Founded by actress Emma Roberts, along with her friend Karah Preiss, Belletrist encourages members to ‘discover, read and celebrate a new book every month’, as chosen by the duo. Titles range from light and entertaining to sophisticated literature, and the club also has a blog featuring its very own range of merchandise and interviews with various authors.
Recent reads: Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard; The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion; We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Florence Welch, better known as superstar singer Florence + the Machine, started this group on Facebook back in 2012, but it has since made its way to Instagram. Each few weeks a new book is added to the pile, chosen by Welch or one of her famous friends from the music world (such as The Maccabees), and anyone who wants to join in the big read – and discussion after – can do so.
Recent reads: On Boxing by Joyce Carol-Oates; Against Empathy by Paula Bloom; Just Kids by Patti Smith
Like the Poppy Loves Book Club, Ladies Lit Club also holds real-life member meet-ups at Shoreditch’s exclusive Curtain Hotel, alongside its fast-growing Instagram account. For those who can’t be there, it’s well worth checking out for some brilliant all-female literature recommendations (we’ve got to give Founder Sheree Milli some serious props for re-introducing classic 80s body rippers to a new generation of women).
Recent reads: Circe by Madeline Miller; Riders by Jilly Cooper; The Pisces by Melissa Broder
Created by one of the UK’s top influcencers, Poppy Loves London, this is an online and local book club in one (if you live in the capital, that is). The lifestyle blogger chooses a new book each month for fans worldwide to read, then invites those within reach to a real-life meet up to discuss it along with the author. Online, members can come together on Instagram and Facebook to share their views too.
Recent reads: The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse; From Darkest Skies by Sam Peters; Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
An Instagram book club from yet another famous Emma (this time it's actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson), Our Shared Shelf aims to encourage and inspire women to share their intersectional feminist wisdom by discussing a new book each month. Expect lively debate, passionate conversation, intellectual curiosity and involvement from the authors themselves.
Recent reads: Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay; Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge; The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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