I rarely do memes, but today I feel like joining the party (which also means I am in a lazy bout). This meme, that has been around for some days, allows me to look back at this whole blogging year, which was a lot of fun all the way.
January: First of all, a very happy new year! [this hardly count as a first sentence for the first day of the year] I’m quite good at making resolutions and drafting to-do lists and not following them and feeling guilty afterwards, so I won’t even start on that topic.
February: While I like very much Alice Munro’s short stories, I never before looked into her personal life.
March: I’ve been meaning to write a review of Nancy Huston’s “Diary of the creation” for two weeks now, and I do so reluctantly, being afraid that I might not do justice to this book.
April: There are various ways why this novella [The Aspern Papers] is striking: the first is James’ keen eye for expressing the beauty of Venice:
May: I found this refreshing novella by chance at the library, and I nearly missed it, because the cover was so shockingly pink, with girly boa feathers and a Carnival mask with fake diamonds that even in an airport novel I would have found clichés. [on Louisa May Alcott, Behind the mask]
June: I’d never tackled Dickens’s masterpieces before: like Balzac or Zola to a non-French, it seemed something too huge and typically British, I didn’t know where to start. [on Oliver Twist]
July: This is a terrifying, compelling, moving novel. Oh… but wait, is it really a novel? [on Marc Dugain, An ordinary execution]
August: Holidays are within reach now… Time to start the big, agonizing project: select books to take with me.
September: This is the story of a book that started with a lot of promises and didn’t keep them all. [on Philippe Delerm, Sundborn]
October: This is one article that both depressed me and infuriated me: Stephen King in the New York Times predicting the early death of the American short story with those ominous words (…)
November: P.D. James novels are like casseroles: it starts with nearly nothing, events that may seem bland to some people, and then simmers for hours before revealing all its flavors: they require the reader to be patient and unhurried. [on Original Sin]
December: It’s been ages since I delved into a serious history book. [on Vilna, Wilno, Vilnius]
Fiction and non-fiction, European and American, recent publications and 19C classics: these first sentences reflect well how diverse my interests have been this year. I’d already forgotten about some of those books! (another reason why I definitely should keep blogging…) If you haven’t done this yet, consider yourself tagged!