Are you looking for your next literary obsession? Opt for a contemporary approach with Vogue’s shortlist of the best celebrity book clubs on Instagram. Curated by actresses, musicians and activists, they propose a new title a month and ask the followers to read it and discuss it together. Whether you are passionate about novels, poetry or lyrical prose, here are five accounts that will inspire your autumn readings.
1. Kaia Gerber (@kaiagerber)
The supermodel and daughter of the iconic Cindy Crawford it is the last celebrity to enter the reality of social book clubs. The idea of Kaia Gerber was born in a historical moment, in which theinternational emergency of Coronavirus forcing millions of people to stay indoors to avoid contagion. The desire to develop a community based on dialogue and communication is therefore more important than ever: “I know we all feel very isolated right now, so I started thinking about what I can do to stay connected. So, I decided to start a book club.”says Kaia on Instagram. Atypical compared to that of the other reading celebrities, Kaia’s club will take place directly on his profile, without referring to an external page. With over 5 million followers, the model will propose the various readings of the month in her stories, associating them with debate live sessions in which she will confront not only with the public but also with important guests. The book chosen to inaugurate the project? Ordinary people (Normal People in the original version) of Sally Rooney, published in Italy by Einaudi.
2. Emma Watson (@oursharedshelf)
In 2016, Emma Watson ended up on the front pages for disseminating novels in the subways of London and New York. Purpose? Give good books to strangers. The headlines included Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou, and the autobiography of Gloria Steinem My Life on the Road, both chosen by his book club Our Shared Shelf, launched on Goodreads a few months earlier. It has since become a movement of 225,629 members and 418,000 followers debating equality issues, activism and social responsibility on Instragram. We would not have expected less from a UN Woman ambassador who made herself known thanks to the role of Hermione Granger.
3. Florence Welch (@betweentwobooks)
The meeting via social network with a fan is at the origin of the Florence Welch literary community. In 2012 the Irish teenager Leah Moloney suggested with a tweet to the front woman of Florence + the Machine to create a book club, and she accepted. The two founded Bbetween Two Books, an eclectic Instagram account whose advice goes from Mira Gonzales’ poems to Leslie Jamison’s essays to Yrsa Daley-Ward’s biography The Terrible. Even if it is Moloney who updates the contents, Welch is the reference figure, he advertises him in his live shows and has interesting chats with the authors. Last year the singer released her first book, Useless Magic, an illustrated collection of song lyrics and poetry.
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4. Reese Witherspoon (@reesesbookclub)
Do you want to know first of all the bestsellers that will soon be adapted into Hollywood hits? Join the followers (more than a million) who flock to the book club of the same name Reese Witherspoon focused on contemporary women’s literature. Witherspoon has a knack for finding headlines before they skyrocket (it is known how she secured the rights of Lying love – Gone Girl first of all) and his production company Hello Sunshine since 2015 has optioned many of his monthly choices. Upcoming projects include a TV series based on Many small fires by Celeste Ng and a large screen version of Eleanor Oliphant is doing very well by Gail Honeyman.
Reese Witherspoon @reesesbookclub Instagram
5. Emma Roberts (@belletrist)
Writer interviews, in-depth discussions and accurate reading lists are on the agenda in Emma Roberts’ online book club, belletrist. The star of Scream Queens he created it in 2017 together with his friend Karah Preiss, with the idea of building a community around their passion for authors such as Joan Didion and Ariel Levy. His choices include new titles (My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite) and old passions (Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz), as well as advice from friends Nicole Richie and Busy Phillips. In addition, each book is paired with an independent bookshop of the month, with the aim of promoting the best places in the United States where to buy a copy, obviously with a discount offered by Belletrist.
Emma Roberts @belletrist Instagram
6. Oprah Winfrey (@oprah)
Still the most important bibliophile celebrity, Oprah Winfrey created her book club in 1996 as part of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Over the next 15 years, the producer and philanthropist chose 70 titles for her avid audience, from Solomon’s song by Tony Morrison a The heart is a lone hunter by Carson McCullers e A million small pieces by James Frey, many of whom then ascended to the top of the international rankings. In 2012 the club was relaunched, thanks in particular to social networks, and continued to support women writers of color, including Imbolo Mbue and Tavari Jones. The updates are posted on Winfrey’s Instagram page and a video version of the club is expected shortly on Apple TV.
Oprah Winfrey @oprah Instagram