the year in books :: July 2015


I flew through my June read, Emma Healey’s debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing. Although it was poignant -heartbreaking even – it was also gripping. Healey’s is a truly unique concept: a mystery story that is also an intimate exploration of the fragile mind of its protagonist, Maud.

My choice for July, Emma Freud’s The Sea House was suggested to me by my friend Sara, when I requested ideas for summery books during  this month’s #theyearinbooks Twitter chat. When I learned that this novel’s setting was based on the Suffolk coastal village of Walberswick, where we crab fished in the summer as children, I was completely sold. As luck (or fate?!) would have it, I came across a copy in the charity shop this week, so my choice was made.

The July Twitter chat will be, as usual, on the last Monday of the month (27th) . 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.

If you’re joining in with #theyearinbooks over on Instagram, you should now be able to add your Instagram posts to the linkup below by following these instructions.

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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  • This sounds like the perfect summer book. I actually visited Walberswick for the first time last month, and have fallen a little bit in love with it! I’ve added this to my holiday reading list, thank you! xx

  • Oh yay, you got it! I hope you like it now. Perfect serendipity to find it in a charity shop – looking forward to hearing your thoughts x

  • Doesn’t actually knowing a place the story is set in make it so much interesting to read!
    We spend lots of time in Walberswick and loved the book, though Freud never actually mentions the name. (She and David Morrissey have a house there.)
    I’ve just finished ‘Mr Mac and Me’ by her, her latest novel set in Walberswick too. If you go to Tinkers by the village green, you can buy signed copies of the book there. Mine came from my beloved mobile library though! The ferry is up and running every day now, to row you over to the Southwold side.

  • I enjoyed Elizabeth is Missing too. Liking all the suggestions for new reads as I follow all the links. Thanks for organising this.