the year in books :: November 2015


I enjoyed my October choice, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, not least because I read the bulk of it in the location that it was set: in a Parisian apartment building. It’s a very popular book, but whilst I found it charming, there were also some aspects that grated slightly. Nevertheless, it was heartwarming, and thought provoking, and exactly the book to read on a trip to Paris.

My November choice, Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread, was purchased on the same trip, from the unutterably wonderful cult bookstore, Shakespeare and Co – a haven for bibliophiles and an Aladdin’s Cave of delights. It’s a long time since I read an Anne Tyler novel, but this has great reviews (and, dare I say it, I was rather drawn by the cover?!)

The November Twitter Chat will be back to its usual slot, 9pm on the last Monday of the month (30th November). It’s 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 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. If you’re joining in with #theyearinbooks over on Instagram, you can also add your Instagram posts to the linkup below by following these instructions.

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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