IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Mostly Books Cosy Club will be operating ONLINE while groups of 60 people are unable to meet in person, safely. We will be updating all of our members via email, use of videos and interactive Zoom calls. Books will be hand-delivered or posted to members who are unable to collect from the shop. If you would like to sign up, please email your interest to books@mostly-books.co.uk where you will be placed on the waiting list and updated with spaces that become available.

WHAT is the Mostly Books Cosy Club?

The Mostly Books Cosy Club is a new style of reading group that brings lots of people together to read great books.

WHAT makes the Mostly Books Cosy Club different from other book groups?

The Mostly Books Cosy Club can cater for bigger numbers, making it a great way to meet new people. The club has over 60 members! At each virtual monthly gathering you will be given a specially hand-picked selection of up to 10 books to choose from for your monthly read, ensuring you get to read a book you like the sound of, with like-minded people.

*Each book has space for 6 members to form a group and ensure good book chats. The number of books available to choose from will be dependent on member numbers, eg 40 members will have a choice of 8 books, 20 members will have a choice of 4 books etc. The bigger the membership, the more books to pick from!

WHAT sort of books will we be reading?

We know that the idea of joining a reading group can sometimes feel intimidating, and people are worried you need to be really clever to be part of one. Our aim is to remove that worry, by always having a range of books available to choose each month.

The books will be great quality, entertaining and enjoyable. There will be a mixture of genres, plus international and under-represented writers. Some books may have won awards and prizes, and they will always be accessible and easy to read. There will be well-known popular authors, fantastic debuts, diverse voices, and a wild card option for people up for a challenge. The choice is always yours.

We will also be asking you for your favourite books and authors, so that we can continue to curate specially chosen books that will hit the spot with our members.

HOW does it work?

At the first monthly meeting you attend, you’ll be introduced to the latest round of monthly reads. This will be up to 10* books that we will talk to you about – we’ll let you know about the authors, tell you the premise of the story, and why we think it’s a great book. There will be 6 copies of each book available.

When we have introduced all of the books, you will have a chance to pick one of your top 3 favourites that you would be happy to read over the coming weeks. We allocate all of the books out and always try to give people their first choice where possible. However, as there are only 6 copies of each book, this isn’t always possible, but we hope that by having a big range to choose from, everyone will end up with a book they love from their top 3 picks.

You can buy your book at a discounted price, and you and the 5 other people who picked the same book will form a book group for that month. When you have finished your book, you’ll submit your feedback to Lyndsey, with a rating out of 5.

At the next Cosy Club meeting, Lyndsey will circulate everyone’s feedback so you can all see what each other thought, and you can get together on a Zoom call to have a chat about it.

Everyone will then be introduced to the next brand-new selection of books – you pick your favourite, form a new group and the process starts again.

This means that every month you get to pick a book you really like the sound of, and you will keep meeting new people as the groups change.

*Each book has space for 5 members to form a group and ensure good book chats. The number of books available to choose from will be dependent on member numbers, eg 40 members will have a choice of 8 books, 20 members will have a choice of 4 books etc. The bigger the membership, the more books to pick from!

WHERE is the Mostly Books Cosy Club held?

Currently, we are meeting online via email and interactive Zoom calls. This means members do not need to be local to Abingdon, or even Oxfordshire, as we can post books to you and meet online!

When social distancing allows, the Mostly Books Cosy Club will meet in the foyer space of the Amey Theatre, (Park Road, Abingdon, OX14 1DE). There is plenty of visitor parking, disabled access, and a stocked bar of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. In the summer we will be able to sit in the beautifully planted garden adjacent to the foyer.

WHEN does the Mostly Books Cosy Club meet?

The Mostly Books Cosy Club meets every FIRST Monday of the month, 6.30pm-8pm. Future dates for the diary are:

Monday 5th October
Monday 2nd November
Monday 7th December

WHY have we set up the Mostly Books Cosy Club?

We set up the Mostly Books Cosy Club for lots of reasons: We often have customers come into the shop looking to join book groups. Maybe you have recently moved to the area and are looking to meet new people. Perhaps you have retired and have some additional time that you would like to fill. You might be feeling a bit lonely and would like to chat to people in a friendly space. You love reading and are looking for some new book suggestions. You’ve always wanted to join a book group but don’t know what to talk about. You want to read more books and need a deadline to keep you on track.

HOW do I join the Mostly Books Cosy Club?

Please register your interest by emailing us at books@mostly-books.co.uk. You will be sent a small homework task to complete, and once you have done this you will be added to the next forthcoming meeting.

HOW much does it cost?

Members pay a collective community flat fee for the books, which is usually £8.50. This also absorbs some of the postage costs to some of our members who are a little further afield. Everybody pays the same!

WHO do I speak to about the Mostly Books Cosy Club?

You can talk to any of the Mostly Books team about the Mostly Books Cosy Club. The evenings will be headed up by Lyndsey, who you can find in the shop on Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you have any questions, do pop in and say hi, give us a call, or drop us an email!