Celebrity book clubs have the power to turn debuts into bestsellers and unknown authors into big names. This is all through building a community of readers (the most passionate types of fans out there, we reckon!) who love sharing their opinions on the books they read. We can't wait to see what new books our favourite celebrity book clubs are recommending and love seeing the bookworm community discuss their thoughts and feelings on new books together. If you've been itching to join a book club but didn't know where to start, here are just a few of the best celebrity book clubs out there right now.
Our Shared Shelf
In a nutshell: Our Shared Shelf is the perfect book club for feminist readers who want a thought-provoking range of books to read.
Actress and activist Emma Watson created her own online book club, Our Shared Shelf, back in 2016 and book recommendations and discussions have been happening in the club ever since. The theme of the book club is feminism and each book has a focus on equality and empowerment. The range of books Emma recommends includes essay collections, poetry books, novels and more. What better celeb to host their own book club than the actress who played Hermione and Belle, two of the fictional characters who taught us how cool it was to be a bookworm?!
Oprah's Book Club 2.0
In a nutshell: Get reading the books Oprah's suggested for some truly unforgettable bestsellers.
Oprah's Book Club 2.0 is the digitally reinvented version of Oprah's Book Club, which began as a segment on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1996. After the show finished in 2011the book club initially came to an end as well until it was relaunched as Oprah's Book Club 2.0, this time with book chats happening through Oprah's social media channels. The power of a book recommendation from Oprah can be seen in the soaring sales of each book she features in her book club and if that isn't testament to how well trusted this star is to suggest the very best fiction and non-fiction out there then we don't know what is!
Simon Mayo's Books of the Year
In a nutshell: This podcast is great for those who like to listen to some bookish discussions as they're going about their day.
Author and radio presenter, Simon Mayo, started his podcast, Simon Mayo's Books of the Year in June 2018 after his BBC Radio book club came to an end in the April. Simon Mayo's Books of the Year sees Simon and fellow radio presenter, Matt Williams, interview authors and chat about books, poetry, short stories and screenplays.
Reese's Book Club
In a nutshell: Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine is the book club for those who want to read interesting and exciting female-led stories.
This book club was started by the actress and producer Reese Witherspoon as part of her media brand Hello Sunshine. The brand aims to produce and support stories told through film, TV and books that focus on women. Reese shares her monthly recommendations on her social media channels to celebrate her new favourite reads.
In a nutshell: If you want to read diverse fiction and non-fiction, recommended by two book-loving pals then Belletrist is the book club for you.
Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss became friends by bonding over their mutual love of books. As their friendship grew they decided to take things to the next level - by starting a book club together! The Belletrist book club reads a new book each month which is announced on their website and through the Belletrist social media pages. If you too have found friends through your love of books then this book club might just be right for you.
The Richard and Judy Book Club
In a nutshell: You can't go wrong with Richard and Judy's recommendations, they are all sure to be hits one day.
The Richard and Judy Book Club started as a segment on their TV show but after the programme came to an end in 2009, the book club continued its life online. Periodically throughout the year, the couple will announce a new set of six books they've chosen as their book club picks for book fans everywhere to enjoy. They also give their own reviews and discussion questions for each book included on the list. As one of the longest-running and most well-established British celebrity book clubs out there, you know you can rely on a recommendation from this duo.
Between Two Books
In a nu In a nutshell: If you prefer community-driven book clubs with an emphasis on sharing through social media, Between Two Books is for you.
In a nutshell: If you prefer community-driven book clubs with an emphasis on sharing through social media, Between Two Books is for you.
Between Two Books is an unusual type of celebrity book club. When Florence and the Machine vocalist, Florence Welch, let her fans know of her love of books in an Instagram post, the fan-led book club was born. Florence or a guest will regularly recommend books for the book club to read and a small collective of fans manage the book club's social media pages. It's not how a conventional celebrity book club is run but is certainly unique! Florence is very encouraging of the book club and even said the book club is her 'favourite part of the internet'. We love seeing how books bring people together and if you join his book club you'll find yourself in a lovely group of very literary Florence Welch fans.
We just love knowing our favourite celebs are as big on reading as we are! If you want to get exciting recommendations and find loads of people to discuss your new reads with then these book clubs are definitely worth a look. Happy reading all!