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Happy New Year 2023! Bonne année et bonne santé!

I don’t know what to wish for 2023. 2022 has been pretty awful for the world, hasn’t it?

Heat waves, hurricanes, drastic cold, steady destruction of the planet and its inhabitants. A dreadful war in Ukraine, full of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Inflation. Covid 19 bouts. People killed for wanting to be free. Extreme-right rising everywhere. Dictators or populists in power in many countries.

It’s hard to be hopeful, isn’t it? It’s enough to have one’s anxiety shoot to the roof. My philosophy is to stick to what’s around me out of self-preservation. Concentrate on what’s within my reach.

Our bookish world has proved to be a safe haven again, even if our civilized Twitter corner is threatened by Musk’s take-over of the company. What a tool.

2022 has been full of excellent reads (more of that in another billet), I’ve kept up with the blog despite my new job that has put me on a learning curve and eaten some of my time and a lot of my energy.

Many thanks to all the readers and commenters who kept on reading my billets even if I couldn’t reciprocate and read theirs. It means a lot.

I wish you all the best for 2023. May you be safe, in good health, able to pay your energy bills and live in a place where you can express freely.

I wish us all another wonderful year full of books, bookish events, exchanges, recommendations, blogs billets and Twitter chats. I”m grateful for the book community. Let’s stick together and spend another book-filled year together.

May our ever-growing TBR be our main concern in 2023.

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  1. January 1, 2023 at 10:02 am

    Yes, I agree, the Book Community is salve to the soul.
    Happy New Year!


    • January 1, 2023 at 1:16 pm

      Happy New Year, Lisa. To another year of reading and discovering new books.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. January 1, 2023 at 10:04 am

    All the best for the new year to you too, Emma. The press here are speculating that we’ve reached peak-neoliberal and are inching our way back (Labour in Australia, Dems in USA, Conservatives imploding in UK etc.). Be nice if it’s true, but climate change and Palestine are very black clouds and rather closer than the horizon.


    • January 1, 2023 at 1:18 pm

      Happy New Year, Bill and happy reading.
      Long life to the AWW blog too
      We’ll see what happens in 2023 but I don’t expect much improvement.


  3. January 1, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Bonne année Emma!


    • January 1, 2023 at 2:27 pm

      Bonne année! Lots of wonderful books for you and more time to read and blog for me! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. January 1, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    What a lovely thought! Yes, if only an ever-multiplying TBR was our biggest concern. May this new year bring you many small joys and the time to enjoy them – bonne année, Emma.


    • January 1, 2023 at 5:05 pm

      Bonne année to you too.
      Happy reading!


  5. January 1, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    Happy New Year Emma! 2022 was a stinker, wasn’t it, but let’s hope for a bookish and wonderful 2023!


    • January 1, 2023 at 5:05 pm

      Happy New Year! and yes, let’s hope 2023 will be better.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. January 5, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Let me join the crowds by wishing you a … positive (?) 2023!
    Like you, I’m a bit unsure what to wish people this year, considering all that’s going wrong with little hope of improvement. Even my book piles (TBR and non-TBR alike) are beginning to weigh on me. At least Epépé in May will be a borrowed book.
    Anyway: wishing you a happy reading year with lots of new fishing terminology (and an easier time with your new job).


    • January 8, 2023 at 8:39 am

      2023 will be positive, I’ll look at it with the right goggles. Things sound tougher in Hungary than here.

      And yay to reading Epépé in May!!

      Happy reading year to you too.


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