Whether you’re a literature lover looking for your next favourite, or on the hunt for a brilliant gift idea for a bookworm friend, we’ve found something we think you’re going to really like. Meet Rare Birds book club, the subscription service that’s championing women’s literature, and putting the joy back into reading.
The idea is simple: every month, Rare Birds sends a beautifully wrapped surprise book to its members. Rachel Wood, the founder of the club, only recommends books that she has read (and loved) personally, which is why each delivery comes with an introduction about why she thinks it’s worth of inclusion.
The whole ethos of the club is centred upon starting conversations around contemporary women’s fiction, with Rachel selecting only the very best pacey, interesting stories with ‘gripping plotlines, amazing heroines, happyish endings, and – when the occasion calls for it – totally smouldering love interests.’
Once you’re devoured that month’s read, the fun really starts, as you can log on to the Rare Birds digital book club to share your thoughts with fellow subscribers.
‘We’re celebrating great fiction and stories by women and about women and we’re doing it in a way that’s positive and inclusive,’ Rachel explains. ‘In a world where the books women love to read are often sneered at or female authors are taken less seriously than their male contemporaries, I think that’s important.’
‘Our book club really is about having a bit of fun. Reading is so serious sometimes! We’re all about just enjoying reading for the sake of reading and doing it in your own way. It’s deliberately flexible. You read at your own pace and when you’re done the forum is there waiting for you online. So if you live out in the countryside (and a lot of our readers do) you can still connect.’
Subscriptions cost £10 per month, with packages available for up to 12 months. For more information and to sign up for your first delivery, visit rarebirdsbookclub.com.