Friday, 1 January 2016

First Book of the Year

Happy New Year!

May 2016 be a year of great books, wonderful stories and blogging bliss.

Every year Sheila @Book Journey hosts First Book of the Year.

The link above takes you to her sign up post with a collage of pictures of all us reading from last new year's day.

I love planning what will be my first book of the new year.
I want it to be something memorable. Something that will start my new reading year off with a bang!

This year I'm in beautiful Mornington, in the state of Victoria, visiting family.
Nearby Mills Beach is one of the local beaches famous for it's colourful old bathing sheds.

We're being very lazy - lying by the pool, strolling along the beach, drinking and eating too much fine food and wine.

And the book that starts the New Year with me is:

Book Two of Elena Ferrante's Neopolatana series, The Story of a New Name.


I read My Brilliant Friend way back in October and somehow I've managed to save the next three books for my summer holidays. The anticipation has been delightful.

What's your first book of 2016?
And where on earth are you reading it?

28 comments:

  1. I'm reading a collection of letters by Margaret Mitchell! :)

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    1. Your 2016 sounds similar to your 2015 so far :-)
      I love your enthusiasm for the classics.
      Happy New Year

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  2. Great choice - enjoy! I've still got a few more hours to decide what my first book will be ;-)

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  3. I think I'm going to go for The Conference of Birds, but I'm also excited about reading The History of Sir Charles Grandison and The Hand of Ethelberta by Hardy - still not decided what to start with!

    Happy New Year :)

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  4. Happy New Year! I think I'll still be reading Trollope's Orley Farm. I'm 500+ pages in, with 300 still to go.

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  5. The Gilded Hour , a story od two 1/2 cousins, one white, one black, both surgeons in poverty New York City in the late 1800s. A comfortable summer read, serious in parts and a fluffy romance or two

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  6. It is midnight in California, U.S.A., and I think my first book will be Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, when I wake up hours from now. But first I have to go to sleep. Happy New Year!

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    1. What a lovely way to start the new year. Have fun with your Wilder-athon :-)

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  7. LETTER 'S' for #XmasInSummer #XmasInWinter challenge "Separate Tables" (play by T. Rattigan)

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  8. I love Eleana Ferrante's books - enjoy
    Happy Hew Year and the best is being wished for you and yours.

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  9. Oh, I just finished reading "My Brilliant Friend" last night and LOVED it! I can't wait to read this one!

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    1. So far book 2 is living up to its high expectations:-)

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  10. Happy New Year! What a great pic and so curious to hear how your first book will pan out. Elena Ferrante is an author I'v had on my TBR list. I went with an author who doesn't disappoint - Tana French.

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  11. Ferrante is an author I'm really hoping to try this year. I've heard fantastic things about her books!

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  12. Great pick -- hope you love it. Happy New Year!

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  13. I hope you love your first book. I'll look for it.

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  14. Love your summer photo and those bathing sheds sound wonderful old history. Enjoy the reads! Happy new year.

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  15. I love your picture! I should have taken mine outside in the snow :) Thanks for participating.

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  16. The sunny beach weather looks wonderful!

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  17. You're at least the second person I've seen who is starting their year with this book. It must be good! Happy New Year!

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  18. Happy New Year. I'm envious of the beach holiday!

    Great book choice - I have this series on my to-read list but haven't started it yet.

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  19. I have the first book of this series in my TBR pile---I've heard such great things about them. I must start soon. Happy 2016 Reading!

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  20. This seems to be a popular choice for the first book - I must start with the first one soon.. great picture!

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  21. This is my First Book of 2016 too! (I actually have been so busy visiting blogs and being nosy that I haven't started it yet, though.) Happy New Year!

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    1. Laurie, I have been visiting more than reading too and telling myself, go read :-) Happy New Year

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  22. Anticipating a book is fun and rewarding. Happy New Year

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  23. I need to read an Elena Ferrante book.

    ENJOY, and Happy New Year!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blogger New Year’s Challenge

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  24. Looks like a splendid place to be there on Mills Beach. I was in the Canadian Rocky Mountains this past weekend in -28C conditions but still loving the cross-country skiing. Go figure. Enjoy the Ferrante book. I'm reading Crow Lake by Mary Lawson -- quite good. Cheers.

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