The year in books – March 2016

Hello, how are you? As it’s the final day of the month today I’m sharing with you my February progress and March plans for my 2016 goal to read at least one book a month, as part of Circle of Pine Tree’s the year in books.

The year in books - in March 2016 I plan to finally read The Rosie Project. This Little Space of Mine

Before I come on to my plans to read The Rosie Project, let’s catch up on how February went and my plans to read The Trouble with Goats and Sheep.

When I received my copy of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, and saw the size of it, I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to read it. To my surprise I read it in just over two weeks and I think that’s testament to how much I’m enjoying reading and how I’m making more time for it. It also helps that Stu’s getting into reading this year, so I have someone else to talk to and encourage to read more. I’d consider myself a slow reader, what about you?

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

Set in the summer of 1976 (which I’m told was a hot summer, as depicted in the book), Joanna Cannon tells the story of the people who live in The Avenue after news that one of the residents has disappeared. Before I go on if you’re wondering about the title, while there are no actual goats or sheep in the story the meaning behind them certainly plays a part in the story being told.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story; it took me a while to get into it and there were moments were I got confused between who was who, but overall I found myself getting really involved in the goings on in ‘The Avenue’. I’m usually one for fast-paced books and, while this isn’t one of those, the story is told incredibly well and there were points where I thought about the underlining messages Joanna Cannon was presenting, long after I’d put the book down. The story is charming and the observations by the narrator are sweet and heart-warming.

Mary Poppins: The Complete Collection by P.L. Travers

I’ve now read the first two books, there are six in total but I’m now going to have a break from Mary Poppins for a little bit and might pick it up after I’ve read The Rosie Project.

The first book, simply named Mary Poppins, felt more like a series of short stories than a book. There are 12 chapters in total, so 12 different stories, which made the book feel a little disjointed for me. Also, Mary Poppins seems a lot colder than in the film so it’s an interesting contrast. In book two, called Mary Poppins Comes Back, there’s a lot more warmth to the story and characters – perhaps because I’m two books in, but it made it far more enjoyable. Mary Poppins is still a little mean, but I kind of feel like she’s winking at the reader in situations with Julie and Andrew. I’m looking forward to reading book three soon.

March’s book choice

For March I’m going to read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It was lent to me at the beginning of the year and looks like a fun read; I know there was a big hype around it – maybe when it came out – yet I know nothing about it, which I much prefer when I pick up a new book.

What are you reading at the moment? Keep the recommendations coming and hopefully we can all inspire each other to read more in 2016.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to catch the #theyearinbooks hashtag over on Instagram!

Leanne x

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