Jenna Bush Hager and Oprah Bond Over Book Clubs
Both Oprah and Hager have high-profile book clubs devoted to connecting people with the literature. Oprah's Book Club, of course, is the original. OBC has been a force in the literary world since its launch via The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1996, and it recently turned a new chapter with a partnership with Apple. Hager, meanwhile, is newer to the scene: Her book club, Read With Jenna, kicked off in March 2019 on the TODAY Show.
Clearly, these two have a lot to bond about—and they have. After an interview on the TODAY Show during Oprah's 2020 Vision wellness tour with WW, the two candidly gushed about their book clubs—and dissuaded any notion of competition between the two.
"I do not feel there's competition," Oprah says in the clip. Hager agreed, saying she told Reese Witherspoon, who also has a successful book club, the same thing. "We are not competing!" Then, the women each turned to the camera and said "We love to read!" to emphasize their point.
Their shared enthusiasm for reading demonstrates something that all book lovers know to be true: Being a book-lover means you're already part of a community. Whether you join Oprah's Book Club or Read with Jenna, you will instantly connect with even more people who love reading, too.
Generally speaking, Read with Jenna's picks are well-written contemporary novels with propulsive plots. Hager explained her taste in an interview with Good Housekeeping."No matter what, you have to have a great, compulsively readable plot. Something where you cannot wait to figure out what's going to happen. And, obviously, I was an English major, so it has to be beautifully well-written," she said.
Here are the 12 books on Jenna Bush Hager's book club list so far beginning with her most recent pick: The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré, a harrowing yet ultimately optimistic story about the sole survivor of a plane crash.
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