Happy New Year! 1st Book Of The Year!


Happy New Year everyone!  2014!!!  AWESOME!!!

This is the first book of the year post and I have to say how excited I was to see that over 80 other book lovers signed on to either write a post about their first book of the year, send a picture of the first book they will be reading, or both!  As pictures came in from all over the world I loved seeing the first book choices!  The enthusiasm of readers in contagious!

The following are the pictures sent in from bloggers and book lovers you may very well know.  Later when I get home from that first run of the year (WOO WOO!) I will add the blog names below, unfortunately I just ran out of time this morning after hanging out with friends last night and getting home after midnight.  😉

In the meantime, check their posts out by seeing who linked up their First Book Of The Year post – and if it was you who wrote one, please add yours to the linky below the pics where it says click here.  When I get home I will be happy to check out your posts!

*Please note, if I missed your picture let me know – the collages auto fill and I hope everyone was captured.  I know I had one picture sent to me I could not open so if a few more trickle in today I will add then later. 😀




Thanks everyone for participating and LOVE the book choices.  You can now (if you can find me in the collage 😉 ) see that I am starting the year with V C Andrews, Flowers In The Attic.  I read this as probably a “tween”.  It was a great read then, and now it has been re-released with a sweet new cover.  Right now, I am leaving to do my first 5K of the year, The Polar Dash in St Paul Minnesota.  Late this afternoon though, I will be curled up with this book. 🙂

Happy New Year everyone!!!!!  Share what your first book of the year is going to be either by creating a post and linking it here or by telling me in the comments 🙂

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

About Sheila (Book Journey)

Bookaholic * Audio Book Fan *Bike Rider *Rollerblader *Adventure Seeker *Runner*Coffee lover *Fitness Fan * Movie junkie

Posted on January 1, 2014, in Challenges and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 113 Comments.

  1. Happy New Year Sheila!!! I’m so glad to be part of this and the collage came out great!!! It’s so fun to see what everyone is reading for their first pick and the reasons why they picked it!

    Hope you have a great first run!!!

  2. Rebekah is reading a work of fiction based on the life of Buffalo Calf Road Woman a woman warrior who was present at the Battles of the Rosebud and Greasy Grass Rivers. Cheyenne lore has her as the one who made the kill shot on Custer. This book won the 2005 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Western Novel and was coauthored by Rosmary and Joseph Agonito. Joe taught the Plains Indians course R. took at Onondaga Community College this autumn.

  3. I finally spotted you in the pics! I read a lot of VC Andrews when I was a teen. Thanks for sharing this meme with us.

  4. This is so cool! I didn’t know about this project before reading a few posts last night and this morning, I feel like I’ve missed a lot of posts these past few weeks! I love the collage and seeing all those smiling faces with their books!

  5. Great idea Sheila and I love everyone’s pictures! I read Flowers in the Attic years ago, it was a great story and it is one I’d like to revisit too. Happy New Year

  6. I LOVE the collage…thanks so much for doing this. I am so glad I found out about this fun meme this year.

    Happy New Year.

    Stop by my blog tomorrow for an international giveaway of Jubilee’s Journey.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My First Book of The Year

  7. I love the collage! What fun….and I’m eager to visit everyone’s posts. Happy New Year!

  8. This was a great idea, Sheila! Thank you for hosting this. Lots of fun!

    Happy 2014!

  9. Love seeing everyone’s smiling faces with their books. Happy New Year.

  10. Thanks for hosting this fun First Book 2014. Will try to visit many of the others. I like seeing the faces of so many bookies.

  11. The collage looks great! I didn’t send in a picture but I did participate. This is such a fun meme, I hope it will continue in the future.

  12. Thanks for hosting this. What a great idea!

  13. Love the collage! Thank you for doing this!

  14. What a great idea. My first book of the year is Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. I just finished rereading The Giver (an oldie, but goodie) and decided to read the rest of the series!
    Happy New Years to all!

  15. Happy New Year! I love the collage. I hope everyone has fun with their first books of the year.

  16. Thanks for hosting this event. I hope you enjoy your first book!

  17. Nice . I love being a part of it Thank you. Because I am on a time schedule with the Night Huntress series discussion it so happens that I am in the midst of finishing First Drop of Crimson but I will be starting 11/22/63 today still. Here is my link


  18. I love being a part of this! I am joining in with Markus Zusak’s novel The Book Thief which I have been looking forward to reading for two years now! I finally have a week before I must get back in the rhythm of reading for reviews so your meme gives me the perfect opportunity to read this novel! I’m so excited for the movie. The trailer is gripping!

  19. Fantastic idea, have you started a new tradiition? I have not read V C Andrews books I did try the first one years ago, but just wasn’t me.
    Thanks for all the work, you did awesome.

  20. How fun is this?! 🙂 Happy New Year to you all, especially you Sheila. I read my first VC Andrews book when I was in Junior High–if my parents had been paying more attention to my reading choices they may have been a bit shocked! 😉 Enjoy your books everyone!

  21. Thanks Sheila this is such a fun idea! I never really thought much about the “first” book, but I definitely will from now on. I picked out my “official” first book today (posted it on Chick with Books) and linked up. My first read is going to be The Unwelcomed Child by VC Andrews. I LOVED Flowers in the Attic and this is her newest book coming out the end of the month! Happy New Year!

  22. My picture is on my post. I’m reading the book while in a downward dog pose.

  23. I read Flowers in the Attic for the first time a year or so ago and I think it left me with psychological scars, lol. Did you know they’re doing a TV adaption this year? It was compulsive reading – I had to find out what happened in the other books by consulting wikipedia. 🙂 Sorry I didn’t take part in this meme in the end, just too busy!

    It’s amazing how many people are reading physical books at the moment – it gives me hope that 75% of the market will always be paper books (which I love, I know they’re bad for trees… But…).

  24. I love this idea! It’s great to see what people are starting out the new year with. I’m currently in the midst of a few books so I don’t really count those…whatever book I START this year will be the official first book of the year. I’m not sure what that will be yet though.

    Lauren from http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  25. I am loving this, Shelia. THANKS so much.

    And….I am loving seeing the person “behind the blog.” 🙂 The photos are so cute!!

    Happy New Year!!

  26. This was a fabulous idea, Sheila! Thanks for doing this–these kinds of things are always so fun!

  27. This was so much fun! I see lots of familiar faces in the collage! Happy New Year!

  28. This is such a cute idea. My first book of the year was also the last book of 2013 – I’m about halfway through A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. It was a great choice for me.

    Happy new year!

  29. Happy New Year! I might be one of the only people who never read Flowers In The Attic. 🙂

  30. This is great. I love seeing all the pictures of what everyone is reading!

  31. I remember devouring that book in high school. I hope you are enjoying rereading it. Happy New Year!

  32. I love this idea! Will send you a pic. Happy new year!

  33. This was such a fun challenge, thank you for hosting it!!

  34. How cute! I wish I had known about this ahead of time! Great feature!

  35. I’d just like to say thanks for hosting this Sheila. Not only did I get to blog about my first read of 2014 but I have found some wonderful blogs that I’d not seen before and have been inspired by the choices everyone has made!

  36. What a great idea, love all the photos from all the bookies!

  37. Such fun Sheila, and the photo idea was awesome, I loved checking out pics and matching faces to blog names and their book choice 🙂

  38. Thanks so much for hosting. You got a great response. It’s an awesome thing. Happy New Reading Year!!

  39. So fun! Loved to see everyone’s photo. Next year I’ll be a happier place and I’ll play along.

  40. I love the collage! Great idea! I did get a little reading in yesterday, but not as much as I would have liked. I have a sick husband, and like most, he turns into a whiny baby who can’t do anything for himself. Got to love them, though, I will be glad when he is feeling better. I hope to get more read today. 🙂

  41. I saw your race pics on Facebook, you did awesome once again! Hopefully it’ll inspire me to get off my ass this year and move!

  42. What a fun idea! Happy New Year and thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  43. Great Collage! I forgot send my pic!! Can I do it now?

  44. Have a great reading year, Sheila. Picking out the first book was fun!

  45. I didn’t get a chance to join in since I was on vacation without a computer, but I love this idea! I started The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd on the 31st. I’ve only managed to read a few chapters so far, but it’s good! Happy New Year!

  46. Ooh, I love all the pictures Sheila!! I still have yet to finish a book this year, haha.

  1. Pingback: First Book of the Year: 2014 | Book-alicious Mama

  2. Pingback: Happy New Year! 1st Book Of The Year! « Mama Bear Musings

  3. Pingback: Agatha Christie Reading Challenge | The Chronicles Of A Children's Book Writer

  4. Pingback: First Book of the Year | Under My Apple Tree

  5. Pingback: Happy New Year! 1st Book Of The Year! | Jackies forget me nots

  6. Pingback: New Year’s Day Collage: First Flowers of 2014 | small house/BIG GARDEN

  7. Pingback: 2013 in Pictures | My opinions on America's issues

  8. Pingback: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? « Mama Bear Musings

%d bloggers like this: