14 Online Book Clubs You Can Join Right Now

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I don’t know about you guys, but every time I read a good book, I spend every waking moment want to talk about this book. The problem is that most people around me are not read the same book, and they have no interest in hearing all my feelings about Octavia Butler over a glass of wine at 11 p.m. This is where a book club comes in. Book clubs are the perfect way to keep reading, talk about what you read, and make friends with other readers. And you don’t even have to leave your home to join one. Here are some of the most popular online book clubs to get you started.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, book clubs grew in popularity as everyone was stuck at home, with The New York Times reporting “a significant spike” in #bookstagram content on Instagram during the pandemic. Much of this growth has been driven by celebrities creating online adult book clubs, many of which garner thousands of views per session. Starting a book club with your friends or colleagues is always an option, but if you find it difficult to get together or are looking for new reading inspiration, here are the online book clubs you can should know.

The Rumpus Book Club

The Rumpus Book Club charges a monthly fee, but members also receive a brand new book each month for their reading pleasure. Attendees are then invited to jump online for a chat with the author, which is pretty much the dream book club scenario.

Oprah’s book club

You can’t talk about book clubs nationwide without talking about Oprah. Luckily for all of us, Oprah’s Book Club is always here to bring us all the empowering and inspiring stories, straight from Oprah’s bookshelf.

Free Minds Book Club

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop is a slightly different type of book club: instead of meeting to read, members help incarcerated youth access books, support, and writing lessons. You can get involved by donating books, donating money, or giving written feedback through the many Free Minds programs.

The Quarterly Book Riot Insiders Group Read

At just $7 per month — or $69 per year — Book Riot Insiders gets what it pays for. As you might have guessed from the name, members of Quarterly Group Read read a book every three months to complete one of the tasks in Book Riot’s annual Read Harder Challenge. Books are chosen by Book Riot staff and Insiders subscribers, and readers can participate in a bookish live chat at the end of each month.

Action book club

If you want to join a book club, help your community, and still be able to build your own TBR list, check out Little Free Library’s Action Book Club. Members get together with friends, choose a book from Action Book Club’s recommended list, complete a positive community service project with support from Action Book Club’s resources, then share their work online to spread the word.

OHKA

OHKA is a black queer book club. An offshoot of Prim, a digital storytelling platform founded by K Bailey Obazee, the club hosts virtual conversations, screenings and more.

midnight readers

If you love YA and are looking for an active book club where you can discuss all your favorites, The Midnight Readers is the place for you. This Goodreads-based book club caters to night owls and chooses its monthly reads from the best in recent YA fiction. Recent picks include Shadow & Bones, The princess will save youand Red, white and royal blue.

between two books

Florence (of Florence + the Machine) runs this book club, with the help of a few regular contributors and a rotating cast of guest celebrities. In addition to offering regular recommendations, Between Two Books hosts virtual readings and Q&As, featuring literary stars like Olivia Laing, C Pam Zhang and Lola Olufemi.

Belletrist

Belletrist, directed by Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss, picks both a book and an independent bookstore to feature each month. Be sure to check out the Belletrist blog, which features interviews with authors as renowned as Joan Didion.

Unnamed Book Club

Rapper and poet Noname started this book club with the aim of highlighting the voices of marginalized communities. Previous picks have included Eve L. Ewing 1919by Toni Morrison Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imaginationand Angela Davis’ Are prisons obsolete?

New adult book club

The New Adult Book Club has a huge community of readers on Goodreads, who enjoy reading and discussing “New Adult” literature (think YA books, with slightly more mature themes and content). It’s a great place for NA aficionados to explore the genre and discuss the steamier side of young adult fiction.

Goodreads Choice Awards Book Club

In addition to hosting dozens of virtual literary communities, Goodreads also has its own official book club (well, sort of). The Goodreads Choice Awards Book Club reads fan-favorite books every month; group members vote on the books they want to read, then discuss the books together on the Goodreads forums.

Light up with it all

The New York Public Library and WNYC’s “All Of It With Alison Stewart” have joined forces to create a virtual book club amid the pandemic. Each month, Stewart hosts a conversation with the author of the monthly selection; readers are also invited to join the conversation on social media and through librarian-led discussions.

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