Closing the book on 2021

Hello dear readers, happy new year!

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you and to share some updates for the new year. I’m so grateful for you and as always I hope you find yourself inspired to read something new. I’m approaching my two year blog anniversary and have some plans to grow in different directions but the goal remains the same: share unique book reviews on all types of books and entice readers to try them. Thanks again!

I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.

Robert Louis Stevenson

With the help of audiobooks I read 39 books in 2021. Audiobooks continue to be an enjoyable alternative to reading physical books and I encourage you to give one a try if you’re still on the fence. Here’s links to the full list of everything I read in 2021: https://bookthrasher.com/2021/01/03/2021-book-list/ and my best books post https://bookthrasher.com/2021/12/27/the-best-books-i-read-in-2021/.

I want to read more this year, especially non-fiction, so I decided on a two books at a time reading goal for 2022 – one fiction and one non-fiction. There are so many books that catch my eye (last year’s list here https://bookthrasher.com/2021/01/01/books-to-read-2021/ and 2020’s here https://bookthrasher.com/2020/08/28/books-to-read/) so I’m hoping this strategy will help.

I also have a new tracking list: not now, later books. 2021 had its challenges, and my desire to read just wasn’t there for stretches of time. There were at least a half dozen books that I put on hold at the library and when they finally came in I just wasn’t in the mood. It was weird to return books by favorite authors, unread. The horror! Here are the books I passed on but need to read:

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
  • The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson
  • The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  • False Witness by Karin Slaughter
  • Matrix by Lauren Groff
  • Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
  • Seven Days in June by Tia Williams

Amazon update – No one purchased a single book so I removed all the affiliate links from my reviews. Buy locally!

Bookthrasher t-shirts are here! The photo at the top is the final proof of the design. Local shop Aesthetic Print & Design (https://aestheticprint.com/) created the logo for me and I love it. Is it an open book or a bird flying at you or both?! And I’m completely happy with the athletic-style layout and font. I’ve given away 3/4 of my initial run to family and friends so I need to get some more printed. But once I do, and once I figure out the logistics, bookthrasher tees will be available for purchase!

I’ve already finished book #1 for the new year: Dream Girl by Laura Lippman. Review will be up soon for this inventive and twisted thriller. The non-fiction book I’m reading is called People Love Dead Jews, a collection of essays by Dara Horn. I finished the first one, on Anne Frank and the many holocaust survivors who wrote books on their experience – but how most of us can’t name one of them. Except for Elie Wiesel. Right? It’s a true and interesting point and I can’t wait to read more of her thoughts.

Take care and talk soon.

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