Year 3. This is my third year of participating in First Book of the Year hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Although this is the first year when I haven’t really had my first book planned out and known in advance – which is why its January 1 and i’m just posting my first book of the year now. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to participate this year – but I was recently inspired by Robyn Covington to expand my reading list year by increasing the diversity of the books I read. And kicking off that challenge as my first book of the year seemed to be the way to go.
So drumroll please…my first book of 2019 is going to be…(and my dog – Marie – wanted to show you all her toy, Monkey…the poor thing has been beat up but she loves him)…and it wouldn’t be first book of the year without a new coffee mug
From the Goodreads description:
Michael likes to hang out with his friends and play with the latest graphic design software. His parents drag him to rallies held by their anti-immigrant group, which rails against the tide of refugees flooding the country. And it all makes sense to Michael.
Until Mina, a beautiful girl from the other side of the protest lines, shows up at his school, and turns out to be funny, smart — and a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan. Suddenly, his parents’ politics seem much more complicated.
Mina has had a long and dangerous journey fleeing her besieged home in Afghanistan, and now faces a frigid reception at her new prep school, where she is on scholarship. As tensions rise, lines are drawn. Michael has to decide where he stands. Mina has to protect herself and her family. Both have to choose what they want their world to look like.
Here’s to many great books and memories in 2019!!