LOCKDOWN – Andy Serkis live reading The Hobbit!

Am hugely excited to see that Andy Serkis will be reading The Hobbit to fundraise for the NHS Charities Together and Best Beginning charity. The live stream will start at 10am tomorrow (Friday the 8th May). The live-stream link will be posted on the GoFundMe page on Friday morning. So many of us are struggling … Continue reading LOCKDOWN – Andy Serkis live reading The Hobbit!

LBC3READS

Our #LBC3Reads club meets Saturday, at 12:30pm, at @cafe164 Our 2020 theme is ‘Three Crime Greats’ 18/04 - The Wheel Spins - Ethel Lina White18/07 - And there were none - Agatha Christie17/10 - Strong Poison - Dorothy L Sayers

#NowReading – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern) has been recommended to me by a few friends - and repeatedly by @Scampykat. So in my ‘week off’ from book club choices, I’ve decided to give this a go. A second hand copy conveniently appeared in a charity shop window (score!) so it feels like fate...magic perhaps 😉 The … Continue reading #NowReading – The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Harrogate – Agatha Christie

FINALLY managed to visit The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate a few weekends back. For Agatha Christie fans - this is the location of her mysterious ‘disappearance’ back in 1926 for 11 days. For a fuller version of the story, click HERE The story goes that in late 1926, Agatha’s husband Archie revealed that he … Continue reading Harrogate – Agatha Christie

The Brontë Parsonage

This week, I have a friend from home visiting. We are both avid readers (in fact Laini has blogged for LBC in the past) and have a particular soft spot for the wild gothic stories drawn up by Charlotte, Emily and Anne. Visiting the place that kindled their imaginations and provided the backdrop for their … Continue reading The Brontë Parsonage

This months book choices

LBC Horsforth - 7.30pm @ The Old Kings Arms 9th October - Annihilation - Jeff Vandermeer LBC White Swan - 6pm @ White Swan Leeds 13th October - Educated - Tara Westover LBC 3 Reads (NEW PICK!) - 11.30am @ Cafe164 18th October - Hagseed - Margaret Atwood

Wow – 2 Minute Review – Benediction by Kent Haruf

BLURB From the beloved and best-selling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, once again set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado. When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. … Continue reading Wow – 2 Minute Review – Benediction by Kent Haruf

Oscar Wilde – on priorities

I'm not actually entirely convinces that it *was* Oscar Wilde who said this - I've been caught before by google's propensity to link all quotable phrases as his or Churchill!   Still, love the sentiment!!

LISTEN TO – The Reith Lectures – Hilary Mantel

Just sat in the car for ten minutes to the last moments of the forth of Hilary Mantel's Reith Lectures on BBC Radio 4 - I didn't want to lose a word, while relocating! Don't know how I've missed the previous three - clearly I'm very successfully sleep walking through life right now - but … Continue reading LISTEN TO – The Reith Lectures – Hilary Mantel

PODCAST – BookElfLeeds Reading Challenge – Update

This year, @BookElfLeeds and I decided to reignite our reading groove thaing by completing a reading challenge. We found this awesome list by Modern Mrs Darcy - and already we're inspired! Jess provides us with an update of her Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge of 2016. With 6 books read; she's at the halfway mark already! … Continue reading PODCAST – BookElfLeeds Reading Challenge – Update