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.