the year in books :: December 2015


I’m still finishing off my November choice, Anne Tyler’s family saga, A Spool of Blue Thread and truthfully, I don’t want it to end. It’s an involving, bittersweet, heartfelt story, and the Whitshank family are so well realised that I feel I have been a guest at their table. When I can bring myself to read the final pages, I’m planning to follow it by reading Kate Mosse’s The Winter Ghosts as my December book – a seasonal ghost story for these dark evenings. I picked it up in the charity shop a while ago, having enjoyed Mosse’s The Mistletoe Bride earlier in the year.

It’s hard to believe that this is the last month of #theyearinbooks project for 2015; the year seems to have flown by. I’m planning to continue this project next year, I do hope that you’ll join me? I’ve got a treat planned for us in the spring! I’m also making a change to the way in which posts are shared – the number of people connecting up to the Inlinkz link up has gradually decreased, and whilst I’d love for you to continue to join me in this project, I think that it may work better for us to share our posts (or links to blog posts) via the hashtag on Instagram or Twitter, or via the Year in Books Pinterest board. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts?

As ever, #theyearinbooks Twitter chat will be at 9pm on the last Monday of the month (in this case, Monday 28th). 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.) 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.

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 currently 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. If you’re joining in with #theyearinbooks over on Instagram, you can also add your Instagram posts to the linkup below by following these instructions.

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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