the year in books :: April 2016


My March read, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, clothes drawers in our house have never been tidier, and I have (almost) reached the bottom of the laundry mountain. Not only that, but I am slowly de-cluttering the rest of the house, one type of object at a time (next up, books… I think you can guess that I’ll be struggling to declutter those…) On the other hand, however, I found many sections of the book to be at best bizarre, and at worst patronisingly sexist. My friend Sabrina has written a review that chimes perfectly with my feelings on this, and has done so with far more eloquent wit than I could summon, so do head over to her blog and have a read of it.

This month, I’m looking forward to reading Caitlin Moran’s Moranifesto. I’ve been a huge fan of Caitlin Moran since way back in my teens, and have loved each of her books so far. In fact, I was selected to write a guest post for her website back in 2012, when How to Be a Woman was published. If you haven’t already seen them, Moran is releasing weekly vlogs to accompany this latest book, and they are well worth watching, by turns hilarious and heart-wrenching, as is her wont.

Finally, a big thank you to all those who joined in the special Twitter chat to discuss The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. It was just brilliant, not least because the novel’s author, Joanna Cannon, joined us, and shared all manner of insights into the book, and her writing process.

With apologies for the missed chat last month (due to the bank holiday, and that extra mid-month chat) the usual #theyearinbooks Twitter chat will be at 9pm on the last Monday of the month . It is always an absolute treat, so do come along and join us if Twitter’s your thing; we’re a very welcoming crowd, and you’re sure to come away with a to-read list as long as your arm, and some bookish new friends to boot. (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.

You can find all the details about the Year in Books project on the YIB information page. Here’s a quick reminder of how it works: The aim of the project is to read (at least) a book a month during 2016. It’s not a conventional book club, so we don’t usually all read the same book. 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 Instagram, please do join me! 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- I’ll just need your email address to send you an invitation.) Do also feel free to share a link to your post in my blog post comments. I’d appreciate it if you could link back here from any blog posts. You can read about why I started the project here, and find the most recent #theyearinbooks posts here.

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.

There’s a Goodreads group for this project, and all are very welcome to join. Finally, if you are on Pinterest, do follow  and peruse the Year in Books Pinterest Board for all manner of bookish inspiration. It doesn’t matter whether or not you have taken part before- everyone is welcome and it’s never too late to get involved. 

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