Every year, a large number of book clubs start up all over the world. Some are led by big celebrities, while others are linked to magazines, non-fiction, and online clubs. Here’s our pick of the top seven clubs, along with some honorable mentions.
Richard and Judy’s book club
Richard and Judy are two of the UK’s most beloved TV presenters, and their book club has been around for decades.
Fans know they’ve got a winner on their hands when they step into WH Smith and find Richard and Judy’s all-important stamp of approval, and it’s become shorthand for a good read.
This season, they have six books in circulation, and getting involved is as simple as purchasing the book, then visiting their website to share your thoughts and find out theirs.
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Our shared shelf
Emma Watson, known as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, started a trend of leaving books in subways, subways and other public spaces.
It continued and grew into a huge book club, however, in early 2020 Watson announced that its reading board would remain open but “unmoderated”, meaning users can now share their own books and reviews.
However, Watson makes sporadic recommendations via Instagram, using the hashtag #ourssharedshelf, so fans can always get involved by keeping their eyes peeled on her Instagram page.
between two books
Between Two Books is led by Florence + The Machine.
Florence Welch is the main lead, with a few other guests such as Nick Cave and Greta Gerwig, who suggest recommendations as broad as The Great Gatsby at Heartburn.
The book club is currently on a short hiatus after operating for seven years, but promises to return “in a few months”.
Zoelle book club
Zoella, the YouTuber that has become a global phenomenon, has also started a book club, with the latest highly recommended novel Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid.
The book club has primarily featured female writers such as Michelle Obama and Margaret Atwood, but varies the genres included in the lists.
To join the fans, just follow Zoella on Instagram, where the book club link is available.
London-based influencer Juliet Trickey publishes a seasonal playlist via her website, Juliet’s Library.
Previously, her book club saw her recommend books every month, but now fans can see the full list of her recommendations – with mostly female authors included – every season.
To keep up, fans can sign up for Juliet’s updates and comment on her Instagram posts – and even download her Spring Reading checklist to tick off books once they’ve been read.
For those who love celebrity-run book clubs, actress Reese Witherspoon’s Reese’s Book Club focuses on the women at the center of its recommendations.
However, for men who also want good selections, The Book of Man also has a book club, to help, according to the club, the dwindling number of men reading.
Finally, some subscription services for book clubs exist, such as the Willoughby Book Club, which sends packages to subscribers that will suit children, couples, non-fiction and fiction lovers, and even themed selections.