This was a tough year, for a lot of reasons I need not mention. But good things did happen! It’s easy to get bogged down by the bad but we still live in a world where exceptional things still happen, and this year is no exception – despite the bad rap it’s been getting as ‘worst year ever’.
Although we can’t account for all the local and global good deeds that went on in our world this year, here’s a few memorable ones, a handful of good we can hopefully take into 2017.
Medical Strides for the win: Alzheimer’s, ALS, and more
Thanks to a bunch of celebrities being wet and cold (and the circuitous path this created for research funding) the gene responsible for ALS was discovered this year. Were closer than ever to finding a cure for Alzheimers. Child mortality is down worldwide. Death by heart disease is down. Things are looking up. Our book cover recap is The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee.
Harry Potter is well and thriving
What a year for HP fans. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child the play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child the manuscript, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Harry Potter continues to change lives – the list goes on. For this good thing of 2016 we could use no other cover but that of one of J.K. Rolwing’s 2016 debuts! If you haven’t read it, it’s to reassess your priorities.
Pokemon Go happened
Maybe not deemed a good thing right off the bat, but it happened, and it did have some positive impact. Remember how it brought people to book stores? As a token of gratitude for the good that did come of the cultural bonanza that had people colliding in the streets, the cover recap could be none other than Pokemon!
A spacecraft reached Jupiter!
Go NASA! We finally circled the big dusty orb, entering Jupiter’s orbit in July. Our capabilities in space are growing more and more limitless, and the new stretch of the universe we’ve traversed should be met with a swell of pride! Our book recap cover? Carl Sagans’ the Cosmos. Space is cool and you can always learn more
We still shattered the glass ceiling
This election may have been a disappointment for many of us, but let’s not forget we made some crazy-cool headway in the way of female representation. A lead lady on the big Washington ticket may have been a bust, but this November we saw Kamala Harris, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Tammy Duckworth elected to the Senate. Pramila Jayapal and Stephanie Murphy nabbed some seats in the House of Representatives. Last but not least, Ilhan Omar won election in her state’s legislature. And of course, the first lady proved a boss orator worth plagiarizing. We could chose from a handful of books on this one, but we’ll go with Feminist Fight Club, by Jessica Bennett.
An 11- year old started her own book biz
What did you accomplish when you were 11? Marley Dias started her own book drive focused specifically on black female protagonists. Dias aim was to promote diversity at her school, but her efforts made national headlines, boosting awareness for issues of diversity with the hashtag that launched a thousand retweets, #1000blackgirlbooks. The future generation is looking good people. Our recap book is one from the book drive, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor – a favorite of Dias.
Construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline was suspended
A more recent good thing but a good thing nonetheless. It’s a testimony to the powers that lie outside the explicitly political, and a victory for Native Americans, environmentalists, and all good moral beings. Our cover recap? Dissent, a history of American protests and rebellion. A powerful reminder of one of our most fundamental rights.
Endangered animal populations are increasing!
Tigers, manatees, pandas, all on the rise! To pay respect to this monumental victory our recap cover comes from an author who’s made it her goal to promote animal rights and activism, none other than our beloved Margaret Atwood, who released Angel Catbird this year. The graphic novel is a first for Atwood, but the humanitarian message is not.
Three cheers for the environmental progress
This year volunteers planted over 50 million trees in India in under 24 hours – imagine what could happen with a year’s effort. Efforts to reduce aerosol chemicals in the atmosphere have actually paid off; the ozone is beginning to repair itself. Book recap? The Lorax: we’re making headway but we’ve got ways to go
Bookstr was born!
Perhaps not a victory on the world-stage scale, but small victories are still victories. This year, Bookstr was born and we couldn’t have done it without all of you, our incredible readers, followers, and book lovers. For this small good thing, our book recap is, a simple way to say thank you (and a childhood favorite), Thanks a Million by Nikki Grimes
Of course these are just a few of the good things that happened this year. There’s much more to be appreciative of, and many more events that will hopefully give us some solace and hope for 2017. What would you add to this list? Share it with us in the comments.
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