Sunday, December 27, 2015

2015 First Lines: a Year in Review

My traditional calendar choice for each New Year!

As usual at this time of year, I review and share my reading/blogging year with First Lines.

Simply put, we share the first line of the first post of each month and see what that overview tells us about our year. Often it can be an uncannily accurate summary.

If you haven't tried this before, give it a go this year; it's a fun exercise, and often summarizes the year quite efficiently. If you do, please share a link in the comments so we can all enjoy!

Anyhow, without further ado, here is my 2015 in First Lines:


What better way to begin a readerly year than by sharing a book on the phenomenology of reading?
from [What We See When We Read]

January brings thoughts of passing time, of the way the year flies by in sudden jumps, from one month to the next.
from [Phoebe's Way]

This is an interesting Canadian classic, of sorts.
from [Book of Eve]

Welcome April...Welcome Poetry Month!
from [Welcome Poetry Month]

Wolf Truly is turning 18.
from [The Mountain Story by Lansens]

It’s 1979, and school is not going so great for Oliver “Boo” Dalrymple – nicknamed for his pale countenance and fly-away hair.
from [Neil Smith's Boo]

What better way to celebrate Canada Day than to sign up for the 9th annual Canadian Book Challenge? 
from [Happy Canada Day]

This novel immediately appealed to me; set on the Canadian prairies, centred on one woman's journey, a bit of eccentricity and some unexpected occurrences -- sounds like my kind of story!
from [Connie Gault's Beauty]

I just finished kicking my feet up in the last of the summer sunshine, and reading two new books back to back on the weekend.
from [Two Books, a Foodie, and a Fish]

I didn't want to miss participating in RIP X this year -- I've read along in this dark, mysterious challenge nearly every year it's been running.
from [Fall Means RIP X]

I have not added a new Cover Design in quite a while.
from [Cover Designs! #8]

I've seen the Classics Club chatting on twitter (@ourclassicsclub) and sharing the love of classics in the blog world for quite a while.
from [Classics Club: Women's Classic Literature Event]

So, a pretty straightforward reading year! Mostly book reviews, some mentions of various challenges, and even a reference to an irregular blog series.

Sounds like a low-key year to me, which it felt like too. Hopefully I'll be blogging a little more in the New Year as I try to complete my Century of Books project, and add on my Women's Classic Literature Event. And continue on with the Canadian Book Challenge of course!


  1. What a great exercise...very revealing, I think, about the kind of blogging year we have. Gotta try this one.

    1. It is revealing, surprisingly so! Hope to see yours soon, too.

  2. I learned of this exercise from SUKO @ Suko's Notebook. I am posting mine tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    1. Thanks for visiting, Pat! Suko's first lines were great -- I will look for yours tomorrow :)

  3. Melwyk, I enjoyed reading your First Lines. I think it is a good summary of your year in blogging. Thank you for creating this wonderful meme.

    1. It's a fun look back. Thanks for continuing to do this meme & sharing it with so many new readers!

  4. Fun post! (And I bought that same calendar to hang on my wall this year; I love the bookish art and quotes and can't resist buying it every year.)

    1. It is the perfect calendar for many of us I think :)


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