If you’re getting a little crazy and can’t wait to join a book club, now’s the perfect time to do it — virtually. And there are more options than popular Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Jenna Bush Hager. There are a host of book clubs, podcasts and online communities that cater to specific reader interests and provide a much-needed sense of community and debate – perfect for self-isolating bibliophiles who can no longer meet online. someone to discuss their last reading. .
We’ve rounded up a few types of virtual clubs that might pique your interest and introduce you to the world (at least online). We’ve stuck with book clubs that don’t have a subscription fee, so the only cost to you is the book. Unless, of course, you can access the book for free.
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Be social on social media
Instagram is popular with many famous book lovers, including actress Emma Roberts and her book club, Belletrist. There is an official website for the book club, but Instagram is Roberts’ go-to space. Some non-famous Instagram clubs include PureWow’s Book Club and Salt Water Reads.
Facebook is full of reading groups and literary discussions. Just search the site hundreds will appear. Monthly Book Club, Lost in a Good Book, and Women Reading Great Books are just a few of the biggest reading groups on Facebook.
Twitter is a bit different from Facebook and Instagram: it’s more like browsing a bookstore. Instead of wandering the aisles, simply search for books by title. If you just want to browse and get ideas, try commonly used hashtags such as #Reading Club, #read, #fridayreadings and #booklovers. You won’t be short of recommendations and reviews.
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Be interactive with online groups
Two popular online book groups are Goodreads and The Reddit Book Club. The sites ask to create an account to participate, but the discussions are often more detailed than those on social networks.
On Goodreads, the most notable group is probably Our Shared Shelf, originally founded by actress Emma Watson. Currently, it is no longer moderated, but hundreds of other active groups include Librarians Group, Addicted to YA, and The Perks of Being a Book Addict.
At Reddit Book Club, a book is chosen each month and several posts appear throughout the month discussing the book, divided into parts, often chapters. Recent books discussed include Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Emma Donoghue’s Room.
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Participate in book clubs with podcasts
Andrew Luck Book Club is hosted by the former NFL quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts about once a month. Online, Luck publishes two books for discussion, one for young readers and one for more experienced readers. Many selections are accompanied by a podcast interview with the author of the book.
Black Chick Lit is a bi-monthly podcast that discusses books by and about black women. In addition to the podcast is a twitter account. Chats are hosted between book discussion episodes. Previous books discussed include “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith.
Not Your Mom’s Romance Book Club is a weekly podcast about (you guessed it) romances with Ellen and (you guessed it again) her mother. There is an extensive social media presence behind the podcast with groups on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.