There are so many reasons to join a book club. One, it’s a great way to be introduced to new books, some of which you may not have read otherwise. Book clubs also give you the opportunity to meet new people who share your passion for reading. For these reasons and more, book clubs have become a big deal today. They are trending to such an extent that even celebrated personalities have joined the bandwagon by starting their own book clubs.
10 Popular Online and Offline Book Clubs
Because of book clubs, more people have turned to reading as a hobby, even making it a part of their daily routine. But with the abundance of book clubs online and offline, it may be difficult to choose which book club would suit you best. Fortunately, ChatEbooks lists down some of the most popular ones you should check out.
Oprah’s Book Club 2.0
One of the most popular celebrity book clubs of all time is Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 (in partnership with Oprah Winfrey Network and O: The Oprah Magazine). Oprah’s 2.0 book club is the re-launch of the original Oprah’s Book Club which officially ended its 15-year run along with The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011. The book club incorporates the use of social media (Facebook and Twitter) in group discussions and other digital communication.
Oprah dominates in every field she explores and books are not different. Millions of readers across the world still hang on Oprah’s every word, waiting to find out about her next pick so that they can devour it and discuss it with other Oprah fans.
BBC World Book Club
BBC World Book Club aims to bring the broadcasting service’s listeners together within a space where they can discuss some of the most critically acclaimed books from the past and the present. The book club invites authors onto their platform and allows listeners and audience members to question them on the different aspects of their books.
Goodreads is one of the biggest sources of literary opinions and reviews on the internet. It is also one massive book club, bringing together a litany of other smaller book clubs held within its confines. The website invites readers to congregate under its umbrella and read.
Women’s Lives Club
Founded by reporter Rachel Syme, Women’s Lives Club is one of the more popular book clubs with a global following. While readers separated by geographical barriers can participate in club activities via a Google Group, there are members who actually meet in person. The book club seeks to empower and inspire women globally.
Reese Witherspoon is another celebrity making waves in the literary arena. RWBookClub engages readers who love literary fiction and want to keep up with popular book trends. It should be noted though – RWBookClub is more of a suggested reading list than a formal book club. Witherspoon frequently posts reading suggestions via her Twitter account. Readers, in turn, share their opinions and start discussions about her book selections.
Our Shared Shelf
Established by Emma Watson in January 2016, Our Shared Shelf is a massively popular feminist book club with a huge following. Driven to pursue feminist literature as part of her work with UN Women, the book club has popular members, including celebrities Lena Dunham and Sophia Bush.
The Random Book Club
This is a unique and highly creative book club. Based in Scotland, the book club’s administrators send you a surprise hand-picked book from a second-hand shop in the country every month. You are then given the opportunity to discover something completely new that you might never have picked up for yourself.
A Year of Books
This is probably the biggest book club in the world. Started by Mark Zuckerberg in 2015, the Facebook-driven book club has an estimated 30 million followers. These followers look forward to consuming and discussing literary material personally chosen by Zuckerberg.
The Speed Dating Book Club
More of a movement than a formal book club, the event is designed to help individuals bond romantically over their love of books. The Speed Dating Book Club is gaining momentum in London and the US.
The Graphic Novel Book Club
While it isn’t unheard of for book clubs to form around the love of comics and graphic novels, this is one of the most popular book clubs out there celebrating comics. Members meet in Los Angeles every month to sing the praises of authors like Neil Gaiman and Dan Clowes.
There has never been a better time to join a book club. Book clubs have become a popular entertainment medium and are trending among many social circle gatherings both online and offline. There are so many of them to choose from that you are sure to find one that appeals to your particular tastes.