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The new year is around the corner and it's time for a book haul. How about having a 2022-themed book list? In this article, I give you book recommendations related to the events, anniversaries or highlights of each month of 2022. Twelve books to cover twelve months! Let us dive right into it.
January: 5000 Years of Glass, Hugh Tait
Did you know that the United Nations General Assembly declared 2022 as the International Year of Glass? Glass has been part of our lives ever since the beginning of human civilisation. The book 5000 Years of Glass covers everything from the history of glassmaking from 5000 years ago to the mechanised processing styles of the 20th century. Starting 2022 by reading a history book sounds like a really good idea ;)
February: What Are the Winter Olympics?, Gail Herman
The 24th Winter Olympics takes place this February from 4th to 20th in Beijing, China. Winter Olympics may not be as widely popular as Summer Olympics. But, events like ski jumping and figure skating garner a lot of audience. From the 1980 US hockey team's unexpected gold medal grab to the figure-skating scandal of 1994, What Are the Winter Olympics?, published in 2021, covers all the highlights in the history of the event.
March: The Godfather, Mario Puzo
The Godfather, the 1972 classic movie, celebrates its 50th anniversary this March. The Academy Award winning movie was based on the best-selling 1969 novel of the same name, written by American author Mario Puzo. Mario Puzo also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie along with its director Francis Ford Coppola. Celebrate the golden jubilee of this epic movie by reading the book behind it!
April: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
2022 marks the 75th year since the publication of Anne Frank’s diary and the 70th anniversary of the first English edition, The Diary of a Young Girl. The 1947 edition was published in Dutch with the title Het Achterhuis (The Secret House). The English translation of the book was published five years later and was released in the UK on April 30.
May: Chasing the Monsoon, Alexander Frater
As May begins, the countdown to the onset of the most anticipated annual weather event in India, the southwest monsoon, starts. It usually reaches the Andaman Sea by mid-May and reaches the Kerala coast in the first week of June.
In 1987, fascinated by the monsoon, Alexander Frater, a British journalist and travel writer, decides to get a flight to India and follows the monsoon winds from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala to a remote hill town on the Bangladeshi border. Read Chasing the Monsoon: A Modern Pilgrimage Through India while you wait for the rain clouds in the scorching weather of May.
June: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
2022 is a double anniversary year for the Potterheads. The movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and the book behind the movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, celebrates its 25th anniversary this June. Another thing to rejoice? Bloomsbury will be releasing a special commemorative limited edition featuring the original cover design in June! In conclusion, there is no other way to spend June than re-reading the Harry Potter books.
July: Notebook of a Return to My Native Land, Aimé Césaire
July 4th is the Independence Day of the United States of America and July 14th is the French National Day (commonly known as the Bastille Day). July seems like a good month to reflect upon the ideals of freedom, equality and activism. Aimé Césaire was born in Martinique, a former French colony in the Caribbean, in 1913. He is also the author of Discourse on Colonialism, a classic text of French political literature. Notebook of a Return to My Native Land is a long poem that discusses the idea of negritude and declares a stand against colonialism.
August: India After Gandhi, Ramachandra Guha
India celebrates its 75th Independence Day on August 15, 1947. The history of the freedom struggle from 1857 up till 1947 is part of the school textbooks. But the story after 1947 or after 1950, the year in which India became a republic, aren’t discussed much in schools. India after Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy by historian Ramachandra Guha is the ultimate solution if you want to familiarise yourself with the stories of partition, state reorganisation, emergency and so on.
September: September, Rosamunde Pilcher
How about spending September by reading a book named September? Set in Scotland in the autumn month of September, Rosamunde Pilcher's September is a story of homecomings and heartbreaks.
October: The Shining, Stephen King
October! Get ready for Halloween by reading some horror books. This 1977 Stephen King book seems to be a good choice. Set in a haunted hotel, The Shining promises the readers some real heebie-jeebies.
November: The Story of More, Hope Jahren
The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is set to take place in Egypt. Reading a climate change related book seems apt for this month. The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here is written by Hope Jahren, an American scientist and professor. As the title says, this 2020 book covers the questions of how we got to climate change and where to go from here, in a comprehensive manner.
December: Soccernomics, Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski
December hosts the most anticipated event of 2022, the FIFA World Cup at Qatar! Soccernomics is a must-read book for all the football fans. The subtitle of the book - Why England Loses, Why Germany, Spain and France Win, and Why One Day Japan, Iraq and the United States Will Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport - explains everything about the book.
Twelve books for twelve months of 2022. Happy new year and happy reading!