Want to join a book club but don’t know where to start? Try an online book club. Digital book clubs offer so much convenience — you don’t need to worry about meeting times or baked goods. You can simply drop in and out when it suits you. Plus, you get to meet like-minded readers from all over the world, and discover new and exciting reads. We’ve put together a list of online book clubs to join in 2017. Just bring your own wine!
Actress Reese Witherspoon began posting her current reads on Instagram and Twitter, and an impromptu book club has grown up around her posts. Previous book picks include Wildflower, The Story of a New Name, and The Testament of Mary.
How to take part: Follow Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club on Instagram and reply to the posts to join the discussion.
Currently reading: The Dry by Jane Harper
Oprah Winfrey is the queen of the Book Club, and books chosen by her have regularly become bestsellers. After The Oprah Winfrey Show ended in 2011, the star announced the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 the following year. Oprah 2.0 book picks include Ruby, Wild, and The Underground Railroad.
How to take part: Readers can sign up for Oprah’s newsletter to receive regular updates and read interviews with authors. You can join the discussion on the Oprah’s Book Club Goodreads page or post thoughts on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #oprahsbookclub.
Currently reading: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
The Tumblr Reblog Book Club began in 2013 with Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl as its opening book pick. The selections aren’t tied to a particular genre, and as the club’s founder, Rachel Fershleiser, explains it, “We read complicated books about complicated characters.” Previous books include Brown Girl Dreaming, Vivian Apple at the End of the World, and All the Rage.
How to take part: Books are chosen on a loose timetable every few months , and a schedule is posted for the online discussions. Using Tumblr, readers can express their thoughts via a range of formats — written reviews, gifs, videos, poetry, and more. Readers can either post to their own Tumblr blog using the hashtag #reblogbookclub, or submit posts to the Tumblr Reblog Book Club.
Currently reading: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Wired Book Club is for fantasy and sci-fi lovers. The team picks a recent sci-fi or fantasy novel at the start of each month and posts weekly check-ins in which readers can discuss the book in the comments section. At the end of the month, Wired invites the author to an interview incorporating reader feedback and questions.
How to take part: Monitor the Wired landing page and jump in on the latest posts to add your comment to the discussion.
Currently reading: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Andrew Luck is the quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and also an avid reader who enjoys sharing recommendations with teammates and family. Every few weeks, Luck posts two recommendations on his website — a children’s book (for “Rookies”) and an adult read (for “Veterans”). Previous book picks include The Martian, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and Hatchet.
How to take part: Read the featured book and post your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, using the hashtag #albookclub. Also, be sure to check out the Andrew Luck Book Club website where Luck hosts regular Q&A sessions.
The Our Shared Shelf Book Club is the brainchild of actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson. Watson explains, “As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on… I decided to start a feminist book club, as I want to share what I’m learning and hear your thoughts too.” Previous book picks include My Life on the Road, Persepolis, and How to Be a Woman.
How to take part: To join Watson’s group, follow along on the group’s Goodreads page. Every other month, Watson posts a new book along with questions and quotes.
Currently reading: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
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