the year in books :: June 2016


I loved my May read, soon-to-be-released novel A Quiet Life. The discussion that took place about the book at the Sisterhood Camp book group was lively, fascinating, impassioned and thoughtful. Opinions about the book were varied, and although I agreed with the criticisms that were levelled by some of the participants, I still found plenty in the novel to keep me reading (and not just that the protagonist is called Laura and loves photography!) Once I got over my slight anxieties about reading aloud to a large group of women around a campfire, I relaxed into the evening and took great pleasure in hearing the thoughts, feelings and experiences of my fellow readers.

My June read, What is yours is not yours by Helen Oyeyemi, may well be the most beautiful book that I now own, with its exposed spine and creamy embossed cover. It also sounds like an utterly enchanting read. I came across it via the Pool, and just felt that I had to read it…

As usual the June Twitter chat for  #theyearinbooks chat will be at 9pm on the last Monday of the month. There will also be a chat tomorrow (6th June) at 9pm, which is the May chat that was postponed due to the bank holiday and a lack of wifi on my part! 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. 

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