Yesterday was the first meeting for The Writer Community Book Club and it made my heart so happy! I have always wanted to be a part of a book club, but never really knew how to get involved. Even though we all agreed that the book wasn’t great (most of us didn’t even finish it), it was just so cathartic to come together and talk about books, writing and get to know each other better. It is moments like this that remind me it doesn’t matter where you are in this topsy turvey world, keeping that sense of community is one of the most important things.
Because this has had such a profound impact on me, this month I wanted to share my top five book clubs that you can get involved with from the comfort of your own home. If you already belong to any of these, let me know in the comments and tell me what you like about it!
The Writer Community Book Club
As writers, we all know how important it is to read. That is why The Writer Community (TWC) has created a book club just for writers! Join us for monthly picks and discussions, alternating between traditional and indie reads. At the end of every month we will host a live, interactive chat to discuss what we can learn from the book as writers.
We asked the community what book they wanted to read in February and they voted Mar King by Nicolette Beebe! (@33NBeebe). Nicolette has also kindly agreed to join us for a live Q&A at the end of the month.
Sign up to the book club here.
Reese’s Book Club
Founded by Reese Witherspoon, every month Reese picks books she loves with a woman at the center of the story and shares it with her book club.
A community propelled by meaningful connections with stories, authors and fellow members, Reese’s Book Club sparks thought, joy, and conversation–online and in real life. You can join the conversation @ReesesBookClub across social media and via #ReadWithReese.
Their current read is Outlawed by Anna North. The Crucible meets True Grit in a riveting adventure story of a fugitive girl, a mysterious gang of robbers, and their dangerous mission to transform the Wild West.
Find out more at https://hello-sunshine.com/
Prim Black Book Club
PRIM is a platform run by Queer + Black fam based in the UK. Created in 2019, PRIM aims to platform storytellers of black ancestry. They run a queer + Black bookclub called OKHA which has over 250 attendees and 40 guests and contributors.
Their current read is Surge by Jay Bernard. His extraordinary debut is a fearless exploration of the New Cross Fire of 1981, a house fire at a birthday party in which thirteen young black people were killed. Dubbed the ‘New Cross Massacre’, the fire was initially believed to be a racist attack, and the indifference with which the tragedy was met by the state triggered a new era of race relations in Britain.
PRIM is a platform run by Queer + Black fam based in the UK.
Find out more on their Instagram page: @prim.black
The Social Book Club
The Social Book Club is an online book club created by @lizziehdavis, @martawrites, & @lizzyjensen. It focuses on reading worthwhile words & books that make us better people, while also connecting with others near & far. They post quotes & Questions For Discussion (Q4D) throughout the month and encourage followers to share ideas & stories that uplift & connect.
January’s pick is actually one that has been on my TBR for a long time, so I may just join along this month and read it with them. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is the sprawling tale of an immigrant family in early 20th-century Brooklyn and is universally regarded as a modern classic.
Find out more on their Instagram page: @thesocialbookclub
Ladies’s Lit Squad
Ladies’s Lit Squad is an all female book club and community sharing reads by women and authors of colour. They don’t set a book a month, instead making reading recommendations on their Instagram page and supporting independent bookstores by raising money through their online bookshop.
For 2021 they are hosting the reading challenge #LLS21Booksin21 – with the aim of reading 21 books in a year. Each month they give reading prompts and suggestions to help their followers broaden their literary repertoire. Find out more on their Instagram page @ladieslitsquad and see what everyone is reading.