Emma Watson, the celeb bookwoman of Harry Potter film fame who made a recent appearance in the latest Little Women rendition, announced she will be stepping away from her public book club.
Last week, Our Shared Shelf put up a message on Goodreads from founder Emma, who said instead of having book club moderators she will return to recommending titles on social media.
“My wish is that this community continues to share and announce their own book recommendations with this hashtag keeping what we’ve built together alive and well for the future,” she wrote in the message. “I am excited to see it continue to grow and mature. I might just be reading along with you! Keep your eyes peeled as I announce other books later this year.”
Emma joins Florence Welch of alt rock pop group Florence + The Machine who announced a hiatus in July with her book club, Between Two Books. It also had the same format as Our Shared Shelf of selecting two books at a time.
Our Shared Shelf almost has 231,000 members on Goodreads.
The celebrity-helmed book clubs seem to be popular, but some celebrities have been honest about the hardships of managing a book club despite their star power and resources. Oprah just revived her book club in a new format with the backing of Apple. Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen admitted in 2018 they had chosen an initial book and interviewed the author the prior year but couldn’t follow through with the concept.