If you’re going a little stir crazy and are itching to join a book club, now is a great time to do it – virtually. And there are more options than the popular Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Jenna Bush Hager. There are a wealth of online book clubs, podcasts and communities that speak to readers' specific interests and bring a much-needed sense of community and debate – perfect for self-isolating bibliophiles who no longer can meet up in person to discuss their latest read.

We’ve rounded up a few types of virtual clubs that may pique your interest and get you out into the world again (online, at least). We stuck with book clubs that don’t have a subscription fee, so the only cost to you is the book. Unless, of course, you can access the book for free. 

Get social on social media

Instagram is popular with many celebrity book lovers, including actress Emma Roberts and her book club, Belletrist. There is an official website for the book club, but Instagram is Roberts’ go-to space. Some popular non-celebrity Instagram clubs include PureWow's Book Club and Salt Water Reads.

Facebook is filled with book groups and literary discussions. Just search within the site hundreds will pop up. Monthly Book Club, Lost in a Good Book and Women Reading Great Books are just a few of the larger book groups on Facebook.

Twitter is a little different from Facebook and Instagram: It's more like browsing a bookstore. Instead of strolling the aisles, just search for books by title. If you just want to peruse and get ideas, try commonly used hashtags such as #bookclub, #read, #fridayreads and #booklovers. You will not be at a loss for recommendations and opinions.

Get interactive with online groups

Two popular online book groups are Goodreads and The Reddit Book Club. The sites require you to create an account in order to participate, but the discussions are often more detailed than those on social media.

On Goodreads, probably the most notable group is Our Shared Shelf, originally founded by actress Emma Watson. As of now it is no longer moderated, but among the hundreds of other active groups are Librarians Group, Addicted to YA and The Perks of Being a Book Addict.

At Reddit Book Club, one book is chosen each month and several posts appear throughout the month discussing the book, broken down into parts, often chapters. Recent books discussed include “The Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson,  “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, and “Room” by Emma Donoghue.

Pop in on book clubs with podcasts

Andrew Luck Book Club is hosted by the former NFL quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts about once a month. Online, Luck posts two books for discussion, one for younger readers and one for more seasoned readers. Many selections are accompanied by a podcast interview with the book's author.

Black Chick Lit is a bi-monthly podcast that discusses books by and about black women. In addition to the podcast is a twitter account. Chats are hosted between book-discussion episodes. Previous books discussed include “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “Swing Time” by Zadie Smith.

Not Your Mom’s Romance Book Club is a weekly podcast discussing (you guessed it) romances with Ellen and (you guessed it again)her mom. There is an extensive social media presence behind the podcast with groups on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.