From Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf to Emma Roberts’ Belletrist, celebrity book clubs are blowing up—and for good reason. Much more than just vanity projects, these Instagram-dominating book clubs are thoughtfully curated and presented well, giving fans and readers the opportunity to share and discuss books from a very diverse range of authors.
It’s exciting for fans to see what their favorite celebs are reading and encouraging others to read, but if you’re up to date on current picks or looking for additional titles to supplement your reading list, take a look at these titles that we think you’ll love, based on your favorite celebrity book club. Who knows—you may just see one of these as a future celebrity book club selection.
If you belong to Reese Witherspoon’s Reese’s Book Club, you’ll know that Reese likes fiction and non-fiction featuring strong and independent female characters, and she’s not afraid of story lines that can be a little dark around the edges.
So we think you (and Reese) will love The Last Hours by Minette Walters, the tale of Lady Anne of Develish, who refuses to cave to religious hysteria brought on by the advance of the Black Death in 1348, instead cloistering the serfs that work her land inside her property, then sealing it off from everybody else—including her husband. As they wait out the worst of the plague, food stores and morale run low, leaving everybody wondering on which side of the moat their best chances for survival remain.
Are you one of the more than 200,000 members of Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf book club on Goodreads? If you are, then you know that this community was founded on, and continues to support, global feminist writers that create a pretty good amount of buzz.
Linda Dahl’s memoir Tooth and Nail would sit very comfortably among the other books on Our Shared Shelf. Dahl’s story tells of how she became one of the only female doctors to administer ringside assistance to boxers in New York State. Fascinating and empowering, this memoir sits at the intersection of sports, medicine and feminism, giving readers a front-row seat to the sometimes brutal world inside and outside of the ring—especially for a woman trying to earn the respect of an industry that sees few in positions of power.
Supported by an engaging Instagram feed and online community, Emma Roberts’ Belletrist features edgy titles celebrating female authors that break boundaries yet have the power to connect readers. Esi Edugyen’s upcoming Washington Black would fit perfectly in Robert’s TBR pile, so if you’re a fan of Belletrist, check it out. The wild tale begins on sugar plantation in 1830s Barbados, where the brother of a vicious master escapes with Wash, a house slave and the two embark on a journey that takes them all over the world, working together on fantastic inventions, seeking physical and intellectual freedom from the unjust norms of the day.
Are you a fan of celebrity book clubs? Let us know what you think their next pick should be!