the year in books :: August


Here we are, already in August. I have found the occasional moment for holiday reading, although taking my book with me on our camping trip proved to be a shade too optimistic! Still, I succeeded in finishing my July book, Matt Haig’s The Humans, which was funny and sharp with an unexpected twist. Filled with truths about the human condition, even in its bleakest moments, it is a novel with a warm and hopeful heart.  I also read Caitlin Moran’s new book, How to Build a Girl, which was just as entertaining and enjoyable as I would have expected, in Caitlin Moran’s indomitably witty and effervescent style.

I am anticipating my next book with pleasure: Burial Rites looks like just my cup of tea. I have also planned to read Instructions for a Heatwave, which would have been particularly appropriate earlier this week, although I have yet to get hold of a copy. My September book is yet to be decided, I’m open to suggestions. My apologies that this month’s post is a brief one, and that I have yet to visit all of your posts for last month- summer holidays with three small boys are a busy time, and quiet moments with my laptop are almost unheard of!

At any rate, lets get on with the August 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. 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. 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. 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.

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