Friday, January 11, 2019

Book Blogger Hop No. 158: My First Book of the Year

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What is your first book
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My Answer

I started a Christmas-themed book, titled A Magical Christmas Present, toward the end of December, and finished it on January 7th. So this collection actually counts as my first book of the year.

A Magical Christmas Present is an anthology of short Christmas romance stories by three different authors, and they were ALL lovely! I won't say much about them now, though, as I do intend to review this collection. However, I can say that each story has a fantasy/paranormal angle to it. There's one story involving a ghost, another involving magical spectacles, and two involving time travel (the ghost story has this ingredient, as well). I LOVE romance stories that include time travel!

This is the book I'm referring to. Click on the cover for the Goodreads page, if you're interested in learning more about it.

I'm also going to be reading The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, pretty soon. But A Magical Christmas Present is really the very first book of 2019, even though I began it before New Year's.

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  1. I love reading holiday books over the holidays! :) Happy 2019!

  2. I hope you enjoy The Hate You Give. I've yet to read it, but hear noting but good things.
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  3. A great choice to start the year Maria. I run into the issue of what to call the first book of the year myself. This year I started two books right at the beginning of the year and I am moving slowly through them. It looks like my first book finished will be Harry Potter and the Gobet of Fire.

  4. Ooooh, cool; I'm intrigued about the fantasy/paranormal angle.
    Me, my 1st read of the year was Beneath the Citadel (it was very awesome).

  5. A collection of Christmas stories sounds like a very nice way to bring in the new year, Maria. I actually had started my first book on the 31st of December, but am counting it as my first read--a historical murder mystery, This Side of Murder. I really enjoyed it and am eager to read the next in the series. I am glad you are going to read The Hate U Give. It's amazing. I haven't seen the movie yet. I hope you and your husband have a Happy New Year.

  6. Glad you enjoyed your Xmas stories. Hope you like the new book as much.

  7. A Magical Christmas Present sounds like an interesting read. I had several Christmas themed books I wanted to read last month, but due to my grandma being in the hospital, I just didn't get around to reading any of them.

  8. This sounds like a fun Christmas read. I didn't read any Christmas themed or holiday themed books this year...which is odd now that I think of it!

  9. Ooooh I will have to save this book for my holiday reads next year! I love anthologies when it has a theme like Christmas! Thank you for the recommendation. I hope your upcoming books are all great as well! :)

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