Here at Literature Works, we are great advocates of sharing the literature you love. Whether that’s by reading aloud together, discussing what you’re reading or a little of both. Setting up and being part of a reading or book group can be a great way to extend your engagement with the works that you are reading.

In addition to self-established reading groups, your local library also provides a plethora of other reading groups for different age groups, genre interests and abilities. There really is a group to suit everyone.

We were delighted to discover the details for this year’s National Reading Group Day, an initiative of The Reading Agency. This year, National Reading Group Day will take place on 16th June.

National Reading Group Day, which The Reading Agency run in partnership with the Booksellers Association, is a celebration of reading groups throughout the country and the positive effect these groups have on their members. It marks the start of Independent Booksellers Week.

To celebrate, they want you to tell them about the books you have read that caused an emotional reaction – the books that made you laugh or cry (or maybe both). They know that books with an emotional impact are often the ones you remember most, and that the reactions might differ throughout the group! Is there a book that made you laugh out loud, while the rest of your group didn’t crack a smile? Or were you left dry-eyed when others member were in floods of tears?

You can send them your suggestions here.


Looking for some inspiration to start the discussion with your reading group? Below is The Reading Agency’s list of the most divisive reads from reading groups across the country, the aptly named ‘Marmite reads’ list:

  • The Hundred Year Old Man Who Jumped Out of a Window and Disappeared, Jonas Jonasson.
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • Cutting for Stone, Abraham Vergehese
  • The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie
  • The Slap, Christos Tsiolkas
  • The Help, Kathleen Stockett
  • The Rose Petal Beach, Dorothy Koomson
  • Half Bad, Sally Green
  • Cuckoo Song Frances Hardinge
  • The Monogram Murders, Sophie Hannah
  • How to be Both, Ali Smith
  • A Little Life, Hana Yanighara
  • Eileen, Otessa Mosfegh
  • Secrets of Death, Stephen Booth

We’d love to know the reads that have got your reading group talking. Tweet us @LitWorks, tell us on Facebook and use the hashtags #ReadingGroups #NRGD2018 to join the conversation.