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Just 6 brilliant Instagram book clubs to follow that are like a warm hug.

There is no companion quite like a good book. There is also nothing more irritating than finishing a book and having no one to discuss it with.

Enter: book clubs. Digital style.

Digital book clubs are fast gaining traction. And they are brilliant. Mostly because you don’t have to get out of bed and you can have your cheese platter all to yourself.

Celebrities have really spearheaded the movement of online book communities – notably Reese Witherspoon, who has one aptly named Reese’s Book Club.

So how does it work? At the start of every month, the actor and producer announces her book pick, always one with a woman at the centre. On her Facebook and Instagram, which together has millions of followers, Witherspoon posts question prompts for followers to discuss in the comments section.

Side note… If all the girls in the world could read, it would look like this. Post continues below.

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Oprah also has one via Oprah’s Book Club which sees readers share their thoughts on the chosen book via the hashtag #ReadWithUs.

The perfect way to gain inspiration for your next read, the proliferation of book-worm Instagram communities has become the ultimate place to share book recommendations and reviews with like-minded people.

On Instagram, #bookstagram has been used nearly 40 million times and #AussieReader has almost 50,000 posts.

So, here are just six other Instagram accounts you can follow for great book recommendations and a place to discuss them.

Babbling Books

Instagram: @babblingbooks

 

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Utterly. Brilliant. Have you read this Booker Prize winner? Or are you planning to?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I finished Girl, Woman, Other on Friday and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. The beautifully crafted prose. The complex, intertwined characters. The nuanced socio-political commentary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fans of books like Homegoing or Pachinko will love this – it blends intergenerational character’s personal stories with important conversations about history (especially colonization and slavery), racism, sexism, sexuality and gender identity.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s described on Goodreads as “Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood” & I couldn’t put it better myself.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That there are under 1k posts in #BernadineEvaristo and 3k in #GirlWomanOther is a crying shame, and I hope more of #Bookstagram will embrace this incredible book.

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Crazy Book Lady

Instagram: @crazybooklady_

Half Deserted Streets

Instagram: @halfdesertedstreets

 

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#currentlyreading // I think I use the word ‘quiet’ too much when trying to articulate my feelings about certain books. I felt it again today as I spent time with Dear Edward, which begins with such deceptive normalcy that you can’t help but be a little unsettled. So obviously this book is certainly not quiet in the sense that an atmosphere of peace pervades the text and the events it details. Rather, there’s an oxymoronic gentle steeliness in Napolitano’s voice that avoids sensation and simply lets the story and the words BE. I admire this kind of understated surety SO MUCH. ✨ PS. Today I got to join with my @booksontherail and @penguinbooksaus pals to stash some copies of this around local public transport stops. I hope you find a copy, because I think this is going to be a special read. ✨ #dearedward #annnapolitano #newbooks #booksontherail #igbooks #booksofinsta #readersofinsta #aussiereaders #lesen #bücher #halfdesertedreadingdiary

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Wander In Pages

Instagram: @wander_in_pages

 

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☾ Shadowscent Review ! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ So I’m giving this book a 2⭐️ it took me a week and a half to read! ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ↟ I really wanted to like this book, my husband surprised me with it and Scent played a big part in it which I loved, but the overall story I just didn’t love. The world building in the beginning was lacking, your thrown into a world where you aren’t given a lot, if any, details about what’s going on. The first scene from Ash’s POV is the empire sick in bed dying and the prince talking to him but when the prince leaves you don’t hear about it again until the last couple pages, I mean ok I thought that was going to have some relevance but maybe the next book! ⁣ I loved the premise of the book, the different play in magic and that scent would be playing a big part was intriguing but i feel like it was averagely executed. ⁣ ⁣ ↟ The first 3/4 was slow and a little hard to follow. They are sent to find ingredients to an antidote to a poison, that is suppose to be thousands of years old and they just stumble upon all of them, cool. There was little suspense or hardship and not a lot to keep me captured in the book, which is why it took over a week to read. The last 80ish pages it really picked up, a lot more was happened with a couple twists I didn’t see coming and it ended on a cliffhanger, which I love.⁣ ⁣ ↟ The only part I really liked were the characters. The POVs are from Rakel and Ash. Rakel a perfume maker with an amazing sense of smell and Ash the princes personal guard. They developed really well over the book and there was little to no romance between them and just mutually companionship as they traveled, which was surprisingly refreshing considering the other YAs I read. Toward the end a little spark is ignited but it was very small and didn’t take away from the story. ⁣ ⁣ ↟ Given the low rating and that it took me so long to read I still want to read the sequel in April! ⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #bookstagram #books #alwaysreading #fortheloveofbooks #reader #readerofinstagram #justread #booklover #instabooks #yabooks #yalit ⁣#tbr #bookdragon #currentlyreading #reading #booksbooksbooks #epicreads #bookphoto #bookobsessed #bookcommunity #bibliophile #bookaesthetics

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Book Club Mumma

Instagram: @book_club_mumma

 

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Recipe for the perfect wife – @karmakbrown – the review! ???? I really enjoyed this book. There you go – straight to the point. From the minute I started it – I knew I was going to savour every minute of it. I was first hooked in by the writing style – effortless, smooth and easy to devour. This book just worked for me. Sometimes you stumble across a book which hits everything you want and need it too. It was heartfelt, sentimental, poignant, timely. All of the above. ???? I loved the dual narrative and how it jumped from present day and back to the 50s effortlessly. I loved both Nellie and * – and would have loved either as my neighbour. The Book shines a light on the role of women – both in the past and present – comparing and questioning what roles women should or are expected to have. ???? In short this book was fantastic and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. I took my time with it & savoured the pages as I really loved the writing. I’m now hunting out another read from Karmas back catalogue! Thank you Lucy from @legendpress for my gifted copy – it was a real treat of a read! ???? #readinggoals#booksofinsta #booktime #readinginsta #igreads #readingbooks #booksinbed #allthebooks #bookoftheday #booklove #bookstagramit #booksmakemehappy #bookpost #bookmail #bookpile #nextread #bookclubmumma #averybookishpost #fortheloveofreading #booksasthetic #bookstagramuk #readingismagic #thatmummareads #authorevent #cosyreads #booksmakemefeelgood #bookstack #lookoutforeachother #bekindalways

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Do you have a favourite book club Instagram page to follow? Let us know in the comments section below!


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