Walking Book Group

Join our walking book group in 2020! WE ARE MEETING VIA ZOOM DURING THE LOCKDOWN

A first for York, our monthly walks are a great opportunity to share and talk about interesting books you have read, meet friendly local people and discover easy walks, and the best cafes in York.

Three easy steps:

  • Read a book around a theme
  • Walk and talk about your book and hear about what others have read
  • Enjoy a chat in a café afterwards

We offer some suggestions for books which come largely from the library catalogue and our leader’s knowledge and love of books, but there is no requirement to read any of these, feel free to bring memories of your own reading on the theme.

We meet 10am, first Thursday of the month, online. Email alison.yorkbikebelles@gmail.com for details.

Everyone is welcome!

Thursday 5 November- theme is: Weather

This month’s topic is a wide and varied one. Your interpretation. Also this month we are encouraging you to walk and tell us about your walking as well as your book at our November meeting.

Book suggestions:


Carlos Ruiz Zafón: The Shadow of the Wind 

Dorothy L. Sayers: Clouds of Witness (Lord Peter Wimsey series; book 2) 

Khaled Hosseini: A Thousand Splendid Suns 

P. G. Wodehouse: Summer Lightning (Blandings Castle; book 4) 

David Guterson: Snow Falling on Cedars 

Thomas Pynchon: Gravity’s Rainbow

David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas

Sarah Emily Miano: Encyclopaedia of Snow 

Elizabeth Peters: Thunder in the Sky (Amelia Peabody series; book 12)

Annie Proulx: The Shipping News 

Orhan Pamuk: Snow 

Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows

Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Mists of Avalon 

Eva Gates: Reading Up a Storm (Lighthouse Library mystery; book 3)

Joseph Conrad: The Typhoon 

Emily Brontë: Wuthering Heights 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Half of a Yellow Sun 

Margaret Mitchell: Gone With the Wind 

D. H. Lawrence: The Rainbow 


Dian Fossey: Gorillas in the Mist 

Charlie Connelly: Attention All Shipping: A Journey around the Shipping Forecast 

Lauren Redniss: Thunder & Lightning. Weather Past, Present and Future.  

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Wind, Sand and Stars 

Cynthia Barnett: Rain: A Natural and Cultural History 


William Wordsworth: I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud  

Louis Macneice: The Sunlight on the Garden 

Emily Dickinson: Snow Flakes 

Robert Frost: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening 


William Shakespeare: The Tempest  

Aristophanes: Clouds

Cartoon and picture books:

Mo Willems: You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons: The World on One Cartoon a Day 

Tom Lichtenheld: Cloudette

Alvin Tresselt: Rain Drop Splash 


Volunteer leaders!

We are looking for volunteers to help us run the walks, so do get in touch if you are interested – see volunteer role description here.

If you’d like to find out more, talk to us at yorkbikebelles@gmail.com or alison.yorkbikebelles@gmail.com

“Beautiful way to spend an hour. Gave me a warm glow that lasted the rest of the day”. Katrina.