the year in books :: October 2015

year in books october

My September book choice, Our World, was inspired by this lovely piece on Brain Pickings. It was every bit as wonderful as I’d hoped it would be, and more. Molly Malone Cook’s photographs are fascinating, an amazing insight into her life and vision. Mary Oliver’s prose sparkles with wisdom, sweetness and intensity. It made me want to go out and immerse myself in her poetry. The combination of these two results in a treasure of a book, one that I shall return to again and again.

My October choice has been influence by two things. Firstly, an upcoming trip to Paris at the end of the month. I adore Paris, and haven’t been since my eldest was a toddler, so I could not be more excited about returning there in a few weeks. Secondly, #theyearinbooks Twitter chat, which has become my main source of book recommendations, each of which has proved to be a gem. The Elegance of the Hedgehog was suggested to me a couple of months ago, and as it’s set in Paris, it seems the perfect choice for this month.

The October Twitter chat will be slightly early this month, on Monday 19th. 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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