the year in books :: May 2017

It would be no exaggeration to say that April’s book, The Faraway Nearby  by Rebecca Solnit, was one of the best that I have read for a very long time. Solnit’s writing is astoundingly good, and her interweaving of memoir, fairy tale, history and science is like nothing I’ve read before. I was so taken with the book that I immediately ordered myself a copy of several of her other books, so The Faraway Nearby will not be the last Solnit to appear in the Year in Books. I’m currently reading Hope in the Dark, which you can read more about here.

My very first book choice for the Year In Books was a Persephone book, Heat Lightning. This month, I’ve returned to Persephone, with my choice of A Writer’s Diary, Leonard Woolf’s selection of extracts from the diary of Virginia Woolf. I studied Woolf’s diaries back in my literature student days, and was utterly fascinated. This selection of extracts appeals to me not just because of its elegant dove grey Persephone dust jacket, but because Leonard Woolf has selected passages that refer to Virginia Woolf’s intellectual life and show her in the act of writing, when ‘she reveals, more nakedly perhaps than any other writer has done, the exquisite pleasure and pains… of artistic creation.’

The June Twitter chat for  #theyearinbooks chat will be at 9pm on Monday 5th June: the chat is on the first Monday of the month. 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, but follow @theyearinbooks for details of the chat.)

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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