LBC White Swan Book Picks

I’m a fraud and I should be ashamed. Absolutely gamed the last book of the year. LBCWSwan 11-09 - Exhalation - Ted Chiang09-10 - A master of Djinn - P Djeli Clark13-11 - Heartstopper - Alice Oseman Exhalation From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others - the basis for the Academy … Continue reading LBC White Swan Book Picks


#LBCHorsforth – postponed for a week

Sadly, I still have no voice so book club will have to be postponed for a week. Date:Time: 7.30pm Venue: Zoom Book: The Shafow Ming - Maaza Mengiste Ethiopia, 1935.With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer, Kidane, an officer … Continue reading #LBCHorsforth – postponed for a week

Narnian Book Nook

For my birthday, D got me homework*. Crafting homework, no less! Now I’ve been in a bit of a crafting slump these last five years, so I was a touch apprehensive I’d never build it. But then S came to visit.  S has not yet met a craft that doesn’t catch her interest. And she’s … Continue reading Narnian Book Nook

Maybe I have too many books?

H/t to Meredith who posted this on Twitter.

Upcoming Reads for July and August

Here are our picks for the next few weeks: 10-07 – Long bright river by Liz Moore – LBCWSwan 13-07 – The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste – LBCHorsforth16-07 – The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco – LBC3Reads10-08 – Lagoon – Nnedi Okorafor – LBCHorsforth14-08 – The thief and the demon by Roderick T … Continue reading Upcoming Reads for July and August

SONG – Judy Blume – Amanda Palmer (& Neil Gaiman)

Absolutely love this phenomenal homage to Judy Blume and the characters that helped shape those of us fortunate enough to have escaped into her books. It’s from 2013, but I have only just heard it (courtesy of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee)  Lyrics [Verse 1]People keep asking me why I do things like I … Continue reading SONG – Judy Blume – Amanda Palmer (& Neil Gaiman)

POEM – Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limón

Instructions on Not Giving Up Ada Limón More than the fuchsia funnels breaking outof the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’salmost obscene display of cherry limbs shovingtheir cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slatesky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the treesthat really gets to me. When all the shock of whiteand taffy, the world’s … Continue reading POEM – Instructions on Not Giving Up by Ada Limón

A message from the Muppets

So you know it must be true.  The internet can be overwhelming, especially social media. Remember to take some time for yourself. Read a book, play a game, listen to music, something that makes you feel happy. Your mental and emotional health are important. Take care of yourself

PERFECT POEM for the first day back at work

After a wonderful weeks holiday, today I landed back into my ‘real life’ with a thud.  Thankfully, the perfect poem crossed my path via Twitter.  To Do List by Brian Bilston  delay; defer; equivocatemake some tea; procrastinatelook at Twitter; stroke the catreadjust the thermostat dawdle; dither; hem and hawfill the kettle; chew my jawwrite nine … Continue reading PERFECT POEM for the first day back at work


By post. About a fortnight ago actually but don’t want to be left out of todays excitement!  While I try to be all ‘I don’t care who you vote for, just vote!’, I do care. A lot. Way too much, in fact.  And I’ve not been particularly subtle about that in the past (apologies to … Continue reading VOTED!