These bookish communities will help you find your next favorite read.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Few things compare to winding down with a really good book. However, the classic pastime has taken a modern and more connected turn, thanks to a rising group of online communities born out of literary and community-building love.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to inspire your next page-turning sesh and keep you coming back for more. Read on to find your next fave read — and maybe a book bestie to chat it over with.
1. Well-Read Black Girl
FounderGlory Edim transformed a modest Brooklyn book-club-turned-festival into one of the largest online communities to date. With Black women front and center as writers, readers, and characters, Well-Read Black Girl is a herald of Black girl magic.
2. Subway Book Review
A stranger taking an interest in the book you’re reading on a New York subway ride sounds like the makings of a rom-com, but it’s Subway Book Review in its simplest form. The mind behind this ingenious platform, Uli Beutter Cohen, took her B train experiment to the next level, making everyday readers into book critics. Authentic, fresh, and wholesome, Subway Book Review gives book lovers the word-of-mouth, trust-me-you’ll-love-it reviews they crave.
3. Lit Society
This Chicago-based podcast is all about books and drama. Lifelong pals and bibliophiles Kari Herrera and Alexis Honoria are on a mission to restore humanity’s faith in recreational reading. (Plus, dish on their favorite lines, endings, and critiques of their current reads.) Listeners can tune in weekly for their latest installments.
4. The Alignist
The Alignist combines the magic of traveling to faraway places IRL with the magic of diving into a great read and curated book drops guaranteed to expand your horizons. This quarterly subscription wants you to travel the world, one novel at a time. Subscribers indulge in worldly adventures through fiction and non-fiction writing from around the globe, getting a small glimpse of life from varying perspectives and stories.
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