Celebrity book clubs will get you reading
You look to celebrities for workout tips, fashion inspiration and makeup contouring tutorials.
But do you look to them for their favorite books?
Thanks to social media, access to what’s on your favorite stars’ bookshelves is easier than ever.
Here are our favorite celebs to follow:
Emma Watson, ‘Our Shared Shelf’
Sure, you know her best for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies, but more recently, Emma Watson has become known as an advocate for women’s rights.
The British actress was appointed the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, making her famous HeForShe speech. Now, Watson has her very own feminist book club — “Our Shared Shelf,” launched about a year ago.
Every other month, Watson chooses a powerful feminist book. Readers can join on Goodreads, where they can participate in conversations with other virtual readers.
Here are some of Watson’s picks:
“My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem — Watson decided to kick off her book club with this New York Times bestseller, which follows the life of Gloria Steinem, the frontwoman for women’s rights since the ’60s.
From a young age, Steinem’s father would drive her and the family cross country every fall in search of a new adventure. Since then, travel has always been in Steinem’s DNA.
“My Life on the Road” follows Steinem’s journey of travel, social activism and leadership.
Follow along starting with her first experience working as a journalist in India in the ’60s to her founding Ms. Magazine to the 1977 National Women’s Conference.
PRICE: $18 paperback
“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn — New York Times columnist, and two time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas D. Kristof and Pulitzer Prize winner, and former Times journalist Sheryl WuDunn are both known for their social activism work. In “Half the Sky,” husband and wife Kristof and WuDunn shed light on the oppression young girls and women face around the world. Travel with Kristof and WuDunn through Africa and Asia, where you’ll meet struggling women, including a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered traumatic injuries in childbirth.
PRICE: $10 paperback
“Hunger Makes a Modern Girl” by Carrie Brownstein — You may know Carrie Brownstein best as a writer and character on the sketch comedy “Portlandia,” which she helped create with Fred Armisen. But before that, Brownstein is known for her all-female punk-rock band Sleater-Kinney. The band, which grew a following during the underground punk-rock movement, has been called “America’s best rock band” by distinguished music critic Greil Marcus.
Follow her memoir from her days as a young girl growing up in the Pacific Northwest to her becoming one of the main forces behind the riot grrrl movement.
PRICE: $10.84 paperback
Other books include “The Complete Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi, “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker and “All About Love” by Bell Hooks.
Oprah’s Book Club
Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey has been running book clubs for decades, helping to launch and boost authors’ careers. Readers can visit Oprah.com/books to find at least 76 recommended fiction and nonfiction titles. Readers can join her official GoodReads discussions groups or they learn how to create a book club in their own community.
The latest titles featured include:
“Love Warrior” by Glennon Doyle Melton
This memoir by the bestselling author recounts Melton’s journey of self-discovery after the failure of her marriage. Winfrey calls the book “a testament to the power of vulnerability. Through it, Glennon shows us the clearest meaning of ‘To thine own self be true.'”
“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead – Called a “tour de force,” this acclaimed bestseller and winner of the National Book Award tells a fictional account of a young woman’s harrowing escape from the antebellum South.
‘It’s Lit Thursdays,’ Lena Dunham
Writer, actor and producer Lena Dunham recently launched a weekly feminist newsletter titled, “Lenny” with her friend and business partner Jenni Konner.
The weekly newsletter features everything from style, politics, culture, music, art and of course, books.
Every Thursday, Lenny includes a weekly roundup of the team’s current reads.
“It’s Lit Thursdays” features up-and-coming writers, and different themes each week, such as books to be thankful for, books for survival, and books by notable favorite authors.
The reading list includes:
“In the Company of Women” by Grace Bonney — This book profiles more than 100 influential women makers, artists and entrepreneurs. It is full of interviews and advice, like going with your gut, how to maintain meaningful relationships, as well as self-care routines.
PRICE: $19.25 hardcover
“Darling Days’ by iO Tillett Wright — “Darling Days” follows iO Tillett Wright growing up in downtown New York in the 1980s. While born in a girl’s body, it was at the age of 6 that Wright announced he was a boy.
This story follows Wright, who was raised by a single mother in downtown New York surrounded by poverty, punk, art and drugs.
PRICE: $18.90 hardcover
Other Lenny recommendations include “Ghostgirl” by Tonya Hurley, “What Lips My Lips Have Kissed: The Loves and Love Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay” by Daniel Mark Epstein, and “Wife” by Tiphanie Yanique. Visit lennyletter.com for more reads.
#RWBookClub, Reese Witherspoon
Actress Reese Witherspoon has taken to Instagram to share her favorite books.
The star uses the #RWbookclub so fans can follow along and see what titles she’s reading. Her favorite titles include:
“Second Life” by S.J. Watson — This psychological thriller follows the story of Julia, a woman who has a secret identity that may destroy her.
After Julia’s sister has been murdered, she sets out to find out why. Her journey evolves into an exploration of her darkest desires, which threaten her marriage, family and life.
PRICE: $9.40 paperback
“Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll — If you’ve already read “Gone Girl” and “The Girl on the Train,” and even seen all the movies, don’t fret. “Luckiest Girl Alive” is a pager turner to help you get your thriller fix.
The novel follows Ani FaNelli, who experienced a humiliating experience as a teenager. Determined to make it up, FaNelli is now a successful and wealthy young woman with a fiance to be.
A dark secret from the past, however, threatens to take everything away.
PRICE: $9.51 paperback
Other titles include “Truly Madly Guilty” by Liane Moriarty, “Adulting” by Kelly Williams Brown and “The Girls” by Emma Cline. Follow Witherspoon on Instagram @reesewitherspoon.
If you’re looking for more book recommendations from your favorite celebrities, there are plenty sharing their reads on social media. Be sure to check out these celebrities online:
Emma Roberts, @emmaroberts — Roberts is a voracious reader, constantly posting new reads nearly every week. Her recommendations include “Pond” by Claire Louise Bennet, “Cities I’ve Never Lives In” by Sara Majka, and “Men Explain Things to Me” by Rebecca Solnit.
Florence Welch, @BetweenTwoBooks — Florence Welch, the singer of Florence and the Machine, did not mean to start a book club. It all started with a tweet. In July 2012, she tweeted a photo of her in front of Portland, Oregon’s bookstore Powell’s. A fan later tweeted at Welch, suggesting she start a book club.