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First of all, Happy New Year! May the New Year bring you many blessings, literary and other.
For me, the first book of the year is a huge, huge choice. I sometimes feel it sets the tone for the coming year, so I want it to be wonderful.
Well, every time I pick up a book, I hope I fall in love with it!
I often buy a new book on New Year’s Eve. Even if I haven’t finished the stack I received for Solstice/Christmas, I often buy a new book, carefully chosen, on December 31.
I start reading it a few minutes after midnight. Unless I’m at a party. Then I start reading it when I get home.
I chose my book yesterday: Blood and Blade byLauren Dane. A kickass book to start a kickass year.
Happy New Year!
I fell into a ritual a few years ago, without realizing I was doing so, and it’s grown to be something important to me.
The ritual is making a conscious choice for the last book and the first book I purchase each year.
Ideally, I’d purchase the last book on the 31st and the first on the 1st or 2nd, but that’s not always a viable option.
This year, I’m going to purchase the last book on the 29th – and the possibilities are delicious. What does the choice of book mean? Do I choose a book by someone with whom I’m acquainted, to set the stage in supporting a colleague? Do I pick a book that’s intrigued me, but I’ve never “gotten around” to buying it?
And the first book of the year – it sets the tone of the year. What do I want this year to be? Will it be a book about writing? Will it be a biography of someone I admire? Will it be a delightful novel to set the bar high for my own work?
Think about what you buy, when you buy it, and why you buy it. Creating a ritual for the first and last books of the year could turn into a mindful and happy tradition.
(Note: This post was originally published on December 28, 2006 at the Blogger Version of A Biblio Paradise).