Friday, January 1, 2016

First Book Of The Year - 2016


Join Shelia from Book Journey and fellow book bloggers as we feature our first book read in 2016.

My first book of the year is:  

THE MURALIST by B. A. Shapiro

I have had this book in my toppling stack since last spring when I went to the BEA.

THE  MURALIST kept getting pushed down the stack, but it finally made it to the top. :)

I actually made it to Page 100 and had to stop.  Not my cup of tea.  Artists and political-minded people will like this.

I am still leaving it as my First Book Of The Year, though, because I was reading it as the clock struck midnight.  :)

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 Image courtesy of Big Stock.com

Happy New Year, and I am looking forward to everyone's first book of the year so I can add more books to my Toppling TBR Stack or to see if I already have the book on my shelf.

Isn't it such fun, though, to have a stack of books staring at you that are saying:  "pick me, pick me." :)

And such a comfort to know you will never be out of books to read.  :)


97 comments:

  1. Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2016!!

    Thanks for stopping.

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  2. I just finished listening to The Muralist - I really enjoyed it, but can see where it wouldn't be for everyone. Happy New Year Elizabeth!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping, Kristin.

      It just didn't click with me. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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  3. It actually sounds like my cup of tea! Love the cover. Putting it on my list. Thanks for sharing...and for stopping by my blog today.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. ENJOY, Michelle!!

      Thanks for stopping, and Happy New Year!!

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  4. I have this book on my 'To Read' list. I loved The Art Forger by Shapiro. I will look forward to your review of this one. Have a very Happy New Year!

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    1. Unfortunately, I won't be reviewing the book, Pat.

      I had to stop reading. Didn't care for it.

      Thanks for stopping, Pat.

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  5. Thanks, Alex, and thanks for stopping.

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  6. Maybe we need to create a new category: First Book of the Year that We Loved! Lol.

    Happy New Year!

    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2015/12/its-brand-new-year.html

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    1. That might be a good idea!!

      I didn't know until I had been reading. I kept trying, but it just wouldn't work.

      Thanks for stopping, Deb.

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  7. Love the picture! Don't think the book is for me, but I don't own it anyway and my goal for this year is to read from my own shelves.

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  8. I agree about reading from what is already on the shelf.

    I have a ton of books to give to the library for their annual sale and a TON that I haven't read yet waiting on my shelves.

    Thanks for stopping, Kay.

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  9. Oh, this sounds good. Happy New Year!!

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    1. Happy New Year, JoAnn.

      I was disappointed in it.

      Thanks for stopping, JoAnn.

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  10. Cant wait to see what you choose next to be your first book :)

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    1. I already chose!! :)

      IN ANOTHER LIFE by Julie Christine Johnson.

      Thanks for stopping, Sheila. I love this yearly fun.

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  11. Happy New Year, and I'm sorry it didn't hold your attention. Thanks for sharing...and here is my FIRST BOOK OF 2016 POST

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    1. It wasn't bad, but wasn't a book I couldn't wait to get back to.

      Thanks for stopping, Laurel.

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  12. Aww..too bad this one disappointed you. I have it on my TBR list since I picked it up at BEA too.

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    1. The cover is gorgeous.

      If you are an art lover, you may like it.

      Thanks for stopping, Laura.

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  13. I've been on the fence about this one myself. I might get it from the library and test it to see. Thanks for sharing your experience and I hope your 2nd book of the year is amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Katherine.

      I was disappointed, but I will find another good book. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Katherine.

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  14. Happy New Year! Sorry your first book of 2016 turned out not to be your thing. Hopefully, your next book will be a winner.

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    1. Thanks, Bev.

      I am sure I will find something to my liking. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Bev.

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  15. Aw, too bad you had to stop, but it happens. Hope your next book works better. Happy New Year!

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    1. Yes...not too often, but it does happen.

      Thanks for stopping, Diana.

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  16. At first I thought it was funny that you were reading when the clock struck 12 last night. Then I realized, so was I! Reading nerds forever. I am still on my reread of Cloud Atlas. So that will be the first book I finish in 2016.

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    1. LOL....Yep....reading nerds!!

      I don't know Cloud Atlas...ENJOY!!

      Thanks for stopping, Judy.

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  17. I hate it when I start reading a book I've waited so long to read and than find out I don't really like it. Oh Well, it happens, so I just move on to the next one on the pile. I hope you have a Happy Reading 2016 Year.

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    1. I have a huge pile to choose from. :)

      I am sure I will find something, but it was disappointing.

      I kept saying keep reading, you may like it, but that didn't work. :)

      All books aren't for everyone. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Gigi Ann.

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  18. Good for you for picking one from way down the TBR - I do hope it is a good one - thanks for visiting my first book earlier today.

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    1. Thanks, Cleo.

      Yes...a bottom of the stack one didn't work this time.

      Thanks for stopping, Cleo.

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  19. Sorry you didn't enjoy it. I bought that for my book club's Dirty Santa swap and it was highly coveted that day. Happy New Year!

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    1. The cover is gorgeous, but the plot and I didn't click. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Kathy.

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  20. Sorry it wasn't the book for you but it sounds like you gave it a fair shake.
    Happy New Year, Elizabeth!

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    1. I did give it my best. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Mary.

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  21. Hau'oli Makahiki Hou. Don't you love it when instinct guides you to pick a book? I'll be interested in reading your review on this book as I really liked the author's first book. You look terrific, BTW.

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    1. I won't be writing a review, Stefanie. I had to stop reading. Not a book I liked that much.

      Others raved about it, but I guess we all can't like the same things.

      Thanks for stopping, Stefanie.

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    2. Oh dang. Sorry it was a bust. It makes me think now...

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    3. It's ok.

      I have plenty more books to read.

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  22. I like your photo of reading your first book of the year!!

    Happy reading to you in 2016... Once again, you've inspired me to make a post of me reading my 1st book of the New Year!!

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    1. Smiling here - can't wait to see your photo.

      Thanks for stopping, Captivated Reader.

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  23. Happy New Year Elizabeth. Well at least you've discovered it's not for you and then decided onwards and upwards. Love your photo.

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    1. Yep....onwards and upwards for sure!!

      Thanks for stopping, Kathryn. Thanks about the photo.

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  24. From being away from the blog last year I am super excited on the list I have came up with from all the Top Ten lists. Fun Fun Fun, I am really looking forward to this year. Happy New Year

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    1. Welcome back, Marce.

      Will be looking forward to see what you found to make up your Top Ten list.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  25. What a pity it didn't work out between you and your first book. I hope the second one will be more enjoyable.

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    1. I am sure I will be able to find another book that I like from my toppling TBR. :)

      Thanks for stopping, leeswammes.

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  26. Sorry this book wasn't your cup of tea - I'm hoping you find another book to start that you love. :)

    Check out my first book of the year!

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    1. Thanks, Brooke. I am sure I will.

      Thanks for stopping, Brooke.

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  27. I haven't heard of this book before, but as I've seen in the comments you didn't quite enjoy it. That's a shame, especially being the first book of the year, but there are many more books on your shelves, I'm sure :-P. I hope your next read is enjoyable!

    Reading With Jade

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    1. I do have tons of books to choose from. :)

      I think I am going to go with In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson.

      Thanks for stopping, Reading With Jade.

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  28. Oh, so sorry your first book of the year didn't work for you....but I'm sure there are many, many better books yet to come for you in 2016!

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    1. Definitely going to find many more that suit my fancy. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Melinda.

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  29. My first book of the year is The Locker by Adrian Magson. It starts out great. Hope it keeps up with the fast start. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. That sounds interesting...hope it continues to be good.

      Thanks for stopping, Diane.

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  30. Awww, too bad it wasn't a hit for you. Good thing there are lots more to choose from. :)

    I started my first book right a midnight and so far it's a good choice.

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    1. It was fun reading after midnight.

      I started before midnight, but then stopped shortly after.

      I will find something good.

      Thanks for stopping, Leslie.

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  31. I bet I would like this one! Good luck on the next one :)

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    1. Take a look at it, stacybuckeye.

      I hope you find you like it.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  32. I do like the comfort of shelves and stacks of TBR books, all wanting some Terra attention.

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    1. LOL...I love the stacks too. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Terra.

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  33. Happy New Year & I hope your first book is a memorable one :-)

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    1. Mine wasn't a good pick, but I will find another one.

      Thanks for stopping, Brona Joy.

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  34. I just finished The Muralist this week. I enjoyed it, but I also love books about art. I can take or leave the politics. Here's hoping your second book of the year works out better.

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    1. I like art also, but I just couldn't get into it.

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the book. It is very well written.

      Thanks, Literate Housewife, and thanks for stopping.

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  35. Too bad you had to set it aside. Hope the next one you pick up will be great. Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks, Nise.

      I do feel badly when I have to put a book aside.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  36. Happy New Year, Elizabeth! I hope your Second Book of the year is more to your liking!

    Thanks for your blog visits and comments in 2015! :)

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    1. You are welcome. I thank you for all your comments too.

      Thanks for stopping, Suko.

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  37. You've done well to set it aside when it wasn't working. I tend to get bogged down and discouraged, and I totally derail. There is a life lesson here I think.

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    1. I don't like to stop reading a book, but sometimes that just happens.

      Thanks for stopping, Heidi.

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  38. Bummer that it didn't work out! Hopefully the next one you pick is a great one. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, ChaosisAFriendOfMine.

      I am sure I will find another book.

      Thanks for stopping.

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  39. Wishing you the happiest of new years! Hate that The Muralist did not work out for you but glad you're amongst the ones who will DNF a book. Very, very helpful!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, Stacy.

      It isn't too often that I DNF a book, but it wasn't grabbing me and I figured no sense continuing.

      The book was very well written and researched, just not my cup of tea for content.

      Thanks for stopping, Stacy.

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  40. Happy new year Elizabeth! Shame this didn't work for you. It's on my wish list as I really enjoyed Shapiro's previous title The Art Forger.

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    1. You will most likely enjoy the book.

      She is an excellent author, but just not something I enjoyed.

      Thanks for stopping, Joanne.

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    1. Thanks, shelleyrae.

      Happy New Year to you too.

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  42. I wanted to love The Art Forger because the author is from my home state of Massachusetts. I liked it all right but didn't love it as so many people did. I was wondering if The Muralist would be too similar to The Art Forger for me to enjoy it, but I should probably give it a try. To be fair, I'm not an art person, so that probably doesn't help!

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    1. Yes...give it a try.

      I never did get to read The Art Forger.

      We all like different topics so it might just be for you.

      Thanks for stopping, Laurie.

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  43. Sometimes at this stage of the game, we don't have time for books that don't speak to us. Happy Reading in 2016 to you!

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    1. Exactly!!

      Thanks for stopping, Debbie.

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  44. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Looking forward to exploring yours. Happy new year!

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    1. Happy New Year!!

      Thanks for stopping back, Gayle.

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  45. It's a bummer this book wasn't for you, but that happens sometimes! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    1. Yes....not too often but it does happen.

      Thanks for stopping, Ashley.

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  46. Kudos to you for being able to pull the plug on a book you weren't enjoying. I'm terrible at doing that.

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    1. It was difficult, but I needed to do it.

      It doesn't happen too often.

      Thanks for stopping, Lisa.

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  47. Great photo! Sorry you didn't enjoy the book. It is fun to have that stack calling "pick me". And sometimes hard to choose.
    Happy New Year and happy reading!

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    1. Oh yes....some books have been calling out for a while. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Martha.

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  48. Love the photo! My first book of the year called out to me from the toppling pile as well :). Sorry yours didn't work out for you! Happy reading!

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    1. I wanted to choose a book that has been waiting. :)

      A few others did too.

      Yes...I wish it had worked out.

      Thanks for stopping, Colleen.

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  49. I think you should just start another pile next to the one you have. It'll be symmetry and neatness and seem like you haven't gone overboard n the first pile. And of course, if the second pile only has a couple of books on it, then you will have to get a few more just so that it seems even. Enjoy reading in 2016 and thanks for sharing your book one with us!

    Charlie
    Fur Earwig

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    1. I am sure I can easily start another pile and probably another. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Charlie.

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