Admit it. You get a little excited every time you see a celebrity caught by the paparazzi with a book in their hand. You have one of those moments where you realize that even though they are staggeringly beautiful and stunningly successful and talented, they are just like us after all because they read! In fact, some of them read so much that they have even created their own book clubs (Thank you, Oprah!). Here, we hitch our wagon to some stars and take a look at how they share their favorite books.
The RW Book Club
The “RW” in the RW Book Club stands for none other than Reese Witherspoon. The club is described as a “community #ForTheLoveOfReading.” We know from Witherspoon’s adaptations of Wild and Gone Girl that she likes to make movies out of books, but it seems she also loves to read them as well. Most recently, the club read Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game. Check in with the book club’s social media accounts to find out which book is up next.
Our Shared Shelf
No slouch when it comes to social justice, Emma Watson takes an empowering approach with her feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf. The group is open to anyone who would like to join, and a new book is chosen every month or so for discussion. Found within are not just thoughts on the books being read, but also a treasure trove of resources regarding feminism and women’s issues. The most recent read was Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth.
Between Two Books
Between Two Books is otherwise known as the official book club of Florence and the Machine frontwoman, Florence Welch, who just so happens to be an avid reader. Each month, the club’s book choice is posted on Facebook and then discussed within the corresponding group. The book choices are often quite literary. Most recently the group has read Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose.
Belletrist, created by Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss, is an online platform where readers can “celebrate a new book every month.” On Instagram, they highlight book picks, such as The Answers by Catherine Lacey, and items of literary interest. On their main site, there is exclusive content, such as this recent interview between Emma Roberts and Joan Didion.
Have you discovered Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter yet? If so, then you probably already know that not only are they publishing books with their own imprint, but each week they also share excerpts from the books they’re reading in Lit Thursday. Books most recently highlighted are Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo and Caca Dolce: Essays from a Lowbrow Life by Chelsea Martin.
Book Club Central
We loved Sarah Jessica Parker as writer Carrie Bradshaw, but in her role as Honorary Chair of the ALA’s Book Club Central, she shows us her chops as a reader by offering SJP Picks throughout the year. If her first pick, No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts, is any indication, we’re in for a year of great reading recommendations.
Mindy Kaling’s social media
Some stars stop short of creating clubs, preferring to keep their book recommendations personal. For example, if you follow Mindy Kaling on Instagram and Twitter, then you know she loves to read and often recommends books to her followers. Most recently, she posted a picture of Hunger by Roxane Gay.