Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Year in First Lines: 2017 in Review

my annual calendar purchase

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 2017 in First Lines:

I don't usually make complex resolutions at the New Year; I like to set an intention instead.
[from Imagine

I absolutely loved Warren's Governor-General's Award winning  novel, Cool Water.
[from Liberty Street by Dianne Warren

This book has been getting a lot of buzz, so when it was my turn to take it home from the library I was really excited. 
[from All Our Wrong Todays

This newly released book was a beautiful and bittersweet read.
[from Where I Live Now]

July 1st is coming soon! I'm lucky enough to be taking over the hosting duties for the marvellous Canadian Book Challenge from John at the Book Mine Set
[from 11th Annual Canadian Book Challenge

One more month to think about signing up for the 11th Annual Canadian Book Challenge!
[from 11th Annual Canadian Book Challenge: One Month Countdown

Welcome to the kick-off of the 11th Annual Canadian Book Challenge! We're glad to have you along for the ride.
[from Welcome to the 11th Annual Canadian Book Challenge with Canadian Road Trip Novels

And here it is, August again! I will be reading along with #WomenInTranslation month, created and hosted by Meytal at Biblibio. 
[from August is Women In Translation Month!

If you're wondering why it's been kind of quiet over here for the last few weeks it's because I've been busy getting another reading challenge going... this time a readalong & sewalong at my other, sewing, blog. 
[from The Literary Sewing Circle]

Just in time for Halloween, I finally weigh in with my first book review of the month, a delightfully witchy book by Alice Hoffman. 
[from Hoffman's Rules of Magic

This is a mystery novel that's light on the mystery even though there is a murder; it's more interested in the way the crime changes the life of garden/lifestyle journalist Robin MacFarland. 
[from Flush: A Mystery]

As my longer-term readers may know, horror is not my first choice for a good read. 
[from The Bone Mother]


There we have it: a pretty typical year -- lots of talking about books with some reading challenges thrown in there. Especially for those 3 months when I was obviously really enthusiastic about taking over the hosting for the Canadian Book Challenge! I also enjoyed a sewing/reading challenge at my other blog, and fyi for anybody into sewing or textiles, I'll be running another round of the Literary Sewing Circle starting in late January. Keep your eyes peeled! 

Hope your readerly year was just as enjoyable as mine, even if other parts of 2017 were pretty crummy. Let's all hope and work for a better 2018.


  1. As an avid memory keeper (book chronicler) I find this a fascinating exercise. It also points to the effectiveness of a strong opening in one's writing. I liked your summary.

    1. I find it gives such an interesting overview and is surprisingly evocative, at least for the person who wrote the posts ;) Yes, keeping a strong opening in mind is important -- by a few months into the year I always forget though.

  2. Wonderful First Lines post, Melwyk!

    As you know, I adore this meme. Thank you for hosting this!

    I plan to participate as well, before the end of 2017, even though my blogging has been quite infrequent this year.

    1. Lovely to hear! I'll be sure to keep checking in.

  3. That's an interesting approach; I quite enjoyed reading your collection of first lines! Good reading to you in 2018!

    1. And to you as well -- I always look forward to seeing what you're going to find in your eclectic reading.

  4. Seen this on Suko and The Bookworms blogs, I need to try it - great idea. Happy new year xxx


    1. Thanks Lainy! It is a fun exercise. Hope to see yours soon.


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