First Book of the Year, Hardcover

First Book of the Year 2019

Happy New Year! Shelia of Book Journey created and has been hosting this event for six years now. She talks about it in December and then on New Year’s Day publishes a post full of collages of all of us participants.

For days I’ve been letting book titles marinate in my little brain and asking myself questions:

  • What do I want to officially read as my first book of 2019?
  • Do I want to read fantasy (because you know I lurve this genre) like Red Winter by Annette Marie, a cover that always catches my eye and a series that Di has raved about over and over again?
  • Or do I want to read something totally new to me?
  • If so, do I read a book that will challenge my brain and teach me something? Or should I pick a new book that will won’t be so emotionally charged?

I was tempted by the second. I had its Goodreads page open and almost got on my Kindle Paperwhite to buy the ebook. However, the last two tugged at me. I have not hid my love of fantasy and have been reading a slew of them so I kinda felt I could take a break from that genre and move onto pure fiction. Then two books popped into my head, one I know that would be intense reading and the other lighter. This is what I chose:

A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman has been out for quite some time. It’s a popular read among many and has been on my TBR since September 2016.

I really liked its summary and was drawn to its premise of a curmudgeon, old man getting exposed to a young and loud family next door. I liked that the vibe of community was hinted at for this book so I requested it from my library.

What is your first book of 2019? No mind the other unfinished reads of 2018. Is it a comfort read? Or is it from a genre you have never tried before? Or is it a plot that will make your brain synapses fire away?

I’m looking forward to reading your responses. TTYS.

13 thoughts on “First Book of the Year 2019”

  1. There is a movie of that book somewhere…either Prime or Netflix! I have no clue what my first book will be. I never ever cleanly finish one in the previous year order to start a fresh one in the new year! Happy New Year!


  2. I’ve read it, possibly listened to it on audio but can’t quite remember which way. Hope you like it. Yes I must see if I like it as a movie. I liked his Bear Town and want to follow up with the one that comes after it. Happy New Year. Love your sweatshirt.


  3. I love your sweater! I read A Man Called Ove a few years ago and I remember that I liked it a lot, I hope you’ll like it too. I started the 2019 reading with another crime novel by Anne Holt, 1222. So far I’m not much into it, but I’ll give it a chance a few more chapters.


  4. I’ve discovered that while I like reading, I can’t always read and do other things (like knit or work on auction-related stuff)……..and then I remembered audiobooks are a thing and that I can get them on my phone through an app from our local library. I’m currently listening to The Night Circus and I’m maybe 3.5 hours into the 13 hour reading. I’m enjoying the format because I can do other things and listen at the same time (though I do occasionally have to pause when I’m working on something that requires more thought/concentration). Next is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I think.


  5. I hope that you are enjoying your first read of 2019! Mine is The Bear and The Nightingale. Really enjoying it so far. It is based on a Russian folktale and is set during winter which is perfect for this time of year.

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  6. I have that one on my TBR so looking forward to see how you like it. I didn’t really give it much thought. My bookshelves is always over flowing with books to read and I just picked on up.. It’s called The Mother in Law by Sally Hepworth.. it’s after I read the synopsis that I discovered is a bit of a thriller.. my genre of choice 🙂 lets see how it turns out


  7. I am anxious to hear your thoughts on this. I have been considering reading it but..haven’t yet. It looks like a great pick for the first book of the year! It’s always such a big deal. 🙂 I usually pick a classic mystery, but this year I went for a classic children’s book, Anne of Green Gables. 🙂

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  8. Ha! You’re killing me. My husband and son love that book so I read it. And I loved it too. My first book of 2019 is another book by the same author. Britt-Marie Was Here. It was enjoyable and I wouldn’t rule out reading another by the author but A Man Called Ove still ranks supreme.


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