For those of you who have been around these last 10 years (EEP), you know I was once quite the blogger/book chatter/writer girl. This site… if you dig through the glorious archives is not only an artifact of my love of books… within the posts, is also the story of me.
If you have been with me all these years. You know much of that story… much of my strong review years, what slowed me down to now (life, loss, change) to this, my eventual pop in once in a while.
Because of all of that I just said, I keep this site active as it does hold much of me… a bit of a Horcrux (but not the evil kind).
Ok – this is not meant to be about that. I wanted to share a little history of First Book – the one consistent I have held on this site.
First Book started with me, long before I knew what a blog was. I always made a big deal out of my first book of the year… making it a “no rules book” – just merely guilty pleasure – a book I was reading not because it was the next hot thing, not because it should be read next, not because it was for my book club – etc etc…. First Book to me was a book that I wanted to read for me. It could be anything. A re-read of a favorite. One I had put off for a while (years even) due to time restraints etc…, one that was not in my normal genre circle but I longed to give it a try…
Seven years ago I brought First Book to Book Journey. Opening up my silly tradition to the masses – anyone else who wanted an excuse to read something they really wanted to read for no reason at all then they wanted to read it.
It has been a lot of fun. as you can see by the posts and the pictures of those who shared their first book (some of you are represented year after year!)
I keep it going for many reasons. It connects me to the book lovers/reviewers that I have come to know through the years – heck, I even met quite a few of you that are not in my everyday world. It is also fun to see if there is a book that is selected many times (last Year Crawdads and Michelle Obama’s book Becoming were featured frequently). And if I am completely open and honest – I do it because it gives me a project to get through the New Year and focus on something positive instead of losing myself in loss.
That all said… I do hope you join in this year. It’s easy – you just send in a picture of yourself with the first book you plan to be reading into the New Year. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or PM me on Facebook – or even add it to a Facebook post I wrote about First Book.
Thanks All! Happy Holidays!