**Reese Witherspoon Book Club List Updated on 12/22/22**
Love them or hate them, celebrity book clubs are all the rage. While Oprah may be the OG, Reese is the reigning Queen. If a book makes it onto the Reese Witherspoon Book Club list, it can expect to immediately make it onto the NY Times Best Sellers list too. A pick like that makes the author into a household name.
Yet at a book a month, and now with YA books added in as well, it can be hard for the average reader to keep up! So where to begin? Which books on Reese Witherspoon’s book club list really rise to the top? That’s where we come in.
We are attempting to rank each book from favorite to least favorite to help you choose where to start. Like most readers, we haven’t read every book on the list yet, so check back often for updates on the rankings. And be sure to tell us which books we haven’t yet read that we really should pick up next.
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The January 2023 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
Maya was a high school senior when her best friend, Aubrey, mysteriously dropped dead in front of the enigmatic man named Frank whom they’d been spending time with all summer.
Seven years later, Maya lives in Boston with a loving boyfriend and is kicking the secret addiction that has allowed her to cope with what happened years ago, the gaps in her memories, and the lost time that she can’t account for.
But her past comes rushing back when she comes across a recent YouTube video in which a young woman suddenly keels over and dies in a diner while sitting across from none other than Frank. Plunged into the trauma that has defined her life, Maya heads to her Berkshires hometown to relive that fateful summer…MORE
The Winter 2022 Reese Witherspoon Book Club YA Pick
Winter 2022 Reese Witherspoon Book Club YA Pick
This gothic historical fiction is centered around Hazel, a 16 year old woman who lives in Edinburgh Scotland with her mother and younger brother. She has always had an obsession with anatomy and wants to be a surgeon despite the fact that no women are allowed to study to become doctors.
In order to study and pass her exam, she must have dead bodies to look at. Enter Jack, who earns extra money by taking bodies from their graves at night.
This was such a quick read with amazing details to keep the story moving. There were some surprise details that really added to the story. The ending, however, felt very rushed to me- especially when compared to the rest of the book. It left me feeling that I was missing something.
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May 2021 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I raved about this book when I read it earlier this month! Well chosen, Reese! The story of a stepmother and her daughter as they try to find the girl’s father after his abrupt departure.
This mystery has so much heart as you see Hannah bond with and try to protect her new stepdaughter, Bailey. I did not see the ending of this book coming, but absolutely adored it.
October 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
Wow! There are so many things that I loved about this book. Rosie and Penn have five boys. The youngest, Claude wants to be a girl when he grows up. As this family navigates life with secrets, there is never a good time to explain that your youngest daughter was born a male. These loving and supportive parents try to navigate a world in which not everybody is open-minded. This book is poignant and all too realistic. It captures the innocence of youth and the struggles of an entire family.
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March 2019 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I started reading this book but when my audiobook library hold came in I changed over to the audiobook version. HOLY COW. The audiobook is EVEN BETTER. Seriously, I think this might have been my favorite audiobook of all time. I expect it to sweep the Audies this year for sure. The book is laid out in chronological order about the making of a band in the 70s, but the story is told in interview style from a dozen sources.
The audio version has a different narrator for each character and the performances the actors give are stupendous. I was overcome with emotion numerous times while I was listening. The story itself about the rise and fall of one of the hottest bands was so utterly fabulous – it’s pure sex, drugs and rock n’ roll in all the best ways. There is a Spotify playlist that goes with it – scroll down for all the details.
For more, check out our Ultimate List of Best Historical Fiction Books
September 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I will admit when I saw the description of this book, I was not sold. A trusted individual, who has never steered me wrong in the past, gave me an advanced copy so, I took the leap. And wow, am I glad I did. I read this book and then recommended it to everyone I knew. This book has that spark, that special something that makes it extra. It is no surprise that we chose this as our favorite of 2018.
We have an entire post dedicated to this book and how to host a book club around it!
January 2020 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
Such a Fun Age is a remarkable debut contemporary fiction from Philadelphia native Kiley Reid. This novel made me think and question the role our environment plays in who we are and who we become. I love how the author addresses racism without drilling it in. Rather, she shows what it looks like from the overt to the subtle. The book focuses on the relationship between an African -American woman who is a nanny and her employer who is a white woman.
Looking for more? Check out our How to Host a “Such a Fun Age” Book Club
July 2017 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
This historical fiction takes place during the First World War and after the Second World War as the story of two woman come together. One is a female ex-spy another is a pregnant single woman, and they are joined by a shady ex-con as they embark on a quest.
This was such a good book to listen to and although the subject matter was serious, there were moments when I was laughing out loud. There was just the right amount of humor to make this a very readable book.
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June 2020 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
Real talk. I’ve just read THE thriller
February 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
A warm and yet sad story about an intense love that ends. The story goes from good to excellent when we see how the former lovers support each other over the years in their future relationships and how their own relationship evolves. Be prepared with a box of tissues when you read this one. I was bawling like a baby by the end.
Fall 2021 YA Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I have not read many books where the central characters are American
While this is characterized as
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March 2022 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
This book was a WILD ride and I loved every exhilarating twist and turn! The Home Club is clearly based on members-only celebrity clubs like SoHo House but the newest Home Club is opening on a private island and features an opening weekend to die for.
Literally, because it’s a murder mystery. Except we the readers don’t know who is murdered, how, or why at the beginning…but instead we are treated to various narrators telling the points of view of the weekend as it unfolds.
The layered approach to telling the story of the celebrity shenanigans and the murder of a key figure in the Home Group family had me flipping through the pages of this book. A truly enjoyable beach read!
November 2021 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I was so excited to read Reese Witherspoon’s latest book pick because it sounded so different – a fig tree as a narrator? I wasn’t sure it would work, but Elif Shafak pulled it off with aplomb.
After the recent death of her mother, Ada’s aunt shows up for the winter holiday and Ada begins to learn the story of how her parents fell in love in Cyprus many years ago. Since one was a Turk and one a Greek, their love had a forbidden element that reminded me of Romeo and Juliet….and the Fig tree, now growing in Ada’s backyard, witnessed it all.
Summer 2021 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
What a fun quick book by Emiko Jean. I feel like this book was one part Princess Diaries and one part Crazy Rich Asians.
Izumi Tanaka does not feel like she fits in as a Japanese American in her mostly white California town. When she finds out that her unknown father is actually the crown prince of Japan, she is determined to meet him.
This book was an entertaining and light summer read that will satisfy your desire to escape into a royal getaway.
November 2020 YA Reese’s Witherspoon Book Club Pick
This is an adorable YA romance that had my tea-loving heart at the title but, the story was sweet and had me turning the pages. But fair warning, you will be hungry while reading this book.
Lila is leaving Miami to spend the summer in England with her mom’s best friend as a way to help Lila’s mental health. With the unexpected break up with her boyfriend, her best friend leaving after graduation and the death of her beloved Abuela, Lila’s life is not where she thought it would be.
Slowly, with new friends and a new city, Lila starts to see a different side of life, and maybe change is ok.
October 2020 YA Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I’m not the resident fantasy girl, but HOLY YES BATMAN. This story of a bad-ass female pirate was incredible. Normally, I only like fantasies if they have a strong romantic element. But in Fable, I found myself drawn in by our namesake character and the vivid world description.
Well done, Reese with this pick.
July 2019 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I heard so many mixed reviews and I finally decided to read it and then kicked myself for waiting so long. The story is about sexual harassment in its various forms – mostly around the workplace – and how women handle that harassment in different ways. A lot of the negative reviews stem from people not liking the main characters which I take MAJOR issue with.
Harassment is harassment. Character-likeability should have little to do with whether or not you believe the claims. There is a lot of grey area in the handling of harassment because it’s a personal issue and no two people will respond to the same harassment in the same way. I thought the author did a great job digging into those grey areas with characters who are complex. We did an entire post on how to host a book club for Whisper Network.
July 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I picked up Next Year in Havana after Reese Witherspoon recommended it in July – I wasn’t disappointed! This historical fiction tale about a young Cuban American woman who visits Cuba for the first time to spread her grandmother’s ashes is one of my favorite books of the year. What Marisol thought would be a simple quest turns her world upside down as she uncovers secrets from her grandmother’s past. Cuba becomes a character in this novel and it’s truly spectacular. 5 stars.
March 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I adored this book that was so much more than I thought it was going to be. Nikki is the daughter of Indian immigrants living in London. When she takes a job teaching creative writing to Punjabi widows at a local community college, there is a mix-up. She ends up helping the woman write erotic stories. There is so much more to this story than “just” the erotic stories. That is only a small part of this wonderful story of love, friendship, and believing in each other.
November 2019 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I’m not usually a Jojo Moyes reader, but this story about a mobile library was one that caught my eye. I’m so glad I ended up reading it because it was wonderful!
I had no idea that women used to travel by horseback to deliver books in the Appalachian mountains. These librarians were utterly badass as they thumbed their noses at societal norms for the betterment of their community.
Each woman’s story was woven together in a tapestry of love, friendship, and sisterhood. I couldn’t put it down.
December 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
Another book I absolutely adored. This second chance love story takes place over 10 years and you’ll be rooting for this couple the entire time. The perfect winter romance – this one is a bit steamy – that will have you smiling from ear-to-ear. I listened to this one from my local library, but it would be just as good in print.
June 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
Another former Reese Book Club pick, this thriller was a slow build with an explosive finish. When two newlyweds find something in the water on their honeymoon, the story picks up the pace and I couldn’t put it down. I really loved how the heroine changes over the course of the book. It felt very realistic based on the circumstances.
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May 2022 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I have to say that I never had any idea how the dictionary was made and how “abridged” my version actually is (think 20 volumes and 4ft of shelf space).
This historical fiction was brilliantly researched and detailed. The heart of this book is the importance of words and women finding their power in small ways in a male-centered world.
At times I thought the book moved a little slowly but it is well written and enjoyable.
Fall 2021 Reese Witherspoon Book Club YA Pick
This debut novel is billed as an Ethiopian-inspired fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre but I think the Jane Eyre part is the least excited part of this fantastical tale. (Which is saying something!)
I’ve never read any YA Fantasy book like this one. The world building is so unique. Andromeda is an exorcist who cleanses households of the evil eye. Magnus Rochester is desperate to have the evil eye removed from his household but no other exorcist will take the job.
The chemistry between these two is intense and instant, the scenes of terror throughout the book are ideal for the haunting season, and the subtle Jane Eyre references bring the whole thing up a notice.
September 2021 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
This family drama covers a year in the life of the Alvarado family, consisting of Oscar, Keila, and their grown daughters.
SO much happens in this book including, infidelity, divorce, fertility issues, kleptomania, a brain tumor, hidden secrets, job losses, and climate change issues. It’s like a full on telenovela.
The best part for me, was the Jewish-Mexican representation. I honestly think this might have been the first Jewish Mexican-American family I have ever read about and I loved it.
June 2021 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
The latest Reese’s Book Club pick was quite a unique read. It was billed as a romance but that doesn’t do this novel justice.
Yes there are some steamy scenes, but it also deals with childhood trauma, drug addiction, racial issues, and single motherhood.
It was much heavier than I expected and had I been more in the mood for such a book, I think I would have rated it higher.
Winter 2021 YA Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
When Abby signs up for a DNA service, she does it to support her best friend and secret crush, Leo. She doesn’t expect to find an older sister she never knew she had. To find uncover the entire story and get to know her green juice-loving,
Instagram queen sister, Abby heads off to camp where her sister works. It also happens to be the same camp where Leo works as a staff chef. This Reese book club YA winter pick is a perfect YA romance with a little more depth and emotion. Thank you so much to
February 2019 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I read this book on one plane flight. It was light, funny and completely predictable. When Nikole’s “boyfriend” proposes to her at a baseball game and cannot even spell her name correctly, it is a recipe for disaster. Luckily, Carlos and his sister are at the game to help Nik escape the onslaught of paparazzi waiting. You can guess the rest. This is a great light read.
November 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I wasn’t sure I was ready to listen to yet another thriller this year, but when my audiobook came up on hold from the library, I had to give it a try. What a doozy! I totally get the hype around this one and I think it would make a great movie. This one really turns the thriller category on its head with a girlfriend vs future-mother-in-law rift.
June 2019 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
A pick for Reese’s Sunshine Bookclub, I enjoyed this story about Susan Green’s unlikely quest for love. When her mother dies and leaves her home to Susan’s brother, Susan decides to hire a lawyer and get what she thinks is owed to her. Susan also finds out that she is pregnant and she starts to lose control of her meticulously controlled life. Meet Rob, her brother’s best friend,
October 2017 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I love Alice Hoffman and I have read every book in this series. This one did not disappoint. I love that this book takes place one generation before Practical Magic.
We get to see Jet and Granny as kids growing up trying to escape the family curse- never fall in love. This Reese Pick was a sure-fire win from the beginning.
June 2017 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book initially. Eleanor bugged me in a way that I could not identify. She is not supposed to be likable initially which is why I persevered and I ended up liking the book.
As we get to know Eleanor and understand her profound loneliness, it made me think about what initial judgments I make in other areas.
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August 2019 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I liked the way the story was told in a dual timeline, I liked the many red herrings thrown in, and I was committed to making sure the main character came out unharmed. As with any thriller, the trick to success is not being able to predict the twists.
I was, unfortunately, able to come up with most of the plot points before the main character. The very, very ending took me a bit by surprise in how the climax played out, but overall, I saw the premise coming from a mile away. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book, I just never got to the point of heightened anxiety that I expect in an unpredictable thriller.
February 2020 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I snagged a copy of The Scent Keeper because Reese Witherspoon told me I should. #sorrynotsorry I usually love her picks and this was no exception. I’ve seen many mixed reviews on this one, but for me, it was a reflective read about what it means to be loved, and the memories that scents hold. The premise of a little girl growing up on an isolated island learning about scents had me picking up the book, but the hard-life lessons she learned along the way kept me flipping the pages.
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August 2021 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
A thriller that had me on the edge of my seat! Two best friends, Emily and Kristen, commit an accidental murder on vacation in Cambodia when they try to stop Emily from being sexually assaulted.
But the following year in Chile, it happens again. As Emily begins to suspect something is off with her best friend, she starts trying to distance herself from Kristen. But Kristen wants to keep Emily close.
With a narrator that is unreliable because she can’t seem to trust her own instincts or memory, the twists and turns keep coming with this thriller.
February 2021 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
Oh boy was this a creepy story! I wish I had chosen to read it during the wintertime instead of the summer because seeing snow while reading it would have made it that much creepier.
With dead bodies piling up, and a blizzarding keeping the guests of the fancy sanatorium-turned-hotel stuck inside, will Elin be able to solve the mystery before she becomes a victim herself?
March 2021 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
This story of an immigrant family split apart by US policy and ICE had such potential, but I had trouble keeping the timeline and the characters all straight in my head.
It’s told from the mother, father, and one daughter’s point of view. The struggles of a husband and wife separated for almost a decade were heartbreaking, but the way it was laid out had me confused and frustrated.
October 2020 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I generally love Reese’s book club picks. This particular one was billed as a Ghanan version of Crazy Rich Asians, a book I adored. I think I was expecting that level of over-the-top gossip and glamour and this book didn’t quite deliver. Sadly, I wish that comparison hadn’t been made. I did like the story of Afi’s struggles in her arranged marriage, though I got frustrated by her choices at certain points in the story.
May 2020 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I really enjoyed this historical fiction set in 1950s India. I know little about the artistry and meaning behind henna prior to reading and I learned a great deal about henna, herbal remedies, and Indian culture while reading this book. Because of the descriptive writing, I could picture everything so vividly. The plot, and the class structure in India in particular, would make an excellent book club discussion.
September 2019 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
This was an interesting look at the subversive tactics the CIA took during the Cold War. I had no idea that they engaged in cultural espionage.
As always, it’s fascinating to see the role that females play within a spy network. It’s crazy to me that after WWII many former female spies were sent to the typing pool while their male counterparts got to remain active in the spy community.
The book dragged a little towards the middle, but I’d still recommend it to lovers of historical fiction. You can see this and other female sp
December 2020 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
This was an enjoyable family drama based around two sisters competing in a fictional reality tv food competition. As the competition turns to tricks and sabotaging, the sisters’ war with each other turns ugly. Family secrets just keep getting exposed and the hijinx get better and better. This was the perfect light read to end 2020 with.
September 2017 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I have mixed feelings about this book. There was nothing I didn’t like. It is a great story and written really well. I think because of all the hype I was expecting to be completely blown away. I actually stopped reading this book at about page 85 because I didn’t have the initial “wow” reaction. I’m really glad I decided to give it another try. Ng has depth to her characters and looks at highly emotional issues. I ended up really liking the book once I got past the beginning.
January 2019 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was fine. I finished it but, I definitely did not love it. The facts related to libraries and the fire itself were extremely interesting. It was well-written and relatable.
December 2017 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I read this one because it was a Reese Witherspoon pick AND because I had heard wonderful things about it. Unfortunately, I read The Wife Between Us back in January so I completely predicted what was going to happen in this book. As with all thrillers, when the element of surprise is missing, it’s not as good a read, but I still found it to be enjoyable.
May 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
This collection of short stories was a lovely little break in my reading. I’ve long been a fan of Sittenfeld’s work, so I was eager to get to this collection. It was nice to be able to read a story in one sitting for a chance. I think I’ll have to read more short stories in the future, particularly if Sittenfeld is at the helm.
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June 2022 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
When Ava learns about college friend Winnie’s counterfeit bag scheme, she does not intend to get mixed up in it. But as she struggles to get the treatment her child needs and time to herself, her she gets involved after all.
But soon she’s been caught and needs to explain what happened to the police. Is she going to be the one left to take the blame? I struggled to find compassion for Ava because she came off as self-serving. Ultimately, I didn’t care if she got caught or not.
December 2021 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
This was one of my least favorite Reese book club picks ever. It’s a story about a con-artist named Lucky who is running from the law while trying to cash in the 300 million dollar lottery ticket she bought.
Flashing between her current scenario and her childhood, I’m clearly suppose to care for her. Except I never did. Instead, I found this book to be dull. I easily could have skipped it and almost didn’t finish it.
September 2020 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
I wanted to like this book, and I did like parts of it, but overall it just didn’t connect with me. It’s part mystery, part fiction, but the writing wasn’t great and I was never truly drawn into the world. I almost stopped reading it on numerous occasions. I wanted to learn more about the Korean immigrant experience, but sadly, this book was not cutting it.
August 2018 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
While I had high hopes, this book just didn’t live up to my expectations. A famous artist goes missing on the eve of her new exhibit. Is she really missing or is it a publicity stunt? Her new art features paintings of the most famous female murder victims from L.A. Has art come to life? I found the story to be lacking and the suspense to be almost non-existent. I finished the book but would have been just as happy to have someone give me the one-sentence breakdown.
Late Summer 2021 YA Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
Some YA books are incredibly appealing to adult readers, and other YA stories fall flat.
Unfortunately, the latest Reese’s Book Club pick falls into
I cared about what happened to Jo but I found myself bored throughout.