Written By: Felicia Loconte
Recently, I came across an article about popular celebrity book clubs. It instantly piqued my interest because I’m a sucker for anything celebrity. Also, I had no idea that celebrities did average things like read, let alone have book clubs. Much to my surprise, I was wrong. I know, I can’t believe I was wrong either. My husband must be rubbing off on me. Anyways, here are my top three choices based on 1.the highly scientifically chosen data of the number of Instagram followers the book club has and 2. if it gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Reese Witherspoon appears to have one of the more popular book clubs with 1.6 million followers on Instagram. Every month Reese picks a book she loves with a woman at the center of the story. Some of her recent picks have been “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle, “The Jetsetters” by Amanda Eyre Ward, and “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owen. There’s something warm and inviting about Reese Witherspoon that draws me to her book club. Must be that small town, southern charm thing she has going on.
In my opinion, the second most popular celebrity book club belongs to Ms. Oprah Winfrey. To my surprise, Oprah’s book club only has three hundred thirty thousand followers on Instagram. Her book club started back in 1996 on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Some of her previous book recommendations have been “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle and “Hidden Valley Road” by Robert Kolker. Though she has a large following, I don’t feel as emotionally drawn to Oprah’s book club. It doesn’t give me that warm and fuzzy, “get cozy under a blanket and read” kind of feeling.
Lastly, we have Emma Roberts’ book club called Belletrist with two hundred thirty-seven thousand followers on Instagram. Belletrist is all about showcasing new authors and interesting binge-worthy reads. Belletrist has recently provided authors with a virtual platform to discuss their books on Instagram live. One of the most recent books is called “Children of Virtue and Vengeance” by Tomi Adeyemi. I like Emma Roberts as an actress and I like that she tries to showcase new authors. For those two reasons, she is third on my highly scientifically chosen list of popular celebrity book clubs.
If joining a celebrity book club seems a little daunting, why not join CPL’s new online book club discussion on Facebook? We will be discussing “Bird Box” by Josh Malerman on April 30th at 10:00AM. If you miss seeing some of the lovely faces of CPL, you won’t want to miss this! We look forward to seeing you there!