Which Celebrity Book Club is Right For You?

Posted by Cybil on June 27, 2019
There is no shortage of high-profile book clubs to join these days. But which ones match your reading tastes? Would you adore a Reese Witherspoon recommendation? Do you, Emma Roberts, and her book club partner Karah Preiss all share a reading passion? To help you find a book group you'd love to be a part of, we rounded up recent picks from several high-profile clubs on Goodreads.

Take a look at the books below and tell us which group piques your interest. You can also click on the groups below to learn more!


Emma Roberts & Karah Preiss: Belletrist Book Club
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Emma Watson: Our Shared Shelf
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Oprah Winfrey: Oprah's Book Club
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Jenna Bush Hager: #ReadWithJenna
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Reese Witherspoon: Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine
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Comments Showing 1-50 of 61 (61 new)


message 1: by Carol (new)

Carol Palmer None of these interest me. How about Scandinavian Noir or medieval historical fiction or political discourse or horror?


message 2: by Christian (new)

Christian Other book club suggestions than American ones 😴


message 3: by Katie (new)

Katie Webb One thriller? That's all I read!


message 4: by Adalis (new)

Adalis Christian wrote: "Other book club suggestions than American ones 😴"

Emma Watson isn’t American. 🤨


message 5: by Sharon :) (new)

Sharon :) Definitely Reese’s


message 6: by J.S (last edited Jun 27, 2019 06:36AM) (new)

J.S Ellis Aren't there any book clubs of indie books? These books are all from big publishers.


message 7: by Amelia (new)

Amelia Don't forget Life's Library with Rosianna Halse Rojas and John Green! Lots more variety of books plus some incredible community discussions and the occasional author Q&A.


message 8: by Alex (new)

Alex Cox Does any recommend male writers?


message 9: by Adam (new)

Adam Gutschenritter Carol wrote: "None of these interest me. How about Scandinavian Noir or medieval historical fiction or political discourse or horror?"

What are some Scandinavian Noir recommendation


message 10: by Whitney (new)

Whitney @Alex Cox one of the highlighted ones in Oprah’s book choices is written by a male author.

Also, to people complaining, these are CELEBRITY book clubs. Not just random ones. John Green is not a celebrity. I’m sure there are other book clubs Goodreads can and maybe will highlight. It’s just not THIS post. I’m guessing it’s unlikely you’ll find one that routinely recommends Scandinavian Noir 🙄 Start your own.


message 11: by Cindy (new)

Cindy They all have read books that interest me. Reese's the least, however. Emma's book choices have come a long way since being called out for her white privilege and I commend her on that.


message 12: by Tobin (new)

Tobin Elliott J.S wrote: "Aren't there any book clubs of indie books? These books are all from big publishers."

That's because the indies don't have the budgets to pay the big names to flog their books. Celebs don't just happen to pick a book off the shelf. Publishers pay through the nose for that publicity.


message 13: by Carol (new)

Carol Palmer Adam wrote: "Carol wrote: "None of these interest me. How about Scandinavian Noir or medieval historical fiction or political discourse or horror?"

What are some Scandinavian Noir recommendation"


Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole books are good, but he does refer back to previous books. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Steig Larsson are great.
I Remember You by by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
The Keeper of Lost Causes by by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Snowblind by by Ragnar Jónasson
Still Waters by Viveca Sten
Sun Storm by Rebecka Martinsson


message 14: by Nancy (new)

Nancy All tend to be be too "high brow" for me. But on occasion I see something I like.


Virginja ↢ 99% imp What about adult SFF and Historical Fiction?


message 16: by librarian4Him02 (new)

librarian4Him02 Adam wrote: "Carol wrote: "None of these interest me. How about Scandinavian Noir or medieval historical fiction or political discourse or horror?"

What are some Scandinavian Noir recommendation"


Whitney wrote: "@Alex Cox one of the highlighted ones in Oprah’s book choices is written by a male author.

Also, to people complaining, these are CELEBRITY book clubs. Not just random ones. John Green is not a c..."


I guess that depends on how one defines celebrity. If it's someone who's only appeared in movies and t.v. then yeah he might not be a celebrity. If it's someone who's famous in general, then I would say John Green is a celebrity. He's well known in the literary, podcast, and YouTube world and has quite the following of fans. So I too would suggest his bookclub as one to check out. :)


message 17: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse J.S wrote: "Aren't there any book clubs of indie books? These books are all from big publishers."

That's probably because the publishers are writing a fat check to the celebrities for the use of their name/club endorsement.


message 18: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse I was going to say I have never become interested in a book because a celebrity endorsed it under guise of a book club, but that's not entirely true. I have read a couple of books base on Bill Gate's posting a detailed review of them here on GR. Not quite the same, though. I'm not reading a book because Famous Person claims it's good, but because the review was substantive enough to pique my interest in the book. Read a book just because Reese Witherspoon's or Oprah's name is attached to it? No. That adds no value to me.


message 19: by Lenoire (new)

Lenoire Adam wrote: "Carol wrote: "None of these interest me. How about Scandinavian Noir or medieval historical fiction or political discourse or horror?"

What are some Scandinavian Noir recommendation"


I recently read "A Nearly Normal Family" but, not entirely sure if it would completely qualify.


message 20: by Robin (new)

Robin Black None of these look right for me, how about some historical fiction/non-fiction?


message 21: by Rachelle (new)

Rachelle Jennings Carol wrote: "None of these interest me. How about Scandinavian Noir or medieval historical fiction or political discourse or horror?"

YES!!!!


message 22: by Jenna (new)

Jenna I’m with Carol Palmer. I want to be in that book club!!


Shall I Download A Black Hole And Offer It To You um, none of them. what is the human population's fascination with "famous" people? what the absolute fuck do they know about books (or anything else) that "non-famous" people don't?!?!? jesuschristonafuckingcracker people, stop it. just stop. gggrrrrr.


message 24: by C I N D L E (new)

C I N D L E It is difficult to take some of these celebrity book clubs seriously when the quality of most of the books they recommend - in my opinion - are lightweight, fluffy, insipid chick-lit, or romance drivel that are a dime a dozen. Pfft!

I have no problem with a celebrity giving a book recommendation, but if this is the level of books they continue to shill out, I'll look elsewhere. Oprah thankfully appears to be fair by including male authors, and for recommending books with heavy subject matter, mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Emma Watson commendably included one classic. The rest here are predominantly lightweight fluff.

Goodreads, please find celebrities who read (or accept a check to promote) literary fiction or literary non-fiction. Partner with publishing houses that publish solid, significant literature. How about writing a blog post of President Obama's reading list. His lists are always solid and balanced.

Reese Witherspoon, I think you're a funny actress and I think you're great as a producer and star of HBO's 'Big Little Lies', but I implore you to elevate your book game, ma'am. Your book recommendations do nothing for me.

Whatever. Since Goodreads makes no effort to elevate the level of its book offerings, I'm glad I take a hands-on approach to curating my to-read list.

For anyone who appreciates literary fiction, I just finished Richard Powers' 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner, 'The Overstory', and it is superb! It is a novel that requires full attention and work from the reader, but its allegorical output and the prose are sharp. A stellar work.


message 25: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Ismaa Okay, so, me and Emma Watson have a similar taste in books!


message 26: by Jessica (new)

Jessica TheBookAddict Ain't no celebrity gonna tell me what books I should read!! :P


message 27: by Dawn (new)

Dawn "the curious reader" Nope..not interesting enough for me.


message 28: by Dawn (new)

Dawn "the curious reader" C I N D L E wrote: "It is difficult to take some of these celebrity book clubs seriously when the quality of most of the books they recommend - in my opinion - are lightweight, fluffy, insipid chick-lit, or romance dr..."

I agree, or at least have someone who gives indie authors a nod.


message 29: by a s h l e y (new)

a s h l e y Looks like I’m a Reese’s Book Club girl 🤗


message 30: by Shireen (new)

Shireen Hakim I already picked Reese's book club. I bought Little Fires Everywhere because she recommended it and she's making a show.


message 31: by Kris (new)

Kris Chick lit gag barf gag

These clubs have as much diversity ie many genres, as a ham sandwich at a PTA meeting


message 32: by Sophie (new)

Sophie Wow, I love how Pachinko is in here. It was one of my favourite books of 2017.


message 33: by Ari (new)

Ari Kai Reese. No doubt.


message 34: by Anita (new)

Anita I don't read that many books but my interest would be in Reese Witherspoon's picks. I get a newsletter from her Sunshine Club. Also like Oprah's.


message 35: by Shannon (last edited Jun 27, 2019 10:39PM) (new)

Shannon C I N D L E wrote: "It is difficult to take some of these celebrity book clubs seriously when the quality of most of the books they recommend - in my opinion - are lightweight, fluffy, insipid chick-lit, or romance dr..."

Totally with you. I am in the middle of The Overstory, and as you say, requires one to pay attention, and yes, superb!


message 36: by Denise (new)

Denise Emma Watson’s choices sound good to me!!


message 37: by Lorena (new)

Lorena I love Our Shared Shelf! I’ve been introduced my many great feminist writers that I’ve never heard of before- like Bell Hooks!

My sister reads from Reese’s book club and has loved their picks so far. I will probably start it soon.


message 38: by Scarlet (new)

Scarlet Jessica wrote: "Ain't no celebrity gonna tell me what books I should read!! :P"

Hear, hear!


message 39: by James (new)

James Adams I've accidentally read a couple Oprah and Reese picks because of the premise, not the rec. None of the Clubs appeal to me across the board, but I absolutely support the idea. I don't think celebs know more about books than us Joes and Janes; I support any public figure who encourages reading. If these book clubs get someone (back) into reading, that's a win. Sure, I'd love to see more indie and genre picks, but this is a good start. Maybe we can get Wil Wheaton or Felicia Day to start geekier clubs?


message 40: by Holly (new)

Holly Rose wrote: "I want to start first by saying a big "thank you" to you . There are a bunch of nuts out there just trying to make a fast buck, but you are genuine! I prayed before I went online that God would sen..."

I can't find my car keys, should I call?


message 41: by Tesalonica (new)

Tesalonica Jessica wrote: "Ain't no celebrity gonna tell me what books I should read!! :P"

they're not telling which books to read, they're just recommending!


message 42: by Meaghan (new)

Meaghan #ReadWithJenna looks good - I like a mix of story types which she seems to capture.


Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'? Based on my TBR and read piles it looks like Oprah and Reese. But I read what I want when I want.


message 44: by Jessica (new)

Jessica TheBookAddict Tesalonica wrote: "Jessica wrote: "Ain't no celebrity gonna tell me what books I should read!! :P"

they're not telling which books to read, they're just recommending!"


....I know. It was a joke.


message 45: by Laura (new)

Laura Emma Roberts and Karah Priess' choices look good to me!


message 46: by Sherry (new)

Sherry I avoid anything recommended by Oprah..they give me a nauseous pain...


message 47: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Katie wrote: "One thriller? That's all I read!"

Christian wrote: "Other book club suggestions than American ones 😴"

Check out Stephen King’s recommendations on FB or Twitter.


message 48: by Robbie (new)

Robbie Sophia wrote: "Okay, so, me and Emma Watson have a similar taste in books!"
Emma and I


message 49: by Jess (new)

Jess Carol wrote: "None of these interest me. How about Scandinavian Noir or medieval historical fiction or political discourse or horror?" Agreed!


message 50: by Kymm (new)

Kymm None of these book clubs or their books interests me. I used to follow Oprah's book club, but then all the books seemed to be about the same thing. I'd rather follow my own instincts and read what I want, when I want.


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