Another Year Has Come And Gone~ In Which I Consumed Stories (As Is My Custom) And Evidently 2022 Is Upon Us

Hello, my friends!

I hope you all had a splendid Christmas and got to spend quality time with all those crazy people we call friends and family and eat too many cookies and sing in four-part harmony (more or less) about the miracle of Christ’s birth and maybe even enjoy some snow (we have TONS of it and it’s beautiful but also DRIVING in it is kind of a NIGHTMARE).

Now that Christmas is over though, we all know what is coming: 2022.


I should cease to be shocked by now when we come to the end of a year. But I haven’t. Oh well.

Let’s look back at 2021 and see what stories I enjoyed (or something like that) therein.

Books Discovered

The Thief, The Wind Singer, The Promised Neverland vol. 10-20, The Home Ranch, The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, Unbroken, The Enigma Game, All the Crooked Saints, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, The Chosen, The Wingfeather Saga, Fullmetal Alchemist, The Scorpio Races, My Antonia, A Silent Voice vol. 1-4

Books Revisited

The Two Princesses of Bamarre, The Giver, Code Name Verity, Harry Potter, A Monster Calls, A Wrinkle in Time, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, North! Or Be Eaten, A Monster in the Hollows

TV Shows

The Mandalorian (seasons 1-2), Erased, March Comes in Like a Lion, The Chosen (seasons 1-2), The Promised Neverland (season 2), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


The North Avenue Irregulars, Flora and Ulysses, Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, The Wind Rises, Arsenic and Old Lace, Love and Monsters, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Free Guy, Luca


I didn’t discover any great new Broadway shows this year, but I did aid in bringing a Broadway caliber show to my own community, which was a massive endeavor.

We did Jane Eyre, a Tony nominated musical. Did it turn out how the director originally envisioned? Not quite. Did we ever finish the set? Not technically. Did we go through two Brocklehurst understudies? Unfortunately. Was the production team on the verge of collapse for practically the entire time? Pretty much.

But was the show a success? Absolutely. In spite of many obstacles, a lot of amazing people put in the work to make the show spectacular, and the audiences loved it. We sold out almost every performance, and heard so much positive feedback. It was insane. We were able to share this truly powerful story with people in a way that we can be proud of.

At the moment I don’t know if I want to take on the role of music director again (not to be confused with overall artistic director which I have never done because it sounds horrifying), but at least I know I have done music directing for a show now. That counts for something.

(I’ll also have you know that being the cruel people we are, my family went home and brought up high school productions of Jane Eyre on YouTube to mock for our own amusement.)


Another year has come and gone. We are all a little older, and hopefully a little wiser for it. There are so many stories out there to discover, and so many I want to learn to tell. I guess we shall see what stories next year holds. Maybe I won’t complain about as many of them as I did this year…but I wouldn’t count on it.

What are some of your favorite stories from 2021? Are you as baffled as I am by the steady progression of time? What are you looking forward to in 2022? Happy New Year, everyone!

9 thoughts on “Another Year Has Come And Gone~ In Which I Consumed Stories (As Is My Custom) And Evidently 2022 Is Upon Us

  1. Awe, so glad the Jane Eyre musical went well!! Sounds like a lot of stress. You’ve given me several books to look into getting. 🙂 I’ve heard good things about Code Name Verity , hoping to give it a try. Awe, growing up we watched the North Avenue Irregulars quite a bit. I remember laughing so hard. We just watched Free Guy!! I actually liked it a lot!! Plus, Steve!!! Like his redemptive moment.

    As for reading, my year felt disappointing. I tried quite a few books outside my comfort zone. Ahh well!! All the retreads were fantastic!

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    1. Thank you! So am I. It was indeed stressful, but it was worth it.

      Code Name Verity is such a good book. It’s intense, but so good.

      Aw, that’s so cool that you watched The North Avenue Irregulars growing up! I think I would have absolutely watched it over and over again if I’d been introduced to it as a kid. It was a pretty fun movie.

      Yeah, Free Guy was surprisingly good. I’m glad you liked it too!

      That’s too bad that your reading year felt disappointing. It’s always nice to be able to retreat to time-tested rereads when the new books don’t deliver. I hope that this year you have better luck with discovering new books!


  2. “it’s beautiful but also DRIVING in it is kind of a NIGHTMARE” << Same. My city does not usually get snow, and thus NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO DEAL WITH SNOW which makes it even worse than it would be with just snow.

    We read so many of the same books this year! Enigma Game, All Systems Red, The Thief (well, it was a reread, but still), The Chosen, Code Name Verity (another reread), and I just finished a reread of the Madeleine L'Engle Time Quintet, too! And I'm hoping to read The Napoleon of Notting Hill next week. Which I'm looking forward to immensely, but also with trepidation because Chesterton.

    Oh my, the musical that you put on sounds like so much fun! (If also exhausting and anxiety-producing.)

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    1. Haha, yup. 🙂 It’s true though.

      Wow, we did read a lot of the same books last year (it feels weird to say “last year” but it IS now). There were so many good things in a lot of them. I definitely plan to reread The Thief at some point. I got it for my cousin for Christmas. Getting people books as gifts is kind of an aggressive-but-still-polite way of recommending books. 😉 My sister got me two Chesterton books for Christmas! The Ball and the Cross and The Man Who was Thursday. I am excited, but also there is trepidation because Chesterton, just as you said.

      It was fun! And exhausting/anxiety-producing! That’s the theatre for you.


  3. I mostly discovered new books- below are rereads

    1. The Narnia Series
    2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians
    3. Harry Potter- only made through the first 3 (will continue it into 2022)
    4. A Christmas Carol
    5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    6. The BFG

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    1. I love so many of these! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a childhood favorite. I always loved the “square candies that look round.” I thought that was exceedingly clever. It brought me such joy. Of course Narnia has been a part of my life since before I can remember and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I discovered Harry Potter and Percy Jackson a little later and enjoyed them immensely, especially Harry Potter. While I loved the first couple books in Percy Jackson quite a bit, I found the series ending a little disappointing, as I recall. A Christmas Carol is quite good. And I haven’t read the BFG! Though I really should, seeing as I enjoy Roald Dahl.


      1. Discovered HP and Narnia around the same time- like in elementary school

        PJ- read them in middle school (that was how I fell in love with Greek Mythology)

        The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were my favorite Dahl books as a kid

        A Christmas Carol- grew up on the George C. Scott movie

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  4. the amount of studio ghibli films and the addition of erased made my heart v happy. I’m glad your 2021 was a fairly decent year and I hope 2022 treats you just as well!

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