Celebrity Book Clubs are all the rage right now. Many readers are looking to them for book recommendations and you can’t miss them if you follow #bookstagram on Instagram.
Though you may love certain celebrities on TV or the big screen or through their music, does that mean your reading taste lines up with theirs? Should you be listening to their book recommendations?
That’s exactly what we’re going to figure out here.
I analyzed every Book Club selection from the major Celebrity Book Clubs since each one’s inception and created The Ultimate Guide to Celebrity Book Clubs. In this post, I’ve summarized the general reading taste of each Celebrity Book Club, so you can find the ones that best match your personal taste. AND…I’ve included a free spreadsheet to help you find your Go-To and No-Go Celebrity Book Clubs using actual data analysis (don’t worry, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you). I have to tell you that my Go-To Celebrity Book Clubs weren’t in the category I expected!
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The Ultimate Guide to Celebrity Book Clubs
Every month, Reese chooses a story she loves and announces it as her pick. It’s all about #loveofstory.
- Mostly popular fiction.
- Occasional “life improvement” nonfiction.
- Many books you’ve probably heard of.
- Picks I Liked: You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories (my review), This is the Story of a Happy Marriage (my review), The Rules of Magic, Little Fires Everywhere (my review)
- Pick that Didn’t Work for Me: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (my review)
- Mostly popular literary fiction (more literary than Reese Witherspoon, but still fairly well known literary fiction).
- An occasional thriller.
- Members of her Facebook Group get to vote on each monthly book club selection.
- Picks I Liked: An American Marriage (my review), Beartown (my review), Little Fires Everywhere (my review), The Female Persuasion (my review)
- Picks that Didn’t Work for Me: The Immortalists (my review), The Great Alone
Serious Literary Fiction
- Mostly serious literary fiction.
- An occasional memoir.
- Highlights African American authors and topics.
- Some classics in the book club’s earlier days.
- Picks I Liked: An American Marriage (my review), Wild, The Pillars of the Earth
High-quality works of fiction by both established writers and distinctive emerging voice with critical and commercial promise.
- Serious literary fiction.
- Occasional nonfiction.
- Occasional popular fiction.
- SJP runs her book club as the Honorary Book Club Central Chair of the American Library Association’s Book Club Central. She now has her own imprint with Hogarth. The imprint’s first book, A Place for Us, came out in June.
- Picks I Liked: The Girl Who Smiled Beads (my review), Commonwealth (my review), Rules of Civility, The Mothers (my review)
- Pick that Didn’t Work for Me: Exit West, Woman No. 17 (my review), A Gentleman in Moscow (my review)
Belletrist celebrates great books and the people who read them.
- Mostly relatively popular literary fiction (but not “popular fiction” like Reese).
- Occasional short stories.
- Occasional memoirs.
- Every month, Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss choose a different book and a favorite independent bookstore.
- Picks I Liked: The Rules Do Not Apply (my review), An American Marriage (my review), Laura & Emma (my review)
- Pick that Didn’t Work for Me: Marlena, Stay With Me, The Immortalists (my review)
“Issue” Book Clubs
As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading as many books and essays about equality as I can get my hands on.
- A feminist book club.
- Diverse books focusing on women, their struggles, and empowerment.
- Meetings take place in the Our Shared Shelf Goodreads Group.
- Picks I Liked: The Handmaid’s Tale, The Hate U Give
- “Issue” books…feminism, politics.
- Mostly serious literary fiction.
- Occasional memoir.
- Now has a Random House publishing deal.
- Picks I Liked: Goodbye, Vitamin (my review), The Hate U Give
- Picks that Didn’t Work for Me: Exit West, The Leavers
The mission of the Andrew Luck Book Club is to build a team of readers of all levels.
- A healthy mix of serious literary fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, mystery, YA, and Sci-Fi.
- Every month, Andrew picks a “Rookie” choice for young readers and a “Veterans” pick for adult readers.
- Picks I Liked: Hillbilly Elegy (my review), When Breath Becomes Air, The Martian (my review), The Boys in the Boat (my review)
- Picks that Didn’t Work for Me: The Orphan Master’s Son (my review), A Gentleman in Moscow (my review)
A book club dedicated to Florence Welch’s love of reading, the club are given a read recommendation every few months by Florence or one of her friends, and anyone who wants to join in on the big read can do so. Afterwards, everyone gets together for a discussion about the book.
- A healthy mix of classics, contemporary literary fiction, contemporary memoirs, and poetry.
- Chooses a lot of lessor known books and books from indie publishers.
- Picks I Liked: The Great Gatsby, The Marriage Plot, The Goldfinch
- Picks that Didn’t Work for Me: A Confederacy of Dunces
What are MY go-to Celebrity Book Clubs?
Ashley Spivey’s #Spiveys Club is my number one, Celebrity Book Club!
Reese Witherspoon’s is in second place!
It’s clear that I fall in the “popular fiction” bucket, which is interesting because I would’ve thought I’d be in the Serious Literary Fiction category. I guess I’m not as high-brow as I thought!
What are MY no-go Celebrity Book Clubs?
Lena Dunham and Emma Roberts are my top no-go Celebrity Book Clubs.
I’ve read some of each of these celebrity’s picks, but I haven’t liked the majority of the ones I’ve read.
How to Find Your Personal Go-To and No-Go Celebrity Book Clubs…
- Download the spreadsheet via the sign-up form below. Click the link that appears at the bottom of the blog post to access the spreadsheet.
- Follow the spreadsheet’s instructions to find your Best and Worst Celebrity Book Club matches.
Using this guide, who are your go-to Celebrity Book Clubs?