the year in books :: September 2016

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I’ve always felt September to be the month of fresh starts. A clean notebook, a new page, a full fountain pen… September is full of promise. Perhaps it’s because I’ve spent most of my life as either a student or a teacher, and now, a parent, but the academic year makes more sense to me than the calendar one. So, after a summer break, The Year in Books is back. I have a long to-read list, and I can’t wait to share it with you. But first, tell me, what did you read and enjoy over the summer?

My holiday reading was Charlotte Bronte’s Villette, which I adored. Having read and re-read Jane Eyre, it was wonderful to embark upon a fresh Bronte novel, delighting in her mastery of language, control of plot and courage of theme. For September too, I’m choosing a classic that I feel I really ought to have read before now. My choice for this month is Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.
The September Twitter chat for  #theyearinbooks chat will be starting shortly at 9pm on Monday 5th September. I’m moving future chats to the first Monday of each month, so please do join me. 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.) 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 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 2016. 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. 

{ I was sent my copy of Anna Karenina, along with five other books, as part of the Everyman’s Reading Challenge.}

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