Looking forward to 2023!

It’s around this time that I sign off from blogging for the rest of the year. My twins have their twelfth birthday on 23 December so it’s a busy time of year in our house, even before you factor in Christmas! Last year we all tested positive for Covid on Christmas Eve and were sick for quite a few weeks, so we are hoping for a healthier time this year.

I’ve had a great blogging year and am already making plans for 2023. My main goal is to get the old 746 into the 200s but am also looking forward to taking part in challenges and reading prompts throughout the year.

January kicks off with two great initiatives – Nordic FINDS, hosted by Annabel and the Japanese Literature Challenge 16 hosted by Meredith at Dolce Bellezza – both of which I am hoping to take part in.

Nordic FINDS is a celebration of everything Scandinavian and the only rule is to read books by authors from one of the following countries; Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark or Sweden. This year, there is a group read – The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup – I won’t be reading that one and instead have have two books lined up.

I originally hoped to read The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas (translated by Elizabeth Rokkan) for Novellas in November, but Covid put paid to that. Commonly seen as the legendary Norwegian writer’s masterpiece, this story tells the tale of Siss and Unn, two friends who have only spent one evening in each other’s company. But so profound is this evening between them that when Unn inexplicably disappears, Siss’s world is shattered.

My second option is The Blinded Man by Arne Dahl (translated by Tiina Nunnally). Sweden’s elite are under attack. Two rich and powerful men have been murdered, and in the face of mounting panic – and media hysteria – a task force has been created to catch the killer. I’ve heard good things about Dahl’s crime novels so am looking forward to this one.

I don’t have anything planned just at the moment for the Japanese Literature Challenge which is now in its sixteenth year, but I do have a few books by Japanese authors that I’m keen to read, including Twinkle Twinkle by Kaori Ekuni (translated by Emi Shimokawa) and Cult X by Fuminori Nakamura (translated by Kalau Almony).

I am also very excited to launch A Year with William Trevor in January, when I will be joining forces with Kim at Reading Matters to celebrate the work of one of Ireland’s finest writers, William Trevor. We will each be reading a different book every month, covering 24 of his books throughout the year. My Trevor reading kicks off in January with The Old Boys (1954) while Kim will be reading Cheating at Canasta (2007). Keep an eye out for our reviews in early January.

Thanks all for reading, commenting on and supporting 746 Books throughout the year. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Christmas. Here’s to more great reading in 2023 x

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  1. Ack! We are just getting over Covid in this house, since Thanksgiving, so I do hope you are free from it, too, especially since last year’s Christmas sounded spoiled.

    I love Nordic literature, and I will join you in that; time to hunt my shelves for possibilities!

    And, so glad you’re joining the JLC16! I have Cult X too, which I may read, but there are so many clamoring for my attention. ☺️

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  2. I hadn’t known about Nordic Finds or the Japanese Challenge. I shall have to see if I can join in there. I will be joining the William Trevor event. I was gifted a copy of The Old Boys on Monday in a secret Santa parcel, so I’m all ready.

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  3. Wow! I’ve never heard of William Trevor, but I’m intrigued now. And, I may give Nordic Finds a try. I’ve enjoyed Japanese Lit every January/Feb for the last few years and do plan to do it again in 2023. Have a wonderful holiday (Christmas, Hannuka or whatever you want to celebrate) and a good New Year

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  4. I’m still trying to decide whether I want to join in with any reading months/projects in 23. Part of me fancies a year without any commitments but I also know if I see everyone else having fun with things like Japan lit month and FINDS that I’ll kick myself for not joining in …..

    Hope you had a really good Christmas with the family – and of course a healthy one!

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  5. Season’s Greetings and HNY – I hope everything went smoothly this year!
    Looking forward to joining in with some of William Trevor’s short stories this year. I have his 2 volume collection that I’d love to work my way through.

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