the year in books :: looking forward to 2016

12132685_183621701978249_1659703318_nIt’s hard to believe that my #theyearinbooks reading project is now at the end of its second year. It began simply as a personal reading target, a way of making myself accountable for reading more books, making space for reading in my busy life. The idea seemed to strike a chord, and when others requested to join in, I opened the project out. To my delight and pride, it’s become a warm and lively community of bibliophiles and a never-ending source of bookish inspiration.

I look forward to continuing with #theyearinbooks in 2016, with some small changes, and exciting developments. As ever, at the start of the month, I blog about the book that I am intending to read and write a few words (thoughts, comments, a review of sorts) about the previous month’s book. If you would like to do the same on your own blog, or over on Twitter or Instagram, please do join me! It’s not a conventional book club, so we don’t all read the same book: #theyearinbooks 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).

Unlike the previous two years, I will not be adding a blog link up to my posts. I’ve found each month that fewer and fewer people have been sharing their posts in this way. Instead, posts can be shared via #theyearinbooks on Twitter or Instagram, or can be pinned to the Year in Books Pinterest board (let me know in the blog comments if you would like to be added as a pinner.) Or, if you prefer, you can leave a link to your post in my blog post comments.You don’t have to blog about your books- you can participate purely via social media and can share as many books as you like- it doesn’t have to be restricted to one a month. I am @circleofpines on Instagram and on Twitter : please do tag me so that I can see your posts.

I have something a little different planned for February- I’m suggesting that, as a one-off, we might like to all read the same book. I’ve got a little something up my sleeve for this, which includes free books for #theyearinbooks participants, I’ll be sharing more about in my January post, so do check back then!

Finally, #theyearinbooks monthly Twitter chat, which takes place on the last Monday of the month at 9pm GMT, has gone from strength to strength over the year. It’s always a fast and friendly hour. I ask a few questions to get us all chatting, and I never fail to finish the hour with a long list of brilliant book recommendations from fellow participants, and a few new Twitter friends to boot. If you’re on Twitter, please do consider joining us- all are welcome. The next chat is tomorrow evening, with the theme of a bookish review of 2015. Do come and say hello.

If your new year’s resolution is to read more books, then please do consider joining in with #theyearinbooks in whatever way suits you best. It would be lovely to have you involved, and I look forward to plenty more bibliophilic adventures in 2016…

{You can find all the information about The Year in Books here.}


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  • This is something I’d love to join in with. I love the idea of everyone reading the same book for February and would also like to be added to the pinterest group board. I read lots anyway, part of my university course and part out of a love of books so being able to make myself accountable and track what I have read would be great. Look forward to joining in.

  • I’ve taken part from the beginning and have loved The Year in Books. I was a reader anyway and always read more than one book a month, but I love having a bookish community to dip into through this, especially since I joined Twitter!

    This is my latest post, published today, just to round off the year 🙂

    I love the idea for February and will look forward to that – and to seeing what book we will be reading 🙂
    I am planning to change my own posting so that I post at the end of each month rather than the beginning so I can review my reads at the end of each month,as I prefer to do an end of month round up, I will be continuing next year and still joining in with the twitter chats.

    I have a Pinterest account but I don’t use it and have never pinned anything (I just signed up so it would allow me to view things) but I think I would be interested in adding my blog links there and hopefully finding other YIB posts that way too. I’m peaklouise there too

    Thank you so much for continuing to host The Year in Books 🙂

  • I will definitely be taking part this year. 2015 has been an awful year for me for reading but I’m feeling really inspired to get stuck in to some new books over the next twelve months. See you at 9pm! 🙂

  • I love this idea, one of my 2016 resolutions is to read more books and I am always on the hunt for recommendations! Sadly I’ve seen this post too late to join the Twitter chat this month but maybe in January but (as a novice instagrammer!) I will join in there, thank you for creating a space for online bibliophiles.

  • Happy new year!
    I’m sorry to see the blog link up go, I liked browsing other bloggers’ reading recommendations. But please add us as a pinner to your pinterest board (we are kikuinthecorner over there). Thanks!

  • I’m so glad that The Year in Books is carrying on. I enjoy writing a little about the books I’ve been reading and nosing at what others are delving into. Also looking forward to seeing the book we might be reading as a group in February, what a nice idea!

  • Ah Laura, I’m one of the guilty few who tailed off with the blog posts as the year progressed! I will be joining in again this year, and perhaps might stick to it more consistently via instagram! Thank you so much for all of the thought and effort you put in, I thoroughly enjoy taking part, and am very intrigued about the February plan! x