Inspiring Reading Projects You Need to Follow

Do you love reading and want some ideas on how to make your hobby even more insprining? There are lots of exciting reading projects which are actively promoting reading, from celebrity book clubs to book chains and book sharing initatives. Earlier this month we talked about the Books on the Underground project and Emma Watson’s appearance as a book fairy in London. Her great example is just one of the many projects you can follow or imitate.

We have collected some of our favourite reading projects and celebrity book clubs to inspire you and your classes. Share these ideas with your students and ask them to reflect on them.

This well-established initative is based on the idea of giving your books a life of their own. When you finish a book you leave it for someone else and its journey is traced on a label inside the cover. For more information go to the website and send one of your favourite books on a worldwide tour!

A Year of Reading the World

Ann Morgan is a writer and editor from London, who decided to read a book from every country in the world. So far she has read 196 (plus one) books and is recording her challenge on her blog. Can you imagine doing something similar in class? How would you organise  it?

  • Read about Ann Morgan’s story on her website and get inspired.

Our Shared Shelf

Our Shared Shelf is a Feminist Book Club on GoodReads. It was started by Emma Watson, and the members read about equality. They read and discuss a book each month. Their time management is easy. They read a book for three weeks and then discuss it during the last week of that month. They have focus questions and quotes to inspire the discussions.

Reese Witherspoon Book Club

Reese Witherspoon also has a book club, and the members use a Facebook Group as their virtual meeting place. You can join their book club discussions on Facebook.

The Flo +the Machine Book Club

Florence Welch’s book club sounds exciting. It’s called Between Two Books, and they read books recommended by Florence Welch, the singer of Flo +the Machine.


And finally, here are some tips for secondary school book clubs.

If you encourage students to organise book clubs, give the control to them. When they are in charge, they are more likely to get more active. Your role still remains essential as you will have to make sure that they have a place to meet, books to choose from, a full Helbling Readers Book Club Kit, organised sessions and a nice flow. Here are some themes.

1 Your favourite celebrity book lists.

2 The Time Travel Book Club

  • Read books which are set in different times in history. This way you can also explore the history and culture of that era.

3 The Virtual Book Club

  • The book club that never really meets, but can always keep in touch. Any of your book clubs can have sessions when you really meet, but it is also exciting to set up a book club online. Use Facebook and GoodReads to set up your own book club. You can also find partner schools across the globe to connect with other students.

4 The Rebellious Book Club

  • Reads only classics which are appreciated today but have been censored/banned in the past.
    • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a surprising example.

5 The Film Adaptation Book Club

  • Find books which also have film adaptations, and then compare the film and the novel. You can also try to beat some films which are going to hit the cinemas and read the novels before the premiere.

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