Friday Question #148 - First Read of 2023

Happy 2023! :tada:

Share your first read of the year and how you first heard of it.

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In December, as I was in Target’s book section (I can’t pass up any book section in any store) for Christmas shopping. I saw this bright orange book cover. I had to see the book. It’s title is “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A #@%! a Counterintuitive Approach of Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson. The title made me laugh, so I bought it. Unbenounced to me, it fit the Bingo category of ‘Punctuation in the Title’. So, it became for first read of 2023.
Forewarning if you want to read the book there is lots of cussing, funny and serious stories. Definitely not a book for everyone.

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The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan I bought it at the local thrift store

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“Thank You for Listening” by Julia Whelan was my first completed book for 2023. This was an audiobook that surprised me because I had not thought I would truly enjoy the book; I had started it because it was recommended by a person I follow.

I loved this book and have reread it a few times.

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Murder in a Cape Cottage by Maddie Day. I won it in a Facebook contest.

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Just finished once upon a broken heart by Stephanie Garber. I found it as a follow on to the caravel series. I hated the middle but it was so gushy and cringe but then stay up most the night last night finishing it as the ending was so good! Can’t wait for the ballad never after now :slight_smile:

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My first read of the year is THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE By racial beanland. I heard of it during a zoom meeting on Bookreporter.com. I am reading an ARC. This book will be published in April.

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A special publication of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott which was organized with additional historical information by Catherine Miles (2022). I received this book from Book Sirens for review. It is quite interesting to learn of the historical and biographical information of the author all in one book.

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I got “Arsenic and Adobe” for Christmas. It’s from an author new to me, Mia P. Manansala. A ‘cozy’ mystery to start off the year, with plenty of Phillipino food.

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My first read of 2023 was Lynn Painter’s The Do-Over. I bought it just before the end of the year because I absolutely enjoyed her debut book Better Than the Movies.

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Mine was “Bread Over Troubled Waters” by Winnie Archer. As with most of what I read, it was a review copy from another source, which typically sends me 2-3 books/month.

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