Join in the #ReadingWomen challenge with your group

Rw image with hashtag

We are excited to be working with the Women’s Prize for Fiction on the #ReadingWomen campaign, offering three reading groups the opportunity to shadow a set of three previous winners of the Prize. You will be asked to answer questionnaires about your thoughts on the books and being involved in the Prize.

We would also like you to share your reading experiences on social media, posting photos, videos and your thoughts on the books as your members read.

We are particularly looking for groups with members that have been affected by Covid-19, as we want to understand the impact of reading, and the value of being part of a reading group, during this time. This includes but is not exclusive to: key workers, NHS staff, care home residents, sixth-formers or university students. If you’re not sure if your group is eligible, email

You will be able to choose which group of three book your group would like to read. See the full list of books and choose your theme.


Keeping your reading group active while social distancing

Are you wondering how your reading group can continue to meet, even while you’re social distancing? With many people at home with family, flatmates or on their own, we know that books are so important to provide comfort, solace and escapism. Staying socially connected, and keeping your regular reading group meetings in your diary, is going to be very important in keeping up morale and supporting everyone’s mental health as we adjust to a new way of living.

Medium screenshot 2020 03 27 at 12.24.50

How to start a reading group

Interested in joining a reading group or starting one of your own? Download our quick guide to getting started.

Thumb reading between the wines with books  2

Hive and The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency loves books, in every form, and we know you do too. We love it when people borrow books in every format from their brilliant local libraries. We love it when reading groups get exclusive free proofs from our publisher partners. We love it when readers pick up a pre-loved book from a second-hand bookshop for a song. And we also love it when you buy yourself or someone else a brand new book from a high street bookshop. We also know that buying online is quick and convenient...

Medium hive