In October, I read The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomsen Brits. It was a beautifully written, intelligent and fascinating book. I really recommend it to anyone who wants to discover more about the concept of hygge. It’s a word that seems to be appearing everywhere of late, but it wasn’t until reading this book that I had any sense of what hygge is, and its deeper meaning which goes far beyond the brewing of coffee and and the lighting of candles, and encompasses a way of living and interacting, of noticing and creating moments of contentment, connection and happiness. For anyone who’s keen to learn more, Louisa Thomsen Brits is giving a talk in London later this month as part of the 91 Magazine West Elm popup. You can find out more here.
I’ve chosen Helen Dunmore’s A Spell of Winter as my November read. It was a recommendation from my friend Sara during one of The Year in Books twitter chats. Its one of those novels that I really feel as if I should have read before now, so I’m finally putting that right.
The October Twitter chat for #theyearinbooks chat will be at 9pm on Monday 7th October. As a rule, the chat is on the first Monday of the month. 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.