OK, OK, Happy New Year to all you tea lovers, too. Hey, I just wanted to send out a personal best-wishes message and thank you for being members of our Coffee Club. And to mention that 2019 is going to be an exciting year for FC. We’ll turn six years old in May, and even before that our first annual Fictional Cafe Anthology will be published. Yes, friends, all of this is a labor of love for us, and we love you for loving what we do here.
The featured photo above is your faithful head barista, taken this afternoon. My wife and I have a tradition of riding our bikes on New Year’s Day, no matter the weather, no matter how cold. Last year was sub-zero and we only lasted as long as our fingertips and toes remained un-frostbitten. It wasn’t bad today, maybe around 35-40 when we finally got our wheels spinning, which followed taking our grandsons to see the new Spiderman movie [excellent!]and a yummy Chinese dim sum luncheon. All in all, a pretty fine way to kick off 2019.
But what truly inspired me to write you was a story in the New York Times by Alexandra Alter that stated 2018 was a “blockbuster year” for publishers. Many books sold out their print run. Even some on Amazon were out of stock.
So, if it was such a great year, I ask you: What was the best book you read in 2018? Drop us a note in the Comments section at the end of this post and let us know what your favorite read was last year and in a few sentences why you read it. A micro-review, if you will. We’ll collect everyone’s reviews and post them with each barista’s pick.
We wish you a most happy, creative and productive 2019!!
Jack B. Rochester
Founding Barista and Editor-in-Chief