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'Joining an online book club has been great': sharing and connection

During the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, Scottish Book Trust set out to discover what impact the lockdown was having on readers in Scotland.

Last updated: 21 February 2022

We recruited a panel of people living in Scotland to complete regular surveys about their experiences of reading between March and August 2020. The full report, Reading in Scotland: Reading over lockdown is available to read now.

We found that many panellists were using reading to connect with family, friends and colleagues during the lockdown:

'Joining an online book group has been great. It was a huge relief to talk in detail about something that I'm interested in, something other than the current situation.'

Sharing books or chatting about stories is a great way to connect with others, especially when the breakdown in our routines might mean we have less than usual to discuss with friends or family - or would prefer to talk about something other than the pandemic for a little while. Many of our panellists reported that this helped them bond with others, take their minds off the news and relieve stress:

Our panel were sharing books and stories in all sorts of ways during the lockdown:

Each week our panel shared reading tips for us to pass on to the other panel members. Some of our favourites around sharing and connection include: