The Year in Books :: April 2015


Having loved Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book, I fully expected to enjoy A Winter Book, which was my choice last month. As anticipated, it was a lovely, gentle read, a collection of short stories that are, as Philip Pullman wrote, “as smooth and odd and beautiful as sea-worn driftwood, as full of light and air as the Nordic summer.” Life is there, with love, and philosophy, whimsy and autobiography. There are even a couple of stories about the island so beloved of The Summer Book, a setting of unerring delight.

My book choice this month is Laline Paull’s The Bees, lent to me by a friend of mine. It looks to be an ambitious and original novel, with a fascinating central conceit. I look forward to starting it over the long weekend.

Apologies to those who take part in The Year in Books twitter chats-  time, and the school holidays, ran away with me this month! There’ll be an April chat at 9pm GMT on the last Monday of the month. Do come along and join us if Twitter’s your thing; we’re a very friendly crowd, and it’s a lovely hour spent in gentle bookish chat. (I’m @circleofpines on Twitter.)

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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