Zoladdiction 2020

I am very excited to be part of Fanda Kutubuku’s annual Zoladdiction event this year, a celebration of the works of Émile Zola, during his birthday month (April). I would like to encourage anyone and everyone to be a part of the event this year, so why not choose a Zola novel to read during April and sign up on the page at the link here: https://klasikfanda.blogspot.com/2020/03/zolladiction-2020-announcement.html

I haven’t taken up a reading challenge before (though I guess this is more of a celebration), as I have my own 360 book plan, but where a challenge fits into my plan, I am delighted to take it up! Whilst I am still working my way through the Rougon-Macquart novels, I have become a huge fan of Zola’s novels, there is something about his writing that fits my taste.

His novels are well-researched, insightful, dramatic, tragic, funny, and of course excellently written, in equal measure. Ok, probably more tragic than funny, but they do make me laugh at certain points.

So what will my contribution be? Originally, my plan for this event was to read 2 of the Rougon-Macquart novels – The Belly of Paris and Nana. However, I have decided that for now I will just stick to reading Nana. I have 2 reasons for the change:

  1. I have just finished reading The Kill and have been fairly upfront and honest in another blog post that this was a struggle for me. I am currently in the process of writing my ‘Thoughts On’ article for that novel, which is a struggle as well. One of the reasons I struggled with The Kill is the overly-descriptive passages, that whilst well-written, are fairly tedious for me to read. My understanding from other Zola readers is that The Belly of Paris takes the descriptive passages to another level, and whilst I will read that book one day, I’m not feeling like it right now.
  2. My second reason is that I am just not a fast enough reader to read 2 books in a month. It might become possible in future, but where I am currently with raising my young daughter and working a full time job, I just don’t have the time. I don’t want to set myself an unrealistic target and therefore create pressure, so I am just sticking to Nana for now.

I have actually started reading Nana today, and can tell pretty early on that I think I will get along with this novel a lot more than The Kill. I often find I know early on if I am going to like a novel or not, that works for me with films as well.

My blog post on The Kill will be coming up shortly though, so I would like that to be a contribution to the Zoladdiction event as well. Of course, I will share my thoughts on Nana, when I have finished that.

So, there you have it, I really can’t wait to be part of this event, and look forward to seeing what everyone else is reading for Zoladdiction. I would love to see you all there and taking part!


As well as the Zoladdiction event, at the same time, I would also like to encourage everyone to have a look round Fanda’s blog site ‘Fanda Classiclit‘. She has been blogging about the classics consistently for a fair few years now, and her thoughts and reviews on the classics are incredibly wise and engaging. I’m delighted there are people like Fanda (and many others of course) who blog about the classics, it really is a great club to be part of!

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