is…SAME!
    Many there be many joys and pleasures in the year ahead for you and yours, bookish and otherwise!
    Your subscription look very good and I would have loved to unwrap all those little treats too: enjoy!


    • January 22, 2022 at 8:58 am

      In France, you don’t say Happy New Year in advance but are allowed to say it until the end of January. So, Happy New Year!

      I have this subcription with a book blind date and a TLC package: I love it.
      I’m looking forward to the Quais du Polar festival. They’ve published the list of authors who will attend and there’s a lot of new-to-me crime fiction writers.


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