the year in books :: January 2015


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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  • I’m hoping to join in again, I’ll be turning 40 this year and my plan is to try and read 40 books, before I turn 41. Looking forward to the year.
    Clare x

  • I found your blog midway through 2014, and really enjoyed reading your monthly year in books posts, so I’m excited to join for year two! (I know I could have joined midyear last year, but it’s taken me a while to get myself in gear!)

    On a similar note to your finding books in charity shops I’m attempting to get all of mine from the library. My policy is that I get books from the library where possible to save money and also to cut down on clutter BUT if there’s something I read and love and know I’ll want to read again then I buy a copy myself. This is after a massive de-clutter in May last year as our book situation in a small-ish flat was getting out of hand!

    Here’s to the year ahead.

  • Happy New Year, Laura! Okay, I’m going to do it. January is a good time to start the Year in Books project. I find myself watching way too much TV because I like to knit in the evening. Thanks for the push to more reading.

  • Happy New Year from a new follower – I’m so pleased you’re doing this again, I read about it on lots of blogs last year and really want to join in!

  • I’m glad this is carrying on into 2015! I’ve just re-added my link as the one I added earlier (#3) links to a mobile version of my page I think, not my main blog page – I can’t remove the old link though, don’t know if you can or not? If not, I’m in twice this month, sorry!

  • Hello Laura, I’ve officially started by cracking open a book last night and adding a blog post linking back to your post. If possible, I’d like to join your Pinterest board for the project, so if you could add me, it would be nice. Thanks so much for this inspiring project.

  • I will be joining in again Laura as I really enjoyed taking part last year. It made me think more carefully about my book choices. I am already half way through the Miniaturist this month and loving it!

  • I was so pleased to read that you are continuing A year in books, especially since I was late to the party last year! I have never read any of the Ali Smith books but I have heard good things about them.

  • I really enjoyed joining in last year but was rubbish at the blogging part. Think I might get on better if I just aim for short posts with a list of what I have read. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • Not having a working blog right now, I thought maybe it would be okay to be accountable by leaving a short comment on your months book post? I got a late start this month because of the flu, but have started reading “The Smoke Thief” by Shana Abé. I picked it up in a used book store while passing through Missoula, Montana years ago.

  • I just thought I would say a quick hello, this is the first time I’ve visited your blog, and it’s absolutely lovely. I look forward to reading more as the days go by. Have a good week. Emma x

  • Hi Laura, I’m really enjoying The Year in Books so far. You very kindly invited me to pin to the Pinterest board but the link in the email I received seems to be broken so I’d be really grateful if you could try again. I’m abidare on Pinterest. Thanks!

  • I’m joining you over on instagram (I don’t have a blog or anything like that), it looks like a great way to discover some good books – although mine tend to come from charity shops mostly, so can be a bit of a random selection!

  • Hello! Just discovered this via your fb page. What a fab idea! I am an avid reader and would love to join in. I can be found on twitter as @remadebysam xx