LBCWhiteswan picks @whiteswanleeds with @leedsbookclub

14th June 2015 – Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides 12th July  2015 – Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch –  Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman 9th August 2015 – Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

Books unpicked for LBCWhiteSwan

The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell A Change Of Climate by Hilary Mantel One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Gregory Rabassa (Translator) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver Station Eleven  by Emily St. John Mandel x2 The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton The Book About Blanche and … Continue reading Books unpicked for LBCWhiteSwan

World Book Night April 23rd 2015

For the love of Books!!

This year I attended my 3rd World Bok Night event. I love these. A chance to meet other book lovers. You get free books and there’s a giant book swap. An opportunity to share some of the books you no longer need and maybe find yourself with some new gems.

This year as with the previous ones my friends were the organisers. My job is volunteer emotional support 🙂 They put an awful lot of work into making these events successful, applying for the free books to giveaway, negotiating with venues to host the events. Not to mention marketing, advertising and which cakes to bring! I get to wander around on the night encouraging strangers to have free books.

Which in itself amuses me. We Brits are so polite that when someone is encouraging you to help yourself to freebies. Quite a few were worried about being greedy and not…

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LBCWhiteSwan 6pm tonight @whiteswanleeds

LBCWhiteSwan tonight at 6pm discussing The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland at The White Swan 5 Swan Street, City Centre, Leeds LS1 6LG And bring your book choices so we can pick July and August!!!

May Book Club meetings

LBC OUTLAWS  6th May 2015 – I Am Pilgrim (Pilgrim #1)  – Terry Hayes LBC WHITE SWAN  10th May 2015 – The Owl Killers – Karen Maitland LBC MEDUSA 13th May 2015 – Carte Blanche – Jeffrey Deaver LBC 3 READS 16th May 2015 – Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin LBC PUFFINS 20th May  – Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark … Continue reading May Book Club meetings

Helen’s Roald Dahl challenge book 04 – The Twits

About the book How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything -- except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But … Continue reading Helen’s Roald Dahl challenge book 04 – The Twits

World Book Night 2015

Jess Haigh

World Book Night is now in its fourth year and 2015 bring’s its possibly most eclectic collection yet. As well as some popular genre fiction such as Lynda La Plante’s Prime Suspect, and Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice there is some cracking YA: some of the more popular Quick Reads: one of the most famous products of NaNoWriMo, Water for Elephants: SciFi scare fest The Martian and tales of real life hardship from around the world. And much much more. This year also includes it’s first poetry collection, Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Collection, which will be a lovely way of introducing people to reading. Dissapointingly no graphic novels-as I believe having Judge Dredd on the list back in 2013 was one of WBN’s bigger successes, but a great list all the same.

This year I’ll be once again helping the Big Bookend give away books to students at Leeds…

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Calling all World Book Night book Givers

  Are you a giver this year? Then why not join Leeds book Club at The White Swan in Leeds City Centre from 6pm to share your book choice. Lets get people reading. Contact us on and get involved!!! Find out what happened last year here 'World Book Night is an annual celebration of … Continue reading Calling all World Book Night book Givers

Like every year at World Book Night…

We would love it if our book clubbers would bring their bakes on the night. We have had some amazing bakes brought and would love to see them again! Just bring them along, and with any books you wish to swap! See previous bakes here

Books! we need your unwanted books!!!!



For  World Book  Night we not only want to give away the books of the chosen ones but also any that you have and no longer want. The mission of me Helen – @isfromupnorth is to get everyone reading and enjoying it and to always be on the look out for familiar or new reads.

So please contact me at for a pick-up or drop-off and get people reading and to book club!!!!

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