FB&C 's Top Ten Stories of 2022
As the year comes to a close, we like to look back on the stories that particularly appealed to our readers, a list that includes Bob Dylan, bookish cookies, and sea monsters — go figure!
#1 How to Catalogue Your Personal Library, aka an updated list of software and apps recommended by our staff and readers.
#2 Bob Dylan in 7 Songs: A new biography examines the Nobel Prize winner through seven iconic songs.
#3 17th-Century Monogrammed Binding Reveals Secrets (pictured above). This is the super cool tale of a Harvard PhD student who uncovered and decoded a binding belonging to Lady Mary Wroth.
#4 Bright Young Booksellers: Oliver Darkshire: An interview with the man behind the beloved Sotheran’s Twitter feed and author of the recent memoir, Once Upon a Tome.
#5 Book Cookies! Shakespeare scholar Ella Hawkins makes amazing cookies inspired by medieval manuscripts and Jane Austen.
#6 Thoughts on Ethics and Online Book Buying with the Independent Online Booksellers’ Association (IOBA).
#7 Newton Hiding in Plain Sight: A second edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Opticks had been in a private collection for two decades before anyone realized it had once belonged to the author.
#8 Sea Monster Maps! Check out the enchanting maps of Swedish cartographer Olaus Magnus.
#9 Hello, Bookstore: A sweet documentary about a bookshop in Lenox, Massachusetts, was just what we needed post-pandemic.
#10 Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair Highlights, including a first edition of Women and Their Bodies and a fancy set of Dickens.
What was popular last year? See 2021’s top posts.