A book club is a reading group in which books are chosen in order to be read and discussed with other reading enthusiasts. They are so many and there is one for everyone. In recent years, the phenomenon of celebrity book clubs has spread more and more. Through social networks they have created real virtual book clubs, in which they recommend readings and give space for debate. Here are the most followed ones:
She is an authority when it comes to books, not only in the US. When Oprah says a story is worth reading, well, it really is. She founded her book club in 1996 during the American talk show Oprah Winfrey Show. Despite the show was closed, the book club has continued to live through social networks where, every month, she publishes her book of choice. It is also thanks to her that several authors have reached the top of international rankings. Apparently, there will also be a video version of the club shortly.
Like the character that made her famous, Hermione Granger, Emma is also a book enthusiast. She made it known to the world when in 2016 all newspapers talked about her initiative to disseminate books around the cities of London and New York, with the aim of making a gift to complete strangers. Watson pays a lot of attention to gender equality issues and she is an ambassador for UN Women. The stories she recommends deal precisely with these topics. The book club is called Our Shared Self and it can be found on the goodreads platform.
Another Emma, another book club. The American Horror Story and Scream Queens actress, who we also find now in the delightful Christmas film Holidate, founded her club in 2017 with her friend Karah Preiss. Its name is Belletrist and it has a dedicated Instagram account full of photos, videos and interviews with the authors of the chosen books. These include both classics and new proposals. In addition to books, an independent bookstore is promoted each month, offering a Belletristdiscount to use in the shop.
With 1.8 million followers, actress and producer Reese Witherspoon’s club, reesesbookclub is on Instagram. It mainly focuses on books written by female authors. Often the titles proposed seem to have a huge success, as in the case of Gone Girl. So much so that her own production company has over time optioned many of her choices to turn them into films and TV series. An example is Little Fires Everywhere, the television miniseries inspired by the novel of the same name by Celeste Ng.
The daughter of super celebrity Cindy Crawford also started a book club on her Instagram profile recently. She did it during the Coronavirus emergency which forced many people to stay at home. The model said the aim was to make people feel less isolated by creating a connection through the book club. Each month she proposes her readings in the stories, in which both followers and important guests participate.