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January TBR

Welcome to 2022, folks! May this year's reading be as rich and wonderful as last year's (just without all the lockdowns, please, for the love of fuck).

Here is my attempt at a TBR for the first month of this year, following the same patterns as my last three. Another pretty eclectic mix: some high-brow French literature thrown in with some more detective mysteries and a giant of South American writing, a couple of nonfictions to try and get the year started on an informative foot, a modern classic (which is also a revisionist historical fiction, as that is a genre I want to explore more of); a couple of prize shortlisters, and as always the FictionMatters book club pick because those are always some of my favourite reads of any given month.

Proper TBR:

  • Le Cœur cousu, by Carole Martinez

  • Le prix de la démocratie, by Julia Cagé

  • Un crime sans importance, by Irène Frain

  • Conquistadors, by Éric Vuillard

  • Premier sang, by Amélie Nothomb

  • Les Bourgeois, by Alice Ferney

  • Le rêve du Celte, by Mario Vargas Llosa

  • Le Serpent majuscule, by Pierre Lemaître

  • The Track of Sand, by Andrea Camilleri

  • The Age of Doubt, by Andrea Camilleri

  • The Potter's Field, by Andrea Camilleri

  • The Plot Against America, by Philip Roth

  • The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler

  • Beartown, by Frederik Backman

  • Abundance, by Jakob Guanzon

  • An Ensemble, by Aja Gabel

  • Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language, by Amanda Montell


  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, by V.E. Schwab

  • War: How Conflict Shaped Us, by Margaret Macmillan

  • The Mistress of Rome, by Kate Quinn

  • The Midnight Bargain, by C.L. Polk

  • She Would Be King, by Wayetú Moore

  • The Madwoman Upstairs, by Catherine Lovell

  • The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

  • Lettres à un jeune poète, by Rainer Maria Rilke

Please let me know if any of these strike your fancy, or which of these you want reviewed, as always; or if you have any recommendations for me based on this list!

And, once again and forever:

Happy reading,

Amélie xx

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I’m Amélie, I love books and reading, and I also love talking about them.

I’m incredibly lucky to be bilingual, so I read books in both French and English, and will talk about both of those on here – although I will do more in English, since I know that’s probably what the majority of the people who ever find this blog will be interested in!

I also like history, traveling, Shakespeare, coffee, cheese, musicals, Italian Baroque art, the ballet, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, flowers, makeup, high heels, and baking. Yes, I’m a walking cliché. I am aware.

Please do tweet at me with any suggestions/book recommendations/thoughts.

In case you’re curious – yes, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time.

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