After the debacle of 2021, I’ve been awaiting the arrival of 2022 with high ambivalence. When I woke up this morning and remembered that today is the first day of 2022, the phrase guarded optimism immediately came to mind.
So, in the spirit of guarded optimism, I wish you all Happy New Year. I’ll be striving toward optimism—but without letting my guard down, of course.
You know how much I love lists (some things never change), so here are some links for your reading pleasure on a lazy New Year’s Day.
- Book Club newsletter, Washington Post
- Meteor showers, eclipses, full moons: All of the reasons to look up in 2022
- New Books Explore the Many Ways Covid Has Altered Our Lives
- Omicron’s New Years cocktail: Sorrow, fear but hope for 2022
- 12 books I should have reviewed this year: A critic’s lament
- Readers recommend 2021’s best books and explain how their reading habits changed
In his weekly newsletter Book Club for the Washington Post, Ron Charles discusses some of the classic books whose copyrights will expire in 2022.
This Friday arrival in my email inbox is one of the highlights of my week, and if you haven’t yet discovered it, I highly recommend it. If you like what you see at this link, there’s a spot at the top where you can click to subscribe for yourself. It’s free!
“The new year is sure to be a sky-gazer’s delight with plenty of celestial events on the calendar,” declares CNN. Learn when to expect total lunar eclipses, meteor showers, and supermoons.
By Eve Fairbanks for The New York Times.
Sorrow for the dead and dying, fear of more infections to come and hopes for an end to the coronavirus pandemic were — again — the bittersweet cocktail with which the world said good riddance to 2021 and ushered in 2022.
I especially appreciated this article because, when compiling my list of the best books I read in 2021, I realized that I’d only reviewed 2 (so far . . .). My reasons are different from the critic’s, but most book bloggers probably understand, at least somewhat.
- Readers were more likely to abandon books
- Readers wanted lighter fare as a counterpoint to real-world devastation
- For some, reading was nearly impossible at the start of the pandemic. In 2021, it got easier.
- Audiobooks were a popular choice
- Some people shared ingenious reading ideas you might want to steal
The article ends with a list of the “top books of 2021, according to our readers.”
© 2022 by Mary Daniels Brown