POEM – Amanda Gorman – The Hill We Climb

Amanda Gorman became the youngest Poet to perform at a presidential inauguration. The 23 year old delivered The Hill We Climb - a poem which was completed on 6th of January. The same day that the Capitol was stormed by supporters of the previous president, engaging in acts of domestic terrorism. https://youtu.be/Jp9pyMqnBzk Her first book … Continue reading POEM – Amanda Gorman – The Hill We Climb

Now (cheat) reading – The Batman Who Laughs

Because I was just lent it and it looks so good! Obviously I’ll return to the book club choice tomorrow! "Left rattled by the events of Dark Nights: Metal, Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the ultimate evil spawned from the Dark Multiverse. One part Batman one part Joker. The Batman Who Laughs. … Continue reading Now (cheat) reading – The Batman Who Laughs

#NowReading – Celestial Bodies – Jokha Alharthi

Technically, I’ll be starting this tomorrow. This is the first #LBCHorsforth read for 2021. Jokha Alharthi and translator Marilyn Booth Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects … Continue reading #NowReading – Celestial Bodies – Jokha Alharthi

By Heart – Sonnet 130 – My Mistress’ Eyes are nothing like the Sun

A proper treat for you tonight! As part of my By Heart project, I decided to revisit my favourite Shakespearean Sonnet - 130 (yes, I was exactly the teenager you’re imagining). This was no doubt influenced by my Aunt and cousin watching 10 Things I Hate About You and instantly thinking of me. I enjoyed … Continue reading By Heart – Sonnet 130 – My Mistress’ Eyes are nothing like the Sun

Film Night – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Just finished Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre for our first #LBC3Reads of the year (Saturday, 16th, 12.30pm via zoom!). So have given myself a night off to give the 2011 film a shot. The cast is a bit impressive - Gary Oldman - George Smiley.Kathy Burke - Connie Sachs.Benedict Cumberbatch - Peter … Continue reading Film Night – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

By Heart – 2 – Differences of Opinion by Wendy Copy

My first attempt worked quite well. While I wasn't word perfect by any means, I was able to recall most of The Eagle, nearly two months after I learned it. So I decided to try another one today, while walking my lap around Kirkstall Abbey and the Canal (which had frozen! Not a lot, but … Continue reading By Heart – 2 – Differences of Opinion by Wendy Copy

#NextRead – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre

Although I am only about a third of the way through the gripping How To Be A Liberal by Ian Dunt, I shall be setting this aside for the weekend and instead focusing on the first of the #LBC3Reads picks for 2021. This is also the first of our EXTREME Comfort Reads theme for 2021. … Continue reading #NextRead – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre

LBC 3 Reads – By The Numbers

My bestie – and occasional Book Club member (it’s tricky, what with living in a whole other country); occasional reviewer and perennial challenge setter – is a bit of a whiz with numbers. She has gone through our reads from 2012 – 2020 and put an order to them! Thanks so much to Laini!! We … Continue reading LBC 3 Reads – By The Numbers

Nollaig na mBan – Happy Women’s Christmas or the Feast of the Epiphany

Although it's been years since I had faith, I never take my decorations down until today - the official end of Christmas. On the 6th of January each year, Catholics celebrate the end of the 12 days of Christmas - today is the day that the Three Wise Men reached the end of their journey. … Continue reading Nollaig na mBan – Happy Women’s Christmas or the Feast of the Epiphany

Book 2 of the Year

Just finished Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams for #LBCWSwan Should make for an excellent book club discussion as there’s so much covered! This is technically my first 2021 read, though I technically finished ‘Twas The Night Shift before Christmas by Adam Kay over New Years. In the evenings, I’ve been learning loads from my second choice … Continue reading Book 2 of the Year