6 Celeb Book Clubs That Will Make You Love Reading Again
We knew it was going to be a challenge when we made a New Year’s resolution to read more this year, and unfortunately our good-for-you reading habit has *definitely* given way to our busy #girlboss schedules. So in an effort to find some quiet time and get back on track with our goal, we’re infusing a little literary magic wherever we can to remind us to hit the books. Along with following a ton of bookstagrammers on social media and splurging on a tote bag full of hot new adult books and young adult reads, we’re signing up for a choice handful of virtual book clubs hosted by our fave bookworm-approved celebrities too.
1. Emma Roberts’s Belletrist: Although Roberts just announced her new book club in March, we’re already in *love* with its vast bookish community and incredible literary finds. Curated by both Roberts and writer Karah Preiss, we’re ridiculously excited to start reading their recommendations, including The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy ($27) and South and West by Joan Didion ($21). Plus, they have a ton of extra goodies on their website, like Roberts’ exclusive interview with Didion and corresponding essay.
2. Florence Welch’s Between Two Books: When the lead singer of Florence and the Machine (and self-proclaimed bookworm) tweeted a photo of herself in front of a book store on July 23, 2012, her dedicated fans didn’t waste any time setting up a virtual book club in her honor. Now the book club’s Facebook account hosts regular book recommendations by Welch herself, and her fans are totally on board. BTB’s current book choice is Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer ($28) and was actually chosen by Nick Cave (AKA one of Florence’s biggest influences).
3. Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf: As a part of her work with UN Women, Watson started a feminist book club on Goodreads that has blown up thanks to her vast fanbase. Choosing books that are though-provoking, encouraging, and mega-empowering, Watson is all about inspiring young women to learn from the past and slay the future. Check out her latest Goodreads pick: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ($22).
4. Oprah’s Book Club: When asked to name a celebrity book club, your first thought is probably Oprah’s massive book empire… and for good reason! A few years ago, the original #girlboss updated the platform and rebranded as Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, which is now much more focused on social media and e-reading. Her latest literary love is Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton ($26). Make sure to check out Oprah’s recent interview with the author to learn more (including why Oprah feels so connected to the book!).
5. Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter: Lena Dunham is famous for many things (RIP Girls), but one of them is undoubtedly her mega-popular biweekly feminist newsletter, the Lenny Letter. Every Thursday, this e-publication posts a piece called Lit Thursday, where the editors dive into the books they are reading, authors they are loving, and more. This week they’re discussing Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose ($15). Sign up for free here!
6. Reese Witherspoon’s #RWBookClub: While Witherspoon’s book club is a little more impromptu than some of our other picks, we love the thrill of waiting for Witherspoon’s newest reads to blow up on social media. Her current obsessions include The Dry by Jane Harper ($26) and The Wonder by Emma Donoghue ($27)… but keep an eye out for even more hot new reads by following the hashtag #RWBookClub.
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