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12 Online Book Clubs to Join Now
This post is an extension of another post I wrote about connecting with other readers online. While I briefly mentioned online book clubs in that post, I wanted to delve into more detail and feature 12 online book clubs you can join now. That’s right. You can join book clubs online from the comfort of your home!
Whether you’re stuck at home due to a sickness, a surgery, a new baby, or a mixed bag of reasons, you’re probably missing the interaction with people you love, including your book club. But, don’t fret, there are many ways to connect with other book lovers online, including Online Book Clubs!
Book clubs are everywhere these days. It seems that almost every celebrity is creating a book club. So, good news, your passion for books is very vogue right now. And, better news, because it is, there are a plethora of virtual options to keep you connected with other readers online when you’re unable to meet in person.
What I’ll be sharing about first are more “curated” book clubs. Meaning, you’ll get alot of professionally tailored extras (think interviews, histories, and even recipes), but you have no, or little, say in the book choice. Most conversations take place elsewhere on social media platforms, which is okay, but may not be your forte. Still, reading the same book as others and having the ability to connect via social media gives you the opportunity to interact with other readers when face-to-face meetings aren’t possible.
Then, I’ll share about some of the most popular Goodreads Groups, which are essentially online book clubs set up within Goodreads. If you don’t have a Goodreads account, I encourage you to create one. It’s absolutely free and, in addition to connecting with readers, you have the ability to keep track of your read books, your to-be-reads, and your personal ratings and thoughts on each book. It’s a great resource for readers!
Online Book Clubs
If you aren’t aware, there a lots of online book clubs floating around on the world wide web. Some good. Some bad. Some blah. Here are a few highly rated book clubs who always make excellent monthly picks. These are the “curated” book clubs I mentioned above. While you don’t get a say in the book of the month, you do get other extras that make the trade-off sweet. Click on the links below to visit the associated book club’s website and sign up for their newsletter so you can always be connect or follow them on Instagram and Facebook for the ultimate social experience.
Belletrist – This online book club is run by Karah Preiss and Emma Roberts. These ladies choose a book of the month and they also feature a beloved independent book store each month. They are active on Instagram and Facebook where readers can connect and converse about their book choices.
Oprah’s Book Club – The book club that may have started it all. We’ve all heard about this one. You can connect with her other readers on the associated Instagram account. There is also a Goodreads group that claims to be the official discussion group, but the discussions are often slammed with spammers who just want to tell you about their own publication. Still, Oprah usually picks character-driven reads that are worth reading.
Silent Book Club – The Silent Book Club was formed in 2012 with the intent of uniting introverts who loved discussing the book but wanted to skip the wine and cheese chit-chat that’s normal with book clubs. Since then, it’s grown exponentially. If that sounds like a winner to you, check them out at their website or find them on Instagram and Facebook.
Andrew Luck Book Club – That’s right. The NFL quarterback is an avid reader and, after some jesting, decided to start an actual book club. The book club which is active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, chooses two picks a month. One pick for the “Rookies” (aka younger readers) and one pick for the “Veterans” (aka adults). And, don’t think Andrew Luck doesn’t know his books. His list includes everything from Turtles All the Way Down to Hillbilly Elegy to Pulitzer Prize Winners. He’s also got a podcast where he talks about his picks!
Hello Sunshine – Reese Witherspoon’s book club has been making waves and picking winners the last several years. Some of her big picks include Where the Crawdads Sing, Little Fires Everywhere, The Alice Network and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. You can connect with other readers in the book club on Goodreads, Facebook, and Instagram.
Online Book Clubs with a Fee
The Rumpus Book Club – If you love literary fiction and become an absolute fan girl at book signings of your literary heroes, consider joining The Rumpus Book Club. The caveat–there is a $30 monthly fee. However, that fee gets you a yet-to-be-released title, a discussion of the book for the month you’re reading, AND an exclusive moderated discussion with the author of the book. Sound like your thing? Check it out!
Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club – This book club also has a fee. For $12 a month, you get access to private forums, video chats with special guests (think authors), classes, and book related debates. Although it doesn’t include the cost of the featured book, the extras she offers seem more than worth the price and you can cancel anytime if you don’t agree.
Book of the Month Club – This is probably one of the most well-known online book clubs that bridges the gap between an online book club and a book box subscription service. This actually started almost a century ago and has now become a favorite of book bloggers and reviewers. They featured 5 books a month you can choose from and, while there’s no direct discussion board, you can find thousands of readers on their Instagram account or by searching for the #bookofthemonth hashtag.
Goodreads Online Book Clubs
As I mentioned in my post about connecting to other readers online, Goodreads is a great place to find online book clubs that are free and allow you to have a voice. To see instructions on how to find ALL the groups on Goodreads, check out the aforementioned post.
Here are a few of the most popular Goodreads Book Clubs you should definitely consider:
Our Shared Shelf – Perhaps the most well known Goodreads Book Club. It was started by Emma Watson as part of her work with UN Women. Although she’s no longer running the group, it’s still very active.
The History Book Club – This book club has members from over 170 countries around the world. They love historical books–fiction, non-fiction, autobiographies, you name it. If you do, too, then check it out!
The Catch-Up Book Club (aka EVERYONE Has Read This but Me) – There are too many books to read. That’s the plain and wonderful truth. But, if you’ve always wanted to “catch up” on the books people constantly reference, this book club is a great one. They feature everything from classics to recently released hot titles as their monthly picks.
There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of groups on Goodreads. Check out my post on how to filter through them for your interests. Always be sure to check the discussion area on any group to see when the last time there was an active user (a date and time will be displayed), so that you don’t waste your time on a defunct group. As you filter through the lists of groups, you’ll be amazed at how many like-minded readers are out there on the world wide web.
Just because you’re unable to meet with other readers in person for a while doesn’t mean that you can’t meet with them online. You might even find that you love the freedom and 24/7 accessibility of online book clubs more than you imagined. While it’s always difficult to face a change in life, no matter the reason, I hope this article has encouraged you that you aren’t alone. There are so many ways to connect with other people who love to read and discuss good books! So, get out there and find the right outlet for you!
Have you joined an Online Book Club? What was your experience? Let me know about other Online Book Clubs you love!
Until next time, Happy Reading!
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