Goodreads Book Clubs You Can Join (If Your IRL Friends Don’t Want to Read With You)

Goodreads Book Clubs You Can Join (If Your IRL Friends Don’t Want to Read With You)


One of the hardest things about starting a book club is finding fellow readers who are as dedicated to helping it succeed as you are. If you find yourself struggling to find friends in your area who want to join, consider taking your reading passion to the internet and joining a Goodreads book club! These groups are ready to welcome you with open arms and are filled with great discussion questions, reading challenges, and new book friends.


Our Shared Shelf

Emma Watson, who portrayed one of the most iconic literary bookworms (Hermione Granger) in the Harry Potter movies, started this feminist book club in 2016. The group covers classics like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Color Purple as well as recent releases like Hunger by Roxane Gay and The Power by Naomi Alderman. Be prepared for nuanced and insightful reads followed by active online discussions.


The Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Group

Looking to raise your blood pressure? This gripping book club is for you. The group reads a mix of frontlist and backlist books, allowing you to explore genre classics and buzzy new authors. Members can nominate books for group reads and can even lead discussions!


The Catch-Up Book Club

Raise your hand if you’ve ever claimed to read a book you hadn’t to avoid the inevitable “How have you never read this?!” This book club aims to help you read the books you think everyone else has read. This includes older titles like Pride and Prejudice and The Fellowship of the Ring, but also new releases like Crazy Rich Asians and Educated by Tara Westover.


Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine

Did you know that Reese Witherspoon’s book club includes an online Goodreads discussion? We love Reese’s dedication to highlighting books by women, and we’re already looking forward to the group’s conversation about The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo.


Addicted to YA

Both the young and young at heart can share their passion for YA literature in this book club! This group reads multiple books at a time across a variety of subgenres, allowing readers to join in the discussions they’re most interested in. They tackle both series and standalone books, making it the perfect place to feed your YA addiction.

Kelly Gallucci
Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of, where she oversees Bookish's editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors like Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, and Sabaa Tahir. She's just coming off of moderating an author panel at New York Comic Con. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and binging Netflix with her pitbull. She is a Gryffindor.


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