What’s your favorite Reese’s Book Club pick?
If you’re anything like me, it probably changes every time someone asks. I love the variety of books on Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club and can’t get enough of her recommendations.
And, if you love stories that celebrate women, you should definitely check Reese’s Book Club as well. Each month a new book is chosen, and in my opinion, most of them are worth the hype reads.
To give you a little taste of what to expect, I’ve put together my top ten favorite picks from Reese’s Book Club list. And trust me, this is just the beginning! Keep reading for the updated list and more great reads.
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by Ann Patchett
August 23 Pick
Exploring the power of memory and family, Tom Lake is a captivating novel by Ann Patchett. As Lara tells her daughters the story of Peter Duke—the actor she shared a stage with and had a romance with years before—the girls search for themselves in their mother’s past and are forced to confront their own lives in the midst of a changing world. With vivid imagery and lyrical prose, Patchett captures the complexity of family relationships and the beauty of a life lived.
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by R. F. Kuang
July 23 Pick
June Hayward, an aspiring author feeling invisible and unable to get her work noticed, witnesses the sudden death of her twin sister Athena Liu – a literary darling. Desperate for recognition and success, June impulsively steals Athena’s masterpiece novel. As June races to keep her secret hidden and protect her stolen success, she is forced to confront the lengths she will go to get what she believes is rightfully hers and must grapple with grief and guilt as her stolen novel takes off and threatens to unravel everything
Cassandra in Reverse
by Holly Smale
June 23 Pick
Sci Fi & Fantasy
As Cassie Dankworth discovers the power to turn back time and rewrite her own history, she embarks on a journey of discovery and self-reflection. Cassandra in Reverse is an uplifting story about second chances. With a clever blend of magical realism and an unexpected twist on time travel, Cassandra in Reverse will have readers cheering for Cassie as she learns to take ownership of her future. Filled with humor and heart, this book is sure to leave readers feeling inspired and hopeful.
Did You Hear About Kitty Karr?
by Crystal Smith Paul
May 23 Pick
Kitty Karr Tate was a White icon of the silver screen, and when she died, her multi-million dollar estate was bequeathed to the St. John sisters, three young Black women. What follows is an explosive multigenerational saga that traverses the glamour of old Hollywood and the seductive draw of modern-day showbiz as Elise St. John delves into Kitty’s past and discovers unexpected family ties, debts owed, and debatable crimes that could unravel their all-American fabric. This is an insightful and nuanced look at the inheritances of family, race, and gender – and the choices some women make to break free of them.
by Curtis Sittenfeld
April 23 Pick
Sally Milz is a sketch writer for the late-night live comedy show The Night Owls. With a series of heartbreaks in her past, Sally has given up on searching for true love and instead focuses on her career and her relationship with her stepfather. But when her friend Danny Horst begins dating a glamorous actress, Sally notices an emerging pattern—average-looking men like Danny successfully woo beautiful and accomplished women. To poke fun at this phenomenon, Sally writes a sketch called the Danny Horst Rule. However, her cynicism is tested when she meets Noah Brewster, a pop star with a reputation for dating models who has signed on as host and musical guest for the show.
by Kristin Hannah
March 23 Pick
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is an epic novel of love, courage, and resilience set in wartime France during World War II. It follows two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, as they struggle to survive the Nazi occupation of their country. Vianne makes difficult choices to keep her family alive while Isabelle joins the Resistance and risks her life to save others. With courage, grace, and insight, Kristin Hannah captures the panorama of war and illuminates an often-overlooked part of history: the women’s war. It is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the strength of the human spirit and pays tribute to female resilience.
The House of Eve
by Sadeqa Johnson
February 23 Pick
A captivating novel that draws readers into the struggles, secrets, and triumphs shared by two Black women in 1950s Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Fifteen-year-old Ruby Pearsall dreams of becoming the first in her family to attend college, while Eleanor Quarles arrives in Washington D.C., it with ambition and secrets of her own. When Eleanor meets the handsome William Pride at Howard University, they fall madly in love, but his parents are not so welcoming to an outsider like Eleanor. As their stories intertwine, readers will follow along as Ruby and Eleanor make decisions that shape the trajectory of their lives forever.
The House in the Pines
by Ana Reyes
January 23 Pick
When a YouTube video surfaces of a young woman dying mysteriously in a diner, Maya returns to her Berkshires hometown to uncover the truth about what happened to her friend Aubrey seven years ago. Frank, the enigmatic man they were hanging out with that summer, is the only lead she has. As she digs into the past, she finds herself sucked back into Frank’s orbit, and she starts to wonder if she’ll ever be able to escape his hold on her.
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The Marriage Portrait
by Maggie O’Farrell
December 22 Pick
A sweeping historical novel set in 16th-century Florence. It follows Lucrezia, the third daughter of the grand duke, who finds herself unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight when her older sister dies on the eve of her wedding to the ruler of Ferrara, Modena, and Reggio. Despite lacking the experience and skills required of a duchess, Lucrezia must marry her late sister’s betrothed to secure the future of the Ferranese dynasty. As she navigates treacherous court customs, Lucrezia discovers that her new husband is not quite who he appears to be.
Tiny Beautiful Things
by Cheryl Strayed
November 22 Pick
An inspiring collection of advice from Dear Sugar, a pseudonym for the bestselling author. Tiny Beautiful Things presents the best of her online column, podcast, and Substack newsletter over the last decade, featuring humorous, insightful, and compassionate perspectives on life’s challenges. This edition includes six new columns and a new preface by Strayed, making it a perfect companion for those seeking comfort and wisdom in their everyday lives.
Our Missing Hearts
by Celeste Ng
October 22 Pick
Bird Gardner is a 12-year-old boy living in a dystopian society that has been drastically changed by years of violence and economic instability. In this new world, the government is allowed to relocate the children of dissidents, and libraries have been forced to remove books seen as unpatriotic. Bird’s mother, Margaret, was a Chinese American poet who left the family when he was nine years old, and he has never known what happened to her. When he receives a mysterious letter containing only a cryptic drawing, he sets out on a quest to find her.
On the Rooftop
by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
September 22 Pick
A novel about family, ambition, and music set in San Francisco during the Jazz Age. The Salvations are a jazz band made up of three sisters: Ruth, Esther, and Chloe. They are driven to success by their mother, Vivian, who is determined to make them famous. When they receive an offer from a talent manager, Vivian knows this is their big break. However, as the girls grow up and start to imagine a life beyond their mother’s reach, Vivian’s hold on her family begins to weaken. And with her own family falling apart, Vivian must confront the changes happening all around her.
Wrong Place Wrong Time
by Gillian McAllister
August 22 Pick
Mystery & Thriller
A gripping, heart-stopping novel about a mother’s search for the truth behind her son’s crime. When seventeen-year-old Ryan kills a stranger, his mother is desperate to understand why. She begins to relive the days leading up to the murder, waking up each morning a day earlier. Slowly, she pieces together the events that led to her son’s deadly act.
Honey & Spice
by Bolu Babalola
July 22 Pick
Kiki Banjo is a sharp-tongued student at Whitewell University who has made it her mission to help other women avoid the mess of “situationships” and heartbreak. But when she finds herself caught up in a fake relationship with the very man she warned her girlfriends about, Kiki begins to question everything she thought she knew about love. Brimming with humor and heart, Honey and Spice is a delightful debut novel that will leave you eagerly anticipating Bolu Babalola’s next book.
by Kirstin Chen
June 22 Pick
Ava Wong is a successful Chinese American lawyer with a happy family life. But when her old college roommate, Winnie Fang, reappears and draws her into a scheme involving counterfeit luxury handbags, Ava’s perfect world begins to unravel. As their business grows, Ava and Winnie find themselves in over their heads, and when Winnie suddenly vanishes, Ava is left to face the consequences.
The Dictionary of Lost Words
by Pip Williams
May 22 Pick
Esme, a young girl who grows up in the Oxford English Dictionary Scriptorium is fascinated by words and their meanings, and she begins to collect words that are rejected or disregarded by lexicographers. As she grows older, Esme realizes that many terms relating to women’s experiences are not being recorded, and she sets out to create a dictionary of lost words.
by Sara Nović
April 22 Pick
Intertwining the perspectives of three very different teens, the novel explores the challenges and joys of growing up Deaf in a hearing world. True Biz is ultimately a story about friendship, identity, and belonging–and how we find our place in the world, even when it feels like we don’t quite fit in.
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The Christie Affair
by Nina de Gramont
February 22 Pick
A beguiling novel about the inexplicable 11-day absence of Agatha Christie that stunned the world: but Agatha Christie’s disappearance wasn’t the biggest mystery; it was what she discovered. And now, for the first time, it is told from her husband’s mistress’ viewpoint.
by Dana Schwarts
Winter YA 22 Pick
Yound Adult Fiction
A gothic tale full of mystery and romance. When Hazel Sinnett, a woman trying to become a surgeon, meets Jack Currer, a resurrection man, she soon realizes that he could be more helpful than she first thought. Because Hazel has made a deal with Dr. Beecham: if she can pass the medical examination on her own, Beecham will allow her to continue her medical career.
by Thrity Umrigar
January 22 Pick
Smita, an Indian American journalist, has returned to India to cover a story. The same country she and her family abandoned many years ago with no intention of returning. Once there Smita finds a society where tradition is more important than one’s own heart, and a story might expose painful secrets of her own past.
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Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
“To say I love this book is an understatement. It’s a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection. It moved me to tears.” —Reese Witherspoon
Little Fires Everywhere (now a Hulu original series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington) is a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
The Scent Keeper
by Erica Bauermeister
“This month we are listening to The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister and y’all…it is SO GOOD! It’s a beautiful story about a young woman, Emmeline, confronting the modern world for the very first time. As she embarks on a journey of digging up her past, she is confronted with truth about love, family, and who she really is. Let’s embark on this magical journey together!” —Reese Witherspoon
The Scent Keeper is such an empowering read about fragrances and how they shape our lives. The beautiful prose and charming character make this a must-read for everyone who loves to curl up with a good book.
The Last Mrs. Parrish
by Liv Constantine
“A fun and fast-paced psychological thriller about two determined women who play a high stakes game of deception that only one can win.” —Reese Witherspoon
A fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent with shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Next Year in Havana
by Chanel Cleeton
“A beautiful novel that’s full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice.”—Reese Witherspoon
With Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton delivers a poignant, resonant, and unforgettable five stars novel about love, painful losses, sacrifices, and courage at different times of Cuban history thanks to an engaging narration that alternates memories of Elisa’s past and the present life of her granddaughter, Marisol.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
“Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon
Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live. She leads a simple life, wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day, and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. And one simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself.
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Where The Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owen
“Romance, mystery, murder and it all takes place in the breathtaking backdrop of the South.”—Reese Witherspoon
The legend of the Marsh Girl has been around for years, but few people have ever seen her. Kya Clark is barefoot and wild; she doesn’t belong in polite society so when Chase Andrews’ body washes ashore after he’s found dead from an apparent suicide many locals think it isn’t too surprising that this fragile woman could do something like murder.
Such A Fun Age
by Kiley Reid
The Giver of Stars
by Jojo Moyes
“I’ve been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. Her characters are so compelling. . . It’s such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together.” –Reese Witherspoon
Set in Depression-era America and based on a true story, The Giver of Stars is a breathtaking story of extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond. Alice and Margery are so different, still, they’re destined to become great friends- one has lost everything, and the other is seeking revenge for her losses. As they navigate life together, both find themselves on an unexpected adventure with love along every step.
The Last House Guest
by Megan Miranda
“Set in the small vacation town of Littleport, Maine, you’ll meet visitor Sadie Loman and resident Avery Greer. These two are inseparable for almost a decade—until Sadie Loman is found dead. Secrets that have been hidden for years will be uncovered in this thrilling story.”—Reese Witherspoon
Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl in Littleport, Maine—but that’s just what happens between Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable—until Sadie is found dead. While the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother, Parker, who blame her.
The Secrets We Kept
by Lara Prescott
“Set during the Cold War, it tells the story of secretaries turned spies who are tasked with smuggling ‘Doctor Zhivago” out of the USSR and into the hands of Russian citizens. You’ll get to know Sally and Irina, two spies who risk it all for love and adventure.”—Reese Witherspoon
A thrilling novel following Sally Forrester and Irina, two secretaries turned spies, recruited by the CIA to help smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the Soviet Union. A powerful novel that showcases the importance of art and its ability to change the world.