November seems to have crept up on me! I have been rather a butterfly with my reading of late- a chapter here, a poem there, a short story before bed. My October choice, The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse was perfect for this kind of reading habit. The tales are short and readable. I found them to be deceptively simple and often deliciously dark, experimental and allegorical. I loved David Frampton’s woodcut illustrations, which chime beautifully with the text. I have yet to read the final few tales but I am enjoying dipping in and out of the book.
My November choice is another book of short stories, this time by Flannery O’Connor. Despite her place in the American literary canon, O’Connor is an author that I had barely come across until recently. I discovered her through Amanda, and have selected her stories as my starting point. I’ve long had a penchant for Southern writers, and am excited to peel back the cover and begin.
Unbelieveably, next month will be the final month of this year in books! I’ve made a festive choice, with Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, which I picked up in a second hand bookshop, coincidentally a couple of days before visiting Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse in Laugharne, last week. I fell completely in love with this magical spot, and have some photographs to share here before long.
I’ve been thinking a little about the future of the Year in Books project. I’d love to take it forward into 2015, and have a few ideas that I’m mulling over. I’d be keen to know your thoughts- have you enjoyed taking part this year? Would you like to do so again? Are there any changes that you would suggest for the year ahead? Do tell me.
Returning to the present… here, slightly belatedly, is the November link up. 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. 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. There’s also a Goodreads group for this project, and you are welcome to join, whether or not you have a blog of your own.
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.