Happy 2014! I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful New Year’s celebration. If you’re not feeling so well today, you’re probably not reading this (feel better soon!). For those of you who are, I’m participating in Sheila from Book Journey’s First Book of the Year event. The goal of Sheila’s event is to celebrate the first book you read during the year. I’ve never really thought much about it until I heard about this. It’s made me excited to pick up my first book ever since.
The book I have chosen as my first book of 2014 is a book I bought back in July. It’s one of dozens (I admit it) books I bought last year and still haven’t read. What bumped this particular book up on my list to make it First Book of the Year worthy was receiving a second copy of it in my BookRiot Quarterly box. Instead of being disappointed by receiving a duplicate book (the box was a whole lot of fun and I loved everything about it), I was inspired by what was said in the first paragraph of the box’s liner notes:
And the book couldn’t just be well-loved. It had to connect to the idea that words have power and can change our lives.
This power from words is something that I’ve lost sight of in 2013. My aim is to get back in touch with this again, making Lexicon the perfect First Book of the Year for me. I’m going to treasure reading it. While I do I will be using my new BookRiot Quarterly box pencils for any and all marginalia that comes to mind. I’ll also be thinking about who will most appreciate reading the first copy of the book I bought. I’m keeping the BookRiot version for myself. It contains hand written Post It notes from the author. Stuff like that brings out the nerd in me.