First Book Of The Year 2018

Thank you to everyone who sent in your first book pics of the year.  This is absolutely one of my favorite posts to put up each year and the fact that it is the first post each year….  even better.

The following are the pictures that came in from around the world of what people have chosen as their first book of the year.  For me… it was a huge deal trying to pick what I wanted to read and when I found it… I was thrilled and will be listening to it this morning on audio while I drive to the first run of the year.  (Hint in the pics below I am wearing a penguin hat)

Below everyone’s pics I have listed the areas in which these pictures came in from and under that the books that were chosen.  If you missed out, and still want to send your picture and first book in – please email me today at including where you live and I will add these pictures tomorrow.

Thank you again to everyone and Happy New Year.


Pics are from:  Alabama, Arkansas, Australia, Bermuda, California, Canada, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, New Zealand, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Scotland, Tennessee, Texas, UK, Virginia, Washington DC, Wisconsin and Wyoming

First Books:

Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

The Hearts Invisible Furries by John Boyne

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Sandcastle by Iris Murdock

Breaking Free by Rachel Jeffs

A Distant Heart by Sonali Dev

The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Ginger Snapped by Gail Oust

Wonder by RJ Palacio

The Promise Between Us by Barbara Claypole White

Copy Cat by Alex Lake

Jack Reacher The Midnight Line by Lee Child

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Little French Bistro by Nina George

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Bear Town by Fredrich Backman

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Tremontaine by Ellen Kushner

The Papers of Tony Veitch by William McIivanney

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

Degrees of Love by Lisa Slabach

Killers Of The Flower Moon by David Grann

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

My Antonia by Willa Cather

A Knight Of The Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin

Freya by Matthew Lawrence

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu

The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

American War by Omar El Akkad

Palo Duro by Max Knight

American Indians American Presidents

Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

The Reminders by Val Emmich

The African Trilogy by Chinua Achebe

Year One by Nora Roberts

Reset Reset Reset by Ellen Pao

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Crown of Stars by Sophie Jaff

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

Jacqueline Willoughby by Schuyler Randall

The World To Come by Dara Horn

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Those who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

White Bodies by Jane Robins

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Origin by Dan Brown

Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage by Hugh Brewster

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

The Listener by Robert McCammom

What If God Wrote Your To Do List by Jay Payleitner

The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

In the Moment by Karen Kingsbury


About Sheila (Book Journey)

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

Posted on January 1, 2018, in Book Stuff. Bookmark the permalink. 92 Comments.

  1. Happy New Year! There are some great books listed here today! Mine will be Glass Houses by Louise Penny. I am heading off to work, stay warm on your run, it is about 13 below on my side of the Twin Cities!

  2. Happy New year!!! Thanks so much for letting me be apart of this year. Everyone looks so excited and I see lots of books to add to my TBR list.

  3. Happy new year and I hope you enjoy your first book of the year, also I hope your run was amazing. You have more stamina than I do running in this cold weather! This is my first time participating and I can see this will introduce me to new authors and blogs!

  4. Happy New Year, Sheila and thanks for hosting this event again. It’s a great way to start the year!!

  5. Happy New Year!!


    Great added touch listing where the photos came from.

    Such fun…thanks for doing this again.

    Elizabeth of Silver’s Reviews – in case anyone wants to know who I am – I am reading NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA.

    Can everyone do that, Sheila?

    • That would be cool Elizabeth and everyone sure can … I just have nothing left to make it happen 🙂 LOL
      It was fun to capture where everyone was from and I was hoping to put it on each pic but it was too hard with the size of the pics and making sure the word fit in the box not to mention the extra time involved. As it was I worked on this post for about 7 hours. 😀

  6. Happy 2018! Thanks for hosting again Sheila!

  7. I will be only be able to read school books up until May. But I am entering my last semester of college. Nicholas Nickleby will be my main classic of the upcoming summer.

  8. Happy New Year! Thanks for hosting 🙂
    My First book of the year is The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.
    Lynn@Ellesea Loves Reading, Norway

  9. Happy New Year Sheila! What fun to see what everyone is reading today.

  10. Happy New Year, Sheila! Thanks for hosting First Book.

  11. Happy New Year, Sheila! LOVE seeing all the “first books”! Thanks for hosting this fun event once again!

  12. Happy New Year! Thanks for hosting, and I’m loving Every Breath You Take.

  13. Awesome collage! Thanks for doing this again Sheila!

  14. Happy New Year, Sheila! Thanks for doing this again…I love participating and seeing what everyone else is reading. Some great books being read this year!

  15. Happy New Year Shelia. Thanks for hosting this fun yearly event. It is fun to look through the pictures to see what everyone is reading and to put faces to blog names!
    My First Book

  16. Love it! Thanks again for organizing this. It’s fun to see what everyone has picked and I’m adding things to my TBR list 🙂

  17. jillhannahanderson

    I’ve read some of the books mentioned and am now adding several others listed to my ever-growing TBR list. Thanks, as always, for doing this, Sheila!

  18. Happy new year, everyone! Hope you enjoy a year filled with a ton of great books.

  19. Happy New Year! Thanks for doing this — so much fun to see what everyone one is reading and its also a reminder of several books that I want to read.

  20. One of these years, I’m going to get the pic to you in time!

  21. Happy New Year, Sheila! Thanks for hosting this again in 2018!

  22. Such a lovely idea! I just linked to this post in my blog post that rounded up the year and introduced my first read of 2018. I’m in Birmingham UK by the way, and am the lady with some Iris Murdoch, wearing a bobble hat. Happy reading, everyone!

  23. twogalsandabook

    Great collage Sheila! Thanks for including the pics! Happy New Year!

  24. Happy New Year!!! Thank you so much for hosting this again…I look forward to it each year 🙂 I think it’s amazing that with so many people participating, there aren’t that many duplicates 😉 Hope you had a great run today!

  25. Such fun photographs; what a great way to begin the new year!

  26. Looks like some great reading ahead!

  27. Happy New Year, and thanks for hosting this. Your choice looks GOOD.
    I’m at

  28. I’m so sorry I missed this. So much going on including the worst colds of our lives. I don’t know what I’m going to start next.

  29. This is always fun to participate in. That is a great turn out! Thanks for taking the time to share with all of us.

  30. This is absolutely amazing!! Thanks for doing this and making it an annual event!

  31. Thank you so much for doing this each year–it is so much fun to see what everyone is reading!

  32. Thank you for letting me share my photo of my first book of the year with you again! 🙂

  33. I almost forgot this! Oh, my! But I didn’t 😀

  34. Yay! I made it into the collage this year. 🙂 Thanks for making this a tradition, Sheila. My First Book and One Word are all together in one post here:

    Thanks again! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  35. I think it’s amazing how we all have different choices.

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