My Picks from Celebrity Book Clubs

my picks from celebrity book clubs

So you want to be a celebrity? First step: start reading like one. Okay, not really, but it couldn’t hurt, right? And, if you would like to read like a celebrity, what better way to see what they’re reading than to join their book club.

Oprah’s Book Club

Oprah’s Book Club is the OG celebrity book club. It started in 1996, and relaunched in 2012 after the end of her talk show. She has recommended a lot of books over the years, some great, some controversial. But all worth checking out. I actually took a contemporary American literature course in college where we discussed the the Oprah effect on books – her picks have a big cultural impact. Here are my favorites (so far):

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I recently read this book and LOVED it. Easily one of my favorite books of all time, and I don’t say that lightly. I never would have guessed a historical fiction novel about a cathedral would affect me as much as it did. Highly recommend.

Becoming by Michelle Obama. This is a great memoir. I love the Obamas, and I loved learning more about Michelle and her life. She’s really inspirational, and I came away from this book feeling like I could do anything.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I love that Oprah includes so many classics in her book club, and this is one of my favorites. Anna Karenina was my introduction to Russian literature, and I think it’s one of my favorite classics. The family dynamics in this book are a 19th century version of some of the contemporary family dramas I’ve read. If you’re looking for a classic to read, I would definitely recommend this one.

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in it’s own way. – Anna Karenina

Also Worth Checking Out

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, Night by Elie Wiesel, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Still on My TBR

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, Ruby by Cynthia Bond, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club – Hello Sunshine

Reese Witherspoon picks such a fun mix of books for her book club. They’re a great mix of serious and fun, and I’d give them about a 50% likelihood of making me cry. I’ve only read two that I didn’t love, but even more that became instant favorites.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I have loved every single Taylor Jenkins Reid book I’ve read so far, and this one is no exception. I loved the characters (even when they’re unlikeable), the setting, and the story. Reese Witherspoon is also currently developing it into a series for Amazon, and I CANNOT WAIT.

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. Historical fiction and Chinese mythology is the perfect combination, as evidenced by this novel. I had a hard time putting this book down, and I’m still thinking about it months later.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This is one of those books that you fall in love with slowly. It’s historical fiction, with a little romance, and a little murder mystery. And it’s such a great novel.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. This was Hello Sunshine’s first pick, and it definitely set the tone for this book club. I read it back when it first came out, and it’s stuck with me ever since. It’s also currently being made into a series with Reese Witherspoon and Keri Washington, and I can’t wait.

Also Worth Checking Out

One Day in December by Josie Silver, Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Still on My TBR

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, This is How it Always is by Laurie Frankel, The Library Book by Susan Orlean, The Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Emma Watson’s Book Club – Our Shared Shelf

You might have already heard of Emma Watson’s feminist book club, and if you haven’t go check it out right now. I’ve been following her book club since it’s inception, and have found so many new favorites. I haven’t read them all, or read them in the month they’re assigned, but I have added quite a few books to my TBR because of Our Shared Shelf, and I love them. They’re the kind of feminist reads that’ll change your outlook on the world, and I think that’s a brilliant idea for a book club.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. This is a graphic memoir about a woman coming of age during the Islamic Revolution. It taught me a lot about how other people live, and what they’ve gone through. I love reading books that expose me to the experiences of others, because I think it makes me a better person.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker. This is diverse historical fiction at it’s finest. I love this book so much. It’s moving and interesting. It’s a classic for a reason, and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

Hunger by Roxane Gay. This is a brilliant memoir about Roxane Gay’s relationship with her body and her sexuality. I don’t think I’ve ever related to a memoir more – it’s still one of the best I’ve read.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. You all probably already know about this one, but it’s still worth mentioning. I think it’s a great look at the Black Lives Matter movement, and a way for young people to really understand the impact of racism in America.

Also Worth Checking Out

Heart Berries by Marie Therese Mailhot, The Power by Naomi Alderman, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Still on My TBR

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, All About Love by bell hooks, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Florence Welch’s Book Club – Between Two Books

I am a huge Florence and the Machine fan, so when I saw Florence Welch started a book club, I was obviously on board. This one is a little more flexible – the seem to just pick books on a whim every so often – but that’s okay with me. And while Florence does choose a lot of the books herself, she does have her friends – like Greta Gerwig – suggest books, too. The book picks are exactly what you’d expect from Florence, and they are fantastic.

Normal People by Sally Rooney. This was a fairly recent read, and I loved it. It really is just about normal people, and it’s brilliant. And also kind of depressing (fair warning).

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is one of those classics that’s just stuck with me for a long time. It’s a story I think about fairly often, and is probably where my love for the 1920s began. I love that it was a book club pick, because I feel like there’s so much to discuss.

Still on My TBR

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Night Film by Marisha Pessl, Just Kids by Patti Smith, Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain,

Emma Roberts’s Book Club – Belletrist

I don’t follow Belletrists – founded by Emma Roberts and Karah Priess – too closely. To be honest, out of the four books I’ve read from their selection, I only liked two, so it’s kind of hit or miss for me. Still, I wanted to include it because they recommend interesting books. Their picks are a big more obscure and controversial, which I think is great for a book club.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. This is one of my favorite books of last year, and I was happy to see it getting the attention it deserves. It’s about four siblings who each learn the date of their death, and have to decide how that will impact their lives.

Also Worth Checking Out

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Still on My TBR

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Marlena by Julie Buntin, My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite


Do you follow any celebrity book clubs? Do you read all of their book picks, or do you pick and choose like I do?

6 thoughts on “My Picks from Celebrity Book Clubs

  1. Anna Karenina is one of my favourite books! I love how detailed the story is and argh I just want to keep rereading it. There are some really good books on this list that I have heard of and read and some that weren’t even on my radar! Definitely saving for a rainy day! Brill post xo

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  2. I’m technically following Reese Witherspoon’s club and Emma Watson’s, but I haven’t really gotten around to reading any of the books yet. Whoops! There are a lot on my list though.

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