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2022 Reading projects

Now that you know all about my favorite reads for 2021, let’s have a look at my reading projects for 2022. They include the inevitable “Kill the TBR” part, probably only to allow myself to buy more books and end up with the same number of unread books come December 31st. Oh well. One of the great pleasure of life is visiting bookshops. I’ll never spend a whole year without buying a single book.

My 2022 reading year will include the books I’ll read along with my Book Club and with my sister-in-law.

That’s already 15 books, out of the 75 read every year.

2022 will see two major centenaries for French literature. It is the centenary of Proust’s death and the fourth centenary of Molière’s birth.

I’ll have a Proust Centenary event. I want to finally finish my reread of In Search of Lost Time. I also have several works by Prousts or Proust related books on the shelf. Time to read them! The Proust Centenary reading list is:

  • Albertine disparue by Marcel Proust
  • Le temps retrouvé by Marcel Proust
  • Proust by Samuel Beckett
  • Days of Reading by Marcel Proust
  • The Mysterious Correspondant. New Stories by Marcel Proust
  • Le mensuel retrouvé by Marcel Proust

I hope to be able to visit the Proust exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet in Paris. I’d love to visit Aunt Léonie’s house in Illiers-Combray but it’s like a six-hour drive to go there.

I’ll probably do something about Molière’s centenary too. I will see Le Bourgeois gentilhomme in May, it’s in my theatre subscription for 2022. I’m tempted to reread Le Misanthrope. We’ll see how things go on that front. I have already published several billets about Molière’s plays as he’s my favorite playwright.

I will also participate to various reading challenges and blogging events because I enjoy the book blogging community and also because it’s a good way to tackle the TBR. I try to pick books from the TBR for these events and to kill several birds with one stone.

So far, I’ve spotted several events.

The first one is the year-long Nonfiction Reader Challenge, a good way to decrease the Nonfiction TBR. There are twelve categories but I can’t really find one book per category, so I choose de Nonfiction Grazer status, meaning I can read whatever nonfiction book I want. Here’s my list, which overlaps with Book Club and Proust Centenary lists.

My daughter is spending a year in UofSC and I hope we’ll be able to visit the area next summer. I’ve chosen several books to read from the Appalachians and the Carolinas.

  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • Country Dark by Chris Offutt
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • Serena by Ron Rash
  • Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash
  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

Have already been announced : Japanese Literature Challenge, Larry McMurtry 2022 for which I want to read Lonesome Dove, and the 1954 Club. (I have The Ponder Heart by Eudora Welty on the shelf)

All this makes 30-35 books, all from the TBR, Yay! For the rest, we’ll where my mood takes me and how life goes. I only want to have fun, learn new things, do some armchair travels and spend time with books.

What are your reading projects for 2022?

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  1. January 9, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Your Proust Centenary event sounds wonderful! Glad to hear about this and it would be such an excellent incentive for me to finish In Search of Lost Time too. I’ve finished three books, so maybe about half way. Will you be reading it it French?

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    • January 9, 2022 at 5:10 pm

      Let’s say you’re doing the Proust Centerary event too! Take the picture if you want. 🙂
      Check out my Reading Proust page. I’ll add links to your reviews if I’m aware of them, so don’t hesitate to bring them to my attention.

      French is my native language, so, yes, I’ll be reading Proust in French.

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  2. January 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    So many plans, Emma, I hope you have fun with them all. I too love Moliere, so will probably pick up something by him and attempt to read it in the original. Proust? Yes, tempted, but will I have the time?

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    • January 9, 2022 at 5:13 pm

      I’m sure I will have fun. After all, I’ve bought all these books before knowing about any event.

      For a non-native speaker, I think that Molière is easier to read than Shakespeare.

      Re-Proust: Do you want to read his take on reading? It sounds interesting.

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      • January 9, 2022 at 7:10 pm

        I also have my son’s school text (with explanations) for Moliere – Le malade imaginaire, but also another one, I believe.

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        • January 9, 2022 at 8:40 pm

          Ah, yes, the famous school editions!

          I should re-read Dom Juan, it’s the one I like the least, just to see if I understand it better now.

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  3. January 9, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    Interesting projects, and I’ll follow your Proust ones in particular with great interest! Good luck with them all. I am keeping things as simple as I can after stalling on a couple of reading events already this year…

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    • January 9, 2022 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks.

      I need to read from the TBR, so, these projects are the right push for me. And the non fiction books I’ve picked are short. Except for the Capote but it’s a Book Club choice. I find this one daunting. Have you read it?

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  4. January 9, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Thank you for linking to my Larry McMurtry challenge and I hope you enjoy your read for it! I’m doing a few challenges, but only if I can fulfil them from my physical TBR. Proust is a hard one as I always think I should read him in French, even though I know I probably can’t and am concentrating on learning Spanish so can’t also work on my French. So every year I don’t read him, again …

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    • January 9, 2022 at 8:47 pm

      Your challenge is the right push for me to pick Lonesome Dove. I might have gotten you a new participant. Bellezza in the comment below says she might join us.

      Frankly, I would not recommend reading Proust in French if you’re not perfectly fluent. (Like I’m not going to read Ulysses in English.)
      You’ll miss out on the pleasure of his prose, which is magnificent. The sentences are very long, it’ll burn a lot of energy to keep up, you could also miss his incredible sense of humor.
      But that’s just my opinion, for what it’s worth and I don’t know how well you speak French.

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      • January 10, 2022 at 2:07 pm

        That’s good to know. My French isn’t brilliant, I’ve got an A level in French literature, so could read Moliere and de Maupassant and Alain-Fournier but that was a long time ago. But I just always feel guilty about reading books originally in French!

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        • January 10, 2022 at 9:29 pm

          Don’t feel guilty. The most important is to enjoy the book! 🙂

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  5. January 9, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    What a lovely plan you have set forth! I must admit to being bogged down about half way through Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, and stopped after Volume 3…but, when I saw your list for books in the “South” I must heartedly concur with your choice of A Walk in The Woods and All The King’s Men. I loved them both. And now, you have me ready to join the McMurtry Challenge, as I’ve been longing to reread Lonesome Dove. What a novel! I think I could especially relate to it because my father is one of the last cowboys I know…and that life described by Larry rings so true to me from the times I would go West with him. (My dad, not McMurtry.😉) Thanks, of course, for reading for the Japanese Literature Challenge 15.

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    • January 9, 2022 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks, I hope I’ll be able to read everything.

      It’s good to know that the Bryson and the Warren are good. I’ve read Bryson’s book on Australia and really enjoyed it. All the King’s Men comes from my Kube subscription where I receive a monthly package with a book picked by a libraire.

      I’ve only heard good things about Lonesome Dove, I’m excited to read it. Please join us, it’ll be fun.

      I’ve already read a Murakami for Japanese Lit Challenge. It’s Novelist as a Vocation, essays about his experience as a writer. I have the feeling it’s not available in English. Have you heard of it?

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  6. January 9, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I like your combination of matching up challenges with what’s already on your shelves – it looks like you’ve got a wonderful reading year in front of you!

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    • January 9, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      I like these challenges and events as I feel I’m part of a community and they’re a wonderful opportunity to read books that are sitting on the shelf. I try not to buy new books for blogging events.

      I hope we’ll all have a wonderful reading year. The best thing about the books I follow: the reviews are very rarely about the same books. Everyone has their own reading realm and it’s discovery after discovery. So many books, so little time…

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      • January 10, 2022 at 2:17 am

        Yes, that is a definite advantage to the reading events and one that I really enjoyed being a part of last year.

        Though I’m not so focused on taking part in as many this year there still will be some and if my reading overlaps with others, even better.

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  7. January 10, 2022 at 1:02 am

    Some great books here! I love those tables!
    Yes, reading A la recherche du temps perdu is worth it, I did it on the occasion of the anniversary of the publication of volume 1. I read Sur la lecture last year, very good too, though of course much shorter! Some common themes though.
    Wow, how come this Higashino has never been translated yet in English!
    I hope to be able to read soon La bibliothèque de Marcel Proust, by Anka Muhlstein.
    Enjoy your plans!
    I’m mostly focusing on my TBR

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    • January 10, 2022 at 9:35 pm

      Excel is my long-time friend. 🙂

      I’m looking forward to my own Proust event. I really hope I’ll be able to go to the exhibition in Paris. La blibliothèque de Marcel Proust is lovely and interesting. There are also the podcasts Un été avec Proust, available on the Radio France app.

      Maybe I’m wrong about the Higashino but I didn’t find any translation.

      My plans focus on books on the TBR, so that’s also an excellent part of these events/challenges.

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  8. January 10, 2022 at 7:01 am

    I’m sorry the only Australian you have in your reading plan is Jane Harper, but then she sells well so who am I to argue with her. I look forward to many Literary Adventure (and Drama Adventure) posts this year.

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    • January 10, 2022 at 9:36 pm

      I expect her book to be a good Beach & Public Transports book.

      There will be new billets about theatre plays and hopefully, of literary escapades.

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  9. January 11, 2022 at 2:05 am

    Sounds like a good plan! I’ll also be joining the Japanese Literature Challenge, but otherwise I don’t plan out my reading very much. In February I’ll also be joining ReadIndies month: https://kaggsysbookishramblings.wordpress.com/2022/01/03/announcing-reading-independent-publishers-month-2-readindies-february-2022/

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    • January 11, 2022 at 10:02 pm

      I’ve seen Karen’s Reading Independent Publisher, I might manage to do this one too with my reading. Several publishers I love are independant (Gallmeister, Actes Sud)

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      • January 12, 2022 at 3:34 am

        Yes, it’s quite an easy one to fit in with regular reading. I don’t tend to pay much attention to who published a particular book for the most part, but I found I’ve got loads of books by indie publishers lining up to be read.

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  10. January 12, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Sounds like nicely varied plans! To think that I have never read anything by Proust (although I could say a couple of things about “Eastern European” writers who were influenced by him). I hope you manage to make it to Iliers-Combray one day.

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    • January 15, 2022 at 7:56 am

      So 2022 is the year you read some Proust. What about Sur la lecture?

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      • January 16, 2022 at 7:40 pm

        Thanks, sounds like a really good suggestion! I was all set to start directly with A la recherche… which is to say that I would have postponed getting started until such time as I can read it all quietly etc etc, which is to say it might have been another 10 years or more. So ok: 2022, Sur la lecture.

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        • January 16, 2022 at 9:12 pm

          Great! Welcome!
          The problem is that the first book of La Recherche isn’t the best one, in my opinion. I can’t say I found Swann’s love for Odette fascinating.

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  11. January 18, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    I love the glimpses of your spreadsheets! 🙂 And I think you’ve got a very satisfying combination of projects planned. I love love love the Proust plan. I’ve got something like that pencilled in, for 2024 (is that too far? nah, it’s not LOL) and now wish that I’d made different plans to have company along the way! I hope you have many new favourite reads and authors ahead of you in 2022!

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    • January 22, 2022 at 8:46 am

      I do spreadsheets for a living, I can make them in my sleep! 🙂

      Re-Proust plans : join me for Days of Reading? it’s short and not as daunting as reading La Recherche. (Definitely the book I’d take on a desert island.)

      I hope you’ll have a great reading year too!

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      • January 24, 2022 at 11:20 pm

        I love the idea of joining, will just have to see how my reading year goes. So far I am reading very little.

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  12. Vishy
    January 22, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Wonderful reading plans, Emma! I will try to read a Proust and a Moliere this year. Can’t miss that. I loved the film adaptations of A Walk in the Woods and All the King’s Men (the 1949 version). All the King’s Men was brilliant. Hope you get to watch it after you read the book. Happy reading!

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    • January 22, 2022 at 11:07 pm

      Welcome to the Proust/Molière events!

      I didn’t know that A Walk in the Woods had been made into a film.

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      • Vishy
        January 22, 2022 at 11:15 pm

        Thank you, Emma! Do you have particular dates planned for these events?

        Yes, I was surprised when I discovered the movie too. Robert Redford is Bill Bryson in the movie 😊 He looks too handsome to be Bill Bryson and he doesn’t look like a bookish nerd at all, but I enjoyed the movie, it was nice.

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        • January 23, 2022 at 12:50 pm

          No, I don’t have any dates planned because I didn’t think there would be other participants.
          Read as you please!
          For Proust; just leave a comment and a link to your review on the Reading Proust page, so I won’t miss it.
          For Molière, leave a comment in this billet to catch my attention.

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          • Vishy
            January 23, 2022 at 4:11 pm

            Thank you, Emma 😊 Will leave a comment with the review link, when I read a Proust / Molière book soon. I have a collection of Molière plays, and a few books by and about Proust. Hoping to get started soon 😊 Thank you for hosting this 😊

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  13. January 25, 2022 at 12:07 am

    What a lovely idea to do a book read along with your sister in law. She’s clearly a crime fan. The Proust project sounds challenging …

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