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January 1, 2015 / Leslie

First Book of the Year – 2015

Happy New Year!

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


My book choice – a true story about a bird sanctuary

I’m beginning the year with a book about one of my favorite topics – birds.

That’s Charlie in the photo with me. She is my reading and blogging buddy, and very curious about this book with the gorgeous cover. Regular visitors know I adopted Charlie from a bird rescue shelter. I’m also a volunteer at the shelter and a volunteer wild bird monitor for the forest preserve. If only I could get paid to do work I enjoyed!

The Birds of Pandemonium by Michele Raffin

Pandemonium, the home and bird sanctuary that Raffin shares with some of the world’s most remarkable birds, is a conservation organization dedicated to saving and breeding birds at the edge of extinction, with the goal of eventually releasing them into the wild. In The Birds of Pandemonium, she lets us into her world–and theirs. Birds fall in love, mourn, rejoice, and sacrifice; they have a sense of humor, invent, plot, and cope. They can teach us volumes about the interrelationships of humans and animals.

Their amazing stories make up the heart of this book. There’s Sweetie, a tiny quail with an outsize personality; the inspiring Oscar, a disabled Lady Gouldian finch who can’t fly but finds a brilliant way to climb to the highest perches of his aviary to roost. The ecstatic reunion of a disabled Victoria crowned pigeon, Wing, and her brother, Coffee, is as wondrous as the silent kinship that develops between Amadeus, a one-legged turaco, and an autistic young visitor.

The Birds of Pandemonium is about one woman’s crusade to save precious lives, and it offers rare insights into how following a passion can transform not only oneself but also the world.

FirstBookLogo_2015What are you reading today?

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  1. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jan 1 2015 9:36 am

    I love the picture! Charlie is adorable! Happy Reading and Happy New Year!


  2. Leeswammes / Jan 1 2015 9:45 am

    Sounds like the ideal read for you! Love the cover, and the picture. Happy New Year!


  3. laurelrainsnow / Jan 1 2015 9:59 am

    How wonderful, and something you are sure to enjoy. It’s a beautiful book, and so is Charlie. Here’s my “FIRST BOOK OF 2015”


  4. That sounds like a great choice! What a beautiful bird Charlie is! I love her coloring.


  5. thebookdate / Jan 1 2015 11:51 am

    This sounds like the perfect book for you. I live near a bird sanctuary – an island a half hour ride by boat. It is wonderful visiting there.


  6. Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews) / Jan 1 2015 11:56 am

    Pretty neat photo. ENJOY the book.

    Happy New Year!!

    Silver’s Reviews


  7. Laurie C / Jan 1 2015 12:53 pm

    Beautiful picture and beautiful bird! It’s so interesting to hear about readers’ other hobbies and interests every now and then! Happy New Year!


  8. Kepanie / Jan 1 2015 2:01 pm

    Charlie is a smile. That is an interesting read. I think people often forget animals can have feelings and human like interactions with others in their species. Hau’oli Makahiki Hou to you.


  9. Mary / Jan 1 2015 2:18 pm

    It sounds like the perfect book for you, Leslie. And I love the cover!


  10. Brona / Jan 1 2015 2:24 pm

    After admiring your amazing bird photos for several years now on Saturday Snapshot, your book choice brought a big smile to my face!

    I’m sure you will enjoy it 😀


  11. Suko / Jan 1 2015 3:54 pm

    Your perfect book for the new year, and a great pic! Leslie, I hope your new year is wonderful.


  12. fredamans / Jan 1 2015 6:12 pm

    Lovely to see you and Charlie, he sure is beautiful. Looks like perfect reading for you.


  13. BermudaOnion / Jan 1 2015 6:13 pm

    That’s the perfect book for you! Happy New Year!


  14. Pat @ Posting For Now / Jan 1 2015 7:27 pm

    Wonderful photo. Your books looks like a great one to start the year with. I hope you love it. Happy New Year!


  15. Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) / Jan 1 2015 7:37 pm

    Charlie is a handsome guy. I am sure he is a great reading companion. Happy New Year.


  16. Lisa @ Captivated Reader / Jan 1 2015 9:28 pm

    Love your book picture!! Happy New Year and enjoy reading your 1st book of 2015!!


  17. diane / Jan 2 2015 7:25 pm

    Adorable pic Leslie — enjoy the book.


  18. Brooke / Jan 5 2015 7:39 pm

    Enjoy your book! 🙂

    My first book of the year post is here:


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