Suddenly, everybody is back online. It’s like everyone is shaking the snow off their roofs (huh?). Whatever. I mean to say that people are blogging and tweeting again like crazy after the holiday slumber. Here are a few choice links to kick off your January in style:
- Always one of the best posts of the year, The Millions looks at the most anticipated books of 2010. The list includes new work by Joshua Ferris, Sam Lipsyte, Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan and more.
- At Good, Anne Trubek recounts the literary decade that was. This is great post, though it doesn’t touch on one of the worst trends of the Aughts: the steady and increasing closure of independent bookstores.
- If one of your resolutions for 2010 is to read more, you might want to get in on the hottest new thing — the reading retreat. Organized by the talented Michele Filgate of RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH, the Reader’s Retreat is exactly what it sounds like: four days in a spa-like retreat where all you do is read. There are a few other activities planned, but the gist is that you take a break from your manic life to read a few books. It sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?