The First Books of 2019


Happy New Year!  It’s 2019 and this year more than quite a few in the past, I feel ready to start with something new.  Among many other subjects, I am excited to dig back into reading as well – starting with this first book of 2019.

Thank you to everyone who participated this year.  It does my heart good to see the many book lovers share their reads from all over the world.  From people in my home town, all around Minnesota, the US – and even beyond. I know for sure we have Africa, Australia, and New England.   Thank you so much and happy reading.

See if you can find me and my book choice in the collages.  ;P

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Did you find any to add to your own reading list?   I think I have several to mention to Book Club!

One book shows up SIX times!  Do you know which book it is?

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


A Short Film About Disappointment by Joshua Mattson

Batter Off Dead by Maymee Bell

Becoming  by Michelle Obama

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

Birds Of A Feather by Lorin Lindner

Bone House by Brian Freeman

Book Thief by Mark Zusak

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Broken Ice by Matt Goldman

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Cooper’s Charm by Lori Foster

Covers of Snow by Jenny Milchman

Daring To Hope:  Finding God’s Goodness In The Broken and Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors

Don’t Let Me Down by Erin Hosier

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Biography by Marion Meade

Fixation by Steve Smart

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Hanover House by Brenda Novak

I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott

I’d Rather Be Reading by Ann Bogel

Island of Glass by Nora Roberts

I’ll Be Gone With The Dark by Michelle McNamara

I’m Too Young To Be 70 by Judith Viorst

In The Middle Of The Mess by Sheila Walsh

It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Learning To See by Elise Hooper

Logan and Luna Find The Magic Tree by Cristina Hanif

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Mary Queen Of Scots by John Guy

Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta

My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

Paris By The Book by Liam Callanan

Pieces of Happiness by Ann Ostby

Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron De Hart

Shadow Of The Moon by M M Kaye

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult

Sold On A Monday by Kristina McMorris

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Killgariff

Thanks A Thousand by A J Jacobs

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Best of Us by Robyn Carr

The Child by Fiona Barton

The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Dire King by William Ritter

The Eighteenth Century WYANDOT:  A Clan Based Study by John Steckley

The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The Great British Bake Off by Linda Collister

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Hunting Accident by David Carlson

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

The Letters of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E Weymouth

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Prayer of Jesus by Kevin Jackson

The Shimmering Road by Hester Young

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

The Way of Love by Ted Dekker

The Wife Between Us by Green Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

There There by Tommy Orange

These Is My Words by Nancy E Turner

Tuna Melts My Heart by Courtney Dasher

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

Useless Magic by Florence Welch

Voices In The Air:  Poems for Listeners by Naomi Shihab Nye

What You Did Not Tell by Mark Mazower

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Woman 99 by Greer Macallister

You Don’t Own Me by Alafair Burke and Mary Higgins Clark

Did you find me and my First Book?  ;P

Thank you all again for participating.  I enjoy this so much.  If you missed out and wish to participate you can still send me your book choice today ( I can add you to any that come in tomorrow.  If you submitted a pic and you do not see it, please let me know and send it again.  With all the pics that come in by Email, Facebook, Messenger, Text…  It would be easy for me to miss something.  😉

Happy New Year and may your 2019 reading take you on new adventures beyond your dreams!


82 thoughts on “The First Books of 2019

  1. LOVE the tradition, and this post is FAB as always!!

    Thank so much for doing this…it has to be a ton of work.

    I will try to find you and the book mentioned FIVE times. 🙂

    Happy New Year!!

    1. It is a lot of work but I love it. I sit at night with my laptop and the tv on (lately it has been Downton Abbey and I work on this. I love seeing the books I have not heard of and adding them to my own list 🙂
      Happy New Year!

    1. LOl it was interesting to see that! I love seeing the duplicates and always kind of surprised in the diversity of the choices – that there is no “Must Read”, but so many wonderful choices.
      Happy New Year!

  2. I know which title, also. I have it on my Kindle for future reading. And I see you there and have that book also on my kindle for a couple of years already– what a chunkster! It’s so fun to see all the other bloggers with their choices. I didn’t send a pic in this year but I will again next. Best wishes for this New Year, all year long!

    1. Yes my book is a chunkster lol – I have been listening to it on audio as I work on house projects. It has been on my lost for several years at the recommendation from a friend who calls it her favorite book. I can see why.. it has a little Harry Potter element to it 🙂

      Happy New Year!

  3. I was so interested in all the book titles I totally missed you the first time and had to go back and look again! It’s so fun to look at all the books people are reading, and I’m not at all surprised at the title that showed up 5 times. It was my biggest seller this Christmas!

  4. I’m so glad you are still doing this and I love seeing the variety of books that everyone shared. Some are on my to-read list, others were favorites, and many others I’ve never even heard of. Happy New Year to all the readers out there!

  5. I feel like I’ve waited all month for this day, and it has been wonderful! I did see you…although it took a couple of scans…the baseball hat tricked me at first. LOL.

    I saw Becoming five times…I have that one on my coffee table, waiting.

    Thanks for bringing this event out again! Happy New Year!

  6. Happy New Year and thanks for doing this again, enjoy the Patrick Rothfuss book. I see I am right next to Kristin from Always With a Book, I learned so much about blogging from her blog in the early days so happy to see us side by side!

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  8. Hi Sheila, loved seeing the collage again I have been following you for a while and this will be my 3rd Year and I really enjoy it! I did have a WordPress blog a while back when I worked at the library but life moved on and I’m mostly on Facebook. I found you in the collage and was happy to see your reading one of the books I randomly bought a few months back. Will look at it again, after reading Becoming of course 🙂 Happy New Year and thanks for doing this!

  9. Sheila,

    It took me a while to find you and your book, because there are so many participants! This is such a great post/idea! It is interesting to see what people have chosen. I’ve read some of these, and am interested in many others as well, including the popular book, Becoming by Michelle Obama.

    As I reported on Mary’s blog, Bookfan, I’m reading a few books right now, so I could not choose a single, first book this year.

    Happy New Year, Sheila! 🙂

    1. I am kind of that way too – have trouble choosing one as I usually have an audio and at least one book going…. I try to choose one I have been wanting to read/listen too… that’s how I came up with Name Of The Wind.
      A lot of people are reading Becoming. It will be on my list as well 🙂

  10. Thanks for your great post! Last year’s word was joy but I’m not sure it is possible to apply that in stressful situations so this year I also chose two words: gratitude and love.
    Blessings to you and your family, may your journey bring love and a renewed spark.

  11. Hi Sheila, I am a bit behind here. I’ve had a horrible case of bronchitis. The first book of the year for me is The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews (chosen by my book club).

  12. Love seeing what everyone is kicking the year off with. I was stuck reading a book that I had to post a review for on 1/2. While I enjoyed the book, it wasn’t my choice of what to kick off the year with which was a disappointment.

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