If you are stuck in a reading rut and would like to find more time to spend with a good book, try joining an online book group. Unlike a traditional book group where you all read the same book at the same time, an online book group will connect people all over the world through a dedicated hashtag so they can share what they are reading. I like the flexibility and the enthusiasm of the two groups below, and they are both full of gorgeous, welcoming readers.
The Year In Books
The Year in Books was started by Laura at Circle of Pine Trees and is an ongoing project open to everyone. You can join in at any time, and can participate via your blog, Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads or Pinterest. The Year in Books (#theyearinbooks) is about making space for reading in our busy lives, and is a way for us all to discover more books (and lovers of books).
The aim of the project is to read (at least) a book a month during 2016. At the start of the month Laura writes a post about what she is planning to read that month, and includes some thoughts about the book she has just read. You can share your reading, too – via #theyearinbooks on Twitter or Instagram, or check out the Year in Books Pinterest board for inspiration.
Read Watch Play
Read Watch Play (#rwpchat) is similar to The Year in Books, but every month has a theme. There is a blog run by a wonderful group of Australian Librarians that outlines the themes and is home to a monthly reading group of people all over the world (many of them librarians). As well as sharing their reading on various social networks through the hashtag, there is a scheduled twitter chat at #rwpchat on the last Tuesday of each month. You are welcome to use the hashtag to talk about your reading and to join in on the chat each month. Because people tweet from all over the world the twitter chat is a staggered discussion starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, 9.00pm New Zealand Time, 6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 8am – 10.30am, 2pm – 4pm GMT.