I'm Chrissy, the founder of BookBar

I've heard it said that there is nothing better than curling up with a good book, finding yourself in another time or place, or learning more about the world we inhabit.

I disagree. There is nothing better than sharing a good book. The joy of unraveling the characters and plot points with a friend over a glass of wine, hearing inspiring ideas at a book club, sharing in the community a love of reading inspires.

This is BookBar's philosophy.

I have spent my career in the book industry, working in and with bookshops all around the world. I love the energy, passion and knowledge that bookshops bring to their trade. But I also realised that bookshops can be intimidating to those who do not visit them regularly. And so my vision for BookBar was birthed.

BookBar is a fun, warm, welcoming space for people to discover and socialise around books. It's a place to come and hang out, like your favourite wine bar or your kitchen table. It's never about how many books you've read that year or whether you've read the latest prize-winners.

At BookBar, books are social. We bring people together through our events and create community around books in an inclusive and open way, with live music, readings, wine tastings and, yes, even 'read-dating', our very own version of speed-dating for book-lovers. Our prescription programme Shelf Medicate is designed for anyone at all who has the desire to pick up a book.

You can discover all our latest reviews and recommendations on the BookList, follow us on our Instagram and Twitter feeds, and subscribe to BookBar's mailing list for all the latest news and tips.

I hope you have as much joy discovering books through BookBar as we do in sharing them with you.

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