The Year In Books 2017: September.

Ok so we have reached September the relaxed summer vibes are over and it’s time to get a little routine back up and running. I was fully convinced I had written a July year in books post but as I look back I see I didn’t which to be honest is probably just as well because I basically took nearly the whole summer off from doing nearly everything including reading. Now that September has arrived that’s going to change and with the dark evenings getting closer we all need some good books to read.

My book choice for September is The Cows by Dawn O’ Porter, I have just started it and so far I am really enjoying it. When I had Snapchat I used to love watching her Snaps, she is very funny so when I saw this book I had to give it a go. The other thing that drew me to this book was the name, living on a farm sure I couldn’t but get it ( so far there has been no mention of actual four legged cows in the book) .

So far this year I have read eight books which might be a new record for me but doing this #theyearinbooks has really pushed me to read loads. Let me know in the comments below what you are reading at the moment? and If you would like to read more about The Year In Books project head over the Laura’s Blog to read all about how she started it and follow the hashtag on Instagram and twitter to see what everyone else is reading but be warned doing this has really grown my to read pile of books !

Happy reading for September.

My Summer Reading.

So I might have gotten a little ahead of myself but they do say God loves a trier !. Over the last few weeks I have been on a little bit of a book shopping spree and the above are what I have picked as my Summer reads. Now anyone that knows me I am a book a month person, if it’s really good I might manage two a month but as you can see from the photo I seem to think I will manage three a month for the nine weeks I am off for the summer. I have been taking part in Laura’s The year in books which I am really enjoying because it gives me a reason to read each month but for the summer I wanted a little challenge.

So above are my book choices, the first is the new Anita Shreve, I have loved her books for years because they totally engulf you and after you have finished you are still thinking about the story. The next is by Dominique Loreau, Dominique gives an insight into the French way of life how to balance every part of our lives more which I am looking forward to starting this might be my first read of the group. Next I have two books by Jessie Burton, now I have heard very mixed reviews about these. Some say they are amazing and others have said they are painful to try read and were never finished so I will have to let you know how I get on with these. When we were on holidays at the start of the month we went to the Titanic centre in Belfast and I picked up The Girl Who Came Home, this is a story about a group from Ireland who get passage on the Titanic and what happens to them on the journey. The last I picked up in Wexford this week and it’s by William Ryan and its about a solider in World War two and a woman he helps.

So there is a little over view of what I have picked, I am hoping I will get at least three read over the nine weeks I don’t see myself reading them all I wouldn’t have that much free time but I suppose I can dream.

Let me know what your Summer reading choices are? so I can add to my to read pile and let me know if you have read any of mine and what you thought of them.


The Year In Books: June 2017.

Can you believe we are in June already? Where are the months going. Last month my book was The Zoo Keepers Wife and it was such a good read. It is a story of unreal strength and courage in times of awful hardship, I really don’t know how they did what they did. 

This month I am being a little ambitious and I am going to try to read two books. Both of these books I have found through Instagram. The first one is by Erin Loechner and it’s called Chasing Slow and the other is by Brooke Mcalary. These two women have beautiful Instagram feeds which you should check out, this is Erin’s and this is Brooke’s . 

If you would like to read more about The Year In Books look for the hashtag #theyearinbooks on Twitter or Instagram or check out Laura’s blog Circle of pine trees , she was the founder of the tag. 

The Year In Books: May 2017.

So last month I tried Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance, I enjoyed it to a point but I wouldn’t say this is a book that you should rush out and buy. JD gives us an insight into what life as an American Hillbilly is like but I don’t think it’s just America that has Hillbillies. From what he describes every community  in Ireland has them and I am sure every other country does as well.

This month I am reading The Zookeeper’s Wife and I am nearly half way already. It’s based on a true story about the life of a Polish zookeeper and his wife during World War two. This is a truly amazing story of the courage of a couple in such a tough time and one I think I might be saying go buy at the end of the month !.

What are you reading this month ? If you would like to join in with #theyearinbooks you can follow on twitter or Instagram. using the hashtag.

The Year In Books: April 2017.

Where is this year going ? April already !. Last month I tried The light Between Oceans, this was the second time to try read this book and to be honest I should have left it at once try. I couldn’t finish it this time either. I watched the movie just to see what I was missing and it was good but I just couldn’t do the book.

This month I am going to try Hillbilly Elegy, it was called the political book of the year by the Sunday Times. This is a completely different book than what I would normally read so it will be interesting to see how I get on. 

Tell me what you are reading this month? 


The Year In Books: February.

It feels like ages since I have been here or on any of my social media but I have a very good reason, my Dad passed away so I was just a little busy. Today is the first day I am back to my routine properly, I did the lessons this morning and it was nice to be back with my horses and now I want to tell you about my February book choice. 

The plan was to have my January book finished in the month but at 665 pages I knew I was pushing myself a little, so later than planned I finished it last night and I loved every minute of it.It was The shadow sister  by Lucinda Riley , the story revolves around Star who after her adoptive Dad dies goes on the search for her history and it’s a journey that takes in generations with lots of twists and turns. But this month I wanted a lot smaller book so I spotted this one then last time I was in the local book shop. As a child I never read any of the Famous Five books but this one looks like a fun take on being Gluten free and as a coeliac it should be an easy and short read. I had picked another book for February but after starting the year with such a big book I thought a shorter one would be good. 

What is everyone else reading at the minute ? 

If you would like to join in The Year In Books then you will find all the details over on Laura’s blog and the next #theyearinbooks twitter chat is on the 6th of March at 9pm. 

Elaine x 

The Year In Books: January.

At the start of the month one of the tasks I set myself was to make time to read more than I have been over the last year or so. I was reading a book a month and some months two, then I started to get lost in my phone in the evenings, watching mindless rubbish, neglecting all my books but not this year. 

For a few years now I have loved reading a blog called Circle of pine trees , Laura’s post are inspirational and one monthly post she does is her year in books. Laura started this on her blog as a kind of book club of sorts four years ago, where she shared what she had read in a month and what she planned to read in the coming month. So this year I decided to challenge myself and all the other people who join Laura to do the same and read a book a month or maybe even two some months for the whole year. 

If you want to join as well and share your book choices then Laura has lots of ways to share and see what others are reading. If you have a blog you can share there monthly, you can post on your instagram and use the hashtag #theyearinbooks or on your twitter using the same hashtag. To find out more go to Laura’s blog the link is above and click on her year in books page, it’s at the top of her blog and all the information is there, I hope you join us. 

So for my first book of 2017 I am reading The shadow sister by Lucinda Riley. This is a book I got for Christmas and I am only hoping I get it finished it’s 665 pages ! Would be bad to fail on the first one. 

If you do join in please tag me in your posts to instagram or twitter so I can see what you are all reading. I am off now to tackle more of this book.

Elaine x