Reese Witherspoon arguably has the most popular celebrity book club, and this is a complete and updated Reese Witherspoon book club list with all of her choices as well as my personal recommendations.
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The Reese Witherspoon book club list contains so many instant best sellers, and they often turn into tv shows or films. I think we will continue to see this trend from her.
Best of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club List
Before we get to the full Reese Witherspoon Book Club list, let’s talk about the “best of.” I have to admit, when Reese picks a book, I take a hard look at whether I want to read it. I have definitely been disappointed by some of her choices, but my my personal favorites from the Reese Witherspoon Book Club list include:
- This is How it Always Is – the heartfelt story of raising a transgendered child (a modern favorite of mine).
- From Scratch – the tear-jerking memoir of a Black American actress whose Italian husband died of cancer amidst family strife (another modern fave of mine).
- The Light We Lost – a fictional story about lost love, and the only book that has ever made me actually sob. Consistently a bestselling book each month!
- Daisy Jones & the Six – the uber popular documentary style book about a 1970s rock band, complete with song lyrics. So unique and unforgettable.
- Next Year in Havana – a satisfying and suspenseful, very well written historical fiction book about Cuba, with both modern and historical storylines. Another consistent top seller here!
- The Last Mrs. Parrish – a truly satisfying and shocking thriller — and I am a tough critic of thrillers. Consistently a bestselling book each month!
My readers seem to agree, as these particular books are also some of the best selling books on this blog! If you are unsure which books to try on this list, or if you want to pick something almost guaranteed to please, these books are the perfect start.
Full Reese Witherspoon Book Club List
Below is the complete and updated Reese Witherspoon book club list for adults with my personal recommendations. I will continue to update this list over time so it remains a valuable resource for you.
I keep Reese’s book club picks for young adults updated on a separate post:
RANKING SYSTEM: I rank some books below which I have read by “stars.” The range is 1 (terrible) to 5 (excellent).
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“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman
(3 stars; I liked this one but I didn’t love it as much as other people did. I found Eleanor’s personality to contradict itself. Still a decent read!)
A popular bestseller in which the life of an eccentric loner changes upon becoming friends with a co-worker, who learns the sad details of her past.
“The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn
(4 stars; This was a fast moving and captivating story that held my attention.)
A well-written historical WWII fictional novel about courageous women, including a spy.
“The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware
After a teacher dies, four female friends who play a game of telling lies are expelled. Years later, one of the women texts her friends that she needs them and mystery ensues.
“Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
The neighborhood story of the intertwined fates of a picturesque family and the multi-cultural mother and daughter who rattle their lives.
“The Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman
(4 stars; I simply adore this and the other books in the Practical Magic series, especially in the Fall!)
Set in the 1960s, the Owens family attempts to escape a centuries-long curse, as they are instructed against doing things like falling in love.
“This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage” by Ann Patchett
In essays, beloved author Ann Patchett examines her commitments to writing, her family, her friends, her dogs, books, and her husband.
“The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Liv Constantine
(4 stars; I am tough on thrillers, but I really enjoyed this page turner. If you are already a fan, check out my recommendations for books like The Last Mrs. Parrish.)
An unhappy woman hatches a plan to step into the life of a rich, married woman, but that’s just the beginning of this shocking, super popular thriller…
“Braving the Wilderness” by Brené Brown
(4 stars; Brene Brown can do no wrong in my opinion, and she is always a must read and this book sells very consistently on my blog. Read my full review of Braving the Wilderness with quotes, discussion questions and more.)
Renowned “shame” researcher Brene Brown tackles disconnection in modern society and belonging with authenticity.
“The Light We Lost” by Jill Santopolo
(4 stars; I can be a tough critic of romance novels but this one is one of my favorite love stories, and it actually made me cry. I remember it vividly to this day. It’s also consistently the top seller on my blog.)
The emotional fate of a couple who meets in New York City on September 11, 2001, then diverge onto different paths over the years thereafter.
“Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows” by Balli Kaur Jaswal
A London woman takes a job teaching a “creative writing” course at the community center in the close-knit Punjabi community and teaches the modest women to share their fantasies and memories.
“Happiness” by Heather Harpham
(3.5 stars; I enjoyed this book, but it wasn’t my favorite non-fiction.)
A woman navigates the world of caring for a sick child in an unconventional family in this compelling true story.
“You Think It, I’ll Say It” by Curtis Sittenfeld
(2 stars; While a lot of people enjoyed these short stories, none of them particularly clicked with me.)
A collection of modern short stories.
“Something in the Water” by Catherine Steadman
Newlyweds on their honeymoon find “something in the water” and must speak out or keep a secret in this thriller.
“Next Year in Havana” by Chanel Cleeton
(4 stars; I loved this compelling and suspenseful historical fiction story, as well as the characters in it! It sells all the time on my blog. And if you are doing the Around the World Reading Challenge, you can add this book to your PDF tracker for Cuba!)
A modern Cuban-American woman travels to Cuba, where she uncovers her family history, including a secret from the revolution.
“Still Lives” by Maria Hummel
A thriller involving twelve paintings about eleven famous murders … and one missing artist.
“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
(3 stars; Unpopular opinion, but while I enjoyed this super popular book, I found it to be kind of unbelievable. If you are doing a 50 States of America reading challenge, this also makes a great book for North Carolina.)
The #1 New York Times bestselling coming of age story of a woman raised in a marsh, including both a mystery and a love story. If you haven’t read it yet, you may be the only one!
“This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel
(5 stars; The writing and the “heart” in this book are unforgettable, and it is one of my favorite family drama books in general, not just on the Reese Witherspoon book club list!)
The touching and beloved story of parents learning to deal with a young son who is trans-gendered, written by the mother of a transgendered child. It will stay with you after turning the last page for sure.
“The Other Woman” by Sandie Jones
A thriller about a woman dealing with a mother in law who wants her out of the picture.
“One Day In December” by Josie Silver
(4 stars; This is a quite simply the most delightful holiday must read.)
Bridget Jones’ Diary meets Love Actually and Serendipity in this very popular holiday love story of chance and challenges.
“The Library Book” by Susan Orlean
(I got really bored by this book and did not finish it.)
The non-fiction story of the 1986 fire in the Los Angeles Public Library.
“The Proposal” by Jasmine Guillory
From popular romance writer Jasmine Guillory, comes a proposal at a major league baseball game goes wrong, but causes a chance meeting for the woman who declines the proposal.
“Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(4.5 stars; This book, which is one of the best audio books of all time and one of my favorites on the Reese Witherspoon book club list, is so unique that everyone should read it. It reminded me of Fleetwood Mac. It was also Book of the Month’s Book of the Year in 2019.)
The extremely popular documentary style reflection on a 1970s band and why they split, from an author that always delivers.
“The Night Tiger” by Yangsze Choo
In 1930s Malaysia, a dressmaker obtains a gruesome souvenir that gives her an adventure. And a young boy is on a mission to fulfill his former master’s dying wish in this transcendent novel.
“From Scratch” by Tembi Locke
(4.5 stars; I absolutely adored this beautiful and heartfelt memoir of love, loss and family in the heart of Italy. It’s one of my favorites on the Reese Witherspoon book club list, one of the best books set in Italy, one one the best books about grief and one of my favorite books of 2019.)
The unforgettable, tear-jerking and heartwarming memoir of an American actress coping with the death of her Italian husband and the race issues that separated their families. So exquisitely written.
For more, check out my full review with book pairings for From Scratch.
“The Cactus” by Sarah Haywood
A hard-nosed single woman deals with an unexpected pregnancy and a complex family inheritance at the same time.
“Whisper Network” by Chandler Baker
A #metoo story about a new CEO surrounded by whispers about how her treats women.
“The Last House Guest” by Megan Miranda
This instant New York Times bestseller is a “no one can be trusted” murder mystery about a dead woman in Maine.
“The Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott
This instant New York Times bestseller is a story of secretaries turned spies, based on a true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate Russia with the love story, Doctor Zhivago.
“Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live)” by Eve Rodsky
The popular, game-changing toolkit for dividing up household responsibility fairly. For moms everywhere!
“The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes
(4 stars; I thoroughly enjoyed the story and characters in this memorable book. If you are doing a 50 States of America reading challenge, this also makes a great book for Kentucky.)
This #1 New York Times bestseller is a Depression-era tale, based on a true story, of women running a traveling library in the mountains of Kentucky.
“Conviction” by Denise Mina
A woman listening to a true crime podcast realizes she knew one of the victims in the past.
“Such A Fun Age” by Kiley Reid
(4.5 stars; The characters, dialogue and themes are so fresh in this book, which is one of my favorites on the Reese Witherspoon book club list and one of my favorite “Black Lives Matter” books.)
A modern take on race, class and the challenges of post-college life, after a young nanny is accused of kidnapping a child with whom she is working. An excellent read!
“The Scent Keeper” by Erica Bauermeister
A girl who lives on a remote island learns about life through her senses, and her father holds mysterious scents that end up thrusting her into the real world.
“The Jetsetters” by Amanda Eyre Ward
A disconnected family reunites on a cruise ship traveling through Europe and confronts their pasts.
“Untamed” by Glennon Doyle
According to Reese, “This memoir is so packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today, what it means to be ‘good’, and what woman will do in order to be loved. I swear I highlighted something in EVERY chapter.” I see so many great reviews of this one on Bookstagram!
“The Henna Artist” by Alka Joshi
A young woman in 1950s India attempts to create an independent life while balancing the resurgence of her dark past in a society teetering between traditional and modern — a very highly rated debut novel.
“The Guest List” by Lucy Foley
(4 stars; a satisfying thriller and a real page turner, bound to please.)
In this Agatha Christie style mystery, someone is dead at an Irish wedding, but the reader doesn’t know who or why until the end, and the suspects are bountiful…
“I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown
(4 stars; an honest and direct take on a Black woman’s perspective advocating for Black Lives Matter issues)
This is an eye-opening account of a woman who grew up Black, Christian, and female in middle-class white America in the spirit of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
“Everything Inside” by Edwidge Danticat
A critically-acclaimed, award-winning set of short stories about Haitian culture, including hopeful stories of love, loss and love of country.
“The Last Story of Mina Lee” by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
(While I have heard good reviews for this book, I just could not connect to it and did not finish it.)
A moving mother-daughter saga, in which a daughter uncovers the devastating realities of her mother’s life as a Korean immigrant in America, aftre her mother’s unexpected death.
“His Only Wife” by Peace Adzo Medie
Described as “Crazy Rich Asians” for West Africa, a small town woman marries a wealthy man she does not know and moves to the gleaming capital city of Ghana.
“Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life” by Christie Tate
A top law student overcomes an eating disorder, yet still fantasizes about death. She enters the world of group therapy and finds new meaning in life.
“The Chicken Sisters” by KJ Dell’Antonia
A feel-good story in which two chicken franchises in Kansas vie for best fried chicken on Food Wars, which ends up pitting two sisters against each other.
“Outlawed” by Anna North
The Crucible meets True Grit in the year 1894, as a fugitive girl and a mysterious gang of robbers set out on a dangerous mission to transform the Wild West for the betterment of women.
“The Sanatorium” by Sarah Pearse
An atmospheric thriller about a former abandoned sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, which has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel. A female detective takes time off from work to visit, until a snowstorm rages and guests begin to go missing.
Infinite Country by Patricia Engel
In Infinite Country, after committing an impulsive act of violence, Talia is being held at a correctional facility for girls in Colombia. She wants to get out, as her father and a plane ticket to the United States are waiting for her to finally be reunited with her family in the north. And how this family came to occupy two countries is an unforgettable story in itself.
That ends the complete and fully updated Reese Witherspoon book club list for adults with my personal recommendations.
As a reminder, I keep Reese’s book club picks for young adults updated on a separate post:
If you are still feeling overwhelmed by the Reese Witherspoon Book Club List, I suggest you check out the selections that I loved and are also top sellers on this blog:
As mentioned, this is my most viewed and most shared post. I will continue to update it over time so it remains a valuable resource for you.
Just for fun… do you remember when Mindy Kaling referenced the glamorously festive and punny “Wreath Witherspoon” on her show a few years back?!
Well, since this Reese Witherspoon book club list is my top post, I created my very own book edition of the “Wreath Witherspoon” this holiday season, decorated with some of Reese’s best book club picks! I’m hoping to make this a holiday tradition!
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