the year in books :: January 2017

Three years ago, when my youngest was just a baby, and I was sleep-deprived, book-deprived and- it felt to me- sanity-deprived, I made a pledge to myself. In an attempt to return to my bookaholic ways (in a previous life, before children, I was an English student who could devour a book in an afternoon), I decided that I would read one book a month. For the sake of accountability, I chose to record those books via this blog. Thus, The Year in Books was born.

This is the fourth year of the project and I’m thrilled that it goes from strength to strength. Some join in with me on their own blogs, some via Instagram, and a lovely community of bookish folk take part in the monthly Twitter chat, which is always a delight. My plan for 2017 is to continue with The Year in Books project in the same manner as before, with the addition of some bookish suggestions (and perhaps some gems from the Twitter chat too) shared via my Small Stories newsletter (you can sign up for this below).

December’s book, Under Milk Wood was, as it has always been, an unmitigated delight. I read parts of it, and I listened to parts of it. I adored all of it. For January’s book, I have succumbed to the appeal of a ‘new year, fresh start’ philosophy, but hopefully with a difference. This month’s book is called This is not a Diet Book by Bee Wilson. I came across it via a straight-talking article by Bee on The Pool and was sufficiently convinced to order a copy. I can’t deny that the cover’s clean lines also had more than a little charm. I shall let you know how I get on!

Read on for the details…

The January Twitter chat for  #theyearinbooks chat will be at 9pm on Monday 9th January. As a rule, the chat is on the first Monday of the month (although later this month due to Christmas).  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.)

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 2017. 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. 

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  • I’m excited to see this post as I wasn’t sure if the Year in Books would continue for year 4! I enjoy being part of it so much 🙂

    I think I signed up for your newsletter on a previous post but am not sure so have done so again – apologies if I appear twice now! I joined goodreads last year but was a little disappointed to see the YIB group quite neglected! I’m hoping it’ll pick up with the start of a new year!

    I’ve just reviewed my 2016 Year in Books and have my first YIB 2017 post in draft form – now I can add a link to this post and promote another year of it 🙂

    See you at the twitter chat on Monday 🙂

  • I love this idea. I read 45 books two years ago because I had a pretty long commute and then, when we moved barely read at all anymore. Reading a book a month should be doable though. Especially as I have some travel time scheduled.

  • I love the idea of this and have noted down the Twitter chat time. I hope to join in. I attempted to read a book a month last year but a couple months in it dwindled and I fell short. However, I’m ready to give it another go again for 2017 and think that the community you’ve created through #theyearinbooks is a great way to keep accountable and share the experience and love for reading. (It’s also bound to help me find 12 good reads for the year) – I’m so picky and that’s part of the reason I struggled last year.

  • Hi Laura – I love your Year in Books posts and this book sounds interesting. I’m still commenting on books on my own blog and if I ever get myself going on Twitter I would love to join your chats.

  • I’m trying to do year of books properly this year – I don’t think I’ve managed a full year of books! The new book sounds interesting, looking forward to seeing what you make of it.