The Year in Books :: May 2015


I haven’t quite finished my April read, Laline Paull’s The Bees, but I am utterly gripped by it. It’s recently been shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, and I can absolutely see why. It’s a novel with a totally innovative central conceit, and the author’s attention to detail makes it surprisingly easy for the reader to make the imaginative leap required to empathise with the character of a bee.

I’m really excited about my May book choice, Matt Haig’s memoir about his experiences of depression and anxiety: Reasons to Stay Alive. I saw Haig speak recently at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival. He was warm, engaging and eloquent. I very rarely read memoirs or autobiography, but this feels like an important book, and having loved The Humans, I’ll warrant it’s a well-written one too.

This month’s #theyearinbooks Twitter chat was a lively one, with lots of lovely new participants. Thanks so much to everyone who took part – it’s always a fun and friendly hour. There’ll be a May chat but due to the bank holiday, it will be at 9pm GMT on the last TUESDAY of the month (the 26th). Do come along and join us if Twitter’s your thing; we’re a very welcoming crowd, and it’s an hour spent in gentle bookish chat. (I’m @circleofpines on Twitter.) If you’d like me to tweet you a reminder nearer the time, give me a shout and I’ll add you to the list.

If you’re joining in with #theyearinbooks over on Instagram, you should now be able to add your Instagram posts to the linkup below by following these instructions.

You can find Year in Books blog buttons, and all the details about the project on the YIB information page. Here’s a quick reminder of how it works:

The aim of the Year in Books project is to read (at least) a book a month during 2015. It’s not a conventional book club, so we don’t all read the same book, the project is about trying to ensure that we make space for reading in our busy lives, and is a way for us all to discover more lovely books (and lovely bibliophiles). At the start of the month, we blog about the book that we are intending to read, and, if we want to, write a few words (thoughts, comments, a review of sorts) about the previous month’s book.

If you would prefer to share your book choices over on Instagram or Twitter, please use the hashtag #theyearinbooks so that we can find your posts. You can share as many books as you like in this way- it doesn’t have to be restricted to one a month. I am @circleofpines on Instagram and on Twitter, if you’d like to tag me so that I can see your posts.

There’s a Goodreads group for this project, and all are very welcome to join, whether or not you have a blog of your own. Finally, there’s a Year in Books Pinterest board, do follow along for all manner of bookish inspiration. If you would like to pin to the board, let me know in the blog comments and I will add you as a pinner. (If I should have added you, and haven’t, do nudge me! Pinterest is a little problematic on the issue and it sometimes takes a couple of attempts.)

It doesn’t matter whether or not you have linked up before- everyone is welcome and it’s never too late to get involved. Please do link back here from your post.

Thank you, and happy reading!

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