New Year, New You – Join a Readers’ Group

Why not join one of the thriving Readers’ groups in Leeds and have a night out discussing books and  fun meeting people?

If you fancy joining a group held in a library, there’s over  20 Readers’ groups on offer.  At the end of this post are the titles that will be circulating around these groups 2015/16.

70+ affiliated groups also borrow books for their groups from libraries free.

A national website called Reading Groups for Everyone is a great resource both for finding a local group or for existing reading groups, with books news and reviews, tips for running your group, and lots of free offers and promotions. Just register on the site if you organise a reading group, especially if you are looking for new members.

The sort of exciting titles that Leeds Libraries buys are listed below.

UsUs/The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August/A Life to Remember

Women On Duty/Irresponsible Traveller/The Invention of Wings

Burial Rites/ A Song for Issy Bradley/ Suffragette

The Long Bridge/ The Enchanted April

Catch 22/ The Bear

This Boy/ Lies We Tell Ourselves

H is for Hawk/ We are completely Beside Ourselves

Walking Home/ Kiss Me first

The Good Luck of Right Now/ Elizabeth is Missing

Proud/ The Good Girl

The Last Man Standing/ Book of Strange New Things

Dracula & Dracula’s Guest/ The Bone Clocks

Paying Guests/ The Miniaturist

Not My Father’s Son/ Axeman Jazz

Brenda Monk is Funny/ Vendetta

The Girl With All The Gifts/ Cross Stitch

Leaving Time/ Dear Daughter

My Second Life/ There’s Something I’ve Been Dying To Tell You

Dangerous Days in Elizabethan England/ Dear Committee Members

Dark Room/ Faceless Killers

Dark Briggate Blues/ Her

Swear Down/ Eeny Meeny

The Good Priest/ Deliverance of Evil

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg starts a Book Club

A Year of BooksThe first book isn’t quite a Richard and Judy pick, but Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has set up a book club on the social networking site, attracting more than 120,000 likes in three days.

Every year he sets himself a challenge for the 12 months ahead -previous challenges have included learning Mandarin and meeting a new person every day – and in response to suggestions for this year’s challenges, Zuckerberg has said he will read a new book every other week. “I’m excited for my reading challenge. I’ve found reading books very intellectually fulfilling. Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today. I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.”

The club’s first book is “The End of Power” by Moises Naim (We have “Illicit: how smugglers, traffickers, and copycats are hijacking the global economy” but not this non-fiction title)

On his A Year in Books’ page on Facebook, which he’s set up for the book club, he says: “We will read a new book every two weeks and discuss it here. Our books will emphasise learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. Suggestions for new books to read are always welcome. We ask that everyone who participates read the books and we will moderate the discussions and group membership to keep us on topic.”