#WotNReadingChallenge: A Book From a Celebrity Book Club
Every January, people all around the world decide to make resolutions. It seems like most of the time, those resolutions fall by the wayside. This year, start your decade by following a celebrity book club with the #WotNReadingChallenge. It may not be the most virtuous item you could come up with, but it is easy. Start with easy resolutions and work up to harder ones.
Start With These Book Clubs for Your #WotNReadingChallenge Prompt
Andrew Luck Book Club
Andrew Luck recently retired from American football. He actually leads two book clubs: Veteran (for adults) and Rookie (for kids). It’s all rather adorable.
Recommendation: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
This is the unbelievable true story of the rise and fall of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes. If you missed this news story in the past decade, pick up this book by the guy who broke it.
Sarah Jessica Parker as Honorary ALA Chair
Sarah Jessica Parker was the honorary celebrity chair of the American Library Association’s Book Club Central program from 2017-19. She also has an imprint with Hogarth Press now.
Recommendation: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
In an unnamed country, everything has gone wrong. Doors start appearing in the air, letting people into other countries. However, even those movements are restricted. A moving allegory for the refugee crisis.
Jenna Bush Hager is one of the Today Show hosts. Every month, she picks a book and invites America to read it. Towards the end of the month, she invites the author on the show.
Recommendation: Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Evvie Drake planned to leave her husband, but an accident widowed her before she could. Now, she lives in a big empty house in small-town Maine. Dean is a NYY pitcher who can’t pitch anymore. He needs someplace to live while the media attention dies down. Maybe they can help each other out.
Between Two Books
This is Florence Welch’s (Florence + the Machine) book club. The book club is fan-run but it gets its recommendations from Florence and other notables. It’s currently on a bit of a break, but the backlist is still available.
Recommendation: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
In this often overlooked classic, Janie Crawford explains her life trying to be her own person. More about the journey than the destination.
Noname is a Chicago-based rapper. Her book club intends to uplift the works of authors of color. Additionally, her book club works with local bookstores to host free in-person discussion groups. Noname’s book club is also planning to raise funds through subscriptions to send the book club picks to prisoners.
Recommendation: We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby
In this hilarious essay collection, Irby ruminates on everything from budgeting to The Bachelorette. Very funny, but you might want to be careful about giving this book to people who are sensitive about “vulgarity.”
YA superstar John Green and Rosianna Halse Rojas created this book club in 2018. They pick books every six weeks. If you’re so inclined, you can get the books through a subscription service (that donates to organizations supporting maternal health care in Sierra Leone). You could also pick up this book at your local library and join the club on Discord.
Recommendation: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
If you’re the kind of person inclined to read this site, and you haven’t read this book yet, I implore you to drop everything and find it. As the oldest daughter, Sophie Hatter believes that she is destined to fail any adventures, so she stays in her family’s hat shop. Unfortunately, a visitor to her shop pushes her towards the great wide world. Adapted to film by Hayao Miyazaki.
Actress Emma Roberts and her friend Karah Preiss created this book club to celebrate books and independent bookstores. Even though their website could stand to be more up-to-date, you can find Belletrist on Instagram.
Recommendation: The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
Will and Phoebe meet at an elite university. At first, they are drawn together; then Phoebe is drawn to a cult. Their worlds fall apart from there.
Our Shared Shelf
This is Emma Watson’s (obviously most known for playing Hermione) book club. It chooses books from an inclusive feminist perspective. If you want to join, you could sign up on Goodreads.
Recommendation: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
This book tells a generational history of a family that immigrates from Korea to Japan in the 20th century. It was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Reese’s Book Club
Reese Witherspoon’s book club chooses one book that centers on a woman each month. These are primarily fiction books, but there are some nonfiction books sprinkled in. Sometimes, the book Witherspoon picks is destined for adaptation by her production company.
Recommendation: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl move into the placid community of Shaker Heights. Their neighbors are the rule-following Richardson family with fierce matriarch Elena. Soon after the Warrens’ arrival, the community takes sides in a tragic adoption drama. This is being adapted for television at Hulu.
Oprah’s Book Club
Last but certainly not least, we have Oprah’s Book Club. The first iteration of this book club occurred when Oprah had her daily talk show. Even though that’s no longer the case, she adds new books to her now-online book club when she feels that they’re especially notable.
Recommendation: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad is an alternate history where the eponymous railroad was literal instead of figurative: black people escape from slavery on a train network rather than just through a people network. However, this does not make the experience of those slaves less harrowing, nor their “owners” less determined to get them back.
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