Good afternoon, dear reader,
I am so happy to write today about a topic so dear to my heart that I have nonetheless left a bit to live on its own in 2022: books. As a former librarian, a children’s literature graduate, a certified book coach, and a literary consultant, books are undoubtedly a gigantic part of my life. However, and even if I never stopped reading, I have not found much time lately to write, and even less about books. It is true that with officially graduating from college, working for both a European University and as a freelancer, and trying to balance it all with my personal life, the blog has sometimes been neglected a little, and my bookish reviews with it. However, what better way to catch up on reading than a mid-year book list?
Here is “everything” I have read in 2022 so far by category – for the sake of simplicity, I have not included:
- all the scientific books and papers I have read for the sake of research purposes (during my Ph.D. application process and research internship),
- all the books I read for my clients (translated or proofread).
According to Goodreads, this means 50+ books + all the ones I read for work; this is the right time for me to remind you that there is no meaning in numbers. You read whatever you want whenever you want, and books must never become an additional source of pressure for you. I read this much because in a stressful environment, it is what makes me genuinely happy. Moreover, my job requires me to read, so of course I do: this can’t be applied to everyone. Please, be aware of your own specificity, and let’s not compare.
- [FR] Mémoires de la forêt – Les Souvenirs de Ferdinand Taupe by Mickaël Brun-Arnaud ☆☆☆☆☆ *Trigger warning: this book is indeed for chilren, but deals with the topic of Alzheimer
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2 by J.K. Rowling ☆☆☆☆☆
Self-help & Philosophy
- How to Think More About Sex by Alain de Botton ☆☆☆☆☆
- The Course of Love by Alain de Botton ☆☆☆☆☆
- [FR] Agir et penser comme un chat by Stéphane Garnier ☆☆☆☆
- A Tale of Monstrous Extravagance: Imagining Multilingualism by Tomson Highway ☆☆☆☆☆
- The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux ☆☆☆☆☆
- Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë ☆☆☆☆☆
- [FR] Le Blé en herbe by Colette ☆☆☆☆
- A Nasty Anecdote by Fyodor Dostoevsky ☆☆☆
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce ☆☆☆☆
- [FR] Les habitués de café by Joris-Karl Huysmans ☆☆☆
- The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire ☆☆☆☆
- On Wine and Hashish by Charles Baudelaire ☆☆☆☆☆
- [FR] Conseils aux jeunes littérateurs by Charles Baudelaire ☆☆☆☆☆
- Neon Gods (Dark Olympus #1) by Katee Robert ☆☆☆☆☆
- Electric Idol (Dark Olympus #2) by Katee Robert ☆☆☆☆☆
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Sci-Fi & Fantastic
- Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1 by Ernest Cline ☆☆☆☆☆
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Goodreads Author) ☆☆☆☆☆
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides ☆☆☆☆☆
- The Maidens by Alex Michaelides ☆☆☆☆☆
- [FR] Le cercle des derniers libraires by Sylvie Baron ☆☆☆☆☆
- Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #9) by Agatha Christie ☆☆☆☆☆
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin ☆☆☆☆
- [FR] Crénom, Baudelaire ! by Jean Teulé ☆☆☆☆☆
- The Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé ☆☆☆☆☆
As you can tell, this makes a lot of Baudelaire, Jean Teulé and Alex Michaelides. I must say also that I have been lucky to have a great time with books this year as I have had no major disappointment. This also definitely comes from the fact that I have taken no big risk by only reading things I was pretty sure I would like (authors I knew, books recommended by YouTubers I love etc.). What about you, what is your favourite book of 2022 so far?