Earlier this morning, the star announced that she will be starting her very own social media–based book club, in which she will be giving recommendations, sharing what she’s reading, and creating a space for people to come together and discuss.
Being an actress, Emma Roberts probably has to memorize pages and pages of scripts regularly, obviously now being an expertise at the task, but it is not astonishing that she would have an inking for the written word. The actress has long shared posts across social media noting books she is reading; thereby, making well-edited recommendations to her diligent followers.
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Robert appraises written word, which she demonstrates with eyes feverishly affixed to a wall of magazines.
The actress is a self-professed avid reader, so she has mingled with her pal Karah Preiss to bring the e-book club to life where the duo will curate monthly literary selections. Roberts and Preiss invite members to “Discover, read, and celebrate a new book every month” with Belletrist serving as “an online platform that celebrates great books and the people who read them.”
It’s called Belletrist, which means “writer of belles lettres” and is already the name of a pretty cool literary magazine. Presumably the book club name is a reference to the “light, entertaining, and often sophisticated literature” that Roberts and Preiss plan to read.
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Emma excitedly announced the news herself this morning, writing: “Good morning [sunshines] I’m so excited to finally share @belletrist with you!”
Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss had met nearly a decade ago in New York and since then both have been friends. The women connected over their love of books, and declaration that each suffers from the condition “Tsundoku” which is described on their website as “the Japanese word for pile of books.” They share the compulsive habit of buying books and allowing them to pile up on shelves, dressers, under the bed, in the oven (in Karah’s case), in the car (in Emma’s case), and in bags and purses you never use (both are much guilty)! The duo realized their best cure was to discuss their reads and using this in to the formation of Belletrist.
Describing their interest, Belletrist’s website explains that for Roberts and Preiss, “Books are our common ground. A good book gets you out of your head. A good book gives meaning to life. It gives you the language to describe what you experience. A good book will make you understand why you are in pain after heartbreak. It will make you miss your stop on the subway. A good book will fight your heavy eyelids, demanding that you stay awake for one more chapter. In a time where there is so much out there commanding our attention, it provides a reason to focus.”
Reading also serves as a way to connect. “We love that books give us the opportunity to connect and we wanted to create a space that fosters that connection for readers around the world.” Sharing and community involvement is encouraged, and “from photo and video sharing to live discussions, Belletrist will grow as our community’s needs and dreams evolve.”
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The Belletrist Instagram account already has 18K followers and 12 posts that showcase a variety of aesthetic books piration, from bookstore pics to a Joan Didion portrait to a library that’s fully decked out in millennial pink. Pretty impressive for one day on the job.
Sandwiched between inspiration images of iconic beauties, such as actress Audrey Heburn and author Joan Didion (the club’s inaugural book is Didion’s South and West), Belletrist’s Instagram also serves as a sort of travel guide, highlighting unique independent booksellers (#belletristbookstore) as well as regramming recs and images from their followers. Roberts’ star power should provide Belletrist friendly access to literary superstars, as Roberts has already secured an interview with Didion accompanied by a Roberts’ penned essay.
Roberts concluded by saying there will be “more surprises to come,” and the Belletrist account says that the first book-of-the-month will be announced tomorrow so we are way too much excited and can hardly wait !!!