I participated pre-blog launch in 2014, then again in 2015 and hope to participate every year. It’s fun to do and helps me decide which book to read next, which is always torturous for me ’cause my TBR is so long! If you have the same problem, you may want to try it 😎
Typically my reading content is from within children’s literature. Each year I rack up picture books, dozens at a time, and manage to squeeze some Middle Grade and Young Adult novels in there, along with a Graphic Novel or two. My adult-level reading is typically nonfiction, but due to recommendations, and a bit due to mood, I read a few adult novels during 2015. I thoroughly enjoyed The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Seeing as most of the books read and reviewed by Sheila are more for adults than the younger set, I thought for this year’s “First Book of 2016” pick I’d lean toward the mature crowd, so right there that really narrowed down my choices 😀 .
About eight years ago, nearly every time I worked my way through my beloved Barnes & Noble toward the cafe (where I’d done most of the sketches for the illustrations of one of my picture books), the gorgeous cover of a particular book would catch my eye. After several months, once I finished the dummy, I allowed myself a well-deserved break. Enjoying a saunter about the store, I perused the gloriously book-adorned shelves and tables. When I again stumbled upon that cover, I picked it up to finally see what lay in its interior. From the first page the author’s voice and the story itself gripped me and didn’t let go even beyond the last page.
I just loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It was her debut novel, so I figured there’d be more to come. Some time last year (or the year before?!), only by chance, I believe on a blog I was following, someone mentioned another novel she’d written. I didn’t know! I would’ve been ALL OVER it had I known! Surprised and elated, not knowing anything about the book, nor did I care, I immediately purchased Bellman & Black solely based on its talented author. Ironically, as quickly as I’d purchased it, it just as quickly got in line in my long queue of TBRs. I’ve often considered it every time I finished a book, but never gave in. Now I’m giving in…
…and I CAN’T WAIT! 😀