Reading

Making Connections from Home > Reading

If your book club has been cancelled, or you’re running out of books in your house – don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to access more books online and discuss them with others. This page covers all of the reading groups we know, where to go for free books, and where to watch people read books aloud (perfect if you have small children).

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Reading groups

Readinggroups.org

https://readinggroups.org/groups/virtual-groups

  • A list of virtual reading groups in the UK (there are over 100)
  • Huge range of groups with different genres, demographics, and locally-based groups
  • Those that are accepting new members are highlighted

Quarantine Book Club

https://www.quarantinebookclub.com

  • American book club which takes place over Zoom
  • Chat directly with the author of the book
  • $5 per ticket

Feel Good Book Club – Samaritans 

https://www.thefeelgoodbookclub.com

  •  Running as normal during the coronavirus pandemic, each month you’ll get a new book delivered through the post 
  • Go online to discuss it with other people in the book club 
  • All profits from the scheme go to the Samaritans 

Where to get books & recommendations

Project Gutenberg

https://www.gutenberg.org/

  • A library of over 60,000 e-books that you can read on your computer or download to your kindle
  • Books include a huge range of classics

Librivox

https://librivox.org/

  • A large library of public domain audiobooks – a great alternative if you have difficulties with your eyesight
  • You can also volunteer to be a reader

GoodReads

https://www.goodreads.com/

  • The world’s largest community of book lovers
  • Get recommendations and discuss your favourite books with others

Live Storytelling

Save With Stories

https://www.instagram.com/SAVEWITHSTORIES

  • An instagram account where celebrities read childrens’ books and post videos
  • Not clear what the schedule is yet