“It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others—even my nearest and dearest—there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book.”
— Maureen Corrigan

Currently Reading

All meetings begin at 08:00 pm Eastern time unless otherwise specified.
Upcoming books: Legends & Lattes (October 7)
Upcoming genres/themes: historical fiction, childhood books revisited
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Previous Reads

  • A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (Cozy Literature)
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Books Put Off)
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (Books Put Off)
  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Nontraditional Fantasy)
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Nontraditional Fantasy)
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Magical Realism)
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    About RBR

    Rather Be Reading is a virtual book club which meets twice a month for book meetings and at least twice a week for social hangouts. Each month features a different genre/theme, with each book meeting intended to discuss a different book.
    Building a well-connected community is of great importance to us, so we regularly integrate game nights, movie streams, storytelling events, etc. into our socials.
    Aside from book meetings, we have open mic nights on the third Friday of every month and creative writing gatherings on some Saturday afternoons. Any RBR member is welcome to attend any meeting.
    Attendance is never mandatory; members are welcome to read as much or as little and attend as many or as few meetings as they like.
    Read more about us here.

    How to Join

    Start by creating an account on the site, then sign up for the announcement method of your choice.
    Once you decide to attend a meeting (social or book), we will add you to the Telegram chat group if you are interested. You are officially a member and may vote on polls, submit recommendations, and join in any of our activities you’d like.