Feature: Summer Book Clubs

By Corinna Kloth

Looking for the perfect way to spend your summer days? Dive into the world of literature and join a book club! Whether you’re an avid reader looking to discuss your favorite stories or a newcomer seeking new literary adventures, we’ve compiled a list of captivating book clubs to join this summer. From virtual meet-ups to local gatherings, there’s something for every book lover to enjoy as they delve into the pages of captivating tales and engage in lively discussions with fellow bibliophiles.

1. Finding Our Voices     353 Members

The Finding Our Voices bookclub is one more way our grassroots and survivor-powered, Maine-based nonprofit, Finding Our Voices is breaking the silence of domestic abuse. Shining a light on a problem is the first step to solving it, and this book club shines a light on the domestic abuse that hides in plain sight all around us. The authors often join the discussion. Join us too, and let’s talk about it!

2. The Literary Queers    655 Members

The Literary Queers is a virtual, monthly gathering of queer folks interested in reading and discussing queer books. Meetings are currently scheduled in UK/EU-friendly times, however if there is enough interest from other parts of the world, additional meetings can be scheduled.

3. Tika’s Book Club    68 Members

I saw that one of my favorite old time book writers Sister Souljah was coming out with a new book and sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, an urban fan favorite. I thought this is the perfect time to start a club, and why not bring back and re read The Coldest Winter Ever and have discussions about the book, so once we read the new book we will be all refreshed and caught up. I asked my Friends on Facebook and they were just as excited and down for the idea… and that’s where Tika’s Book Club began.

4. Purposeful Transformation      638 Members

Greetings from the Big Apple! I’m Sheri Simmons, a firm believer in personal development and a dedicated advocate of growth. With an unwavering growth mindset, I’ve established the Purposeful Transformation Book Club as a platform to connect with remarkable women like you. Together, let’s embark on a journey of exploration and improvement. 

At Purposeful Transformation, we’re committed to delving into the self-help and personal development genre, igniting meaningful conversations, and cultivating our potential.

5. IRL OC #thrillersbythebookclub    14 Members

A group of thriller, mystery, and true crime lovers in Southern California who want to meet up and talk about everything spooky! IRL OC is run by Chelsea @thrillerbookbabe and Yolanda @readit.shareit

6. Bookclubs Author Chats   1291 Members

Welcome to Bookclubs Author Chats! We’re excited you’re here. Every other month we will host a book club meeting with an inspiring author, focusing on their work and getting all our burning questions answered. Tune in to the interview and then share your thoughts on the message board.

7. Sundry Book Club    12 Members

Types of Books We Read in Sundry Book Club: A mix of fiction and nonfiction with an emphasis of highlighting  underrepresented groups in publishing (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people living with a disability, and more), We don’t shy away from social justice topics either!

8. Lit(erary) Women!   13 Members

A group of women open to differing thoughts and ideas while growing with literature. You’re all DOPE, inside and out, so bring yourself into the conversation. Reach your book goals with us! Themes vary so our discussions explore perspectives on real life experiences, human behavior, boundaries, career & family life, and more, often from an anti oppressive lens. It’s going to be LIT(erary Women)!

9. Borderless Discourse 2   22 Members

Before meeting: Read assigned book, RSVP for meeting on BookClubz page, inform host (in a timely manner) of inability to attend meeting (when applicable), post discussion questions (under “Documents”), post a picture reading book in Photo Album on BookClubz. 

10. The Spiritual Book Club   215 Members

The Spiritual Book Club for Women is a safe place for women to read and discuss on various spiritual and metaphysical topics relating to women and their experiences.

11. Misteria Book Club    68 Members

Founded in 2021, the Misteria Book Club intends to highlight the voices of women and BIPOC writing in the mystery and thriller genres. Meetings will usually take place on the third or fourth Saturday of every month. I hope that we will be able to meet in person, but otherwise meetings will take place via Discord.

12. Feminist Reading Group Houston    111 Members

Feminist Reading Group of Houston meets the last Monday of the month in Zoom at 7:30 PM Central Time.

13. Your African Fiction Addicted Book Club    134 Members

I created YAFAB to create a community where those of us who want to read more African fiction – and don’t have anyone to talk to about it to- can come together, grab a drink (or three 😛 ) and get into it! We try to be representative of the continent as best as we can in our book selections. We are always open to new suggestions, so come through and bring your recommendations with you!

14. In The Void    855 Members

Hi! Join the club here on Bookclubs to be an official member. Through the Bookclubs platform/app we organize meetings, vote on book polls, host giveaways, share important updates and more. 

How Do I Participate? DISCORD: We chat all quarter long about our current reads, general book chat and more. INSTAGRAM: Follow our instagram to see all ITV bookclub related content. ZOOM: At the end of the quarter, we meet via zoom to discuss the book. Video/Mic are both optional; we have a text based chat feature in our zoom calls! 

What types of books does In The Void read? We read horror: new, old, indie and everything in between.

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Article originally Published in the Summer 2024 Issue: Indie Summer Reads.

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