The 9th Annual First Book Event

Oh yeah… It’s happening.
It has been quite a year of long workdays, lots of hours, and trying to find a balance between work, family,-friends, and a little time for just me. This space at Book Journey has been long neglected as I just did not have it in me to write a review.

But… We are not done here.
This is one of my favorite events of the year and was I going to miss it when people started asking if it was happening again this year?
No way. We are soooooooooooo doing this.

So what is First Book?  First Book is the first book you plan on reading in the New Year.  It can be a long-coveted read you have not had time for, a guilty pleasure read like a re-read of a favorite…  really it can be anything – it is, after all, YOUR First Book.

Make it AWESOME.

Then, once you have picked what it will be, email/ Facebook message/ text me a picture of you with the book (send it to  This adds to the excitement of the First Book.  You have between now and December 31st to send in your choice.  On January 1st I will post all the pics in a collage format of all of you around the world that are doing First Book.  I do hope you will join me – friends, family, fellow book lovers, a friend of a friend of a friend… you there in the corner looking at this crazy site for the first time – you as well.  I enjoy putting this together every year and seeing all the great books and pics come in really makes my heart smile.

Here are just a few of the over 100 books that came in last year:

And yeah… that’s just a few.
I do hope you will join in. It is fun to see friends and authors who participate as well as people from all over the world.

Be well.

41 thoughts on “The 9th Annual First Book Event

  1. I was just thinking about this last night and wondering if you were planning to host for another year. Can’t believe it’s the 9th annual First Book! I’m in and will get you a photo when I decide on my First Book.

    1. I cant believe it either – I have a lot of things that are at 9 years so its funny to think what I must have been doing when this all began. I have been on the Friends Board 9 years, Wine and Words just finished its 9th year….

  2. Yayyyy! I’ve never sent in a picture but I always love seeing the collage and looking at everyone and their books…and sometimes their cute animal. How that one lady got her dog to sit still for the photo I would love to know. lol If I can get my cat to sit still and pose with me, I will definitely send in a picture this year.

  3. I was just thinking about this yesterday! I’m too late to join the fun this year, but looking forward to see what everyone else is choosing!! So glad you are hosting this again!

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