the year in books :: January 2016


A new year, a new start and a new pledge to read (at least) a book a month in 2016. I hope that you’ll join me once again for a bookish year! I’m diving right in to my reading for the year with Seven Brief Lessons in Physics by Carlo Rovelli, a Christmas present from my physicist brother. I’m rather out of my comfort zone with this (I haven’t studied Physics since GCSE), but the prologue assures me that “these lessons were written for those who know little or nothing about modern science”, and the blurb is captivating:  Here, on the edge of what we know, in contact with the ocean of the unknown, shines the mystery and the beauty of the world. And it’s breathtaking. I shall let you know how I get on…

Now, some information about the project follows… but keep reading to the end for an announcement about February’s book (it’s a one-off month where those who want to can read and discuss the same book) and there’s the chance of a FREE COPY for Year in Books participants…

The #theyearinbooks Twitter chat will be at 9pm on the last Monday of the month (in this case, Monday 25th). 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. 

As I mentioned at the end of last year, I’ve got something a little different planned for February. Next month, for one month only, I am proposing that those of us who want to all read the same book, and then discuss it via a special #theyearinbooks Twitter chat. For those not on Twitter, I’ll be posting the discussion questions for you to answer if you’d like to: in a blog post, Instagram post, or in my blog comments. The novel that I am proposing we read is the upcoming debut novel by Joanna Cannon, The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. It’s due out on 28th January, so if you’d like to read it for February, it would be a good plan to pre-order at your local bookshop or library.

I’ve teamed up with Harper Collins for this, and they have 15 copies of the book to give away to Year in Books participants. If you’d like one of these copies, please email me by 10th January at with the subject YIB FEBRUARY GIVEAWAY. If you’ve taken part in the Year in Books before, please include a link to your latest blog post, IG posts, or include your Twitter handle if you’ve joined in with the chat. I’ll be picking at random, but as a thank you for your support, I’ll prioritise existing participants for the first ten copies, with the draw for the final five copies being open to all, including new participants. Please do only request a copy if you can commit to reading it in February, and to taking part in the discussion in whichever way suits you best.

I hope that, even if you don’t win a free copy, some of you will consider ordering the book and joining in with the discussion. I’ve been lucky enough to receive an advance copy, and although I’m only a few chapters in, I’m loving it, and I think that many of you would too.



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