Firstly, a look back at my January choice, Carlo Rovelli’s Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Having taken physics no further than GCSE (and, if I’m honest, it was one of my least favourite subjects), I was impressed by the clarity with which Rovelli explains deeply complex theories and developments. More than that, though, I was blown away by the poetry of his words. This slim and lovely volume reveals the beauty and wonder of the world around us, both its truths and its mysteries. There were inumerable passages that I read over and over again. This, on the nature of particles, was just one of these:
“A handful of types of elementary particles, which vibrate and fluctuate constantly between existence and non-existence and swarm in space even when it seems that there is nothing there, combine together to infinity like the letters of a cosmic alphabet to tell the immense history of galaxies, of the innumerable stars, of sunlight, of mountains, woods and fields of grain, of the smiling faces of the young at parties, and of the night sky studded with stars.” – Carlo Rovelli
Moving on to February’s book: this month, for one month only, I proposed that those of us who want to all read the same book, Joanna Cannon’s debut novel, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. The plan is for us all to read the novel and then discuss it via a one off #theyearinbooks Twitter chat on Monday 14th March at 9pm. Author Joanna Cannon will be taking part in this special chat, giving us a unique opportunity to find out more about her, and about the novel. For this of you who are reading along, but aren’t on Twitter, I’ll post the questions that we’ll be discussing here on the blog so that you can respond with your thoughts if you would like to: in a blog post, Instagram post, or in my blog comments. I know that there are several folk joining in with this- do let me know here in the comments if you are one. I’m already a couple of chapters in to the novel, and I’m enjoying it hugely. I can’t wait to chat to you about it.
If you’re not reading The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, please do of course join in with the project as usual, and share whatever you’re reading this month….
The usual #theyearinbooks Twitter chat will be at 9pm on the last Monday of the month (in this case, Monday 29th). 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 all the details about the Year in Books project on the YIB information page. Here’s a quick reminder of how it works: The aim of the project is to read (at least) a book a month during 2016. It’s not a conventional book club, so we don’t usually all read the same book. At the start of the month, I blog about the book that I am intending to read and write a few words (thoughts, comments, a review of sorts) about the previous month’s book. If you would like to do the same on your own blog, or over on Instagram, please do join me! Posts can be shared via #theyearinbooks on Twitter or Instagram, or can be pinned to the Year in Books Pinterest board (let me know in the blog comments if you would like to be added as a pinner- I’ll just need your email address to send you an invitation.) Do also feel free to share a link to your post in my blog post comments. I’d appreciate it if you could link back here from any blog posts. You can read about why I started the project here, and find the most recent #theyearinbooks posts here.
You don’t have to blog about your books- you can participate purely via social media and can share as many books as you like- it doesn’t have to be restricted to one a month. I am @circleofpines on Instagram and on Twitter : please do tag me so that I can see your posts.
There’s a Goodreads group for this project, and all are very welcome to join. Finally, if you are on Pinterest, do follow and peruse the Year in Books Pinterest Board for all manner of bookish inspiration. It doesn’t matter whether or not you have taken part before- everyone is welcome and it’s never too late to get involved.