Emma Roberts is an absolute Hollywood powerhouse; from starring in films, one of the hottest television shows in recent history, releasing albums and using her status to create a community of readers through her online book club. She frequently shares her current favorites on her Instagram feed. Check out what she’s been reading lately.
Cherish Farrah by Bethany C. Morrow
“CHERISH FARRAH by @bcmorrow absolutely sucked me in, and the conversation @kpreiss and I had with Bethany was a great time. I’m so excited to hear what you think about Farrah Turner and Cherish Whitman!”
Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solint
On vacation in Costa Rica this winter, Emma read Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solint, a book about George Orwell’s passion for flowers and gardening, but also a critique of colonialism, a meditation on history, and a reflection on joy and beauty.
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins
“I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness is about love, loss, and the winding path to wholeness.”
The Days of Afrekete by Asali Solomon
“What if everything you thought was going perfectly suddenly wasn’t? @emmaroberts + @kpreiss chose The Days of Afrekete by Asali Solomon (@daysofafrekete) for @belletrist + BookClub because it’s going to challenge and surprise you – and we know you’re going to want to dive into it with your #BBF.”
The Between by Tananarive Due
“If someone sacrificed their life for you, what impact would it have on the rest of your life? #TheBetween is a Black Horror novel by @tananarivedue, the re-release to honor The Between’s 25th anniversary was a conversation @kpreiss and I couldn’t pass up.”
Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith
“#BuildYourHouseAroundMyBody 🐍, a ghostly debut novel about 2 young women who go missing, decades apart.”
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
And Now I Spill the Family Secrets by Margaret Kimball
Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion
“Rhodes meet Joan 💫,” captions Emma about this picture of her reading Joan Didion’s classic book of essays to her newborn son Rhodes.
The Lightness by Emily Temple
“Wear a mask ? Read a book ? @belletrist #thelightness by @knownemily ☁️ one of my favorite picks ⚡️” wrote Roberts in an Instagram post showcasing her reading this highly praised coming of age thriller.
Your Voice In My Head by Emma Forest
Luster by Raven Leilani
On Emma’s must-read list is this novel following a Black girl in her 20s in New Jersey, who has found herself involved with a white man in his 40s. The catch? The man is in an open marriage.
The Book of V by Anna Solomon
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Casey Peabody’s life is in total disarray when she arrives in Massachusetts in 1997. A writer struggling to finish her latest work, she finds herself living in a small rented space and working as a waitress at a restaurant. As much as she wants to live a creative life that fulfills her, she’ll learn that love and the demands of life can make finding success difficult.
These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card
Thirty years ago, Abel Paisley faked his death and stole the identity of his best friend Stanford Solomon. Now, he has a chance to reconnect with his daughter when she is hired to serve as his home health aide. Having believed for years that her father was dead, this reunion will be completely unexpected and emotional.
We Wish You Luck by Caroline Zancan
“An exhilarating novel about a group of students who take revenge on a wunderkind professor after she destroys one of their own – a story of collective drive to create, sabotage, and ultimately, to love.”
Creatures by Crissy Van Meter
“On the eve of Evangelie’s wedding, on the shore of Winter Island, a dead whale is trapped in the harbor, the groom may be lost at sea, and Evie’s mostly absent mother has shown up out of the blue. We can’t wait for you to read along!”
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Best friends Jam and Redemption were taught growing up that monsters no longer existed in their town of Lucille. But when Jam witnesses a monster named Pet come out of her mother’s painting, she’s forced to consider the fact that what she’s always been told is a lie. Now she’ll have to protect her best friend and get the rest of the town to believe her about the things that go bump in the night.
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Sixteen-year-old Melody is getting ready for her coming of age ceremony when she’s reminded of the past and her mother who, years ago, never had the opportunity to participate in her own ceremony. Red at the Bone examines the life of one family, their past and the decisions they have made that have led them to their current place in time.
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
Pablo Rind and Leanna Smart come from very different worlds but when they meet, they find that they are exactly what each other needs in their current lives. As they get to know one another, they begin to piece together who they are and who they want to become.