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5 ways to celebrate National Reading Group Day

Here at Reading Groups for Everyone, we know that reading groups and book clubs play a vital part in people’s lives and reading journeys. Earlier this year we published the results of our big reading group survey, which showed that a huge number of groups felt being a member of a reading group makes you happier, widens your reading habits and helps you enjoy books even more.

National Reading Group Day takes place this year on Saturday 18 June, in association with the Booksellers Association, and we think there could be no better time to celebrate reading groups in libraries, bookshops and communities around the country.

This year to mark the occasion we have been searching for the best Real Life Read for reading groups. We invited readers to vote in our online poll for the narrative non-fiction title they think would make the best reading group choice. We’ll be announcing the winning title, and the three lucky groups who will receive the winning book for their group, on Friday 17 June, so make sure to check back then!

Get involved

We’d love for reading groups across the country to get involved and celebrate National Reading Group Day in their own way. Here are just a few ideas, you can add your own by leaving a comment below.

1. Show us what you love about your reading group and share what you are reading this month by posting a picture on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #NRGD16.

2. Pop along to your local library or bookshop on Saturday to see what they have planned to celebrate National Reading Group Day. Why not ask your local librarian or bookseller their advice on what your group could read next?

3. Join Reading Groups for Everyone and discover new books, prizes and exclusive offers.

4. Sign up to receive our reading group newsletter, launching this month just in time for National Reading Group Day. It’s the easiest way to hear about the latest news, offers and competitions for reading groups.

5. Watch out for our Real Life Read winner announcement on 17 June to find out which book has been chosen as the best non-fiction book for reading groups to read this year.


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