the year in books: April & May 2018

I’ve read several novels over the last couple of months: The Essex Serpent, The Paying Guests and Fiona Mozley’s darkly brilliant and haunting Elmet. By accident, rather than by design, I’m now conccurently reading books by two of my favouirte authors on the theme of walking: Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit and The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane. I was halfway through Wanderlust when I fortuitously came across a copy of The Old Ways in a charity shop and have been dipping into the two alternately. Although one author is male and one female, one British and one American, they are united by their love of landscape, and their storytelling ability – weaving tales both human and natural that draw the reader along with them on their journeys.

My next books to read are (again unintentionally) visually complementary! Lucy Mangan’s Bookworm feels like a book that was written for me. I’ve always enjoyed her writing, and this memoir of a bookish childhood looks like something that I’m sure to savour. I’ve read so many glowing reviews of Circe, plus a fascinating piece by Madeline Miller in the paper, that I had to procure a copy of this beautiful novel. I can’t wait to open its pages and begin.

The next Twitter chat for  #theyearinbooks chat will be at 9pm on Monday 14th May. 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 my Year in Books project on the YIB information page. The aim of the project is to read (at least) a book a month during 2018. If you’d like to participate via social media you can share as many books as you like using #theyearinbooks – 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. 

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