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Christopher Brennan Library: Online Book Clubs

Online Book Clubs

Struggling to find something to read? Too many choices but not enough time?? Why not have a look at what these famous and bonafide bookworms recommend. From feminist literature to business and environmental non-fiction recommendations, you are sure to find something! Most of these sites also have an online book club.  These are a really great way to broaden your reading horizons, chat to other literary lovers and is also a great social outlet (even if the social here is social-media social). Click on the images to find their websites or instagram pages.

Oprah's Book Club

Current (August 2023) pick is The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese. Click on the image to get the long list of previous book club recommendations.

Barack Obama's Summer Reading List

Now an annual tradition, the former President releases his Summer Reading List each July.  

SJP Picks

Book Club Central was an initiative from the American Library Association established in 2017. They awarded the first and honorary chair to Sarah Jessica Parker. This position ran for two years. Click on the image to look at the books chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker during that time.

Reese Witherspoon Book Club

August 2023 pick is Tom Lake by Ann Patchett. Don't forget to check out Reese's Young Adult recommendations as well!


August 2023 pick is My Husband A Novel by Maud Ventura. Emma Roberts and her friend Karah Priess created the Belletrist book community in 2017. In 2021 they launched interactive (paid) online content that includes interviews with authors, virtual book communities. 

Emma Watson's Book Club

In 2016, Emma Watson started a bi-monthly bookclub highlighting feminist novels and female authors. Watson's aim was to create a community that was able to discuss powerful work that's had a profound impact on society. Emma has now stepped back but the community continues to thrive! Click on the image above to see the instagram account for Our Shared Shelf that details the books selected by Emma and questions to get you thinking!

Read with Jenna

Jenna's pick for August 2023 is Summer Sisters by Judy Blume. Launched in 2019, as part of the USA Today Show  #readwithJenna is a real mix of interesting reads.

Bill Gates' Reading Recommendations

Whilst Bill Gates may not have had the smoothest of years, his annual Summer Reading List is an anticipated tradition. You can guarantee to find something on the list to challenge your thinking. 

Between Two Books - Florence Welch

Dedicated to Florence Welch's love of reading, Between Two Books was created in 2012.  Every few months recommendations from Florence or other special guests will be given. You will find a really different and interesting mix of recommendations on this site.