Every year I make the same New Year's Resolution and it is pretty basic. The goal I have every year is simply to read more. Do I make it? Surprisingly, I do well for the first few months, averaging one book a week. Then somewhere about the month of April, things start to warm up and I get easily distracted by warm weather.

How do I get around needing to return my library books and avoid the overdue fees? Easy, I check out e-books. Yep, I check them out and get to keep them for two weeks. Should I read the book early, I can 'return' it with one click and if by any chance I don't get to read it, the book gets automatically returned and I don't feel like a horrible person for forgetting to return my library book.

According to the New York Library, here are the top 10 fiction books for 2021:


  • Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel by Talia Hibbert
  • All Her Little Secrets: A Novel by Wanda M. Morris
  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories by Mariana Enriquez, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell
  • Hell of a Book: A Novel by Jason Mott
  • How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith
  • Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
  • Mama Phife Represents: A Verse Memoir by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
  • The Rock Eaters: Stories by Brenda Peynado
  • Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto
  • She Who Became the Sun: A Novel by Shelley Parker-Chan

Have you read any of the above books? Of the 26 books I read this year, sadly I have read zero of the above books. Looks like I have a few more books to add to my reading list for 2022!

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While many across the planet felt out of the loop with Facebook and Instagram down, some took advantage of the blackout to go viral. The Albany Public Library in New York did that with Twitter.

The Albany Public Library is located at 517 Western Ave in Albany. During the Facebook blackout on October 5th, the local library turned to Twitter to provide some knowledge, and slam Facebook on a different platform. Check out the hilarious photos below, then keep reading why the blackout even happened to begin with:

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