Sunday, January 1, 2017

First Book of the Year and My One Word

Each year Sheila at Book Journey hosts First Book of the Year and One Word (your word for the year). This is my second year doing both and it's the perfect thing to kick off the new year! Thanks, Sheila!

I officially do not start my first book of the year until January 7th, as I continue reading Christmas books until January 6th (Twelfth Night). So, this selection is not technically my first book since I will be finishing others by January 6th, but I did start said Christmas books before the end of the year, but Goodreads counts when you finish a book in your yearly count. Anyway, enough about the technicalities. 😄 Without further ado...

This was one of the books my mom bought me for Christmas. I love Stephenie Meyer. I'm not afraid to admit that I liked the Twilight series, and her book, The Host, remains one of my favorites. The author comes up with some pretty great ideas, in my opinion. We shall see how this one is. It sounds amazing.

In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Stephenie Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.

The quote above is my motto for 2017, and ongoing in life. It's SO true. I'm taking a part of this line, " forgot to have a big juicy creative life of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid" and creating my word. So, my word is...


...but not just for the creativity aspect. I keep thinking of the current situation in our world (Syria, mass killings, terrorism), and in our country (I don't think I have to specifically mention why here...everyone knows), and I think of the words of John Lennon's famous song, Imagine.

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

And that's it...two reasons for IMAGINE being my one word for 2017. For the creativity and living a life of childlike wonder, and for imagining the world as a better place by taking action, whether it be donating time or money for human rights causes, or taking action in other ways, and just a general good-will-toward-all-mankind attitude. I'm working on getting a pendant made on Etsy that I can wear. When I get it, I'll post an image.

What's in your first book of the year? Are you going to choose a word?


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  1. What a brilliant choice for your word. Imagine. I love it.

    I hope you enjoy The Chemist when you get to it. Ive been hearing good things about it.

    Have a Happy New Year!

  2. Beautiful one word for your year! I've been thinking mine will be active. I want to do more to meet my goals for the kind of person I want to be. At least that's my initial could change!

    I look forward to your review of Stephenie Meyers' new book.

  3. Love the quote and word. I chose inspired this year so we'll see how it pans out for both of us :)

  4. Love the idea of "imagine" as for your one word - especially with the two different meanings!

  5. Sadly computer issues meant I wasn't able to take part in Sheila's First Book this year though, hopefully better late than never, I did share it on my blog today.

    Also a fan of the Twilight books, I've yet to read anything else by this author though I do have them on my 'wanna read' list.

    Loving your word for 2017, I've yet to decide on mine.

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