21 January 2014

The year in books: January

In-keeping with one of my 2014 wants — to read more — I have been updating the 'To Read' list on my Goodreads profile. This now cleverly, automatically feeds to my Bookshelf page. Oooh! Aaah!

Quite serendipitously, on Saturday I stumbled across Laura's post over at Circle of Pine Trees about The Year in Books project and link-up she has set up. The idea: to read one book a month during 2014. I thought 'Ah yeaaaah, I'll have me some of that!'.

So, without further ado, here is my January edition.

I am currently finishing off Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) — don't judge me too much — as it's been hanging over me a little. I am nearly there though!

After that, for the 'real life' book club I am part of via work, we are reading The Shock of The Fall; Costa's first novel award-winning book by Bristol author Nathan Filer about a young schizophrenic man struggling with guilt. I've read very little fiction that features mental health and so am intrigued to give this a go.

Sadly, I don't have a pretty picture of a physical copy as my paperback copy is on its way! Amazon decided to reduce the price and I get free next day delivery anyway so I gave in to buying a paper copy. Plus, I've not bought a book for nearly a month.

If anyone else would like to join in with The Year in Books project, visit Laura's link-up post to add yourself to the list and grab the button she's very kindly created. And If you're still book-thirsty, Laura has also created a Pinterest board and a Goodreads group. I know, she's a star!

Jen

11 comments:

  1. Ah, thanks for joining in, Jen and I'm glad that you're enjoying the Pinterest board and Goodreads group, too. Great to have you involved. Laura

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  2. Oooh! I love your shiny new Bookshelf page! I may have to nick that idea--it's superb!

    I have been dithering about reading The Shock of the Fall; I fear it may be a little close to home, but it does sound fabulous...

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    1. Thanks! It's so simple too; it's just the grid widget available on the widgets page of Goodreads. Give me a shout if you need any help although I doubt a) that you will and/or b) that I will be of any assistance.

      Ah OK, yeah, it is always difficult reading something that can really strike a chord or cut a little close to the bone. I'm hoping that it is fabulous. Especially as the previous book (and my first as a new member) Valley of the Dolls I really didn't enjoy.

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    2. You may regret saying that...did you have to do anything special when you added the widget code to the page? I've just pasted it into the HTML editor and the book covers are showing as colourful blanks when the page is published. The covers show properly when I click the compose tab, though. http://www.littleappletree.co.uk/p/bookshelf.html

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    3. Oh yes, I see. That is strange! I compared the source code on each of our pages and couldn't see any differences that would do that to the images. I also took the code for yours and tried it in this jsfiddle but it renders it as it should: jsfiddle.net/gingerellaj/v9WPv/

      I am wondering if you have any global image settings that is doing something to the images? Initially I thought it was just showing a small square of a really large picture but they look the right size, just really blurry.

      Hmm I'm thinking...

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    4. Hmm. I shall have a look in my style sheet after I've been to the gym (where I was supposed to be two hours ago before I started prodding this widget)! Thanks, Jen!

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    5. It turns out that there WAS a global image setting! Fixed it tonight, and I'll finish putting the bookshelf together tomorrow (sounds like an IKEA job, doesn't it?). Thanks so much for your help, Jen! xx

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    6. Oh good! I'm glad you got it fixed and I could be of some help. Ha, yes it does sound like you were getting ready to built some flatpack furniture. Your bookshelf looks great! :D And you've read so much! Definitely makes me want to work harder.

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  3. Hey Jen, thanks for your lovely comments! Nice to read a bit about what you're reading for the Year in Books too. Looks like a really good read, I've not heard of this book or the writer before but the Goodreads summary is very intriguing so I might check it out. Look forward to hearing what you think!
    Kim x
    Life Lately

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    1. Hi Kim, oh no problem! Thanks for stopping by here. I'm about 100 pages in and it's good so far; still very intriguing as it's still not completely clear what's happening.

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