Lovereading.com is a fabulous website ‘founded for booklovers by booklovers’. It recognises that trying to find a book you’ll love can be tough, what with the sheer volume of books out there! It has some unique online tools to help make this decision easier, including free 10-15 page opening extracts of every one of the featured books; and a regular magazine recommending great reads in various categories. There’s also a children’s version of the site – lovereading4kids.co.uk – which focuses specifically on finding books for younger readers.
The Reading Room at the Scottish Poetry Library website is a wonderful place to get into poetry. As well as usefully presenting poems under themes such as DIY, travel, gardening; there are also online poetry discussion groups where you can share your thoughts on your most loved or most hated poems!
Poetrysociety.org.uk is a fantastic site with the aim of advancing the national enjoyment of poetry. It’s a great resource for finding local poetry events and has interesting links to more poems and also London’s poetry café. It’s a lovely site and visitors can subscribe to their newsletter by email, free of charge.
Newyorker.com – Every month the online edition of this famously satirical magazine features a short story which is read and discussed aloud. The stories chosen encompass a vast array of authors, genres and styles; and the discussions always provide food for thought.