June 26, 2022

Read on: The best Instagram book clubs to follow | London Evening Standard

One of the best parts of reading a good book is discussing its contents, the good and the bad, with like-minded literature lovers.

While in-person book clubs are currently banned (unless you force your household to read the same novel), there’s a cozy pocket of Instagram where digital book clubs abound.

From reigning book club queen Reese Witherspoon, to a group founded by the ever ethereal Florence Welch and a non-fiction-only club, we break down the best Instagram book club communities below.

The Hyphen—Book Club

From writer and podcaster Emma Gannon, The Hyphen—Book Club is a play on Gannon’s hugely popular business book, The multi-hyphen method. Brand new (it was launched this week), the club’s first choice is Be 40 years old (approximately)a compilation of essays edited by Lindsey Mead.


between two books

Music darling Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine), launched her online book club in 2012 and has been recommending books and hosting discussions with authors ever since. To help during this time of isolation, Between Two Books recommends one book a day this week as well as Q&As for authors.


Poppy loves book club

Founded by popular London influencer @poppy_loves_london, her book club dubbed Poppy Loves features a new read every month and features regular author interviews. While the books are recommended on Instagram, it’s the 5,000-strong Facebook group where the thought-provoking discussions take place.


rebel book club

Strictly non-fiction, Rebel Book Club started in Bali in 2015 and expanded to London soon after. Now a global community, it recommends thought-provoking non-fiction reads each month based on recommendations, trends, and member picks to sate curiosity. The current reading is new power by Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans.


Reese’s Book Club

Reigning Instagram book club queen Reese Witherspoon started her community in 2017 and now has 1.5 million followers. The actress’ affection for books is no secret – she was the one who brought Liane Moriarty to big little lies and Celeste Ng Small fires everywhere on the small screen.


Books to stay sane

Run by three Australian friends and journalists, Books To Keep You Sane was a book club for the times. Started in response to this time of isolation, the trio will recommend books, write smart reviews and hold open discussions about their favorite reads.


London Lounge

A space for thinkers, Salon London is launching its series of live book clubs with author talks in April. Although not strictly an Instagram book club, live Q&A with the authors will be available on his site for £5 or if you buy the author’s book through Salon London. The first event is with Adults author Emma Jane Unsworth on April 19, followed by Hallie Rubenhold on April 26 and Robert E Smith on May 3.