February 3, 2015

the year in books :: February 2015


The Year in Books has got off to a flying start this year. I sped through my January choice, Ali Smith’s There but for the. As I would have expected from Ali Smith, it was an intelligent, poignant, thought-provoking novel. It is an exploration of character in which the mysterious main protagonist is revealed to the reader through the eyes of others. The story’s central question remains resolutely unanswered, and the peripheral plot lines eventually become the focus. Not a novel for those who like things to tie up neatly, but I enjoyed it a good deal. From the same charity shop, I picked up a copy of Jeffrey Eugenide’s The Marriage Plot, which I loved. His Pulitzer Prize-winning Middlesex is now at the top of my to-read list. I’m finishing another charity shop find, Kate Mosse’s short ghost story collection The Mistletoe Bride, and then I’m all set to begin my February choice, much-lauded The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I treated myself to a copy from a local indie bookshop.

Once again, it’s been wonderful to have so many people joining in with the project via the various channels. A particular thank you to everyone who took part in the Twitter chat. Having never hosted one before, I was really rather nervous that no one would take part, but it turned out to be a whirlwind hour of bookish chat with lots of lovely bibliophiles. There was definitely enough interest for it to become a monthly fixture, so we’ll be chatting at 9pm GMT on the last Monday of each month. Do come along and join us if Twitter’s your thing.

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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14 thoughts on “the year in books :: February 2015

  1. Mitzi

    Thank you for hosting The Year In Books again for 2015. I only discovered and joined in October last year but have really enjoyed following everyone’s reads since then.


  2. ali.b.

    I’ve just started the miniaturist – its totally different from the book I normally read – so I’m finding it a bit tricky to get into, but I have only read one chapter lol.

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  4. Ileana

    “There but for The” was my January read too and I laughed when I read your take on it – I am one of those people who “likes things to tie up neatly”. Thank you for this project, I’m having great fun. Just put up my February book post this morning and added the twitter chat date to my calendar.

  5. just Gai

    Thanks for inspiring me to get back into reading this year. Although my first book (We are all Completely beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler) didn’t exactly grip me, I’m expecting great things from Wolf Hall.

    I’ve spotted The Miniaturist in the bookshops and am intrigued by its cover. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by it, but I’m afraid I often do.

  6. Claire

    Hi Laura! Thanks so much for The Year in Books- it’s such a good idea and it’s so interesting to see what others are reading and enjoying (and not enjoying!)

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  9. Alexis

    I’ve just realised that I’ve unwittingly joined in not only with the link up but also with the theme of image of book on sheet with coffee! Totally didn’t mean to copy EVERYONE (my normal mantra)!


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