I just saw a post for Book Journey’s annual 1st Book of the Year! If you unaware, Book Journey will be hosting their 5th annual event where the blogging community posts about the very first book they will be starting the new year off with! There are some “rules” for posting;
The first book of the New Year should be:
A. A coveted book that you have wanted to read but have just not found the time.
B. A delicious favorite… one you have read before, but crave to read again.
C. Really whatever you want it to – it is after all YOUR First Book Of the year.
Make it AWESOME. Think about what you want to set the tone for 2018.
Then, once you have picked what it will be, email her a picture of yourself with the book. On January 1st she posts all the pictures in a collage format of people all around the world that are doing First Book. For an idea of just how BIG this event is, here is a look at 2016’s First Books. Just make sure that you click on the link to her page (here), where you fill out the Google Form to participate. The deadline for submitting a photo is December 30th (you can also submit your link to a post like this one, if you wish to, but it is not required!)
So without further ado, here is what I will be reading heading into 2018!
Be sure to look for this exact photo on Book Journey’s January 1st post!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
The reasoning behind this pick is actually pretty awesome. I had never even heard about this book until a few days ago. My brother’s best friend had gotten my brother’s girlfriend and I the same gift for Christmas. When we opened our presents and saw this book in our hands, he explained that he had heard it was a great book, his sister had read it, and loved it, and he thought that maybe we could read it together and chat about it when we saw each other next. HOW SWEET IS THAT?!?!? Obviously I am super excited to dive into this book, which, who knows, may open the door to future mini Book Club reads between the three of us (and my maybe my brother?!?) in the future!
Update: I have already started this book, and have gotten a significant amount into it so far, so it actually may not be the (literal) 1st book I read/finish in 2018, but I still plan on rereading parts and diving deeper into it before discussing with my friends.
Happy reading ya’ll! And a very happy, healthy New Year!