Wednesday, January 1, 2014

First Book of the Year 2014

I am participating in the First Book of the Year 2014 meme which is organized and run by Sheila at Book Journey. While I've never given much thought to what my first book of any year is, Sheila plans and anticipates hers.

Since I keep a spreadsheet of the books I read and have since 2010, I can tell you that these were the first books I read:
  • 2010 - Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper
  • 2011 - Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan
  • 2012 - Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H. P. Mallory
  • 3013 - Divergent by Veronica Roth
For my first book of 2014, I have chosen Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee. This is a book from my review stack that I requested from Edelweiss. 
The long-awaited sequel to Carousel Tides, enchanting contemporary fantasy by Sharon Lee, award-winning co-creator of the popular Liaden Universe® saga. When magic meets mundane, sparks fly: these are exciting times in Archers Beach, Maine! A unprecedented Early Season has united townies and carnies in an effort to expand into a twelve-month resort, recapturing the town's former glory.

Kate Archer, owner-operator of the vintage wooden carousel, is caught up in the excitement—and is quite possibly the cause of it. Because Kate leads a double life, as carny, and as Guardian of the land. Her recent return to the home she had forsaken has changed the town's luck—for the better—and energized the trenvay—earth and water spirits who are as much citizens of the Beach as their mundane counterparts.

But the town's new energy isn't the only change afoot. Joe Nemeier, the local drug lord, whose previous magical consultant was vanquished by Kate, has acquired a new ally—and this one plays with fire.
This one has many elements I like. Most notable, it is written by an author I enjoy and it is contemporary fantasy which is one of my favorite genres.


  1. Looks like the perfect book to start your year! You are so organized. I thought I was the only one to keep a list of all books read. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. Sounds like a story that you don't want to put down. Happy reading and happy new year.

  3. Ah, a book that will transport you to magical places. Enjoy! And thanks for visiting my blog. Happy New Year!

  4. What a great cover. Have a great day of reading. Happy New Year.

  5. What an interesting cover with that big chicken! Enjoy:) Here is my post:


  6. Looks awesome, I hope it is as good as the first book! Smart to ring in the new year with a review book. I was selfish and chose a favorite author.

    My First Book

  7. Happy New Year - I do hope your first book of the year is as enjoyable as mine!

  8. This looks like a great choice for the first of the year - an anticipated 2nd in a series. That's just what I'm doing this year.

  9. The cover looks like some fun artwork going on. I hope you are enjoying your first book.

  10. You keep a spreadsheet of all the books you read? That's wonderful! You need to come over and smack me with some of your organization skills!

    Happy Reading!

  11. Hmm contemporary fantasy, I am not sure if I have read in that genre. Hope you enjoy it and a Happy New Year.

  12. How fun that you have had a spreadsheet going that long and can list your first reads out like that. I'm impressed! Enjoy your first read!

  13. Hope you enjoy your first read. Sounds really interesting!

    The Things You Can Read

  14. Isn't it interesting to look back and see what your previous year's first books were? I do that too.

    This years looks interesting for you. Enjoy it!

  15. I didn't think of that, but I have a notebook of all the books I've read by year since 2003, so I know what my first book has been since then!

    Hope you are enjoying your book and Happy New Year!!!

  16. Sounds like a fun series and a good first book of the year. I hadn't heard of it before.

    Last year my first book was Edenbrooke, a Regency romance which I really enjoyed. This year I am starting with something a little more serious.

  17. I'm so happy when I read other people keep spreadsheets of books they've read! Have a great reading year!


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