First Book: 2016

Happy New Year!!

Sheila at Book Journey is continuing her tradition of hosting First Book of the Year: 2016. Click through to see what other people are reading on the first day of 2016.

As for me, I am reading Joyce Maynard’s upcoming novel, Under The Influence. It is one of the saddest books I have read in recent memory, but I am having a hard time putting it down. She is an excellent storyteller. Under The Influence comes out in February and I’ll likely review it later this week.

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Happy reading to everyone in the new year!

34 Comments

  • January 1, 2016 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    I am curious about the book now. I have been pretty much out of the loop on what are great reads so feel like I am catching up. Have a great start to your year. 🙂

    • gayle
      January 1, 2016 - 10:10 am | Permalink

      I haven’t heard any buzz about this one yet – it’s not out til Feb – but I’m really liking it.

  • January 1, 2016 - 10:07 am | Permalink

    A sad book? Awww! I’ll have to check it out on Goodreads!

    • gayle
      January 1, 2016 - 10:09 am | Permalink

      Yes, though now it’s also getting to be a bit of a thriller. I really like it!

  • January 1, 2016 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    This book is new to me though I have heard of the author. It’s definitely intriguing that it’s so sad but impossible to put down. Hope it continues to stay a page turner!

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:27 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Katherine! Happy new year to you!

  • January 1, 2016 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    I have a hard time with sad books. It depends on how they are written and what the topic is about though. From your comments this one sounds good. That’s a great pic of you!

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:26 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Laura! Happy new year!

  • January 1, 2016 - 11:35 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year. Glad you’re enjoying your read–even if it is sad. I have a hard time with sad books but if they’re done well, they’re definitely worth it.

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:26 am | Permalink

      Thanks! This one has a lot of painful parts but it’s also very suspenseful.

  • January 1, 2016 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I’m anxious to read that one too. Happy New Year!

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:26 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Kathy – same to you!!

  • January 1, 2016 - 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I enjoy sad books but it has to be the right timing for reading them. Enjoy. Happy New Year

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:26 am | Permalink

      I feel like I am always up for a sad book. 🙂

  • January 1, 2016 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Hau’oli Makahiki Hou. This sounds like real life choices. Enjoy your read.

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:25 am | Permalink

      Thanks – happy new year!

  • January 1, 2016 - 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one when it is released! I’m usually up for a sad book!

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:25 am | Permalink

      I think you’ll like this one. 🙂

  • January 1, 2016 - 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I haven’t heard of this title, but I’m intrigued. I hope you continue to enjoy, despite the sadness.

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:25 am | Permalink

      Thanks! 100pp left and I am still enjoying it. It’s not as sad at this point.

  • January 1, 2016 - 4:01 pm | Permalink

    After reading the blurb, I can see how it would be sad, but at the same time hard to put down. Glad you’re enjoying your first read of 2016. Happy New Year!

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:25 am | Permalink

      Thanks – same to you!!

  • January 1, 2016 - 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year. Hmm you’ve intrigued me to go read a little more about this book, not sure I am that good with sad/difficult but can’t put down balances it a good deal.

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:24 am | Permalink

      The sad parts are balanced by the suspenseful stuff.

  • January 1, 2016 - 4:29 pm | Permalink

    This is my first year participating in the first book of the year event and I love seeing what everyone is reading! I can’t say I have read any of these author’s books before. I hope you enjoy! Happy New Year!

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:24 am | Permalink

      Thank you – same to you!

  • January 1, 2016 - 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a good choice. Happy New Year!

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:24 am | Permalink

      Thanks. I am really liking it, though I know that something bad is about to happen.

  • January 1, 2016 - 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I love this author so this book will go on my TBR list. Happy New Year.

  • January 1, 2016 - 11:40 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think I could start my year with a sad book. But then again I have no idea if the book I chose will be sad or not. Now I’m thinking I should have chosen a romance 🙂 Happy reading!

    • gayle
      January 2, 2016 - 12:23 am | Permalink

      Looks like you picked a good one to start the year with!

  • January 2, 2016 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    I think I’ve read all of Joyce Maynard’s novels and one memoir. Love her books usually! I’ve been out of the loop in the book world lately, so am adding this to my TBR list now. Happy New Year!

  • January 2, 2016 - 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I know this author, but not this book.

    Not sure I would like sad, but since you can’t put it down, it must be good and good choice.

    Happy Reading and Happy New Year!!

    Nice photo. Nice blog.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My First Book Of The Year

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