Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 - First Book of the Year plus my One Word...A Quest to find me

First Book of the Year is a tradition started by Sheila at Book Journey...and this is the fifth year!

The premise:

Here is what First Book is. The first book of the New Year should be:

A. A coveted book that you have wanted to read but have just not found the time.

B. A delicious favorite… one you have read before, but crave to read again.

C. Really whatever you want it to – it is after all YOUR First Book Of the year.

Make it AWESOME.

Head over to Sheila's blog to see what everyone else has chosen as their first book.

Now, drum roll please....

Alice, posed with my first book, 
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin.
This book was in my Bookish Secret Santa gift
from my good friend, Lucy at Fictional 100. ❤

The concept behind My One Word is to come up with a word that is all encompassing of that long list of resolutions. Let's face it...that daunting list seldom works. Sheila at Book Journey has also made this a yearly tradition so you can join her and check out her One Word. You can also read all about the phenomenon and share your One Word with the world at the official website here. (Note: When you share your word on their site, this is what it says: Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you, and focus on it for an entire year. I am not religious so I chose not to share on their site, as their philosophy does not fit with my beliefs).

My One Word for 2018 is QUEST.

I'm on a quest to find ME, to make ME happy.

  • My quest is a focus on my health and getting healthy (which does involve losing weight, but the focus will be on health via healthier eating and plenty of exercise). 
  • My quest is wasting less time watching TV and online. I'm cutting the cord (which means getting rid of satellite TV) and going all streaming. The TV will be on less so less temptation to watch. The internet is going to take a bit more willpower. Baby steps.
  • My quest is getting back to my love of reading. I only read 35 books last year! That's almost 20 books less than I've read in previous years. I have pretty much completely stopped doing book tours and I will only review books for a select group of authors I know and love. This quest is to finally reach that 75 books goal, and read books from my own shelves. To bring the enjoyment back to reading, not obligation.
  • My quest is a focus on writing my novel. It's time to get serious. 
  • Finally, my quest is to stand up for myself, speak my mind (I know you're probably saying, "She already does!").  It may seem like I already do, but there are instances in my life when I quash my voice, where I'm a doormat. No more!
That's it! I know it still seems like a long list, but the point is to focus on that One Word. I will keep QUEST the center of my attention and it will feel more like a journey than a chore. 

So, what about you? Do you have your First Book and One Word picked out? If you do, please share!


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  1. My first book is Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford, for our TuesBookTalk Goodreads group! I started it after midnight on New Year's Eve, so definitely the first book of 2018.I'm finding it very interesting so far!
    My one word for the year is LISTEN. Like your word, it encompasses a lot: an attitude of quiet during times of contemplation, willingness to learn as I study new things, my decision to wait, listen, and not react with irritation (snap back) to minor frustrations at home. That's the form that love will take, I hope, during this year, since LOVE is always the word behind the other words. :) I know I will need to keep trying, and not get discouraged, but hey, it's a whole year to progress a little in LISTENing!
    Good luck with your QUESTing, and enjoy the George R.R. Martin book as your first literary companion on the Quest!

  2. Awesome post and love your book and word :)

  3. Enjoy your first book! I've never read any of the GoT books, but my son is a devoted reader of them.

    Quest is a great word--good luck with your quest to be healthier, read more, write more, and speak out more. You go, girl! Life is too short to regret not doing the things that make you happy.

    Happy 2018!

  4. I'm still finishing up a few books that I started in December. Not sure what my first official new one will be...I'm thinking "One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter" by Scaachi Koul.

    Good luck on your word Quest this year! I hope you get all your goals met! You've got this!

  5. We have streaming tv and one reason we watch less of it is because it's just not as easy to use! Unfortunately, we also have Apple TV and that means Netflix and Hulu and a ton of other places to find things to watch. So many choices and it all interferes in my reading!

  6. Great goals! And yay to speaking p. I think that a lot of us need to do that more! Here's to 2018!! *Hugs*

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