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Reading groups and reading for wellbeing

Reading groups

Reading Groups for Everyone

Reading Groups for Everyone is the UK’s largest reading group network, run by The Reading Agency. Once you have created your free account, you can register your group for free, read, leave reviews and apply for special offers. A virtual groups page has links to online groups, or you can start your own.

Live chat reading group

If you’re missing visiting your Reading Group, and want to have a chat about books then you are invited to join this informal group using Microsoft Teams to connect with others on a given weekly theme. It takes place every Thursday at 10am. Email if you are interested in taking part and we will send you details of how to join.

Book chat

Look out for weekly book chat. Every Tuesday morning we’ll be posting reviews and recommendations on our Facebook page. Library staff will be sharing the books that have marked significant times in their lives. Join in the discussions, share your love of reading and find something new to entertain you.

Book reviews and forums

Libraries from home

Find additional resources offered by library services across the UK

Goodreads: The world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations with 90 million members. See what books your friends are reading, track the books you're reading, have read and want to read, or check personalised book recommendations. Goodreads groups discuss books by genre and by subject. It's also available as an app for Android and Apple devices.

BBC 100 Novels That Shaped Our World: Books chosen by a panel of leading writers, curators and critics with a different theme each month. Books range from children’s classics to page turning bestsellers. With links to reviews, articles and questions for reading groups, it a great starting point for anyone wanting to expand their reading.

Reading for wellbeing

Reading Well supports people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading recommended and endorsed by health experts.

There are currently 5 Reading Well booklists for adults, young people and children with helpful information and support in managing common health conditions, and dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with health needs.

Shared reading

A reading revolution from The Reader brings poetry and stories to vulnerable members of the community.

We will be starting shared reading online soon. Contact us if you would like to join us:

Join shared reading

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