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!