the year in books :: August 2015


My July book choice, The Sea House, which I serendipitously found in a charity shop the day after Sara recommended it during #theyearinbooks Twitter chat, was exactly my kind of novel. Thoughftul, romantic, dreamy, softly melancholic, infused with sea air and expansive Suffolk skies. It was the first Esther Freud novel that I had read, and I will now be seeking out many more, starting with her latest novel, also set on the Suffolk coast: Mr Mac and Me.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to my read for August, another choice that came highly recommended during the Twitter chat: Meadowland (The Private Life of an English Field). I’ve read very little natural history, but it’s a genre that interests me, and I must confess something of a meadow obsession, particularly at this time of year, when the wild flowers are in bloom. What really goes on in the long grass is something that I am keen to discover…

The August Twitter chat will be, as usual, on the last Monday of the month (31st) . It’s 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.

If you’re joining in with #theyearinbooks over on Instagram, you should now be able to add your Instagram posts to the linkup below by following these instructions.

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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  • Good to see what you’re reading and hear a recommendation or two. It’s good when you find a book you want at a charity shop isn’t it. I’m reading “The Shipping News” at the moment that I found at our local community bookshop, such a bargain. CJ xx

  • Meadowland really is an exquisitely beautiful book. I was surprised infact at how lovely and engaging I found it. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

  • Meadowland is on my list too so I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on it. I have such a huge pile to get through and a very long list after that though! I discovered some amazing wildflowers over the weekend (there will be loads of photos of those on my blog later!)

    I’ve shall get my post finished and uploaded later today or tomorrow.

  • I’ve come to this project very late, but bought my first title last week on yours and Sara’s recommendation. I’m already adoring The Summer Book and plan to blog about it later this week xxx

  • thanks for all the info…I just ordered the ‘Meadowland’ (free shipping to Canada too!) . I love natural history so am really looking forward to it. Your other choices intrigue me as well and I will add them to my looooong list! I am an avid reader as well and would never trade a paper book for an e-reader. Call me old fashioned!

  • Oh, I’m going to have to find myself a copy of The Sea House, my kind of reading! Thank you for creating this platform for the sharing of a love of reading.