These days, it’s not just Oprah Winfrey who is endorsing great books–other celebrities are also jumping in on the book club action. I rounded up some of the book clubs I’ve come across and made sure to include the books that they’ve read, so you can decide whether you want to join one!
Reese Witherspoon Book Club
Although I think this book club isn’t technically affiliated with Reese Witherspoon, the Instagram account’s description states that they are reading books based on her recommendations. Some of the books the group has read include The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, The Girls by Emma Cline, and Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty. This group holds their book discussion via a Facebook group.
Our Shared Shelf
Emma Watson’s feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, took off when she first became a member of Goodreads and cultivated the group. According to the group’s description, Emma felt inspired by the numerous feminist texts she was reading since working with UN Women and wanted to create a discussion forum that centered on the readings. So far she has chosen books including How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, and Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou.
More recently, Emma Roberts–from American Horror Story, Scream Queens, and for the millennials like me, Unfabulous–created a book club, Belletrist, and announced it via Instagram. The word “belletrist” basically means a writer of beautiful words or letters. The first book Emma chose is Joan Didion’s South and West, and she wrote an essay about her reason for choosing this book as well as why she absolutely loves it. I was super excited to see that Emma Roberts started this book club because I loved seeing what she was reading on Instagram–she always had great recommendations.
Andrew Luck Book Club
Are there any football fans in the house? Andrew Luck, bookworm and quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, created a book club for all ages. Every season he picks a book for “Rookies” and a book for “Veterans”–that is, a book from his childhood and a book that inspired him during his adult reading career. He got the idea for the book club after being credited with being the NFL’s unofficial librarian. This month’s selections are Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth and Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE by Phil Knight.
Between Two Books
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine also has a book club. After being inspired by one fan’s tweet that asked about her current read, Florence decided to create a club so others could follow along with what she was reading. Via Instagram and Facebook, the moderators of Between Two Books post the chosen book, literature-inspired quotes and pictures, and facilitate discussions. The club has read Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr., The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry, and The Rose that Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur.
I think social media and the digital age have encouraged bookworms to gather in an online platform where they might otherwise feel alone in their reading endeavors. Also, being able to simultaneously read the same books as Emma Watson and Emma Roberts is pretty cool too.
Are you a member of any of these online, celebrity-run book clubs, or others?