Isn’t this a fabulous image? It’s a WPA poster created for the Chicago Library in 1941. I can’t say exactly why I’m inordinately fascinated with WPA art posters, but it’s certainly some combination of appreciation for the graphics of that time period and the WPA program itself providing opportunities for artists. In any case, art and books – two of my favorite things.
2021 has been an exceptionally prolific year of reading for me. Yet, as I suspect all readers appreciate, there are SO MANY books out there, and a great many of them demand reading. It’s a never-ending task of which I will never complain.
In our household, where avid reading is second nature and books are always welcome, in this time between years I always enjoy contemplating what projects it will delight me most to focus on and plan, in broad strokes, what books I’m committing to giving priority to. This year, I’m excited to be working on a multi-faceted perfumery project, and I have a giant pile of scent-related books I can’t wait to tackle. I’ll make these a priority, but leave plenty of space to read “around” them. My tastes are nothing if not eclectic.
Once again, I’ve chosen to participate in a few reading challenges. There are literally hundreds to choose from and part of the delight for me is settling on a few. For 2022 I’ve chosen one with specific prompts and a few more with more loosely defined parameters. Here’s what I’ll be playing in:
- 2022 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge. While this one is new to me, you know my penchant for abecedariums and my inability to resist almost any A-to-Z challenge. You can read more about the details here.
- The 52 Book Club’s 2022 Challenge. This is the one with a list of 52 prompts, and I’m looking forward to finding books to fit them. Read more and see the prompt list here.
- Mount TBR. I’ve played in this one for a few years, and the point is to commit to clear (or at least put a dent in) one’s to-be-read book pile. You commit to a certain number of books and have at it. It amuses me that no matter how much I read, my pile somehow magically never diminishes. You can find out about the challenge here.
- Virtual Mount TBR. This is a variant on the above challenge, with the books you commit to reading being ones that you borrow not own. Chicago has a great library system and while I haven’t borrow any books in person since the pandemic, I do a great deal of borrowing online. Specifics about the challenge can be found here.
- Bout of Books Read-a-thons. These aren’t challenges in the same sense as the above are, but instead are three week-long periods during the year in which one dedicates time to reading. The first one is January 3 through the 9th, and that seems a perfect way to kick off the new year reading season to me. While you don’t have to participate, there are scheduled times daily where you can read along with other participants. Find out more here if you’re interested.
Despite all the reading I did in 2021, I certainly didn’t blog much about my favorites. Although I hardly feel qualified to post as a reviewer, I do like to give shout outs to works that have impacted me. I’ll try to do better in 2022.
What about you? Was this a good reading year for you? Planning on playing in any challenges in 2022? Love the idea of a sled full of books to take home and find a cozy spot to snuggle in and read? Have some good things on your to-be-read list? Do tell – you know I love to hear.