Join a literary community from the comfort of your own lounge.
A growing number of book lovers from around the world are virtually gathering to form book clubs on Instagram.
These social media-based groups reject the concept of the traditional ladies’ knitting-circle-style book club and make it easy to find like-minded people with whom you can discuss the latest literary releases. You can be a spectator or a full fledged participant - it's all up to you.
So, if you’re looking for a new page-turner here are our favourites…
Yes, Reese Witherspoon is a Hollywood starlet, but she is also a champion of women’s literature. Her club has nearly 20,000 followers who enthusiastically suggest, debate and talk about books.
Curated by Witherspoon herself, Reese’s Book Club is described as “A community celebrating women’s stories”. A testament to her passion for women’s lit, Reese is the force behind TV phenomenon, Big Little Lies, based on the book by Liane Moriarty.
Hosted by another celebrity – Emma Roberts, and her friend, Karah Preiss – this book club celebrates all that is books. Each month, the pair choose a recommended book to centre the account’s content around. Additionally, one indie bookshop is featured every month, helping to support local businesses and preserve the romance of independent book-sellers.
The Belletrist account also posts videos interviewing authors and book-lovers of note, as well as hosting discussion series around central themes, such as ‘Why Not YA?’, centring around female-driven young-adult literature.
3. Book Bento
Book Bento explores the aesthetic of reading. Not only highlighting new and important works of literature, the account posts meticulously curated flat-lays of food, drinks and knick-knacks that encompass the experience of each book.
Stemming from the women’s publication from the Washington Post, The Lily, Lily Lit Club is described as a "club for the curious minded."
The club encourages a lot of follower interaction and has a specific monthly participation schedule. Each month, the editors select a work by a female author, beginning the cycle of sharing favourite quotes, then discussing plot and major themes, and finally posting and sharing 15 second user-created reviews.
Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine is the host and founder of Between Two Books. She shares the running list of everything she has read, with some additional contributions from her cool and famous friends, such as Grayson Perry, Nick Cave and Greta Gerwig.
The account runs large discussions through Facebook on its latest selections and encourage followers to contribute topics for debate. They also organise semi-frequent real-life meetings, readings and events, which often include authors and Florence herself.