Wednesday, January 1, 2014

First Book of the Year 2014

Sheila of Book Journey is doing a great meme today and I decided to participate by sharing the first book I'm reading in 2014.

It's Skippy Dies, by Paul Murray, a novel I've been meaning to read forever. Well, just since it came out in 2010. So not really forever. But you understand.

Set in Ireland in the present day (more or less) it's a coming of age story about a group of boys in a private school. I toyed with the idea of making 2014 an all-Ireland-and-Britain reading year but of course that's not realistic; even so, I can start off strong with a book from my favorite country.

So after I get home from work today (yes, I'm working) and back from dinner with my in-laws, I'll settle in and get started!

What are you excited about reading in 2014?

10 comments:

Melissa said...

Happy New Year, Marie! Not sure what my first book will be, but I've been leaning towards Asunder by Chloe Aridjis. And I know exactly what you mean about Skippy Dies...it sure FEELS like it's been on my TBR pile forever! ;)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Happy New Year! I love books set in Ireland, so this one is tempting. Enjoy! Here's MY FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR POST

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

My first book is Something like Normal by Trish Dollar. I'm a few pages in and I'm interested.

Suzanne Yester said...

Happy New Year! I also love books set in Ireland, and I recall this having great reviews. I decided to join in on the fun too and have an "official" First Book of the Year and join Sheila's meme... I chose The Unwelcomed Child by VC Andrews. It's a bit of a change up for me because I don't really read horror any more, but I loved Flowers in the Attic many moons ago and the publisher sent along both books for me to read, so thought it would be fun.

bermudaonion said...

I've been wanting to read that one for a while. Happy New Year!

Michelle S said...

This is one I keep meaning to read. Maybe 2014 will be THE year.

Happy New Year!!

As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

Wait,Skippy Dies has only been out for two years? I'd have said 4-5. My how the time doth fly!

It does look good, and now that I know it's set in Ireland (I thought it was England), I can perhaps justify taking the time to read this backlist book in preparation for an upcoming 2015 trip to Ireland.

Happy New Year!

Marce said...

Happy New Year Marie, this looks good. I am starting with My Cousin Rachel, I loved Rebecca so much so I'm reading more Daphne du Maurier.

Frances said...

Skippy Dies is fantastic! A personal favorite. I started the year by reading Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan in one January 1 gulp and now am on to Alexander's Bridge by Willa Cather, one form the Art of the Novella series.

Literate Housewife said...

ACK! I've had this book since it was published. I really need to read it and look forward to your thoughts on it. I love books set in boarding schools.