Thanks to the Year in Books project, I am ending the year far richer than I began it. Last January, having read woefully few books in the preceding, sleep-deprived months, I was desperate to kick-start my reading habit. Twelve months on, I’ve read these twelve books, and several more besides. I’ve connected with a whole community of fellow bibliophiles and discovered new authors. I’ve found space in my life for thinking, talking, writing and dreaming about books.
Looking ahead into 2015, I’m delighted to hear that so many of you are happy to continue with the project, and also that several others are keen to join us. If you’re thinking of it, please do, we’d love to have you on board! I have a couple of thoughts on the project going forwards, and I would be interested to hear what you think.
The premise of The Year in Books is that we read a book a month (at least). It’s not a conventional book club, so we don’t all read the same book. 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. I publish my post on the 3rd of each month, with a linkup at the bottom so that you can connect up your posts. All of this, I intend to keen the same next year.
I have a couple of suggestions to make to you. Firstly, I wondered how you would feel about having just one month in which those of us who wanted to had a go at all reading the same book. Of course it would be entirely optional, but it might be an interesting change, and a way to open up a dialogue about our reading. Secondly, with this in mind, I’ve been chatting to a couple of people about the possibility of an interactive #theyearinbooks discussion. Twitter seems the most logical place for this, so I am floating the idea of a monthly #theyearinbooks Twitter chat. Do you use Twitter? Would this appeal to you? Do let me know your thoughts on both suggestions in the comments.
In terms of my own reading, I have two further intentions. Firstly, I am planning to start a Year in Books notebook, in which to note every single book that I read this coming year. At the back, I intend to jot down an ongoing ‘to read’ wish list (which be extremely long, no doubt!). Secondly, I have made the decision not to buy any of next year’s books online. It’s all too easy to slip into the Amazon habit, and I would rather support independent bookshops, my local charity shops -which have excellent book selections, or, of course the library.
Over the Christmas period, I’m reading the brilliantly radical How to be Free, as recommended by Sabrina. I’ll be back on 3rd January, with my first book choice for the Year in Books 2015. I do hope that you’ll join me.