I’m delighted to be beginning another year in books! I’m hoping that many of you will be continuing with me in this project, and also that we can welcome some new readers into the fold. If you’re new to the project, or if you need a reminder, I’ve created a Year in Books information page, which tells you all about #theyearinbooks, how it got started, and the various ways in which you can get involved.
In the meantime, I’m desperate to curl up somewhere warm and cosy and turn to the first page of my book choice for this month. I’ve gone for Ali Smith’s There but for the, a copy of which I picked up in the local charity shop (in keeping with my pledge this year to buy all my books from indie bookshops, secondhand or charity bookshops). I read Ali Smith’s debut novel, Like, whilst working in a bookshop as a student. Since then, I’d read Hotel World and The Accidental, but had somehow missed her subsequent novels until I came across this one, with its fabulous Hockney cover. This will be the first entry in the reading journal that I’ve decided to keep this year- my ‘to read list’ in the back is already growing apace, with The Minaturist, my February choice, at the very top!
A couple of things, before we get to the linkup. Firstly, if you would like a Year in Books button for your blog, you’ll find on on the YIB information page. Secondly, there was some interest in a #theyearinbooks Twitter chat, so I’m going to run a trial one, at 9pm GMT, on the last Monday of the month (January 26th). If you’d be up for it, let me know your Twitter handle in the comments, or give me a shout on Twitter (I’m @circleofpines) Finally, I just wanted to say that, whilst I absolutely love to read your posts, I just don’t get the time to read and comment on every single one (I wish I did!). Please know that I try my best to read as many as I can, and that I’m thrilled to have you all taking part.
So, to re-cap…
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.
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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