I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned here that I don’t really place much significance on the shifting from one year to the next other than prepping a new datebook and having to remember to change the number when filling out documents like bank checks. Now, if you’ve followed this blog for a while, you are well aware of what an organizational nerd I can be, so you can imagine what I do to a datebook with all the color-coding and reminders and such. It’s a project, for sure, so it’s not like it’s something I actually look forward to, but over the past few years the ONE thing I do look forward to as a new year begins is the annual meme that Sheila at Book Journey hosts: “First Book of the Year.”
Not only does it push me to pick my next book to read and be sure I’m reading it as the date changes over, but it’s SO much fun getting to see all the pics Sheila’s blog followers send in of them with their “first book” picks. I’m glad I blog about it, too ’cause I get to look back at my previous picks from 2014, 2015 and 2016 😎 😀 .
You may recall that at the 2016 Princeton Book Festival in September, I very selectively chose to purchase a few novels—all of them worth owning, for sure! They stand at my bedside waiting their turn so whenever I glance their way and they see that “Who’s next?” look in my eyes, aching to read all of them, they wave their pages frantically and scream “Pick me! ME this time!” only to settle down as I pick up the book I’m already reading.
Last week when I knew I had to choose, you should’ve heard the ruckus as I sat there deliberating. Their pleas were deafening and I was sure a cover or two would escape their bindings to flap in my face like runway flags to gain my attention. The decision was a tough one, but it seems that one book in particular, just as it had grabbed me the first time I heard its title and lay my eyes on its mesmerizing cover—grabbed me again. I found it irresistible, and even more so when I’d read its first chapter, having been captured by the story and was completely smitten by its voice. Reading Kelly Barnhill‘s The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a wonderful way to start 2017 😀 Seriously, is this stunning or what?…
…and I’m ALREADY THOROUGHLY ENJOYING IT! 😀