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January 1, 2014 / Leslie

First Book of the Year

Happy New Year!

And welcome to First Book of the Year hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney.

2014FirstBookI started reading my first books of the year yesterday. I say ‘books’ because I always have a print and audio book going at the same time.

My audio choice, The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol, is a recent download that jumped to the head of the pile. I was looking for something light, fun and different, and this one is all three.

My print book is Game by Anders de la Motte, a fast-paced thriller, and one I’ve been wanting to read for a few months now.

I just realized that both of my book choices are set in foreign countries, Crocodiles in France and Game in Sweden, and both have been translated to English from their native language. I love that my reading has expanded to books and authors I would have never found before I joined the book blogging community.

Let It Snow

SnowyYard_IMG_1054It has been snowing since last night and is predicted to continue snowing through tomorrow. That’s my backyard on the left.

This is perfect weather to stay inside, keep warm and read. Other than a few trips outside to shovel the snow and clear off the bird feeders, that is just what I’ll be doing. Later I’ll be making New Year’s Day chili while I listen to audio.

First Print Book

Game by Anders de la Motte


One Sunday morning after a long night of partying, Henrik “HP” Pettersson, a slacker with a lot of ego and very little impulse control, finds a cell phone of an unfamiliar make on a commuter train. Through insisting and slightly uncanny messages that refer to him by name, the phone invites him to play a game. HP accepts without hesitation.

The Game starts out innocently enough and then becomes increasingly risky, threatening the safety of someone close to HP. He is determined to become a superstar, but when the dark and tragic secrets of his family’s past are at stake, HP must make a choice. Will he suffer the humiliation of defeat, or will the need to win push him to the limit—no matter the cost?

First Audiobook

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine Pancol

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles by Katherine PancolWhen her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his mistress, Joséphine Cortès is left in an unhappy state of affairs. The mother of two—confident, beautiful teenage Hortense and shy, babyish Zoé—is forced to maintain a stable family life while making ends meet on her meager salary as a medieval history scholar.

Meanwhile, Joséphine’s charismatic sister Iris seems to have it all—a wealthy husband, gorgeous looks, and a très chic Paris address—but she dreams of bringing meaning back into her life. When Iris charms a famous publisher into offering her a lucrative deal for a twelfth-century romance, Speakers_IMG_1071she offers her sister a deal of her own: Joséphine will write the novel and pocket all the proceeds, but the book will be published under Iris’s name. All is well—that is, until the book becomes the literary sensation of the season.

What are you reading?

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  1. Beth Hoffman / Jan 1 2014 1:34 pm

    The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles sounds like a fun read. I don’t recall hearing about it until your post, but now it’s on my list.


  2. winstonsdad / Jan 1 2014 1:48 pm

    I read and finished my first book of the year the art and craft of approaching your head of department to submit a request for a raise by Georges perec a short novella written from a flow chart an unusual start to the year here


  3. harvee / Jan 1 2014 1:57 pm

    We have tht much snow and maybe more and it’s still snowing! Time to watch games or read a book!
    Book Dilettante
    First Book of the Year


  4. irene / Jan 1 2014 2:04 pm

    both your books sound good, the crocodile sounds really fun. Enjoy your books, and a Happy New Year to you. You are so right, if I were not a blogger, I would most certainly not be reading outside my “zone”.


  5. laurelrainsnow / Jan 1 2014 2:06 pm

    Oh, Game sounds like a page-turner. Thanks for sharing…and enjoy your Happy New Year.


  6. sagustocox / Jan 1 2014 2:22 pm

    Looks like you have some great reads ahead of you.


  7. postingfornow / Jan 1 2014 2:33 pm

    Looks like you have a couple of great books to start the year off with. Happy New Year!


  8. narniabooks / Jan 1 2014 5:23 pm

    Hope you enjoy your first read. Sounds really interesting!

    The Things You Can Read


  9. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Jan 1 2014 5:30 pm

    Happy new Year Leslie – enjoy your 2 books. We were out all day so no reading yet for me:)


  10. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jan 1 2014 6:33 pm

    I like the sound of Game! Love the picture!!! Thanks for participating and Happy Reading!


  11. BermudaOnion / Jan 1 2014 8:01 pm

    I feel bad for whining about the cold after seeing all of your snow. I hope your books are both winners! I’m reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower – my son gave it to me for Christmas. Happy New Year!


  12. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Jan 1 2014 9:34 pm

    Both sounds like good reads. We are getting lots of snow on this side of the Lake too.


  13. stacybuckeye / Jan 1 2014 9:47 pm

    Snow, snow, snow. It feels like it will never stop!


  14. Elizabeth / Jan 2 2014 9:42 am

    Cute photo…love the peeking around the book pose.

    ENJOY your reads!!

    Happy New Year!!

    Stop by my blog from January 2 to January 11 for an international giveaway of Jubilee’s Journey.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My First Book of The Year


  15. Carol / Jan 2 2014 1:50 pm

    Happy New Year! Enjoy the books. I’m starting the year with Invitiation to Die by Helen Smith on audio and The Lost Girls of Rome by Donato Carrisi on my kindle.


  16. Leeswammes / Jan 2 2014 2:27 pm

    Snow! No! I’m glad we’ve got mild weather at the moment. I just can’t handle winter very well.

    I’ve read and enjoyed Game and the Crocodile book is on the shelves, unread so far. I’m curious to know what you think of it. Happy reading!


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