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Selected resources from the Manchester Metropolitan University Library collection for leisure reading and reading for pleasure.

Setting up your own online reading group to get you through lockdown

Thinking of setting up or joining an online reading group to help you get through lockdown?. Here are some suggestions from Tina Harrison at Manchester Libraries (Manchester's public library service).

If you all want to read the same book, Borrowbox campaign titles would be the way forward (joining instructions below) On the app, rather than referring to them as campaign titles BorrowBox tend to banner them under headings such as "Bestselling eBooks, available now", so to make them a bit easier to identify, we've got a handy list here of everything currently available in ebook format (most of them are also available as e-audio if preferred): 
Letter to my Younger Self by Jane Graham Tell me a Lie by CJ Carver
Date with Death by Julia Chapman The Girl in the Woods by Patricia MacDonald
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland 15 Minutes to Happiness by Richard Nicholls
Margot & Me by Juno Dawson Widows by Lynda La Plante
The Chosen One by Sam Bourne The Last Mile by David Baldacci
The Wife Between US by Greer Hendricks The Holiday by T.M.Logan
Find out more about virtual reading groups and the best apps to use to help with group discussion on the Manchester Libraries blog (WhatsApp seems to be the way some groups are going), with more online book group tips from Reading Groups for Everyone

How to access Borrowbox

You can download e-books and e-audio books for free from Borrowbox. There are thousands to choose from including the latest best-sellers and much-loved classics.

If you don’t have a Manchester Libraries card but still want to borrow their e-books and e-audio books the very kind people at Borrowbox have a solution!

You can now sign up to download e-books and e-audio books via Borrowbox without needing to visit the library. Just register for Manchester Libraries membership remotely (link below) and use the temporary library number you are given to access BorrowBox. You can then read books on your computer or PC or mobile device or tablet.

Register here

Online/virtual book groups


Here's June's choice from the Republic of Consciousness book club: