by Erin Mitchell
2013 will be here in a jiffy, which has me thinking about the almost 12 months just gone. A Year in Review if you will…albeit somewhat random.
Apparently every reader except me read GONE GIRL this year, and I have yet to hear anyone say anything bad about it. I read SHARP OBJECTS, which has been in my TBR pile for years, and I met Gillian Flynn, who was lovely. It was great. Yes, I’ll read GONE GIRL…eventually. And when I do, I’m sure I’ll love it as much as Everyone Else has.
One of the best times I had this year was an event for Danish author Sara Blaedel at Book Expo America. Why so much fun? Book bloggers. They are, as a rule, brilliant, dedicated, passionate, funny people. If you have the opportunity to spend time with them in the company of authors especially, do.I’m no cameraperson, but this video—of John Connolly talking about his favorite James Lee Burke books—is one I will always treasure.
2012 was many things, not all of them easy. Between the American presidential election and Sandy and the horrific events in Newtown, I’m more grateful than ever for the sanctuary I find in stories.
My favorite book-related quote of the year is from Mark Billingham, who—when talking about e-books and paper books at Bouchercon in Cleveland—said, “Escalators and stairs coexist.” As someone who will never stop flipping pages and has also been clicking buttons for some years now, I could only cheer (and Tweet the quote, of course).
Wishing you all a safe and joyous New Year. If you drink, give someone who doesn’t your keys. Thank you.
See you in 2013!