Reading is like a software update for the brain

“Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print."  Barbara Tuchman

What we read


We choose themes based on member recommendations, trends and stuff we're really curious about. We make an effort to continually mix it up and rep at least 1 x indy publisher in our shortlists.

Favourite themes so far: Altered (mental) states, work smart, race & identity, habits, gender, AI, cryptocurrency, fast fashion, startups & undercover jobs.


We pull together a short-list of contemporary non-fiction books under a theme, on average 250-350 pages long.

We know we have reading biases. How? We looked at the 175 books we've short-listed over the last 5 years and asked our members how they choose what they read. The result? We've explored a great mix of themes from race, to AI, to gender, to taking risks, but more often than not end up reading books written by white men from Europe & the US backed by large publishers. This doesn't mean the books aren't powerful or mind-changing. They frequently are. But we are also limited by our choices in what we really learn. A lot of our book biases are built into the publishing industry's culture and its new giant recommendation machines. We want to shift that. We want to shine a light on more underrepresented voices, lesser known authors, and smaller publishers on the themes we explore. We want to read books from diverse voices across every subject we read. Whether that be the future of the internet, the science behind addiction, or on how to challenge systemic racism. A non-fiction club at the intersection of a world full of stories.

How are we doing this?

For each set of authors, publishers and experts we line-up, we will consciously look for a diverse mix of ethnicity, gender, nationality & size (less established authors & publishers). We'll check-in and share our progress publicly every 3 months. Learn more and read a little differently with us.


How we read

Every week members are nudged to remind them where they should be in the book.

A lot of members will read 1 x RBC book a month 1 book of their choice. Some members are now reading 3-4 books a month.


Coffees & Connections

We spend a chunk of time connecting our members through our meets, 'rebel coffees' (one-to-one shared interest matching for video chats) and our social channels which are based around interests and where people live.

The biggest long-term value of joining RBC is the people you'll connect with 🙂

Why books matter to us

by RBC members

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Rebel Hacks 15: February 2021

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