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January 2018


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There is nothing like the experience of falling in love with a book; it can’t be repeated. You can read the book over and over, loving it more each time, but you can only read it for the first time once. Thankfully, there is no end to books, films and games to discover for the first time, and many other ways to start off the Read Watch Play year with #firstread.

What was the first book you remember loving? The first book you read in a  beloved genre? The games we first played always have a special place in our hearts, and the music that was popular in our teenage years cannot be beaten.

Our own lives are full of firsts we can celebrate, and so are those of others. Explore  scientific firsts, space travel firsts, exploration and adventure firsts. The first time someone murdered, fell in love or got a job.

Have you read the first book your favourite author has written, heard the first album released by a favourite artist, played the first video game in a favourite series? How do the firsts compare with the most recent?

Though not the first novel written by Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre was the first published, so we can definitely start our year off with the best. Her sister Emily’s first and only novel, Wuthering Heights is a piece of classic storytelling that in part inspired the upcoming Gothic Novel Jam, running in July.

Debut novels can be hard to follow up, but you could read your way through this list of second novels, or just pick the first from a huge number of top tens.

Whatever you choose to read, watch or play this month, it’s all going to be your first for this year so definitely fits the #firstread theme.

There will be a twitter discussion on January 30 starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings (Summer) Time.  6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am BST (UK).  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Please use the tags  #firstread and #rwpchat as you discuss your reading, watching, and playing that is your experience of  #firstread, so that others can join in the conversation too.

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