The Year in Books :: December 2016

Better late than never – right??

I thought I would pop by to tell you what I read in November – October seemed to be a bit of a lull in reading and I didn’t really read anything at all.  November got me back on track though, so here we go;

hygge

First up was the gorgeous The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.  This was delightful – beautifully presented with some wonderful ideas to put into practice to make your like a little more hygge.  I can’t wait for Christmas, as I think it will be easier to be a little more hygge then than at any other time of the year.  I am looking forward to hunkering down with some good books, films, food and (hopefully) no internet for a while.  Bliss.

witches

Next I dipped into Accused: British Witches Throughout History by Willow Winsham which was fairly interesting.  I did find the style a little disjointed and confusing at times, but a lot of the cases discussed were really absorbing.  I knew very little about any of them, and I was so interested to see such recent cases – going right up to the 1940s.  Well worth a dip into if witches are your thing.

murder

After that, I fancied a little lighthearted murder!  So I picked up the first in a series, Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver.  I enjoyed this one a lot – it is a lighthearted murder mystery set in the 1930s.  It was very fluffy and there were lots of small descriptions of dresses (which I found slightly annoying after a while) and some fun characters.  I would recommend it for light escapism, and I would certainly read the next in the series if I came across it on my travels.

December might see me reading Christmassy things – including my annual rereads of A Christmas Carol by Dickens and Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien.  I am hoping that I can fit in some more wintery feel good reads too – what they will be, only time will tell!

What have you been reading lately?

Organdie. x

The Year in Books :: January 2016

December is always a rereading kind of month for me, and this year was no exception.  I reread A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens as well as Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien.

I love these two books an awful lot – so I do look forward to December so I can curl up with them again!

Does anyone else reread a lot in winter, but December in particular?

I also had a little dip into the new illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone which I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas, and it is stunning.   I am really enjoying going back and reading a familiar story with unfamiliar elements added!

I am not sure what I will start 2016 off with yet – I am going to let it be a surprise!  Who knows what will grab my attention first.

What have you got lined up for 2016 reading wise?

Organdie. x

PS – As always this project was started by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees– go and say hi, her blog is gorgeous!  You can find more information about The Year in Books project by visiting the page on her blog here.

 

The Year in Books :: September 2015

YIB September

Another month of reading is over!  And how quickly it went too….  I think that being so busy with things at the shop really had an impact on my brain and its ability to read properly.  I picked up a lot of things over the summer, but I didn’t really read them properly – most of them I didn’t even finish – so it felt like a very frustrating little reading month for me.

It didn’t get off to a great start with my buddy read with Elena from Elena Reads Books over on YouTube – The Double-Edged Sword by Sarah Silverwood was a huge disappointment to us both – it wasn’t even worth finishing for me – and I am not sure if that really just set me up for a slumpy month of reading.

I did manage to read Nimona by Noelle Stevenson this month though – and I thoroughly enjoyed that read.  This graphic novel had me laughing out loud in the shop (maybe not the best…) and the artwork was vibrant and enjoyable.  It ended up being heartfelt and moving which I was really not expecting from a graphic novel (don’t ask me why – silly preconceptions I guess) and it has moved up the list of favourite reads from this year.

I sound like a broken record here – but I am not sure what I will be trying to read next!  Perhaps it will be Middlemarch, perhaps Coastlines.  It has gone distinctly autumnal weather-wise here, so I am already dreaming of reading in the snug warmth of my bed with storms raging outside, perhaps with a nice mug of something warm on the go.  I always think that I will get going with some long, absorbing books in the autumn and winter – who know this year it might just happen.  Or maybe I am speaking too soon – after all summer might put in one final appearance yet…

Let me know what you are reading at the moment – I love nosing at people’s reading choices!

Organdie. x

PS – As always this project was started by Laura over at Circle of Pine Trees– go and say hi, her blog is gorgeous!  You can find more information about The Year in Books project by visiting the page on her blog here.