Question: What Was Your First Read / Listen of 2015?

Posted January 8, 2015 by Carmel in Question / 136 Comments


My first read of the year was FORSAKEN BY THE OTHERS by Jess Haines which unfortunately turned out to be only a 3-star book; not exactly the best start to 2015. Ah well, all of the previous installments have been really good, so it was bound to happen, and now I’m only one novel away from being caught-up on this series. I’ve been tackling one a month since September, my review posts of January 16th. Now comes the difficult part… deciding what I should replace H&W INVESTIGATIONS with once March rolls around!

My first audiobook was FOOL MOON by Jim Butcher. I purchased the first two installments in October during one of Audible’s sales; it’s a series that I’ve been wanting to get off my TBR pile for a while now, so I’ve decided to listen to them ‘just for me’ thus I won’t be reviewing them on the blog. The narrator is James Marsters a.k.a Spike from Buffy, and although THE DRESDEN FILES haven’t caused me to go banana’s yet, I am really enjoying Harry’s POV, and have been told that this series really takes off around book 4.

What Was Your First Read / Listen of 2015?

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136 responses to “Question: What Was Your First Read / Listen of 2015?

  1. This is going to sound really bad, but I had to go look to see what books were the first ones of the new year. Eight days in, this is not a good sign. I’m going to blame it on the cold meds, that’s it. πŸ™‚

    Listening, I’m trying to get caught up on review audios with A Lover Untamed by Pamela Palmer, the seventh and second to last book in the Feral Warriors series.

    Reading, I wanted something quick and easy, cold meds again, All In: Sin City Collectors Novella by Amanda Carlson.
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    • You’re getting forgetful in your old age. πŸ˜‰

      I noticed that you’ve been reviewing a lot of Pamela Palmer’s books lately, that explains it. I’m still on the fence about Sin City Collectors; I hate that its a novellas only series.

    • Magic Bites is a fantastic way to go first listen wise; I’m not familiar with the two other authors you listed, but then again our tastes don’t always mesh.

  2. Mine was romantic suspense & listening to non fiction atm. You know my audiobook struggles, it’s a 4.5hour book and I’ve been working on it for over a week now LOL.

    3star isn’t so bad, better than a DNF or a super sucky book. I’ve been especially picky with my year end:start reads, I wanted it to be stellar and I’ve been lucky with my choices so far. I hope whatever it is you’re currently reading is good!
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    • My week-long listens are for the most part in the past, and thank goodness for that. I’ve found my audiobook sweet spot, and I stick with it. I hope you manage to finish yours by the end of this weekend.

  3. Mel Thomas

    I was smack dab in the middle of an audio re-read of Elisabeth Naughton’s fantabulous Eternal Guardians series when the first of the year hit. My first audiobook of 2015 was Enraptured and was quickly followed by Enslaved and Bound. Now I’m fixing to start the most recent book, Twisted. I’m sooooo glad that all of the books are now available in audio format and that I took the time to re-read the series before diving into Twisted. So many things I’d forgotten.

    If you haven’t read Elisabeth Naughton before, I highly recommend the Eternal Guardians series. Not only is it super smexy, it’s unique, the world building is simply amazing, and the narration is brilliant. Happy reading!

    • No, I haven’t experienced Elisabeth Naughton’s writing for myself yet, but she’s another author that I’m hoping to check-out in 2015. Sounds like you had an excellent start to the new year book / listen wise. SCORE!

    • Audiobooks are a great way to go when you want to revisit a story. I don’t recall what your original rating was; I’ll have to look it up. I’m happy to report that since I wrote this post I HAVE had a 5-star read.

  4. Mine was A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me and it was a dnf. My second was a 3 star :-((

    I am reading The Darkest Part of the Forest right now and I really like it so far so whew!

  5. My first read was Marked by Sarah Fine which was a great way to kick off 2015. So enjoyed that one Carmel! I’ve since moved on to The Mime Order and am having good luck there as well. I ended 2014 in a massive funk where nothing was working for me, so I’m glad I’m faring much better so far. Hope you’re next read is at least 4 stars. No more 3 stars or below.

    • You know what they say… out like a lamp in like a lion. Ok, granted that’s usually applicable to weather, but I think it applies here. I’m thrilled that 2015 started on such a high note for you.

  6. Karin Anderson  

    My first audiobook was Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Milla Vane and Lisa Shearin. Silver Deceptions by Deborah Martin was my first paper copy.

  7. Oh this is tricky LOL since I started The Law of Moses (which I loved BTW) on the 31st and finished the last few chapters at 3 in the morning in the New Year. Does that make it count of as my first officially read of 2015? I’m not sure but my first FULL read of 2015 was The Pact by Karina Halle (which wasn’t my favourite)
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  8. Mogsy from BiblioSanctum  

    My first read of the year is technically The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock, but only because I actually finished it on Jan 1. I’d been plugging away at it for more than week before that though, because it was long and kinda slow. It was also a 3 star read. It looks like my first listen was a Star Wars book though, ha! Some guilty pleasure/fluff reading.
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    • There’s absolutely nothing wrong with throwing some Star Wars into the mix. You kicked off 2015 with a 3-star read too, heuh? Ah well, at least it can only get better from here!

    • Reviews for Owl and the Japanese Circus have been good, I’m tempted. I LOVE Luke Daniels’ narration of Hearne’s series, hopefully he’ll help pull you out of your listening slump.

  9. Krista

    First movie: Austenland (super cute!)
    First book: Austenland (still cute and answered some plot holes from the movie)
    First audiobook: Austenland (kinda slow and boring)

    What can I say? Sometimes P&P themed things send me into fangirling marathons.

    • You’re almost caught-up on Gabaldon’s series! I can’t believe you listened to all of the installments; how many hours is that?? YAY! I’m psyched that my recommendation didn’t do you wrong.

  10. I read the first of Butcher a long while back and never moved on but I do want to check out the audio eventually.

    My first of the year was a new to me–Carolyn Brown–and cowboys. It was fun. A little crazy but enjoyable. Then my first audio was an absolute nightmare. Unexpected Gifts. Horrible. Cute story but she basically just read the book straight. Males all had the female voice. And it was seriously “cheery” or hyper or something. It just didn’t work at all. Was pretty disappointing.
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    • The first Dresden Files was published YEARS before the second one, so needless to say, there were a lot of differences between book 1 & 2. You should continue.

  11. My first ebook was Wystan by Allison Merritt. Its the first of a Historical Western PNR and it was so-so.

    My first paper book was You Really Got Me by Erika Kelly and another first of series. Contemporary Romance Really good with a bit of trouble with heroine near the end.

    My first audio is Jane and Austen by Stephanie Fowers. Its a Contemporary Romantic Comedy. I am not really enjoying it at all. Heroine is driving me nuts and the plot is stalled.

    Still hoping for my first favorite!
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  12. If you think your start was bad, wait until you hear about mine… first read of 2015 was a DNF … :((
    I really, really hope it won’t be a sign of how the year will go reads-wise, it can’t be. The second one was cool, and I have at least 2 lined up for January that I’m sure will be awesome.
    But still, that start kind of ruined my enthusiasm, lol!
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    • Nuts! You’re the second commenter who that’s happened to. How unfortunate. Try to forget it and move on; I’m sure that there are still plenty of stellar reads in your future.

  13. My first read of 2015 was A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. I loved it! Really cute and romantic story told from 14 perspectives. I haven’t listened to anything yet, but I think I’ll just tackle some of the audiobooks I have for review xD

  14. Hmm what was my first completed read of 2015 lets check GR… says ….A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS by Marie Brennan (I listened to the first half sometime last year but finished the second half in print this year because the audio was great but going too slow for me. My first audio was…..THE OVERSIGHT by Charlie Fletcher an amazing read! I highly recommend it.

    Don’t worry the Jim Butcher series definitely picks up personally I loved it from the beginning though so I don’t know – curious to hear what you think – I’ll have to pester you about it next time I see you’ve gotten a few more books in. If you don’t decide to give up on the series that is lol.
    Tabitha (Not Yet Read) recently posted…Review & Tour: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

    • Oh, GoodReads, I’d be so lost without you! I do believe that I’ve seen a couple of your Dresden Files reviews floating around the blogosphere, and remember them being positive. It’s gonna take a while before I’m anywhere near close to being caught up.

  15. I’ve been listening to The Bone Season since last year. For some reason this audiobook is taking me ages to get through.
    I think maybe the first book I read this year was All the Bright Places. And that was a fantastic book. And I just finished Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda which was a 5 star, so this year is going good so far!
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  16. James Marsters?!? Hot damn! Although I want him to narrate in Spike’s voice…and then that’d cause problems because it probably wouldn’t jive with the book. Well, darn! I’m glad you’re reading something just for you and are enjoying it. I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy the last Haines book though. That’s a bummer.

    The first thing I read this year…Soul Avenged! It rocked!! Thank you. πŸ˜‰
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    • You read my mind! I’ve been hoping that Marsters will pull a Spike ever since I first started listening to Butcher’s series, but alas it hasn’t happened yet.

      YEEAAH for Soul Avenged!!

  17. I actually had to look this up on Goodreads because I couldn’t remember (TERRIBLE memory!) Looks like my first read of the year was The Start of Me and You, which I thought was clever because it was the first of the year-ahaaa, get it? I’m hilarious. Anyways!

    Both of your picks are new to me, I’ll have to look them up. Sorry you couldn’t have enjoyed it more! Hope you find some great reads this year!
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    • You’re the 2nd person who’s mentioned having to refer to GoodReads to recall what their first book of 2015 was. LOL! Admittedly, yours was super appropriate. πŸ˜€

  18. I decided to try read the first Percy Jackson book, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan… sadly it was a dnf at 40% for me. Definitely, not the best way to get the year started off.

  19. I’ve only listened to the first Jim Butcher book so far and I do really want to continue it – I wasn’t bananas for it either though, so I’m not in a rush. You’ll have to let us know if book 4 turns out to be the magic number for you.

    My first audio of 2015 was Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography and it was so good! I don’t really do autobiographies, but I made an exception for him and I’m really glad I did. My first book of 2015 (started in 2015) was Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. Gah! So good! It destroyed me -ugly tears big time. My first book by Hoover and I’m a total convert! So I got my year off to a good start (slow though, I’m reading really slow this month…)
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    • I haven’t tried Colleen Hoover, but I was already well aware of all of the FEELS in that book. I’ve read enough reviews for it. I’m hoping to start the next Jim Butcher before the end of the month if nothing else lands in my audiobook queue in the interim.

  20. Picking the first book of the year is so hard for me, because I don’t want it to be crappy (it feels like some superstition that probably only exists for the bookish). Luckily it was a pretty good read – Famous Last Words by Katie Alendar. The mystery was easy to guess, but the mood and tone were spooky enough to keep me entertained. πŸ™‚
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  21. I finally finished reading Beautiful Bastard (started it in December), am 3/4 of the way through reading Fifty Shades, and just started listening to Ensnared today. I LOVED Beautiful Bastard though, so that’s good πŸ™‚ I fully expect to love Ensnared, too.

    • I liked Ensnared quite a bit, but I seem to be in the minority. I look forward to comparing notes once you’re finished. I read the Fifty Shades trilogy too out of curiosity. It was good.

  22. Hahaha, I’m not doing any better! I DNFed the first two reads, then I finished listening to A Mad, Wicked Folly which was delightful historical YA and devoured Nothing Between Us – an erotic romance by Roni Loren. So far, so good πŸ™‚
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    • I’m not overly impressed with 2015 so far, but it’s only January so I’m trying to stay positive. At least you had better luck with your third pick. Better late than never!

  23. Let’s see, I started Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick on 12/31 and finished it in the wee hours of morning on New Years Day. It definitely wasn’t the book I expected to ring in the New Year with because the topic was so heavy and sad (I mean, the book is about genocide in Cambodia in the 1970s). It was a good book, not a great one though. On New Years Day, I started Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which was excelleeeeeent!!!
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