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The Best Online Book Clubs

3 June 2020 / Lifestyle /

Have you ever read a great book, but had no one to discuss it with afterwards? Sharing your thoughts about what you’ve read is just as rewarding as reading in the first place. Joining an online book club is a great way to engage with likeminded readers and allows you to connect with fellow book lovers from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few of our recommended online book clubs to try.

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Reese’s Book Club

Reese Witherspoon began her online book club back in 2017 and has built a strong community of followers across the world. Each month, Reese picks a book with a woman as the central focus and invites readers to discuss it on Instagram, Facebook and Goodreads. You can also enjoy each book on Audible if you’d prefer an audiobook. From her inaugural pick of Gail Honeyman’s “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” to her most recent choice of Alka Joshi’s “The Henna Artist”, there’s a variety of inspiring books to choose from.

Rare Birds

Rare Birds takes the stress out of finding a new book each month by delivering one straight to your door. The subscription service cherry picks two must-read books each month then you decide what to read with the help of two ‘secret blurbs’! You’re then invited to meet other members online at the end of the month to share your thoughts on the book, as well as uncover the key themes and plot points you may have missed. Rare Birds have also launched a new podcast, Typecast, where they cast their favourite books and discuss why they love them.

Rebel Book Club

Perfect for non-fiction lovers, the Rebel Book Club chooses thought-provoking books based on recommendations from its members. Each month, you can vote on a range of book themes, before being sent an Amazon voucher to purchase a paperback or Audible audiobook. You’ll then be kept up-to-date with the community throughout the month and invited to two online meetups with guest speakers, group discussions and quizzes. Like Rare Birds, the Rebel Book Club has launched a podcast to help bring the virtual book club to life.

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Between Two Books

Established by another famous face, Between Two Books is the brainchild of Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine. Book recommendations are shared by Florence herself, as well as other guests, and you are invited to discuss them across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Founded in 2012, the group has evolved into a large community of book lovers and regularly hosts Q&As with authors.

Book Box Club

The Book Box Club is made especially for fans of Young Adult fiction. Each month, members are sent an exciting box with a new YA book, as well as specially selected gifts and an invitation to join their online book club. Members can discuss the month’s featured book with the community, as well as special guest authors. They have also newly launched Tails by Mail, a bi-monthly book club for 8-12-year-olds, to share the joy of reading with the younger generation.

With staycations set to be popular this year, we’ve recommended seven must-read books to enjoy on your holiday. From timeless classics to stories kids will love, we hope you discover your new favourite book to share with others.

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