This is definitely the most disorganized First Book event I ever hosted. Yet despite my lack of creating the event, posting my intention on Good Reads, and overall communicating – many of you came through with a first book! HUZZAH!
That said – if you did not get in on this year, I am extending photos to come in through January 7th. You can Facebook Message me (Sheila DeChantal) or email me email@example.com) I will update this post next Saturday.
For those of you who sent in – thank you! I believe I captured all of you in the following photos – if I missed you let me know. Below the photos, you will see the list of the books selected this year with links for you to find them yourself. You will also find several authors in the mix – and for myself… I show up twice as I could not make up my mind. 😀
It was an interesting year with few duplicates unlike past years – a diverse set of reads!
Thank you again! Happy New Year!
- Look Back by Tatsuki
- Josie and Vic by Debra Thomas
- Keeper Of The Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
- The Book Of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
- The Last Summer by Karen Swan
- Brotherless Night by VV Ganeshananthan
- The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catharina
- Book Lovers by Emily Henry
- The Book Haters Book Club by Gretchen Anthony (2 selected)
- The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd
- A Quiet Life by Ethan Joella
- A Wish For Winter by Viola Shipman
- Lavender House by Lev AS Rosen
- The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Killers Of A Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn (2 selected)
- In The Lives of Puppets by TJ Klune
- A Good Neighborhood by Theresa Anne Fowler
- Fairy Tale by Stephen King
- Fallen by Linda Costello
- Part Of Your World by Abby Jimenez
- Breath-Less by Amy McCulloch
- Babel by RF Kuang
- Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde
- Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt (2 selected)
- The Shoemaker’sWife by Adriana Trigiani
- The Address by Fiona Davis
- Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult
- Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
- A Million Things by Emily Spurr
- Hang The Moon by Jeanette Walls
- The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson
- City Under O8ne Roof by Iris Yamashita
- The Choice By Nora Roberts
- Spearhead by Adam Makos
- The Sound Of One Hand Clapping by Richard Flanagan
- The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
- The Return Of The Gods by Jonathan Cahn
- The Chef by James Patterson
- My Heart Is A Chains8aw by Stephen Graham Jones
- The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris
- All The Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham
- They’re Going To Love You by Meg Howrey
- A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
- We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman
- Beyond The Point by Claire Gibson
- Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To Happiness
- Verity by Colleen Hoover (3 selected)
- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
- The Last Chairlift by John Irving
- The Ski Jumpers by Peter Geye
- Tomorrow and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
- The Quarry Girls by Jess Lourey
- The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt
- The Secret Life of Sunflowers by Marta Molnar
The Circus Train by Amita Parakh
- Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
- Country of Glass by Sara Katz
- How Not To Die by Michael Greger MD
- Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak
- The Story Of Edgar Sawtell by David Wroblewski
- The Secret Bridge by Amy Le Feuvre
- Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy
- Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover
- A World Of Curiosities by Louise Penny
- BREATH by James Nester
- Murder In An Irish Village by Carlene O Conner
- The Little Red Riding Book by Brandon Royal
- Brood by Jackie Polzin
- LIVID by Patricia Cornwell
- Night Flight by Antoine de Saint Exupery
- How To Be Perfect by Michael Schur
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
- HORSE by Geraldine Brooks
- The Art Of The Catapult by William Gurstelle
- Well Read. Well Fed.
- Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel J Siegel
- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
27 thoughts on “1st Book of the Year 2023”
Thanks for sharing the books and the readers! I’ll enjoy adding more to my list.
It’s a real mix this year! Usually, there is a book that stands out that many are reading but not this year!
I am so happy that you are extending the deadline! I was out of the country so didn’t have my book and now I do. I’ll send you my photo in a few minutes!
Im glad too! Happy New Year!
This is always a fun event to see what everyone picks for their first read. Thanks again for hosting!
You bet! I like to see what everyone is reading as well.
Yay! I’m diving into mine. I’ve been looking forward to it. Happy New Year!
Yes! I need a few unplugged days!
Love this as always!! THANK YOU!!
So many good books to “check out.”
I see you have THE BOOK HATERS BOOK CLUB….I enjoyed it…I think you will too.
Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 202311
Gretchen Anthony was recently at our local library – the book caught my attention 🙂
My comment didn’t post.
LOVE this as always!! THANK YOU.
Lots of good-looking books to “check out.”
I see you have THE BOOK HATERS BOOK CLUB…I enjoyed it. I think you will too.
Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2023.
Sorry for two of the same. It didn’t show the first time. 🙂
I don’t have anyone to take my photo..at age 85 living alone in my condo while my husband is in an assisted living facility. BUT my first book of the year does not appear on anyone’s list… The Circus Train by Amita Parikh Marcia Lengnick in Adrian, Michigan
Sent from my iPad
Hi Marcia – no worries – I added the book to the pics 🙂
Thank you Shelia. You can’t go wrong with either book! Happy Reading.
Thank you for doing all this again Sheila. I love going through to see which faces I recognise. Not as many as I’d like but still quite a few!
Agreed! I miss the Book Blog community as it once was 🙂 This is a small way I can keep in tough but yeah, I miss faces as well 🙂
I kept meaning to sit down and look to see if you were putting this together for this year, but I never managed to do even that! Or managed to decide what my first book would be! I’m going to decide and send you a picture today. Thank you for extending the deadline and congrats to everyone who sent theirs in already for being so organized!
The world is weird lol. This is one of my favorite things to do going into the New year and this year between work and other commitments it was hard to find time to work on it.
Thank you for organizing and putting this all together! Such a fun event and I love seeing everyone and everyone’s book choices! Happy New Year!
Me too! Happy New Year!
Thank you for putting this together, Sheila!
You bet! Hopefully next year I am more organized!