Friday, 9 January 2015

A Year in Books - January

I'm linking up with Laura at Circle of Pine Trees with the Year in Books 2015. I did join last year but other things were getting in the way and I didn't find the time to carry it through. However, new year new outlook and I can't wait to get reading again, deciding that the time spent reading quietly is time well spent.

The aim of the Year in Books project is to read at least one book a month during 2015. It's not a conventional book club so we don't all read the same book. The project is about trying to ensure that we make space for reading in our busy lives and a chance to discover more lovely books. At the start of the month we blog about the book that we are intending to read and perhaps a few words about the previous book.

The book I've just picked up is one I started reading about six months ago but as it was too large to take on holiday with me  I put back on the shelf,  as we do, and simply didn't pick it up again until now.

My book is  Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. 

I've just heard there is a new drama series coming on the TV some time soon called Wolf Hall -  which means I just have to read the book before it starts. Consequently I'm reading it at every opportunity I can -  in fact I'm so 'into it' now I can't put it down! I love history especially during the time of Tudor England in the 1500s and this book is ticking all the boxes.

Seeing as Ive just come aboard and haven't a book for December, I'll just give you a little sneak of a beautiful book my husband gave me for Christmas called Paper Bliss by Skye Rogers. I love paper crafting and anything to do with paper so this really is bliss.

it has so many pages of gorgeous paper with designs

including pages that open out with even more lovely designs

even the book cover opens out to reveal a huge page of templates for cutting out.

Not everyone's cup of tea I'll grant you but if you love anything to do with paper  loveliness,  then you'll love this book.

Bye for now and have a great weekend.
P x


  1. I'm drooling over Paperbliss.... that is my type of book! What a great husband you have to choose this! I am going to have to check it out now... even though I said no more books. I like the idea of sharing what we read, it's a good way to get ideas though already I can see it could be costly! LOL

  2. Hello Patricia

    I too got lost readig durig the year and starting again.

    Your book sounds interesting, and your Paperbliss book is wonderful with such an assorment of papers.


  3. I'm behind in my blog reading and just read about the class on Victorian arts and crafts. Loved the shop you made, what a thrill to share it with your grandchildren. The paperbliss sounds fabulous.

  4. I'm planning to join in this year too, and looking forward to reading everyone else's book reports. Must look out for Wolf Hall on tv - do you have any idea when it's scheduled?
    Love the book from hubby too, there is something so delightful about it.
    Happy weekend, Pat
    hugs xx

  5. I can't wait to see Wolf Hall on TV, but must admit that I haven't read the book. Husband has. and he thinks that it was a superb read. Do like the look of your Paper Bliss book.

  6. Paperless looks great. I think it might make a wet and windy weekend more bearable. Have fun. x

  7. Pat, before I buy Paper Bliss could I please have a look at your copy? I have bought 4 books since Christmas so I just want to make sure it is not an impulsive buy and different enough from what I already have. Thank you :)

  8. I think I am in love with 'Paper Bliss', Patricia. I have no idea how to get into paper crafting, but I know I would love it too! xx

  9. I love Paper Bliss. Have to look for Wolf Hall, sounds interesting.
    Have a nice weekend xx

  10. I haven't read Wolf Hall - thick books tend to put me off but I will enjoy seeing it on tv instead.

  11. Another here who hasn't read the book but is looking forward to seeing the TV production which I think starts later this month. I'm also looking forward to the programme about Hampton Court this evening as well. I'm sure you will get lots of pleasure from the paper book:)

  12. Ohh, ,that paper book is fabulous!!! I am sure that you will love using it and the patterns and making beautiful things. I look forward to hearing what you think of your other book when you have finished it too. It will be interesting if there is a TV series to see what you think of that as well. Hope you enjoy your year of reading! xx

  13. Dear Patricia,
    What a lovely paper book. When I was younger, I used to love making things with different colored paper.
    I love the new journals with all the different designs..
    I am a slow reader. I always have so much to do. I am reading a good book at the moment- Stevenson Under the Palm Trees.. by Alberto Manguel.. I am getting into it. Its about R.L. Stevenson in Samoa... interesting reading.
    wishing you a great week.
    I am trying to catch up with everyone..
    xxx val

  14. Bother, I just left a message about Tree Following when the wrong email box was open. It said AMIH but, in fact, it was from me!

  15. I love the book that your husband got you . . . it looks wonderful. I love paper too. I remember when I was a kid and we got new books at the beginning of the school year, and how wonderful they smelled. Paper, paper, paper, all kinds, all colors, all textures it's a very good thing :)

  16. I'm looking forward to watching the Wolf Hall drama tonight having read both of Hilary Mantel's novels and loved them, especially Wolf Hall. The Paper Bliss book looks very interesting. It's always nice to be given a present that you might not buy yourself to do with your interests. Thank you for your visit to my blog today and for leaving a comment.

  17. You have a wonderful gift Paper Bliss! Your husband knows which gift will please you, Patricia. Especially I love the page design.


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