First Book of the Year 2018 & It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

:*:.。.:*(´∀`*)Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!*:.。.:*: How did you celebrate last night? Did you party like a rockstar?

As mentioned in the summary of my 2017 reading, our ohana headed up to SF to celebrate my mum’s la hanau. We were treated to a Chinese feast, some homemade and the rest from a favorite go-to place of my Dad’s. All bellies were happy of course. There was also Sheng Kee cake – soft, spongy, white cake with fruit layered in-between; on top were sliced peaches and kiwi with a big strawberry right in the middle. I cut up the cake and made sure my three-year-old nephew got that strawberry; he wiggled around in joy while scarfing down his portion.

So, another fresh year of reading to look forward to. What challenges are you signing up for?


The beautiful Shelia is hosting again First Book of the Year. What will you be reading first this 2018?

I had thought I hadn’t read any of Agatha Christie’s works yet but got mo-ded by that when counting genres yesterday. However, I know the Miss Marple series is highly popular so I decided to start with its first installment this year.

As mentioned by Kathryn and hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer & Hot Listens, I am participating in this Audiobook Challenge again.

Last year I went for Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 10-15 and nailed it to the wall! This year I’ll kick it up a notch and go for Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20. As suggested by my husband, the king of keyboard shortcuts, I will keep an Excel spreadsheet to help keep count of genres and formats.

Are you in for this challenge this year? There are some good narrators out there.

Let’s link up with Kathryn!

So I haven’t had much time to read lately. I currently have some outstanding 2017 books (a historical romance, a historical fiction, and a fantasy):

  1. Silk is for Seduction (The Dressmakers #1) by Loretta Chase and
  2. The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay.

I also had downloaded two nights ago An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson since my turn for it came up on Overdrive.

OMGosh, do you think I’ll be able to juggle four books at once? I really want to finish the second book. I haven’t really settled down to dig deeper into it. The first I’m almost done with. The third I just started last night while waiting for midnight to arrive. And now I have Miss Marple. If I get a chance to read today I will definitely start The Murder at the Vicarage.

I’m looking forward to filling up my 100 book reading goal as I killed it on last year’s Goodreads Reading Challenge – 108 out of 71. It was said I read 109 books but that’s because I had started an audiobook near the end of 2016 and finished it in 2017. What do you think about books that were started the year before and then finished the next year? Do they still count? I didn’t count that YA for 2017 but this year, even though I have three outstanding books, I guess it’d be okay to count them for this year? Give me your two cents.

Mahalo for kickin’ it with me a bit on this New Year’s Day. Have a rainbow of a day. TTYL.



17 thoughts on “First Book of the Year 2018 & It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

  1. Oh dinner looks wonderful! i am always interested in what people are reading. Allison’s hosting a post tomorrow about reading. I have a cat behavior book, called Cat Sense, and I have Stiff on the shelf.


  2. Oh that food looks amazing! I’m so glad you’re giving Miss Marple a try for 2018! I love her though Murder at the Vicarage isn’t her absolute best so don’t get discouraged if you don’t love her right away! I’m glad I’ve been able to give you a push towards cozies! I love them! Happy New Year!


  3. You are a super star at reading, as well as at so many other things!!!!!

    Hooray for you, with all your plans.

    I’m beginning the second book in “The Accidental Alchemist” series. These are fun reads, and combine real history with fiction. So I’m learning interesting facts of alchemy, as well as enjoying the books.


  4. Good luck with the reading! More stories is always good! I have not been reading enough. I was telling Araignee I feel like I have to choose between reading and knitting and am considering absorbing the cost of audibles so I feel more connected to the written word, even if it’s being read to me. Dunno.


  5. Happy New Year! Your feast looks delicious!

    Good job on killing your Goodreads goal! I never know either, whether to count books that I started the previous year but finish the next. I usually do. Lol. It looks like you have some great goals and a great line up to start this year off right!


  6. Hi Stefanie :)) You look so CUTE in that photo!!! Good luck on your reading challenge! 🙂
    Your Chinese food feast looks very yummy! Ever since we did that on Christmas, I’m craving it again!!


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