First Book – 2017…. Day One To SHINE


Happy New Year People Of The Book.

There is a lot I like about a new year.  It is indeed a fresh start… it’s a new deck to play with.  I retired my word of 2016 (COURAGE) at midnight last night.  The word has served me well and will always be a part of me now that I have spent a year learning to live that way.  Excitedly, today I have opened the door to my new world for 2017…. SHINE.  I hope to SHINE this year and be an example for myself as well as others that circumstances do not have to destroy you, that you can live with amazing grief.

And of course…. a new year is new book adventures.  Long before I had a blog, I was doing First Book by myself.  Every year I made a big deal out of choosing that first book of the year.  It is exciting to see by the outpouring from all of you from all over the world coming forth to share the excitement of that first book with me.

As I have done the past 4 years, I am very excited to present to you, the books that we are reading as we go into 2017:







Thank you all for once again joining me for one of my favorite events of the year.   I am off this morning to run my first 5K of the year, the Polar Dash In ST Paul with my friend Belinda.  I am excited to kick off my word right from the start.

Happy New year to all of you.

Shine Always,




About Sheila (Book Journey)

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

Posted on January 1, 2017, in First Book Of The Year and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 57 Comments.

  1. Wishing you a shining new year, Sheila!

  2. You’re having an invigorating start to the new year, Sheila! Thanks for hosting the First Book. Happy New Year!

  3. Thanks for coordinating this event Sheila. Wishing you peace and new happiness in 2017.

  4. Love this post!!

    Thanks for doing it again.

    Happy New Year and Happy Shining!!


    Silver’s Reviews
    My First Book Of The Year

  5. Great idea for an event, Sheila, Just posted my pic.

  6. Thanks for doing this again, Sheila. Happy New Year!

  7. Angie Simmonds

    Loved seeing the pics of the Bookies! ( And the child<3)

  8. Thanks for organizing this great collage! It’s fun to see what everyone is reading. Happy New Year, and I love your new mantra for 2017!

  9. You DO shine Sheila! I hope you have a wonderful 5K run. And thanks for putting this together again this year. I love the pics!

  10. Happy New Year, Sheila! And thank you for doing this again this year. I love participating!

  11. Love it – wishing you all the very best for 2017 Sheila x

  12. I recognize a lot of those lovely faces, but don’t see yours. What are you reading? I started Between the World and Me last night for my book club.

    Shine is the perfect word for you because you are a star!

    Happy New Year!

  13. It’s always such fun to see what everyone else is starting the year with! Thank you for coordinating this event! Have a fantastic day and shine!

  14. Literary Feline

    So many beautiful readers! What a great way to start the New Year. Thank you for sharing your idea with us Sheila and putting this all together so we can be a part of it.

  15. Shine On, Book People! Thanks for sharing the Books of the Year, Sheila, your One Word…and your great plans to start off the New Year! Happy 2017!

  16. It’s, quite frankly, a blessing to be associated with so many beautiful people who share my passion!! Beautiful inside and out!

    Happy New Year– hope it is truly happy for you and yours…

  17. Happy New Year, Sheila! Thank you for hosting this. I have just posted my First Book of the Year (complete with late night selfie)! I hope the 5k is terrific! 🙂

  18. Thanks Sheila!! Happy new year! And happy reading.

  19. Thanks again Sheila for this great idea. Love Shine. Love all the faces and books. My First Book of the Year Post is up.

  20. Shine is a wonderful word for you for 2017. Good luck in your 5k! Sharing my first book of the year:

  21. Thank you for hosting this again! Good luck with the 5k.You will SHINE!!!

    Vonnie’s First Book

  22. This is always SO much fun to see! It’s this perfect aggregation of diverse books come together to celebrate reading and books, and I don’t think I saw any duplicates! Love your hat, Sheila 😀

    And more importantly, Sheila, it’s such a pleasure seeing you “shine.” 🙂 Good luck on your run today!

  23. First I saw about this on Laura’s blog, Library of Clean Reads, and also on Elizabeth’s blog, Elizabeth’s Reviews, so I thought I’d better skedaddle over here and unofficially join in! :O) Anyway, here’s my First Book of 2017!

  24. I completely forgot to take my photo and I was so looking forward to participating this year. *sad face*

  25. I love your word for the year Sheila.

    Thanks, once again, for hosting First Book of the Year. Happy reading in the new year.

  26. Thanks for sharing your love of The First Book of the Year with the world! It is always a lot of fun! Happy New Year Sheila!

  27. Shine on Sheila!

    Thank you for hosting this lovely lovely mean once again (& one word) they both meant a lot to me this year…as I head off into a year of living life gracefully.

  28. bummer, I forgot to join this year! My first book is The Great and the Good, by Michel Déon. I hope you had a great run this morning, happy New Year to you too!

  29. I must have sent in my picture to late to make the post but here is a link with my picture of my first book of the year 2017. As always, thanks for hosting this and Happy New Year!

  30. Happy New Year. Thanks for hosting. I love putting faces to names!

    My First Book

  31. This is a fun post-sorry I do not have a photo-but I put the post up.

    Happy New Year

  32. Happy New Year Sheila! Hope your 5k went well – that’s a fantastic way to start the new year! I missed out on the first book of the year post for 2017 – first time in a couple of years – because I couldn’t find a book I really really wanted to kick 2017 off with :-/ Aargh!

  33. Happy New Year! Thanks for doing First Book and One Word every year. This is my second year and I so enjoy it. I love your word…Shine…and you will shine. You always have. 🙂

  34. We are off to a great start!

  35. Happy year, my friend. It’s time to SHINE

  36. So Fun ! EnJoy the New Year’s reading – especially that first book!
    TEA FOR TWO by Trish Perry – a rom com writer par excellence! and nice lite start for me.
    Love your 365 Word, Sheila – it’s what you do 😉 carry on… 🙂

  37. Shine, shine, shine, shine, shine! We’re all fantabulous 😀 Book bloggers, readers and authors an amazing group of people! So glad I found this and could get on my book journey again! I’m so ready for 2017!

  38. Thank you so much for this, Sheila! I always love looking to see what everyone picks.

  39. You had a nice group of participants again this year – a great way to start off the new year! I’m not so sure about the Polar Dash though. Happy New Year, Sheila.

  40. Late to the party, but was with you on day 1 cheering you from afar… Shine on, Girlfriend!!

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