Curious About Dua Lipa’s Reading List? Get in on Her Book Club and Discover!

If you’ve ever wanted to receive book suggestions from the singer of hit songs like “Dance the Night” and “Levitating,” your wish has come true.

Dua Lipa Service 95 bookclub Patti Smith Just Kids

Dua Lipa is not only a popular musician but also a passionate reader. Earlier this year, she started a book club through her editorial platform Service95. The monthly book selection aims to showcase diverse global voices, including fiction, memoirs, and manifestos. Lipa also provides additional resources with each pick, such as author interviews, playlists and discussion guides. Service95 Recommends is another resource on the site that features Lipa’s favorite reads, as well as picks from guests like Monica Lewinsky and Lisa Taddeo. To access Lipa’s book club and bonus materials, visit the Service95 website. Check out Lipa’s September book pick below: Just Kids by Patti Smith.

Just Kids book cover Patti Smith

For her September book pick, Lipa has chosen ‘Just Kids’ by Patti Smith, a memoir that provides insight into the life of the legendary punk singer and poet during her early years as a young artist in New York City. The book also delves into Smith’s close relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Lipa’s choice is a departure from her usual fiction picks and showcases her interest in nonfiction works. In August, she had recommended ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as her top read.

Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie book cover

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ is a novel published in 2006 by Vintage Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. It portrays the Nigerian Civil War, also referred to as Biafran War, where multiple characters struggle with love and relationships amidst political turmoil. Lipa describes it as a story of love, jealousy, infidelity, and forgiveness. Additionally, Adichie delivers an exclusive essay discussing the significance of Igbo culture and language in writing. In July, Min Jin Lee’s ‘Pachinko’ will be featured in the book club.

Pachinko book cover Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee’s novel ‘Pachinko’ published by Grand Central Publishing is a story that takes place in both Korea and Japan, where four generations of a Korean family struggle with identity, womanhood, and colonialism. The author was particularly interested in the history of Koreans living in Japan and the popular game Pachinko, which inspired her to write this book. Meanwhile, Douglas Stuart’s ‘Shuggie Bain’ is another June release that readers shouldn’t miss.

Shuggie Bain book cover Douglas Stewart

Lipa’s favorite type of books are those that touch her heart, and this June’s pick is no exception. “Shuggie Bain” by Douglas Stuart is a poignant story set in the working-class Scotland of the Thatcher era, which centers on the complex bond between the protagonist, young Hugh (known as Shuggie), and his alcoholic mother, Agnes. As a bonus for book club members, there’s a playlist available that captures the essence of Glasgow, the book’s setting, and the birthplace of author Douglas Stuart.

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