These Instagram Book Clubs Will Reignite Your Love of Reading
While we’re the first to admit that we’ve spent much of this winter happily wrapped up under a blanket on the sofa in the depths of a Netflix binge, there’ll always be a special place in our hearts for time spent curled up with a good book. The best reads are often those recommended by friends or book groups, but if you’d rather keep cosy than leave the house for wine and book chat each week, we’ve got you. Turns out there’s actually a whole bookish community thriving on one of our favourite social media apps. So whether you’re looking for a thriller to spice up your commute to work, or a tome or two to devour at our preferred spot—by the pool while on holiday—scroll on for 5 Instagram accounts to follow that are better than a book club (BYO wine and cheese).
Whitney: "I love that the author is working under a pseudonym. There's a quote saying that once a book is made, it doesn't need the author. It's an interesting idea to produce art anonymously. I'm an actress and really enjoy looking and acting completely differently. Right now I'm in a play where people don't recognize me. After a show I get to go home and the character gets to stay in the theater. There's definitely an air of mystery to this book which makes me even more interested in what the author has to say. If this author was somehow a man I'd be so thrilled to meet him and hear more about this voice he's taken on. Removing gender from a voice levels the playing field." @bashorw My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. #pseudonym #elenaferrante #series #saturday #neapolitannovels #italy #summerreading #manhattan #newyork #subwaybookreview ????
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Pegged as 'book reviews with strangers on the New York subway and London Tube', this quirky account takes us on an underground journey where commuters talk about the books they are reading, and also give a few insights into their lives along the way.
Attention #RWBookClub folks! So excited about this one!! If you liked #TheHusbandsSecret, or #BigLittleLies, you will ❤️ #LianeMoriarty's new book #TrulyMadlyGuilty! It's filled with so many twists and turns ... it keeps you guessing until the very end!! Perfect summer read! ☀️???? Enjoy! #RWBookClub
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Since Reese Witherspoon launched her own Instagram book club earlier this year, we've been constantly refreshing our feed for her every recommendation. Every couple of weeks she posts her latest read and a short synopsis on what she thought of the book. With everything hashtagged #RWBookClub it’s easy to follow and post your own reviews or recommendations, too.
Homecoming...it's bittersweet. All good things must come to an end. The opening of the window envelopes was torture until I unwrapped a package with 'Kara Rosenlund' stamped on it to find this heavenly cosy from her homewares range. Kara, you made my day. I checked in at Heathrow with 64kg luggage. Here are a few of the books that were in it. Should be doing the washing, admin and a thousand other things but instead am having a pot of Ovvio Nourish tea, reading the Honey & Co Baking Book and feeling lucky to call sunny Sydney home. @kararosenlund @ovvioorganics #book_chat
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Former Australian publisher Julie Gibbs started the Instagram hashtag #book_chat, which allows her followers to tag what they are reading and discuss and recommend new reads. Scroll the #book_chat hashtag and discover authors, books and conversations—it’s like walking through the world’s most interesting book store from the comfort of your sofa.
Helloooo eerie looking #bookmail courtesy of @atriabooks! ???????? THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES by Sarah Maine releases 8/2! . . Here's a bit of the description: Kate Morton meets Daphne du Maurier in this atmospheric debut novel about a woman who discovers the century-old remains of a murder victim on her family’s Scottish estate, plunging her into an investigation of its mysterious former occupants. ???? . . Holla at @bluestonelanecoffee for keeping me caffeinated! ????????☕️
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“Just a book person recommending you hot drinks and hotter reads.” So says the Book Baristas. The beautifully curated Instagram feed is a bonus which complements book reviews and recommendations that are posted every few days.
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Bookworm, actor and feminist Emma Watson’s book group #oursharedshelf selects and reviews one piece of feminist writing each month. Emma's book club 'meets' on Goodreads, a social network geared towards readers who want to share book recommendations, as well as on Instagram and Twitter.
Do you follow any literary minded ’grammers that we should know about? Sound off below!