My first read of 2014

first book of the year eventSheila over at A Book Journey asked readers which book will be their first read of the year. Read below to find out what I chose as my first read of 2014.

It’s almost a superstition to believe that the first book of the year can make or break your reading for the year. Almost. Last year, the first book I read was a children’s book. So were the next three or four books. The start of 2013 was a hectic time and I didn’t have the energy or interest to find anything long and/or engaging.

It’s a new year and things are pretty settled for now. So what should I pick? Do I chose something that’s been sitting on my shelves for ages? Maybe I should go with a library book? After a week or two of indecision, I picked up Ursula Dubosarsky’s slim book, The Golden Day, and read the first page,


The year began with the hanging of one man and ended with the drowning of another. But every year people die and their ghosts roam in the public gardens, hiding behind the gray, dark statues like wild cats, their tiny footprints and secret breathing muffled by the sound of falling water in the fountains and the quiet ponds.

The Golden Day is about a classroom of girls who go on a field trip with their teacher but return without her. The teacher never returns and the girls are left wondering what happened. I’m in the middle of several books but I can’t wait to start reading this.

What is your first read of 2014 going to be?


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44 Responses to My first read of 2014

  1. Lu says:

    What does it say about my reading year that my first book will almost certainly be Vampire Academy??? Haha! My sister gave it to me for Christmas because it is one of her favorite series, so I think it’s a good choice, even if it’s not what I plan on reading the rest of the year. I have never heard of The Golden Day, but it sounds so so interesting! And I do love the opening!

  2. readerbuzz says:

    Intriguing. A mystery, maybe. Or a bit of one. Enjoy!

    Here’s mine.

  3. I love the cover of this book. I hope you enjoy it.

    THANKS for stopping by my blog. I am making my way through the linky list. 🙂

    Happy New Year!!!

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    My First Book of The Year

  4. Bellezza says:

    Oh no, remind me not to take my kids on a field trip!

    Actually,this sondes quite interesting. Happy New Year!

  5. I’m reading Perfect by Rachel Joyce and loving it! Does it count as my first book of 2014 if I started it yesterday?!

  6. N1SUZ says:

    Sounds interesting. I neger thiught much about the first book ofvtge year, but I think I’ll put some thought into that. Wouldn’t it be great if all the books were great reads.

  7. Ooh, I do love a good mystery…this one sounds great…and what a beautiful cover. Enjoy! And here’s MY FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR POST

    Happy New Year!

  8. I’ve never heard of The Golden Day. I hope you enjoy it. I chose an inspirational book because I plan on having a year full of new ventures.

  9. Kathy Martin says:

    What an interesting choice! I am curious about the teacher’s fate. Happy New Year and happy reading! I added my first book post to Sheila’s Linky.

  10. Shan says:

    I haven’t heard of that book but I’m definitely intrigued now. Thanks for introducing it to me. Happy New Year!
    My First Book of 2014

  11. Last year I started and ended with the same author (different book) quite by accident. This sounds very good. Happy New Year.

  12. Colletta says:

    Sounds interesting! I hope you enjoy your first book! Here is my post:


  13. Oh wow! That book! It sounds really amazing. 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  14. Happy 2014 – may it be filled with fantastic reads!!

    The Brunette Librarian’s 1st book of 2014

  15. Gigi Ann says:

    That sounds like an interesting read with all those ghosts roaming around. Enjoy and Happy Reading in 2014.

  16. What a great opening line – I will definitely have to check this one out. Enjoy!

  17. Kailana says:

    Looks good! I am reading the newest Fables. 🙂

  18. Oh, my. I’m completely intrigued. Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!

  19. Oh, this looks like a good one! Enjoy your first read of the year!

  20. Laurie C says:

    I’m already in the middle of The Humans by Matt Haig (also Vatican Waltz by Roland Merullo and Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, but let’s not mention that) so I guess that will be my first book of 2014 (unless I finish one of the other two first since I started them first.)

  21. That sounds like a really intriguing read! Can’t wait to read your review!

  22. Leeswammes says:

    Sounds very mysterious. I hope you’re enjoying it.

  23. I wish I had gotten my act together to sign up for this challenge! On the other hand, I’ve spent most of the day organizing my house, not reading, so I’m not sure I will even finish a book today. That’s ok though — I needed to get things put away so I could feel more settled going into January.

  24. Athira says:

    This one sounds pretty intriguing! I am going to have to look for your thoughts on this.

  25. Kristin T. says:

    Sounds like an interesting book – hope you are enjoying it!

    Happy New Year!!!

  26. Cynthia says:

    Hope you enjoy your first read. Sounds really interesting!

    The Things You Can Read

  27. BermudaOnion says:

    I’ve never heard of that book but it sure sounds good! Happy New Year!

  28. Ooo, that sounds really good!

  29. Care says:

    I started a nonfiction that I’ve been meaning to get to forever – which means it will also count for Long-Awaited-Reads, too. However. I keep getting distracted by words and concepts and though I’m in only 35 pages, I’ve spent more time on Wiki looking things up! It’s short and it’s supposed to snow so let’s hope tomorrow I get more actually page-turning in.

  30. Awesome! Happy New Year!

  31. florinda3rs says:

    I haven’t heard of this one, but the quote makes it sound perfect for a “first book of the year,” and the premise is intriguing. Hope you enjoy it!

  32. heidenkind says:

    Probably Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson. I’m almost done!

  33. Well now I want to read this book too! That quote, that summary! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

  34. Alysia @My Little Pocketbooks says:

    Happy New 2014!!!

    My first book is going to be non-fiction. Turn Up the Heat. Boosting your Metabolism with body appropriate eating habits. Your book sounds soo much more exciting than mine. 🙂

  35. This sounds FABULOUS, and I’ve never heard of it before. What the heck!

  36. iliana says:

    What an interesting premise! You’ll have to let us know more about this one. I started off with a classic and so far so good!

  37. Belle Wong says:

    The Golden Day sounds very intriguing. As for me, I started the latest Jack Reacher in the afternoon of new year’s eve, and finished it the morning of new year’s day.

  38. bookworm says:

    That does sound intriguing. I picked up The Night Circus, but its on audio. It’s good so far, and I guess its my first read of 2014 🙂

  39. My first books of 2014 have all been research books. Well, nearly. My first non-research book of 2014 was maybe Janet Malcolm’s In the Freud Archives, and I wasn’t that hot on it. Could’ve lived without it. But the research books have been great! I am learning all sorts of information about Victorian lady scientists and the people trying to stop Victorian ladies from doing science.

  40. Bree @The Things We Read says:

    I hope the first book sets the tone for the year. My first was Queen of the Road. A travel book. Yes!

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