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10 Online Book Clubs To Join This Winter

By Annalise Bolt
17th Jun 2017

Just putting it out there—book clubs are officially cool. And no, we don’t mean discussing Wuthering Heights with a group of middle-aged mums over egg sandwiches. You’ll be pleased to know you won’t even have to put on pants or leave the comforting confines of your bed, for these clubs. Whether you want to delve into an easy page-turner or are keen to expand you mind with a more challenging read, these book clubs have got you covered for both books and great post-read convos. Our only issue is that there aren’t enough hours in the day to join all 10.  

#1 Our Shared Shelf

Emma Watson can do no wrong and her feminist book club Our Shared Shelf is no exception. Channel your inner Hermione and read a different book every month. As if the club wasn’t cute enough, the actress spread the love for one of her fave books by hiding 100 copies of Maya Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom on the London Tube. Books include The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

#2 Between Two Books

If you thought your last Netflix binge was bad, wait until you start working your way through these page-turners. Between Two Books started when one clever Florence + The Machine fan tweeted Florence Welch and asked her to start a book club. The singer picks a range of popular fiction and new releases to discuss with other readers on Facebook. Books include Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer and Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.

#3 Wired

If you like to get swept away in sci-fi or fantasy, these books will take you deep into the unknown. Most of the books featured are part of a series, so you’ll never run out of reading material. Wired discusses sections of books each week and at the end interviews the author. Books include Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang and Binti by Nnedi Okorafor.

#4 Women’s Lives Club

The Women's Lives Club will leave you seriously inspired as you delve into the real and incredible stories of different women each month. Writer Rachel Syme started the Google Group after many late nights reading little-known stories of women on Wikipedia and wanted to bring attention to female biographies written by female authors. To get reading, request to join the Google Group and tweet/gram with #wlclub. Books include The Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt and The Silent Woman by Janet Malcolm.

#5 Belletrist

Take one look at Emma Robert’s Instagram and you’ll be rushing to the bookstore. The actress (alongside her bestie Karah Preiss) picks her favourite reads and often interviews the authors. Books in the Belletrist online book club include Marlena by Julie Buntin and South and West by Joan Didion.

#6 Kim Kardashian’s Book Club

She may not strike you as a bookworm but Kim Kardashian has started her own online book club. And no, Selfish (her book of more than 400 selfies) has not made the list. The star has been tweeting, snapping and gramming some of her fave reads. So far, it’s been an odd mix—one book tells the story of a spiritual near-death experience, and another gives advice on financial management. Go figure. Books include Embraced by the Light by Betty J. Eadie and Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins.

#7 The Wizarding World Book Club

Attention all Potterheads (AKA everyone)—JK Rowling has answered your prayers and will be continuing the magic of Harry Potter with her very own The Wizarding World Book Club. Go on, give the series a re-read and take part in weekly discussions that focus on different themes in the books. Books include arguably the best series of all time.

#8 Oprah’s Book Club 2.0

Join this one with your mum. The show may be long over, but the popular Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 is still running. Readers discuss all kinds of fiction and non-fiction books. Books include Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

#9 Vogue Book Club

If for you, being literary means leafing through a magazine, then challenge yourself to give this club a go. Each month the team at Vogue Australia choose a new book, release a podcast and discuss with #VogueBookClub. Books in the Vouge Book Club include The Cows by Dawn O’Porter and The Scent of You by Maggie Alderson.

#10 RW Book Club

Another celebrity… another book club (see, we told you book clubs were cool) and this time it’s Reese Witherspoon. And trust us, she knows how to pick a good book. With her production company, Pacific Standard, she was responsible for transforming our fave read Gone Girl into a film and also Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies into a TV series. Books in the RW Book Club include The Wonder by Emma Donoghue and The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.

 If you're all book clubbed out, listen to one of these podcasts.   

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