Another month passed, many more pages turned. I’m glad that the momentum of #theyearinbooks has continued and that you are still joining in with me. As ever, I’ve loved reading your posts (and extending my ‘to read’ list!). The time for curling up beside the fire with a novel has passed, and it’s almost the weather for throwing a book into my bag, and heading out to find a spot in the fresh air to sit down and turn its pages. Perhaps we could record some of the places in which we find ourselves reading this spring and summer, via the #theyearinbooks hashtag over on Instagram, or pinned to the Pinterest board? I’d love to see where you settle in the sunshine with your books!
My first book for March was Kate Atkinson’s Life after Life. Oh, how I loved this book! An amazing concept, cleverly constructed and beautifully executed. I can’t remember the last book that I enjoyed so much. ‘What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?’ reads the blurb, and the book explores fate, chance and destiny. It has a unique structure, non-linear, repetitive, and yet endlessly fresh. Characters are revisited and developed throughout the novel. When I finished it, I had the urge to pick it back up and immediately start again at the beginning, so absorbed was I in Ursula and her world. Magnificent.
I also read The Snow Child, appreciating the way in which its isolated, frozen setting was so central to the book as a whole. I loved the magical realism and the fairytale that was interwoven with the narrative. I should probably have chosen this one for January, though, as the ice at its core didn’t quite sit with the emerging spring sunshine!
For April, I’ve chosen to branch out from fiction, selecting the gorgeous Letters of Note book, which I have been dying to get my hands on ever since discovering the Twitter account of the same name. Looking forward to May, I’ve earmarked a fascinating-looking book that was given to me last year by a good friend: A Little History of the World by Ernst Gombrich.
So, let’s get on with the April link up. Here’s a reminder of how it all works:
The aim is to read (at least) a book a month during 2014. At the start of the month, we blog the book that we are planning to read in the month ahead. If we feel inspired to, we could also write a little about the previous month’s book. Not a review, as such, just some thoughts: a recommendation (or otherwise!) for others who might be thinking of reading it. It’s not a traditional book club, so we don’t have to all read the same book. This is just about trying to ensure that we make space for reading in our busy lives, and hopefully a way to discover more lovely books (and lovely bibliophiles).
If you would prefer to share your book choices over on Instagram, that would also be great, please use the hashtag #theyearinbooks so that we can find your posts. The same hashtag is also active on Twitter. There is a Year in Books Pinterest board, so do let me know in the comments if you would like me to add you as a pinner. There’s also a Goodreads group for this project, and you are welcome to join, whether or not you have a blog of your own. If you would like to add a badge to your blog, you can grab the code over in the sidebar. (A few people have asked me how to do this. If you have a Blogger blog, you may find this tutorial helpful.)
I am compiling a reading list of book suggestions which people have left in the comments here, or via Instagram. Please feel free to continue to recommend books in this way and I will add them to the list.
It doesn’t matter whether or not you have linked up before- everyone is welcome and it’s never too late to get involved. I would be grateful if you could link back to here in your post. Do add your link below – click on the blue button at the bottom of the post.