the year in books :: March 2016

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Perhaps it’s because spring is approaching (or has already arrived, depending on your viewpoint), but I’m feeling the need to tidy up my life with a big spring-clean and a declutter. This is why, for my March choice, I have selected Marie Kondo’s cult best-seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. I have mixed feelings about this book, but I’ve heard a lot about it in #theyearinbooks chat, and it feels like a must-read (not to mention that my house is badly in need of some tidying magic!) I shall let you know how I get on.

If you’ve been joining with me in reading The Trouble With Goats and Sheep  there will be 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 my thoughts, and the questions that we’ll be discussing here on the blog so that you can respond with your own thoughts if you would like to: in a blog post, Instagram post, or in my blog comments.

The usual #theyearinbooks Twitter chat will be at 9pm on the last Monday of the month (in this case, Monday 28th). 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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  • I have just ordered the book, I would love to join in as I love reading and I had planned to read a book a month myself..

  • Oh I’ve been so tempted to read this – people say it has changed their lives! Possibly a bit melodramatic but intriguing nonetheless. I look forward to hearing your thoughts x

  • Hi please add me as a Pinner I not on Twitter. I have succumbed and joined in. I read about this book in an article and it scared me. I am going to read along – I am intrigued to see what everyone else thinks.

  • I have finished reading the book So the tiding now begins
    I when I read the preface someone had written a testimony which made me laugh “your course taught me to see what I really need and what I don’t. So I got a divorce. Now I feel much happier.”
    After reading that bit I knew I had to carry on reading the book.
    I found the book fascinating and I am going to give it a go and today I made a start on my clothes and I have got 5 sack fouls to go to the charity shop, now I have no clothes to wear
    I don’t think I could quite tidy the way she has explained as I do not have the time. So I will do it in my time.
    The book was worth reading and I am now adding it on for my daughter to read . Xxx