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Reading resolutions 2022

Another year, another set of reading resolutions (although again, probably won't meet these because I remain, as ever, thoroughly myself). So here's a rough list of the things I'd like to accomplish in my reading life:

  • Always have a nonfiction on the go to alternate chapters of with whatever novel I am reading at the time (I would like to read more nonfiction and this seems like an easier way to get into it, rather than flinging myself fully into the deep end)

  • 1 translated book per month (no, the Montalbano series of detective mysteries that I plan on finishing don't count)

  • Diversify my reading (both in terms of author background and ethnicity, but also genre and settings - I'm doing the StoryGraph 'Read the World' challenge this year and I think that will help)

  • Do the '10 books 10 decades' challenge - this will help me steer away from new releases and focus on backlist reads, which will be better for my wallet ultimately...

  • Read at least two poetry collections

  • Read at least three short story collections (finishing the Complete Short Stories of Stefan Zweig that I started last year does count!)

  • Read more in French (only about 30% of my reading last year was in French, which feels shockingly low to me and is not how I'm going to keep taking advantage of the fact that I'm lucky enough to be able to read in two languages)

  • Read all the unread books I own (I put this on my list every year and then every year end up buying triple digits worth of books, so I don't know why I keep doing this, but hey ho here we are)

  • Actually decide to not finish books that I'm not enjoying by 20% of the way through

  • Keep reading the FictionMatters book club picks and potentially find 2-3 other book groups to join.

So there you go, folks - my reading intentions for 2022. Holla at me with any recommendations you have that would fit in there!

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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