Introducing….First Books of 2021

This is one of my favorite posts of the year. The moment I get to reveal all the books you have shared with me. Thank you to everyone who sent in pics of your First Book, the response was incredible. Books came in from Scotland, Australia, Canada, and all over the United States. We went over 100 pictures sent in this year.

*If you sent me a picture and do not see it here please let me know. Pics come in from Facebook, email, and text, and try as I do, I could have possibly missed something. Also – every year a few pics trickle in late so if you are reading this and did not turn in your first book, however, wish to – you certainly can as I update again tonight and repost tomorrow and additions. You can email me pics at

Under the pics I have listed the book titles as well as a few fun facts – I will identify the authors in the pictures (see if you can find them – there are 13!) as well as what book shows up most frequently for this year’s collection.

That was a lot of fun! I love seeing what everyone is planning to read first this year! Did you find me and my pick? I’m pretty well disguised! Promised land by Barack Obama takes the lead with 5 people selecting this as their first read. Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People comes in second! Thanks again, everyone. Hopefully, you find a few interesting reads out of this group to add to your own list. I know I did.
Happy New Year!


52 thoughts on “Introducing….First Books of 2021

  1. What an incredible job you’ve done Sheila. You made 2021 special already for so many book lovers, thank you and have a Happy New Year.

  2. This post does so much for me…offers a wonderful start to the new year…inspires me to see what other wonderful books are out there…reminds me of all my friends in this fabulous book community we share. Thank you, Sheila.

  3. I enjoy this list very and noted that I read 2 of them. Mary Marks book. I have enjoyed all the books in this series. I am ready to read the next one in the series. I have also read, THE LIBRARY OF THE LOST AND FOUND and like very much. It is out of my reading group. Thanks for doing this first of year.

  4. I love this and am so glad you continue to do it every year! It’s so fun seeing familiar and new faces and I love that so many authors are now participating! Happy New Year my friend!!! xo

    1. Thank you! As much as I wish I was more consistent about writing about books like I used to, I just get too busy to keep up – this is one of the things that pulls me back as I love the connections and it starts the discussions churning again. πŸ™‚
      Happy New Year!

  5. Thank you for doing this every year. It’s so much fun to see everyone’s First Book and I love seeing some of my favorites in people’s photos.

    1. It really is! I love seeing what people choose. It is a HUGE decision for me to choose that coveted first book spot – I love to see what people choose – old favorites, new to them, coveted guilty pleasure… .its all good!

  6. Happy New Year and thanks for doing this again in 2021, it is such fun. I enjoyed The Midnight Library in 2020, its different but it just seemed to work.

  7. I checked a few times and I don’t think I made it in. I sent it early and you responded back but I swear I don’t see it.

    1. Ti can you send it again please? So sorry – gah. I was using two different lap tops and thought I had them all transferred to the same one. I will update as soon as you send it – I went through my emails and I have the 2019 one. How did you send it to me? I am looking for it too!

  8. What a work of love you put into this post every year. Thank you for creating this yearly event. I have fun being a part of it. Hugs and Happy New Year!

  9. I found you….great photo. πŸ™‚

    You are very well hidden. Love how you have the book spine showing, πŸ™‚

    The collages look terrific, Sheila….thanks.

    CONGRATS on this year having the most participants. πŸ™‚

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