March 3, 2014

the year in books :: March

the year in books March :: circle of pine trees blog

Oh, how I am enjoying this project! I love that it has made reading a part of my daily routine once more, I love the intriguing books that are being drawn to my attention, and I love all of the fabulous new blogs that I’ve been discovering through the link up. Thank you to everyone who is taking part, it’s brilliant to have you involved.

My book for February was Girl Reading, and I was drawn into it from the start. Each chapter is essentially a short story, with a different girl as its focus.  There is an intricate conceit which ties the book together, but the experience of reading it is also that of a collection of short stories. I am not always a fan of these, but reading in quick bursts fit well around my current lifestyle, and I found that each individual story was substantial and satisfying. The book drew my attention to an interesting genre of art: paintings or photographs that feature women reading and I also discovered the fascinating Flickr group, Women and Girls reading. Reading a book about the act of reading a book is by its nature self-reflective, and this appealed to me. As a result, my reading picked up speed this month, and I also finished a second book, The Rosie Project, which I devoured in less than 24 hours. It’s a sweet, funny, charming novel that’s very easy to read. Several other participants in #theyearinbooks have read it too, and I have yet to find someone who didn’t enjoy it!

I’ve chosen two books for March. My first book, Life after Life, is by Kate Atkinson, whose novels I adore. If I finish it before the end of the month, my second book is The Snow Child, which has been read, and loved, by many members of #theyearinbooks group. I am looking forward to both of them. It’s World Book Day on March 6th, so there’s another great reason to bury my head in a book!

My April book is slightly different. I’m planning to read the thoroughly gorgeous Letters of Note book, which I purchased with my birthday money, earlier this month. I’ve had a little peek at it, and it’s an absolute treat!

So, let’s get on with the March link up. Here’s a reminder of how it all works:

The aim is to read (at least) a book a month during 2014. At the start of the month, we blog the book that we are planning to read in the month ahead. If we feel inspired to, we could also write a little about the previous month’s book. Not a review, as such, just some thoughts: a recommendation (or otherwise!) for others who might be thinking of reading it. It’s not a traditional book club, so we don’t have to all read the same book. This is just about trying to ensure that we make space for reading in our busy lives, and hopefully a way to discover more lovely books (and lovely bibliophiles).

If you would prefer to share your book choices over on Instagram, that would also be great, please use the hashtag #theyearinbooks so that we can find your posts. The same hashtag is also active on Twitter. There is a Year in Books Pinterest board, so do let me know in the comments if you would like me to add you as a pinner. There is also a Goodreads group for this project, and you are welcome to join, whether or not you have a blog of your own. If you would like to add a badge to your blog, you can grab the code over in the sidebar. (A few people have asked me how to do this. If you have a Blogger blog, you may find this tutorial helpful.)

I am compiling a reading list of book suggestions which people have left in the comments here, or via Instagram. Please feel free to continue to recommend books in this way and I will add them to the list.

It doesn’t matter whether or not you have linked up before- everyone is welcome and it’s never too late to get involved. I would be grateful if you could link back to here in your post. Do add your link below – click on the blue button at the bottom of the post.

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20 thoughts on “the year in books :: March

  1. Dale

    OH! I love this and would love to join this book club! I’m an avid reader and will sometimes go for a period of time where I “wish” I could read (somehow finding other stuff that “needs” to be done)! This would be great – sorry, hon, gotta read now! 😉

    I shall add my link in the space above….

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  4. Mairéad

    ‘Girl Reading’ sounds very interesting and ‘Life After Life’ is already on my wish list. Thanks again
    for instigating this wonderful project – I love how it’s helped to get back to reading.
    And I love your photo – very classy in B&W.

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  5. jane at the flight platform

    oooo yes, well the snow child i adored and life after life is on my bookshelf for next month! I am reading the rosie project as we speak! I read the 5 people you meet in heaven at the beginning of the month in one sitting, i couldn’t put it down! It’s fabulous x

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  7. brooke

    the snow child is pure magic! i love popping in here fir the rec’s.
    haven’t read k atkinson in years, i will have to pick that book up…..

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  8. Annie @ knitsofacto

    I’ve yet to meet anyone who hasn’t enjoyed The Snow Child, although not everyone is as excited by it as some.

    I’m excited by sight of that Fulvueflex Synchroflash … is it still in working order? I don’t know how much you know about it but those babies were notable for their polystyrene bodies and plastic lenses, and were only in production for three years. Quite rare, but you can still get film for it, and the results are trendily, um, interesting. Craptastic is a word I’ve heard used. Seriously worth playing with. (With apologies if you knew all that.)

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  9. Jen

    Oh I’m looking forward to what you think of Life After Life and The Snow Child as I’ve wanted to read that one for a while. The Rosie Project was great and even though it was my March book, I’ve already finished it!

    Again I have to say, thanks so much for this project. Loving reading again as well as sharing and discovering with everyone! 😀

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  10. Phillipa

    Ah I’d love to link up to this – I’m currently finishing Wolf Hall (just wonderful and not difficult once you get into it), the Help which I’m not getting into even though it’s well written and then for fun Women and Beauty by Sophia Loren which I bought a signed copy of for 1p! The two books I highly recommend and adore are A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean (Robert Redford did the film) which is my favourite book, then The Sea by John Banville which is beautiful. Great idea! As soon as I’m organised I’ll link up!

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