Friday, January 1, 2016

First book of the year!

Happy New Year!!!! Can you believe that it's 2016?!?

Join Sheila from Book Journey along with some fellow book bloggers as we feature our first book read in 2016.

For me, the first book sets the tone for the rest of the year. I have chosen Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
How beautiful is that cover?? That may or may not have been the primary reason I decided to purchase the hardcover version of this book instead of the ebook version. Well, that and the fact that the unusual format makes for a better physical copy.

I started this book yesterday and HOLY CRAP!! I stayed up past 5:00am this morning. I admit that part of the reason for that was watching the Alabama vs. Michigan State game (Roll Tide!)  but 75% of the reason why I couldn't go to bed was THIS BOOK!!! Worth. The. Hype.
I am feeling ALL THE FEELS!! I was reading during commercials and during halftime and I hated to turn away from this book when the game came back on.

I picked a hell of a book to start the new year on. And I may or may not have been reading when the clock struck midnight. Poetic, huh? Don't worry, I did stop (briefly) to kiss my husband and watch some amazing Italian fireworks outside my door.

What will your first book of the year be?

52 comments :

  1. Sounds like a great start to the year. Love it when a book won't let you sleep (if you can sleep in the next day!). Have a good 2016.

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    1. Thanks Emma! Yeah, this would have been murder if I had to work on New Year's Day. Luckily, there were no obligations so I didn't mind (too much) that it was keeping me up.

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  2. Wow I really need to get my hands on a copy of this book! My first book of the year is Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, a Peter Pan retelling. So far I'm loving it ^^

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    1. Soudha, yeah I just saw your review of Tiger Lily on Goodreads and I immediately added it to my TBR. It sounds amazing!

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  3. Looks like you picked a good first book!

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  4. Oh I got the physical book too for the same reasons!! I can't wait to get to it. I am still finishing up a book I started in 2015. After that I'm not sure yet what I will pick up!

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    1. Grace, oh I hope you get to this one soon. I just finished it and it was AMAZING!!!

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  5. I think I have that book... you make me want to go look for it ;)

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    1. Oh you must look for it, Sheila. It was so good!

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  6. I have been seeing this book everywhere, and I'm glad you are loving it. Thanks for sharing, and here's my FIRST BOOK OF 2016 POST

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  7. I've been hearing amazing things about this book! Glad to hear it's worth the hype. I love the reasons why you bought it instead of going with an ebook. The main thing I dislike about ebooks is not getting to see all the pretty covers. The Alabama/Michigan State game was just painful! I'm an Auburn fan myself (War Eagle) so I didn't have a dog in that fight but I have family who are fans of both so I wanted Michigan State to at least get on the board!

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    1. Katherine, oh it is definitely worth the hype!! Ha, my husband was an Alabama fan until he went to Auburn. Now, he actually just roots for whatever team is doing better. I am a GA fan (and you know how their season went), so I root for Alabama out of solidarity. I was surprised that Michigan was shut out completely. It was crazy!

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  8. Happy New Year! Glad your first book turned out to be such a winner! Good luck with all your reading in 2016.

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    1. Thanks Bev! Happy New Year to you as well.

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  9. So glad this book is so exciting, what a way to start your New Year of Reading.

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  10. Hau'oli Makahiki Hou. I'm glad you are enjoying a great read.

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  11. I love all of the photos especially the ones where folks got creative.

    ENJOY!!

    Happy New Year!!

    When Secrets Strike looks VERY good.

    ENJOY, and Happy New Year!!

    Happy Reading in 2016!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My First Book Of The Year

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  12. The exciting reviews and it being on so many Top lists makes me want to give this one a try. I don't usually do hype books out of my genre choices gut I am considering this one. Sounds like a fun way to bring in the New Year.

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    1. Marce, I know that sometimes when the hype monster is involved, I am wary. But this one is so worth the hype.

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  13. Happy new year to you!! I hope you have a fabulous year of reading in 2016!!

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    1. Thanks Captivated Reader. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  14. Hey, any book that keeps you up until 5am is well worth a "first read of the year" status!

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  15. Happy New Year. I too have seen this book in a lot of blogs and readers loving it. I hope one day to read it, although so many ahead of it. Yay, love you picked a book you love.

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well Kathryn! I hope you get to this one soon because it's amazing.

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  16. I agree, the first book of the year sets the tone - it sounds like your reading year is to be a good 'un based off of all you've said!

    Reading With Jade

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    1. Thanks so much! If the rest of my books are half as great as this one, then I think I will be okay.

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  17. Immediately added to my TBR!

    Happy New Year and happy reading!

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    1. Happy New Year to you as well Kwizgiver!

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  18. Sounds like an amazing beginning to your reading year!

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  19. I think you had more fun 'watching' the game last night that we did here, my hubby's a Spartan. Happy reading :)

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    1. Thanks Stacy! Yeah, that game must have been painful to watch. Sorry, not sorry. :)

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  20. This book is so awesome!! There is soooo much feel in this book.
    I'm still debating which book will be the first book of the year...

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    1. Cyn, I KNOW!!! I did not expect to feel so much for this book, but man, it was like a punch in the gut.

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  21. I hope u enjoy your first book of 2016. So much fun seeing everyones picks and pics. LOL

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    1. Thanks Diane! I just finished it and was crazy good. I love seeing everyone's pics too. :)

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  22. Wow, sounds like you chose the right book! Happy New Year!

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  23. Enjoy your book! Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks Nise. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  24. I started The White Queen by Philippa Gregory-which is for my Color Coded Challenge!! Happy Reading!!

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    1. Joann, oh that sounds like a good one. I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading to you as well!

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  25. An excellent choice, Cynthia - I also enjoyed it quite a lot :) My first book this year? The Sandman Omnibus - which is blowing my mind thus far! Happy New Year, dear friend <3

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    1. Thanks so much Ramona! I had not heard of The Sandman Omnibus, but I just looked it up and it looks really interesting. I hope you enjoy it. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  26. YAY!! I loved Illuminae with a sickness and I'm so happy you loved it. My first book of the year was a reread of Pride + Prejudice.

    Great post!

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    1. Stacee, oh yes I am fairly certain that Illuminae will be one of my favorite reads of 2016! Pride and Prejudice is a great way to ring in the new year!

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