Pretty much book clubs with an added star punch.
What are you currently reading? I just finished Hilary Leichter’s quirky first novel, and am now a quarter-deep into Christopher Wylie’s bestseller. I love stalking new releases but will also run through series of classic, unread titles from time to time. Besides going to a physical bookstore to land on something by the Latest or Popular section, there are so many (or too many!) ways of keeping up with new books. Podcasts, author recs, bookstore newsletters, the list goes on. As much as I’m into Goodreads‘ community lists and the Books subreddit, I find book clubs exciting. If you’re into book gatherings like me but hate the hassle of one, go virtual.
My club-hunting led me to a cool avenue: celebrity book clubs! I adore Emma Watson’s now-dormant initiative, Our Shared Shelf (OSS). (PS, her recs are archived so you can still check them out.) My other go-tos, each one thrilling and thriving, are here:
1. Oprah’s Book Club
You’re looking at the mother of all celebrity book clubs! In need of no introduction, Oprah’s self-titled initiative explores living your best life through countless genres. Joining her bibliophile tribe means having hearty discussions on each title. Laugh, cry and ponder with Oprah. If you find it hard to keep up, her reading schedules will take you across easily. At the end of the day, you’d finish more books than you plan to and be hungry for more.
Two random recommendations from this book club: Becoming by Michelle Obama and Bossypants by Tina Fey
2. Reese’s Book Club
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We’re excited to announce that the April #ReesesBookClub pick is UNTAMED by @GlennonDoyle. #Untamed is a powerful memoir that explores everything that makes up a woman’s life including motherhood, relationships, and the brave self-discovery that leads to uncovering one's truest, most beautiful self. ?❤️ You can listen to Untamed on @audible at the link in bio or purchase from your local independent bookstore by visiting indiebound.org. #ReadWithReese
This project is a splinter of Reese Witherspoon’s media company, Hello Sunshine. Each month, she’d pick a book she loves with a woman at the center of the story (per Instagram bio)! Enter book-to-movie discussions and author insights. Explore themes like womanhood, family relations, self-reflection and more through Reese’s Book Club.
Two random recommendations from this book club: The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward and Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
3. Between Two Books
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As we we enter a time of undeniable collective grief, the best we can hope for is that on the other side may come a time of collective rebirth. Our theme for the coming of spring this week is ‘Rebirth’ We would love to hear your suggestions below. ? Painting by Jan Van Huysum, Flowers in a Vase, 1726 @wallacemuseum via @stephanieherdrich
Do you know that the head girl of Florence + The Machine has a book club? There couldn’t have been a better crossover! Discover Florence Welch’s curated reads of intermingling fantasy and reality. Between Two Books revels in the likes of race, art, emotions and livelihood. You’d fall for this instantly, especially if you have a knack for poetry.
Two random recommendations from this book club: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino and The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw
A joined interest between singer-actress Emma Roberts and writer, Karah Preiss gave rise to Belletrist in 2017. Living far from each other, these two readers constantly connect via reads collected from independent bookstores and they’re inviting you to the book party. Get inspired, relax and reflect. Take loads of #shelfies. Join a virtual book tour – they have that, too!
Two random recommendations from this book club: Three Women by Lisa Taddeo and These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card