Where to Find Your Online Book Community
by Karen Green
Despite our best efforts, we can’t always be around people who want to talk about books 24/7. I know, I know—but short of finding new friends, partners or people on the bus to talk to about your latest greatest read, there are places we can go to keep the conversation rolling, and they are all available at the swipe of a screen or the touch of a keyboard.
Online communities for book lovers abound, but if you’re not sure where to start, take a look at these four great web-based places for readers. From Instagram, where book love begins with gorgeous, evocative and aspirational images, to celebrity book clubs where moderated discussions are robust and energetic, there is definitely a place for every type of reader, and every type of internet user.
Here are four places to look for your people and continue the conversation about books.
There are tons of book lovers on Instagram (or bookstagrammers, as they are known) doing beautiful work right now, so don’t be afraid to browse around. Pretty much every publisher has an Instagram account, so you could start there, or you can follow links from commenters or search by hashtags like #fiction, #romance, #amreading or #booklover to find your favorite spaces.
Blogs have definitely evolved since they really spearheaded the online community renaissance more than a decade ago, and they are more inclusive, cohesive and well written than ever. For book lovers, there are still lots of blogs to for bookish love and discussion, from reviews and round-ups to author and publisher sites—and everything in between.
One of the newest players in the book community game is quickly becoming one of the most influential as more and more book podcasts are being produced. This may seem like a passive way to join a community, but almost every bookish podcast has a related website where water cooler-worthy discussion takes place. And there are so many podcasts for readers to explore, from book news to audio dramas.
If you’ve always wanted to join a book club but couldn’t find one in real life that fit your needs, why not join an online book club? Whether fronted by a celebrity or based on a specific genre, online book clubs give you all the benefits of meeting in person without ever having to leave the house. Oh, and you have to bring your own wine.
If you’re looking to join an online book club, maybe one of these will fit your reading style: Our Shared Shelf, Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 and The Rumpus Book Club all have something slightly different to offer. If you’re looking to start your own book club, BookClubbish has plenty of great discussion topics and book suggestions to dive into.
Plus, if you’re looking for something dedicated specifically to Harlequin readers, you’ll definitely want to check out Harlequin Connection, where you can connect with fellow romance readers and authors! So the next time you’re looking for someone to talk books with, take a chance and jump online, where a community of book lovers is quite literally, just a click away. We recommend these books to share with your new book loving friends!
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