Friday, January 1, 2016

First Book of the Year and My One Word - 2016


I really love Sheila's (Book Journey) approach to the New Year. Her First Book of the Year and My One Word are fantastic ways to welcome a new year. This is my first time participating in both.

For my first book of the year, I will be reading In the Heart of the Sea by Nathan Philbrick. I have had this book on my shelf for some time and when I saw the previews for the film (which came out in December) in the Fall, I decided I would read it for Non-Fiction November, but that didn't quite work out as planned. Well, it turns out that January is a non-fiction month for my Goodreads/Twitter book club, #TuesBookTalk so I proposed to the group about reading Heart of the Sea and received a resounding "Yes!" I've been under the weather so didn't want to pose with my book so Arya agreed to pose with it for me.


Now, for my One Word that is going to encompass my plans/goals for the New Year. I quit my job which was really wearing me down and taking me away from the things that I love most...my sons, my reading, this blog/reading community and my writing life. I start a new job in a little over a week (still from home...I'm in training right now) that is not going to infringe on "me time." So, my main goal in regards to reading, blogging and the written word will be to read more, review/share thoughts on what I read, post more here on the blog (in addition to Cat Thursday) with A Reading Life posts, etc., and most importantly, my life's dream, working on my novel. In my personal life, spending more quality time with my boys and a BIG health related goal (more on that later).

So, my One Word is Decisive.

--characterized by or displaying no or little hesitation; resolute;determined

I like the sound of it! I may even get a pendant or a bracelet with it engraved (as Sheila does each year). Such a great idea! Thanks, Sheila!

What's you First Book of the Year? Are you picking One Word? Please share!

P.S. Hoping to come up with a Best of List for 2015, although my reading was sporadic. It may only be a top 5.


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  1. Heart of The Sea sounds good.

    Ooooooo....that is a very good word.

    Congrats on your decision about quitting your job and on your WORD for the year. I like DECISIVE!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My First Book Of The Year

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  2. Love your word for the year! And how exciting to be starting a new job. Hope you and your family have a wonderful 2016!

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  3. What a great word. Mine is going to be...Be.
    Be present in all things right here and now.
    My first book will be, The History Major.
    Carry on. :) Happy 2016!

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    1. Great word! And I love the sound of the book title. I was once a History major. lol I'll have to look that one up. Happy New Year!

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  4. Heart of the Sea is on my tbr list too and want to read it before I see the movie -- I hope you like it. Good luck on your new job Michelle, and have a decisive new year!

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  5. Happy New Year; hope you enjoy your first read - Your kitty is a cutie Michelle.

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    1. Thank you, Diane! So glad you stopped by. She's one sweet kitty, for sure. Happy New Year!

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  6. Sheila has been an inspiration to so many of us over the years! Happy New Year to you and good luck achieving your goals! I love the photo of your first book.

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    1. Yes, she has indeed! Thank you for visiting and for the compliments. Happy New Year!

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  7. Good choice! Happy 2016 Reading to you!

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    1. Thank you! Happy New Year of reading to you too!

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  8. Good luck with the new job! Love your word - I often find myself paralyzed with an inability to make decisions. My word is "happier" - I want to do the things that will make me happier about all aspects of my life starting with my own body.

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  9. Thanks for participating with your word and first book! So sorry I missed your picture! Adding it to today's post now :)

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    1. Sheila, that's completely okay! I'm still so glad to participate. I'll look for the post. :)

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