the year in books :: April 2017

I’m late with my post this month- the Easter holidays ran away with me, but I’ve been reading nonetheless. March’s book, The Secret Lives of Colour, was a treasure trove of delights! Telling the history of 75 different dyes and hues, it’s a book bursting with stories and secrets. I was utterly drawn in by it, and when I found myself in an art shop, I saw the paint pots with fresh eyes, knowing that each shade had a remarkable tale to tell.

For April, I’m reading a book that my brother gave to me for my birthday, The Faraway Nearby  by Rebecca Solnit. My bro is an academic and he has a knack of sending me thought-provoking books that I might not have chosen for myself. His last gift was  Seven Brief Lessons in Physics, which I was surprised to find that I adored. This choice has been no exception- its opening paragraph really spoke to me, in fact I think it’s probably one of the finest that I have read for a long time. Solnit is a remarkable writer.

Read on for the details of how The Year in Books works…

The May Twitter chat for  #theyearinbooks chat will be at 9pm on Monday 8th May. As a rule, the chat is on the first Monday of the month, but late in this case due to the bank holiday. 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, but follow @theyearinbooks for details of the chat.)

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 2017. 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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  • Oh these books sound amazing. The dyes and the physics books are particularly good for We Are Stardust 😉 I actually saw the physics one in Waterstones a while ago and wanted to read it…