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Literary Beacon: Online Book Clubs

Let the Rowan-Cabarrus Library help you navigate the world of books. Want to read the latest thought-provoking non-fiction book? How about a light-hearted fiction book? Either way, the Library has you covered.

Andrew Luck Book Club

 

Andrew Luck Book Club - "The former Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback is a big-time reader and was once dubbed “the NFL's official librarian” by the Wall Street Journal. He offers two selections at a time: One for “Rookies” (young readers), the other for “Veterans” (adults). Luck also interviews authors for a podcast that appears on the home page. You don't have to officially join — just read the books and post comments by using the hashtag #ALBookClub on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter." 

9 Online Book Clubs You Can Join Now by Ken Budd, AARP, May 12, 2020 

 

Reese's Book Club

Reese's Book Club - Each book centers around a woman's story, such as Untamed, by Glennon Doyle, a memoir and rallying cry for confident, strong women; and The Henna Artist, by Alka Joshi, a debut novel about an Indian woman's journey after escaping an abusive marriage. To learn each month's pick and chat about the selections, follow @ReesesBookClub on Instagram (where the club has 1.5 million followers), Facebook and Twitter. You can find a list of her picks on her website

GoodReads Choice Awards Book Club

For GoodReads members, you can join the nearly 13,000-members of the Goodreads Choice Awards Book Club. If you're not a current GoodReads member, sign up because it's free, and there are tons of great features for book lovers. The group focuses on books that have won the site's best-of-the-year awards. To enter the conversation, just start or add to a discussion thread on the site. Upcoming books are Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. 

Oprah's Book Club

 

Oprah's Book Club - is one of the original celebrity book clubs dating back to the day of her television show. She relaunched the book club in 2012 as Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and has chosen over 80 books over the years, including some recent titles including, Olive, Again, Elizabeth Strout's sequel to Olive Kitteridge; Ta-Nahesi Coates’ 2019 novel The Water Dancer; and 2020's best-selling Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family, a nonfiction story by Robert Kolker about a family with 12 children, six of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia. You can sign up for the book club newsletter and see videos of Oprah with authors and others — including a chat with an expert on schizophrenia — on Facebook and Instagram. Last year, Winfrey partnered with Apple Books and began premiering her author interviews on Apple TV+.

Read with Jenna

Read with Jenna - Today show cohost Jenna Bush Hager started her book club in 2019. She is a lifelong bibliophile and her mother, former first lady Laura Bush, has launched a foundation to assist America's libraries, one of her multiple literary endeavors. Hager's club picks a new book every month, and the book club site, housed under the Today show umbrella, offers discussion questions, author interviews, other book recommendations and a list of previous book club selections. Readers can sign up for a newsletter and post their book comments on Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtag #ReadWithJenna.

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