Thanks to social media, it seems like we are being overwhelmed with celebrity book clubs. It is difficult to keep track of who is recommending which book and what did that one person say about that one book? And the more they recommend books, the longer my TBR list gets. I already have a lifetime’s worth of books on that list!
So, to hopefully cut through some of the noise, I made a list of the bigger celebrity book clubs with descriptions and their latest book club pick.
This may be the biggest book club right now. Reese Witherspoon and her media company, Hello Sunshine, work together to recommend books for adults and young adults. Hello Sunshine have even adapted book club picks into TV shows or movies like Little Fires Everywhere.
When choosing a book, Reese looks for books that are meaningful with a diverse narrative from a female perspective.
“By sharing stories of other lives and immersing ourselves in other realities, I believe we can create more unity and empathy in the world,” Witherspoon commented on her website.
Reese’s June 2021 pick is Seven Days in June by Tia Williams.
Oprah’s book club is probably the first and longest-running celebrity book club. She started it in 1996 as a segment on her show where she would highlight a book for viewers to read and discuss. As time has progressed, Oprah’s picks have gotten a bit more sporadic, although in March she chose the Gilead series by Marilynne Robinson. This series includes Gilead, Home, Lila, and Jack. So, it will for sure keep you busy for a while!
Between Two Books was not started by Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, but rather by a fan who tweeted Florence about starting a book club. After that a group of fans created a book club, and Florence loved the idea and began recommending some books herself.
The club is still led by the same members along with Florence, but the club regularly receives guest recommendations from other artists, writers, musicians, and directors such as Greta Gerwig, Sally Rooney, and Nick Cave.
Their current recommendation is The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion from musician Arlo Parks.
Jenna Bush Hager has started her own book club with The Today Show. Jenna recommends from her favorites, which look to include a lot of historical fiction, coming of age, and family life novels. She sometimes recommends other books similar to her book club pick and provides questions for followers to think about while reading. Her current book club pick is Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Emma Roberts and her friend Karah Priess started a book club long before Belletrist as two friends who mailed the books they liked to each other. Now, with social media, they are able to share the books they love with a wider audience. Belletrist not only recommends a book each month, but they also showcase an indie bookstore. This month they recommend The Rock Eaters by Brenda Peynado along with showcasing Dog Eared Books in San Francisco.
“You don’t have to be the best reader or read the most,” Roberts said. “You just need that sense of curiosity and want to be introduced to new stories that you might not have read otherwise.”
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