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6 Celebrity Book Club Recommendations For Your Final Summer Reads

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Summer is sadly coming to an end but that shouldn’t stop your reading plans & some of our fave celebs shared their book club recommendations which you can shop for right here!

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If you’ve been reading a ton of books this summer and you’re looking for something new, you’re in luck, because some of our favorite celebrities shared their top book club recommendations. From self-help books to novels, you are going to want to dive right into these books. From Adele to Reese Witherspoon, the stars have great insight into books and Reese even has her very own book club.

No matter what type of genre you’re looking for – novels, memoirs, self-help – there is sure to be a book that you love from our list below and you can shop all of these celeb book picks right here.

1. Adele

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If you’re ready – this book will shake your brain and make your soul scream. I am so ready for myself after reading this book! It’s as if I just flew into my body for the very first time. Whew! Anyone who has any kind of capacity to truly let go and give into yourself with any kind of desire to hold on for dear life – Do it. Read it. Live it. Practice it. We are a lot! But we are meant to be a lot! .. “A good life is a hard life!” Read this book and have a highlighter on hand to make notes because you’ll want to refer back to it trust me! I never knew that I am solely responsible for my own joy, happiness and freedom!! Who knew our own liberation liberates those around us? Cause I didn’t!! I thought we were meant to be stressed and disheveled, confused and selfless like a Disney character! ProBloodyFound!! You’re an absolute don Glennon ?

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Adele swears by this book, which she claims changed her life. The 32-year-old singer loved the book so much that she gushed, “this book will shake your brain and make your soul scream.” It is a powerful memoir about one woman who learned to accept herself and change her life around to become the best possible woman and mother she can be. This is the perfect book for the state of the world right now, especially since we can all be feeling off-kilter from being stuck inside during the coronavirus pandemic. If you’re not one who likes self-help books, this is the perfect book for you because it teaches you valuable life lessons without the badgering from a self-help book. Plus, if it’s good enough to change Adele’s life, then we want to read it too! $17, amazon.com
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2. Alanis Morissette

At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk’s Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

Alanis Morissette, 46, shared a video to Twitter which she recorded for Marie Claire’s “Shelf Portrait,” where celebrities reveal their bookshelves and favorite books. Alanis showed off her home library which features walls lined with fully stocked bookshelves, (our absolute dream). In the video, Alanis explains that Thich Nhat Hanh, author of At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk’s Life, is one of her “favorite people in the entire world.” She explains that the book means a lot to her and that, “Everything that comes out of his mouth is pure inspiration for me. I love to read him when I first wake up in the morning or when I go to sleep at night.” This book is about the life of peace activist and “Zen Master,” Thich Nhat Hanh. It details his childhood, life journies, hardships, and his teachings. It’s a great book to put you in a peaceful mindset during these trying times. $11, amazon.com
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3. Reese Witherspoon

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Introducing the Reese’s Book Club YA pick! In the middle of each month, @ReeseWitherspoon will pick a book in the Young Adult genre to read with #ReesesBookClub. These books will feature women at the center of the story and are intended for older teens and adults.? ? We are excited to reveal that the inaugural #ReesesBookClubYA pick is ‘You Should See Me in a Crown’ by @byLeahJohnson! This funny, joyful story follows mighty Liz Lighty as she runs for senior prom to win scholarship money to her dream college. Along the way, she navigates typical teenage friend drama and falls for the new girl, who happens to be her competition. ? ? Reese has invited @officialLexiUnderwood from @littlefireshulu to join her as guest editor this month. Head over to our Stories to meet Lexi! #YouShouldSeeMeInACrown #ireadYA #ReadWithReese

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

It is no secret that Reese is the queen of books and her book club has become insanely popular over the years. Every time Reese makes a new selection for her book club, it’s usually amazing. In fact, some of her book club picks she has adapted into movies and hit television shows including Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, and Gone Girl – just to name a few. Reese loves books so much, that she even just launched her very own YouTube Series, “Book Shook,” which showcases powerful women discussing some of their favorite books and how those books personally moved them. However, her latest book club recommendation may just be one of our favorites. You Should See Me in a Crown is about a young black girl, Liz Lighty, from Indiana who has great big plans to become a doctor and musician but when her financial aid gets rejected, she has to do everything in her power to get to college – even if that means trying to get her school’s prom queen scholarship. In order to get the prom queen crown, Liz goes through many trials and tribulations including social media bullies, and the book details how she overcomes this tough age to follow her dreams. $15, amazon.com
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4. Sarah Jessica Parker

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I’m so excited to read this that I can barely take the steps to begin for the anticipated gloom when @emilystjohnmandel ‘s much lauded new book will inevitably end. My fellow readers, you know the feeling. Nonetheless my journey inside The Glass House begins. X, SJ Ps and let me add I know our beloved libraries across the country are all doing what they can to get books to readers, so check in with your local libraries to see what services they are offering their community right now, as well for those that can purchase please try and support your local independent booksellers but if you want to purchase and can’t find it locally there is a wonderful website @bookshop_org that is able to fulfill your needs. As well, they support local and independent booksellers!

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Sarah Jessica Parker loves to show off the books she’s been reading on Instagram and we look forward to her personal comments about each book. Her latest pick, The Glass Hotel, takes place at a five-star hotel on Vancouver Island while another story within the book takes place in Manhattan. The two worlds collide in this mystery thriller about ghosts, Ponzi schemes, and love. It is definitely a page-turner and will add some excitement to these long, dreary quarantine days. $18, amazon.com
the glass hotel

5. Emma Roberts

Luster: A Novel by Raven Leilani

Emma Roberts has been making quite the name for herself in the book scene and the 29-year-old even started her own book club, Belletrist. She started the subscription book club with her BFF Karah Preiss, and while it is fairly new in recent years, it actually started over a decade ago when the two friends would send each other books they liked with little notes written on them, through the mail. Belletrist has become a huge presence on social media as Emma picks new books frequently and discusses them with readers through comments and Instagram lives. Her latest book recommendation, Luster, details the life of 20-year-old Edie, who lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The story describes her life and bad sexual choices until she meets Eric. Eric lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter, and when his wife finds out about Edie, she allows an open relationship to happen between Edie and Eric. The novel details the obstacles Edie faces while trying to navigate her life and find out who she truly is. $23, amazon.com
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6. Oprah

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

We obviously had to save the best for last – Oprah. Oprah is the true queen of book clubs and every book she recommends instantly becomes a bestseller. People wait with bated breath to find out her latest book picks and her most recent recommendation, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, is truly amazing and perfect for the current times we’re living in. The book is composed of stories and detailed research about life in America as well as the “hidden caste systems” and “hierarchy” in place and how they affect people’s day to do lives, both in the past and in the present. You will not be able to put this book down. $19, amazon.com
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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show

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Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

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As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion

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The short, strange life of Quibi

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“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.

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