It’s time for the annual FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR with Sheila at Book Journey and hundreds of other readers around the world.

What is First Book? Well, it is just like it says, it is the First Book you choose to read in the new year. It can be a book that you’ve been wanting to read, maybe a classic, or one you received as a gift this Christmas. Maybe it is something you’ve been meaning to read as part of your own self-improvement. It can be any book you’d like! It is YOUR FIRST BOOK.

I love seeing what book is the most popular choice and the wide variety of books that are chosen. I usually add a few to my own reading list!

This will be my sixth year participating and I have known for a couple of months which book would be my FIRST BOOK. It seems like the perfect book for kicking off the new year. So many people have raved about it and I can’t wait to dive in.

But first, let’s revisit previous years books.

2016 A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN

I read this one from our balcony while visiting Pensacola Beach, hence the sunglasses. This was my first, FIRST BOOK and unfortunately, it was a miss for me. So many other readers raved about this one though.

2017 THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE

This one checked all my boxes including historical fiction and family drama. This one was a favorite of 2017 for me!

2018 JUST BETWEEN US

I am not a regular mystery reader. This one about four friends/moms and the secrets they were keeping had just the right amount of suspense and mystery to keep me turning the pages.

2019 I’D RATHER BE READING

A definite favorite and a great way to kick off a year of reading with a book all about the joys of the reading life.

2020 THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY

This was such a fascinating and heart-breaking read. I had to put it down several times due to the heaviness of it, but I really loved it.

And now for my First Book of 2021…

ATOMIC HABITS

An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

By: James Clear

Published: October 16, 2018

Publisher: Avery

Non-Fiction

I purchased this one last year and have been waiting for the right moment to read it. Especially after seeing so many readers raving about it all year long. I think it is the perfect book to kick off the new year and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Sheila will be posting collages of all the great FIRST BOOKS readers are sharing. Click HERE to see them all. Maybe you’ll be inspired to choose your FIRST BOOK!

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4 Comments

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow on January 1, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Sounds like a good pick! I like how you showed your picks for all the years. Thanks for visiting mine.

  2. Sheila DeChantal on January 1, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    That was fun seeing your pics through the years… I may need to check out what I have chosen…lol

  3. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) on January 1, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Great idea of sharing your previous year’s picks. Hope this one is a win for you!!

  4. Kathryn Trask on January 2, 2021 at 6:01 am

    Hmm wouldn’t we all like to form good habits and break unhelpful ones. Hope the book lives up to the recommendations. Happy New Year and happy reading in 2021.

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