First Book 2022 and Happy New Year


And I see for the ninth time we celebrate our first book of the year. I chose mine off the print TBR shelf. I chose a new to me author, and one with a summer cover… because of course its summer down here in New Zealand. As I post, it is the evening of January 1st and I have read a few pages. Very promising.

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And my first audiobook for 2022 is Venetia because I felt like an historical and fun. Listened to some of this so far today, hmmm jury is still out!

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May 2022 be one of health and happiness for you and your family. May the books read be fantastic.


First Book of the Year 2021

book coverWell I have made that all important choice of what book to start my reading life in 2021. Plus I really enjoy seeing what others have chosen.

So I have gone for a backlist book published in 2014.
It’s #2 in a series.
It is a cozy mystery.
It comes from the library.
It has a link to a hobby I love.

I’ve had it sitting here for a little while as I was saving it up, because I could. The library gives 5 weeks for having it out over the holiday period.

This year I hope to read a few more cozy mysteries, I enjoyed the first one in this series, and was interested in a few quilting tips I didn’t know about. One was if you prick your finger and get a bit of blood on the fabric, your spit will help take it out! I haven’t had to test that yet!photo with first book 2021

Knot in My Backyard by Mary Marks. I love that blue quilt on the cover!


First Book of the New Year 2020

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Since 2014 Sheila over at Book Journey has been leading us in choosing that first special book of the year. Its thanks to her that I have been doing it since then, I just hadn’t thought of it before. However I think its such a great idea.

For 2020 I am choosing one of my own bookshelf and its a reread as well. It is a large number of years since I read it and I bought myself a new copy because I have no idea where the copy I read is.

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Its by Rumer Godden, written in the 1960’s and considered a bit of a classic. I know I liked it first time round, but draw a big blank on it now even as I read the blurb!

Bruised by tragedy, Philippa Talbot leaves behind a successful career with the civil service for a new calling: to join an enclosed order of Benedictine nuns. In this small community of fewer than one hundred women, she soon discovers all the human frailties: jealousy, love, despair. But each crisis of heart and conscience is guided by the compassion and intelligence of the Abbess and by the Sisters’ shared bond of faith and ritual. Away from the world, and yet at one with it, Philippa must learn to forgive and forget her past

Would you read it? Have you read it?




First Book of the Year


Oh yes time to pick that first book of the year. The one that sets the tone we hope for all the reading in 2019.

I have chosen one that is written about a woman who marries C. S. Lewis. I have seen this book well reviewed by other readers I respect and so it came into my hands from the library just in time to be my pick. I have started it as its the 1st of Jan here already, I have perused the back and all the research she has done for this book so feeling very positive about it.

I find it is a bit of a risk reading a fiction book about a real life person, some books in the past I haven’t liked what the author did with those people. However I like Patti Callahan’s books so I was willing to read.  I know nothing about her although of course like most I have read some of C. S. Lewis’ books and loved the movie Shadowlands. Hmm that makes me want to re-watch that movie.

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And a Very Happy New Year everyone.