You may have caught on from my blog posts that I enjoy following celebrities. As a child, I pretty much went from obsessing over Zeus, Athena and Ares to the Brad, Angelina and Jennifer triangle. Greek gods to Hollywood gods. While Oprah’s Book Club is the OG, I used to be excited when other celebrities started their own book clubs only to now roll my eyes when I hear about the latest celebrity to share a book list.
What do you think? Let’s take a quick look at some of them:
Reece Witherspoon #RWBookClub who has selected books such as Wild by Cheryl Strayed, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Little Big Lies by Liane Moriarity. I think Reece genuinely loves to read, but is also a smart business woman marrying her love of books with her career as an actor. She has been quoted in the media for saying she didn’t see movie roles that appealed to her, so she went looking for them.
Emma Watson’s #OurSharedShelf that has included books such as My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, The Color Purple by Alice Walker and How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. Emma tweeted that as a UN Goodwill Ambassador she was interested in learning as much as possible about women’s issues.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, started a book club based on his interest in connecting people and raising awareness of “different cultures, beliefs, histories, and technologies.” His book club includes The Muqaddimah by Ibn Khaldun, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson.
Andrew Luck is the current quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team and started his #ALBookClub book club to share his love of books and promote literacy to fans. His current picks are Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli for a “rookie” younger reader and The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown for “veteran” seasoned readers.
What are your thoughts? Do you follow any celebrity book clubs?