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One of the great things about library work is that you're surrounded by shelf after shelf of books, movies, music--the whole range of human expression past and present--all day long. One of the hardest things about library work is that you're surrounded by shelf after shelf of books, movies, music all day long. Truth be told, at times, the urge to grab an armful and scoot off to a cozy nook can be nearly overwhelming. But, like you, we must wait.

Below you will find some other things HCPL bloggers are waiting for in 2022. 

The Sandman (TV Series)

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If you’re a fan of the critically acclaimed graphic novel series The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, the wait is almost over! The live action adaptation of the dark fantasy series is expected to premiere on Netflix this year. Live action adaptations canbe a hit or miss (I’m looking at you Cowboy Bepbot), but fret not readers, Neil Gaiman is heavily involved in the series production. Not to mention the stellar cast that includes Tom Sturridge as Dream and Game of Thrones alumni Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer. Until then, I’ll be busy rereading all 10 volumes of The Sandman series and I will join the Society of Performing Arts Houston and HCPL Pages & Stages book club when they host Neil Gaiman on May 22. Find out more about Pages & Stages here. --Anjela Martinez

Star Wars Novels: Brotherhood & Shadow of the Sith

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Laura and I are the HCPL’s Blogging Team self-proclaimed experts on all things Star Wars. Our qualifications: a love for all things Star Wars. This year we are looking forward to the Star War novels Brotherhood and Shadow of the Sith. In Brotherhood by Mike Chen, the dynamic duo Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker is front and center. Set during the Clone Wars before Revenge of the Sith, this book will explore the bond between Obi-Wan and Anakin as they try to turn the tide of the war. I sense much emotional damage in our future. Brotherhood seems to be an ideal companion read for the Obi-Wan Kenobi show as it has been confirmed that Hayden Christensen will reprise his role as Vader. Read it May 10, 2022. Somehow Palpatine has returned… well not yet, but Luke has felt a disturbance in the Force. Lando Calrissian needs Luke’s help to find his kidnapped daughter, a mystery that involves the Sith. While searching they aid a young family running for their lives and cross path with Ochi of Bestoon, an assassin tasked with kidnapping a young girl - the granddaughter of Darth Sidious himself, Rey. Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Shadow of the Sith by Adam Christopher promises to bring more insight into The Rise of Skywalker. Read it June 28, 2022.  --Anjela Martinez and Laura Smith

Comfort Reading: Hook, Line and Sinker by Tessa Baileybook icon

Lately I have been all about comfort TV shows and comfort books. I don't think there's anything more comforting than sitcoms and adult contemporary romances (especially romances with colorful cartoon covers). Author Tessa Bailey must agree with me, because in 2021 she released It Happened One Summer, a book loosely based on Schitt’s Creek. And while It Happened One Summer was a great sunshine/grump romance, I’m looking forward to the sequel! Hook, Line, and Sinker comes out in early March, and it’s a slow burn friends-to-lovers romance between the town ladies’ man and the self-proclaimed “side character.” These two bond over music and song lyrics, so the book basically comes with its own soundtrack. It’s the perfect excuse to use Freegal while you read. Plus, if characters pining gives you joy, Hook, Line, and Sinker will deliver.  --Anna Weinberger

Squid Game, Season 2TV icon blue on yellow

With the release of Squid Games last year (and its’ super huge success worldwide) It’s no wonder that the series got greenlighted for a second season as of early January 2022. They have not yet released whether it will be coming out toward the end of this year or the beginning of next year but I’m extremely excited regardless! In anticipation of the event, I encourage you to start the manga series The Promised Neverland. If you liked the twists and turns (and gore) of Squid Games, you will find kinship with this series. If perhaps you would rather another movie to watch, Train to Busan has a similar fight-for-your-life feel to it and has also acquired its own sequel after its smaller, but still huge, worldwide success. --Crystal Mosley

movie iconArthouse Horror: The Northman

There are few things I love more in the world than horror films distributed by independent film titans Focus Features and Icelandic art-pop icon Bjork, so the fact that Robert Eggers—director behind art house chillers like The Witch and The Lighthouse—is gearing up for this year’s The Northman is keeping me going. Billed as a Viking revenge tale set in medieval Iceland and starring previous Eggers muse (and current it girl) Anya Taylor-Joy, The Northman was pretty much made to pander to me specifically. The fact that it also features Bjork playing a spooky Scandinavian witch is really just a bonus. --Elizabeth Burton

Graphic Novel to the Screen: Heartstopper (TV Series)TV icon blue on yellow

Listen closely to my every word. The Heartstopper graphic novel series is one the best things to come into my life. I shared the graphic novel with several other coworkers and friends of mine, and it equally impacted them as well. Now, Netflix has purchased the rights to the story and is making a Netflix series that is due out in 2022! The story is so simple and yet, so incredibly poignant, and beautiful at the same time. Charlie Spring was outed at his school the previous year and was bullied for his sexuality. As such, he has tried to keep a low profile in school since. In walks Nick Nelson, the literal embodiment of sunshine, and their meeting in class changes the entire course of both of their lives. The book has so many themes that are relatable to teens but tones down the use of over dramatics teen books and movies often have. Instead, what you are given, is an incredibly realistic portrayal of the impacts of bullying, figuring out your sexuality, coming out, dealing with a mental disorder, and how all of that is related to children who are on the cusp of adulthood. On top of that is this incredibly sweet story of two young boys who fall in love and learn how to be there for each other through thick and thin. It is so stupidly good; I can hardly stand it and I can’t wait for the show to be in existence so I can gush over these two all over again. I highly recommend any and every teen and adult to read this series.  --Jennifer Longoria

tv movie and book icon combinedBlockbusters: House of the Dragon, The Batman & Bridgerton (TV Series and Movies)

As a Game of Thrones fan, I am very excited about the upcoming series premiere of House of the Dragon releasing in 2022. The series will follow the book Fire and Blood by George RR Martin and tackles the history of the Targaryen Family. I’ve always been obsessed with the Targaryens while watching Game of Thrones and look forward to seeing how their history will play out on screen. My favorite fictional creature is a dragon and I hope there are lots of dragons in this new series since the Targaryens are known for their dragons. Speaking of flying creatures, The Batman trailer has been making rounds and while I was looking at it with a side eye, I have come around and can honestly say I’ll watch it when it comes out. Robert Pattinson has big shoes to fill as the new Batman but if the trailer is any indication, I expect he will do well. If The Batman doesn’t come through with romance, I plan on filling that void with the second season of Bridgerton which is inspired by The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn. While the books were okay for me, the series adaptation on Netflix has become one of my favorites. --Jennifer Nandlal

Leslie Espinoza adds: A Song of Ice and Fire is one of my favorite series. I’ve been looking forward to this adaptation for a long time now, for the opposite reason. While I love dragons, the Targaryens were never my favorite house- so a series tackling their brutal fall from grace when they’re at the apex of their power is really delicious to me. I recommend these books to read while you wait. They are all great fantasies mired in political intrigue: The Daevabad Trilogy, The Traitor Baru Cormorant, and A Memory Called Empire.

Rom-Coms: The Lost City & Book of Lovemovie icon

As a romantic comedy fan, I’m really looking forward to two rom-coms scheduled to release in early 2022. As several of my favorites from years past are what I call adventure rom-coms, like Romancing the Stone and Year of the Comet, I am especially excited about The Lost City.  Reclusive romance author (Sandra Bullock) and her cover model (Channing Tatum) get caught up in a kidnapping attempt and wind up stranded in the jungle while he tries to prove he’s as heroic in real life as the character he portrays on the cover of her books. In Amazon Prime’s Book of Love, Verónica Echegui is the translator who may have made a few “edits” to author Sam Claflin’s book while translating it from English to Spanish. Now a huge success in Mexico, they’ve been thrown together on a book tour. I have a couple of books to tide you over while you wait!  In Lucie Waldon’s The Layover, a flight attendant set to enjoy her last international layover before leaving to marry her fiancé, learns that she’ll be partnering with the man she hates for being a major player in one of the most humiliating experiences of her life. In The Lucky Escape by Laura Jane Williams, a bride who is left at the altar decides to go on her honeymoon to Australia anyway…with her old friend Patrick.  --Laura Smith

And More Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrelbook icon

I just discovered that for my birthday in August I will be receiving an awesome birthday gift in the form of a new book by Beth Revis, titled Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel. Set in the days after the Battle of Endor (Return of the Jedi) while the last vestiges of the Empire are being hunted down (for now anyway), we also have the joy of experiencing the wedding of Han and Leia! Is it also potentially advertising for the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser experience available at Walt Disney World Resort? Maybe? Do I care? Not really – just give me more Han & Leia! This is going to be a long six months. In the meantime, I’m going to check out the novelizations of the original trilogy and see what extra details the books provide! --Laura Smith

Lord of the Rings (TV series)TV icon blue on yellow

When The Hobbit was published in 1937, there was no way J.R.R. Tolkien could have predicted the international phenomenon of what has collectively become known as The Lord of the Rings (LotR) fandom.  While I profess to be a member of this fandom, I have not yet tackled all the books and stories Tolkien wrote about Middle Earth, but, I will say that I am a fan of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books and movies, and I am eagerly anticipating the LotR TV series that will be released in September from Amazon Studios.  Little is known about this series other than it will take place in Middle Earth’s Second Age.  (The Hobbit and LotR trilogy take place at the end of the third age, leading into the fourth.)  I have high hopes that this will be a beautiful and exciting series that will have the ability to explore more of the story than could be shown in a movie.  --Molly McGinty


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