All-female author book club that sends you a monthly surprise book launches online

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An all-female online book club has now launched.

If you enjoy sitting down with a good book and love to have a discussion about your latest read but can’t really muster up the effort to arrange or find a book club meet-up to go to, we may have just found the perfect solution.

A virtual book club is what you need.

Rare Birds Book Club is an online service that sends you a surprise female-written book each month to dig into in your own spare time.

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You can then discuss your opinion on an online forum, with the founder taking you through a live, guided discussion and review of the book, where she will bring up key themes, mention plot points and look into the different characters.

Contributors will be notified anytime somebody responds to one of their points and when you’re finished discussing everything you want to delve into, you can leave your own review as well as a rating for the book.

Founder Rachel Wood compared the virtual club to a fun English literature class, telling the Metro, “It sits somewhere between an English Lit class and an in real life book club – in a fun way!)”.

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Speaking of the unique live, guided discussion element of the service, Rachel said, “We’re really focused on reading and the experience of reading – it seems small but we’re the only book subscription that actually has a book club and guides your reading.

“Most of our competitors send out books and though one or two offer a “digital book club” it is in most cases, just a Facebook group.

“The difference with us is we select the books, introduce them at the beginning of the month and then offer insight and context along with a space to review and share.”

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Sound like your kind of thing? For £12 a month you will be offered two book options and will be sent the one of your choosing to delve into before your virtual discussion.

If you like both reads, you simply pay an extra £8 to get both sent straight to your door.

The books come beautifully wrapped with a pretty card to go along with them.

Sounds like our kind of book club!

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


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