With busy schedules and the immense list of new books released every single day, it's hard to keep up with all the titles we'd really like to sink our teeth into. Choosing what book to read can quickly turn into hours of internet research. And then you have to find time to read it...
That's where celebrity book clubs come in: They're places where devout, albeit famous, readers make it their business to share tomes they love with the rest of us.
We've rounded up four of our favorite celebs who founded their own internet book clubs—and they're certainly worth a look. Each of these stars are surprisingly voracious readers who discuss a wide range of books, so you're sure to discover something that resonates. These four celebrity book clubs will get you pumped to start reading and guarantee you'll always have a good book in your bag.
Our Shared Shelf
To accompany her work as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson launched the feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, in 2016 via Goodreads and it unsurprisingly blew up. If you love books that are thought-provoking and rife with female empowerment, a quick follow on Instagram will ensure a never-ending flow of inspiration. On the "Bookshelf" are titles such as Toni Morrison's Beloved, Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road, and A Fractured Life by Shabnam Samuel, which explore topics such as American slavery, a woman's quest for equity, and the complicated hardships of women who immigrate to the US, respectively.
Oprah’s Book Club
Since its inception in 1996, Oprah's Book Club is now a household name. Oprah's club goes far beyond title recommendations to provide in-depth reviews, author interviews, and juicy book roundups. (Think: Conversations with Michelle Obama getting candid about her marriage to the former President.) And with just 80 books on the club's roster, leisurely readers can relax—it doesn't seem too much of a stretch to finish them all.
Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine
It's easy to see from Reese Witherspoon’s personal Instagram feed that she loves a good book—and after reading Cheryl Strayed’s Wild memoir, Witherspoon even had Hello Sunshine (her production company) turn it into a movie. Founded in 2017 and curated by the Oscar-winning actress herself, Reese's Book Club provides books that span all genres, from murder mysteries to romance and everything in between, as well as self-help tomes to keep you inspired all year long. Plus, all books are now on Audible, so busy bees now have zero excuses to "read" a good book.
In 2017, Emma Roberts and her friend Karah Preiss founded Belletrist, an Instagram-based book club that features a different book (and an independent bookstore endorsement) every month. But much more than simply giving their book recommendations, their impressive blog also presents interviews with influential women in the arts scene (Awkwafina, Natasha Rothwell), featured authors (Alice Bowlin, Casey Legler), and commentary by Roberts and Preiss.