The Complete List of Reese's Book Club Picks
Reese Witherspoon has been recommending her favorite books to readers through Reese's Book Club since 2017. Here is a full list of all Reese's Picks.
Oct 1, 2022
Each month, Reese, our founder (and book-lover-in-chief) chooses a book with a woman at the center of the story. There's not a formula to the books we spotlight, and we like it that way. We make our choices thoughtfully and look for ways to deepen our connection to books, authors and ourselves. From thrillers to romance to the perfect beach read, there's a book for every mood in this complete list of Reese's Book Club Picks.
November '23 "Maybe Next Time" by Cesca Major
"This fascinating story follows overworked & overwhelmed London literary agent, Emma, who finds herself trapped in a time loop... This book kept me on the edge of my seat."
October '23 "Starling House" by Alix E. Harrow
"This book has everything you could possibly want this fall ... a cursed town, a haunted house, a vivid & eerie setting —plus, characters willing to risk everything. I can't wait to hear what you think about this gripping tale!"
September '23 "Mother-Daughter Murder Night" by Nina Simon
"This fun and gripping whodunit follows a grandmother-mother-daughter trio as they try to solve a murder in their coastal town. I can't wait to hear what you think about this cozy mystery."
August '23 "Tom Lake" by Ann Patchett
"This comforting summer read has it all—summer theater, a gorgeous Michigan cherry farm, young love, sibling rivalry, and deep mother-daughter relationships."
July '23 "Yellowface" by R.F. Kuang
"This contemporary psychological thriller follows Juniper Song, a bestselling author who is not who she’s pretending to be. She didn’t write the book she claims she penned, and she is not Asian American. Clear your schedule because the moment you start reading you won’t be able to put it down."
June '23 "Cassandra in Reverse" by Holly Smale
"This super charming and witty novel is about main character Cassie who is stuck in a time loop while trying to fix the third worst day of her life. You may THINK you know what’s going on... but keep reading!!"
May '23 "Did You Hear About Kitty Karr?" by Crystal Smith Paul
"Our May Reese's Book Club Pick is Did You Hear About Kitty Karr? by Crystal Smith Paul! It's about what happens when a woman inherits the estate of a Hollywood icon and discovers secrets hiding in her family… "
April '23 "Romantic Comedy" by Curtis Sittenfeld
"It is such a hilarious, sweet, smart read that I think you're going to love!!"
March '23 "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah
"This important story illuminates a part of history that’s often overlooked: the women’s war. It’s a harrowing tale of two sisters, survival, love, and female resilience throughout Nazi-occupied France."
February '23 "The House of Eve" by Sadeqa Johnson
"Set in the 1950s, this unforgettable story follows Ruby who dreams of being the first in her family to attend college, but her first love may derail her plans. And Eleanor who marries into one of DC’s elite wealthy Black families but struggles to have a baby—the thing she wants most."
January '23 "The House in the Pines" by Ana Reyes
“This is an absolute, can’t-put-it-down thriller...It’s truly a wild ride that had me flying through chapter after chapter—which I think is the perfect way to kick off your year of reading.”
December '22 "The Marriage Portrait" by Maggie O'Farrell
“I could not stop Googling all the details of this true story. It's a fascinating, historical thriller about an Italian Duchess, who we learn at the very beginning of the book will die either by sickness...or by her husband's hand. I can't wait to hear what you think!”
November '22 "Tiny Beautiful Things" by Cheryl Strayed
"At the beginning of her career, Cheryl took on the persona of Sugar and wrote an advice column, Dear Sugar, that became a sensation. Sugar's advice is no-nonsense, poignant, soul-searching, grounded, and fierce in so many loving ways."
October '22 "Our Missing Hearts" by Celeste Ng
"It’s set in a not-too-distant future where entire sections of the population are deemed un-American and forced away from their families. It follows the story of a young boy named Bird on the search for his mother Margaret, a poet whose work was deemed unpatriotic. I was so invested in the future of this mother and son."
September '22 "On The Rooftop" by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
"Set in the 1950's in San Francisco, this book centers around an incredibly talented group of singing sisters and their fierce mom, Vivian, who has big dreams of them becoming famous. An utterly original and brilliant story about learning how to mother children who have very different dreams and how to encourage them to reach for the stars."
August '22 "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" by Gillian McAllister
"This book is SO good. It’s about a mother who is worried about her son, because he’s out late one night. She looks out the window right at his curfew and she sees him stab a man in her front yard (!!), but she wakes up the next day and it’s the day before her son committed the crime. She keeps going back in time, piecing together why this happened to her son. "
July '22 "Honey & Spice" by Bolu Babalola
"It’s all about a young British black woman named Kiki with a ton of ambition. She wants to land an internship in NYC, but she needs to grow the audience for her radio show and work with another student on a film. This other student is Malakai…and we all know where this is going."
June '22 "Counterfeit" by Kirstin Chen
“This month’s book pick, Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen, is like having a friend tell you the juiciest story. It follows Ava, a lawyer on maternity leave, who gets pulled into a fake handbag scheme by one of her best friends. It’s non-stop, and every minute I was like 'Oh my gosh, are they going to get caught?!'"
May '22 "Dictionary of Lost Words" by Pip Williams
"The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams, is a beautiful exploration of history and the power of language. For anybody who loves words and celebrates them, this subversive story weaves together love, loss and literature in a perfectly lyrical way."
April '22 "True Biz" by Sara Nović
"True Biz by Sara Novic, is an eye-opening and heartfelt story about human connection and the beauty and adversity woven into the deaf community and culture. It is both an educational and electrifying peek into a family’s life as they fight to forge connections even as the outside world threatens to close the door on them."
March '22 "The Club" by Ellery Lloyd
"Our March @ReesesBookClub by Ellery Lloyd is a beautifully written, densely plotted murder mystery that takes place off at a private club off the coast of England. Read about a luxurious, celeb-only island during a weekend of partying and ultimately murder."
February '22 "The Christie Affair" by Nina de Gramont
"This novel covers the 11 days in 1926 when famed novelist Agatha Christie went missing. That's right, an unexpected mix of historical fiction and romance, heart break and revenge based on true happenings... but here's the twist, it's told through the perspective of her husband's mistress!"
Winter YA '22 "Anatomy" by Dana Schwartz
"Set in Scotland in the 1800s, this enchanting story follows an ambitious self-trained surgeon named Hazel who refuses to allow societal constraints keep her from pursuing her dreams in medicine. I think you’ll really enjoy the secrets that begin to unravel, and ghostly adventures riddled throughout this historical fiction."
January '22 "Honor" by Thrity Umrigar
"Honor by Thrity Umrigar is about an Indian-American journalist named Smita who returns to India on assignment. Her experiences lift the veil on the complexities of journalism and leave Smita questioning her boundaries as a reporter. Complex and unfiltered, these are the type of characters that stick with you long after you turn the pages."
December '21 "Lucky" by Marissa Stapley
"This is such an electric story about an unconventional heroine who is on the run from her past with a winning lottery ticket that could change her future forever. But here’s the catch… she can’t cash it in!"
November '21 "The Island of Missing Trees" by Elif Shafak
"Set in different time periods, the story revolves around a couple who met in Cyprus shortly before the 1974 conflict. There’s magic, mystery and a tree that plays a pivotal role which transcends world wars, cultures and great love."
October '21 "Sankofa" by Chibundu Onuzo
"Sankofa, is a beautiful exploration of the often complex parameters of freedom, prejudice and individual sense of self. Chibundu Onuzo has written a captivating story about a mixed-race British woman who goes in search of the West African father she never knew."
Fall YA '21 "Within These Wicked Walls" by Lauren Blackwood
"Our October YA Reese's Book Club Pick is a chilling, gothic fairytale called Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood. I was so drawn into this magical world and its mysterious characters as they risk it all to ban an evil spirit from an old castle."
September '21 "L.A. Weather" by María Amparo Escandón
"L.A. Weather by Maria Amparo Escandon is a unique story that beautifully weaves together the themes of family and weather as we peel back the curtain on the Alvarados and their hidden lives. It’s unconventional and so real, I felt deeply connected to these characters and clung to their beautiful moments of hope and togetherness."
August '21 "We Were Never Here" by Andrea Bartz
"The story centers around two friends, Emily and Kristin, who love to go on adventures around the world. This year they are in Chile and through a series of circumstances, end up in a room with a dead body. But here’s the twist, it’s not the first time it has happened to them! Coincidence?"
Late Summer YA '21 "The Downstairs Girl" by Stacey Lee
"The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee is clever, poignant and funny. It’s a bold portrait of a young Chinese-American woman named Jo who is faced with adversity and the realities of intersectionality in her community. As an anonymous writer in a local newspaper, this young woman is able to use her voice for greater good."
July '21 "Paper Palace" by Miranda Cowley Heller
"The Paper Palace is a deeply emotional love story that follows one day in the life of Elle Bishop as she navigates the unraveling of secrets, lies and a very complex love triangle between her childhood best friend and her husband."
June '21 "Seven Days in June" by Tia Williams
"Seven Days in June, follows famous author, Eva Mercy, as she reconnects with her long-lost love, Shane (who is also a bestselling writer), at a book conference. Eva and Shane discover hidden truths about their tumultuous romantic past and have to decide whether they want to find their way back together after a lot of confusion and pain."
Summer YA '21 "Tokyo Ever After" by Emiko Jean
"Join Izumi, a Japanese-American teenager who discovers the father she never knew is actually the Crown Prince of Japan. Caught between two worlds trying to decide where she feels a true sense of belonging, Izumi and her father are both trying to find new meanings to the word family."
May '21 "The Last Thing He Told Me" by Laura Dave
"This story centers around Hannah, who is settling into her new role as a wife and stepmother when her husband suddenly disappears leaving her with an ominous note and a request to protect his daughter. There’s so much to love about this thrilling, roller coaster of a novel."
April '21 "Northern Spy" by Flynn Berry
"Set in Ireland, this story explores a world of secrets and lies that tear two sisters apart. Following a pitfall with the IRA, one sister is framed for espionage while the other is forced to choose between protecting her loved ones or facing unimaginable consequences."
Spring YA '21 "Firekeeper's Daughter" by Angeline Boulley
"This fast-paced, intricate thriller centers around the life of a young Native American woman from the Ojibwe tribe who goes undercover to infiltrate a drug ring that is proliferating in her community. A beautifully told story that includes new love, high stakes mystery and the rituals of Native American culture."
March '21 "Infinite Country" by Patricia Engel
"Infinite Country is an exceptionally powerful and illuminating story about a Colombian family torn apart by war and migration. I was so drawn to these characters and their unique journeys as they navigate their dreams."
February ’21 “The Sanatorium” by Sarah Pearse
“The Sanatorium is an eerie, atmospheric novel that had me completely on the edge of my seat. Let’s set the mood…. You’re in a remote location—at a hotel—and there’s a snowstorm. The winds are howling, the snow is pelting in every direction, there’s a missing person, and a dead body shows up….!”
Winter YA ’21 “You Have a Match” by Emma Lord
“Talk about a meet-cute! This story is about sisterhood, friendship and a veryyy unique family dynamic that starts with unforeseen test results from a DNA service. If you have a younger sister in your life… this one’s for her!!”
January ’21 “Outlawed” by Anna North
“Centered around a fugitive on the run, Outlawed is a riveting story unlike anything I’ve read before! This feminist Western will keep you on the edge of your seat on a high stakes ride through the old West. The search for identity and the desperation to survive drive the intensity of this women-on-the-run adventure.”
December YA ’20 “The Light in Hidden Places” by Sharon Cameron
“The extraordinary true story of Stefania Podgorska, a Polish teenager who risked her life by hiding thirteen Jewish neighbors in her attic during WWII. This historical page-turning novel by Sharon Cameron inspired in me such a deep admiration for this young heroine and her remarkable selfless acts of humanity.”
December ’20 “The Chicken Sisters” by KJ Dell’Antonia
“Three generations, two chicken shacks, and some big family secrets revealed…. The Chicken Sisters is a charming, hilarious, feel-good story about the kind of bonds & rivalries only sisters can share.”
November YA ’20 “A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow” by Laura Taylor Namey
“Set in Winchester, England, this charming story about a Cuban-American girl who goes to visit family far from her Miami home will warm your heart and leave you hungry for authentic Cuban cuisine and an adventure!”
November ’20 “Group” by Christie Tate
“Christie’s story of being a young professional woman who is struggling with deep insecurity and loneliness made me remember so many times in my life where I wished I had a group of friends to carry me through the hard days. And that’s what Christie finds in her therapy group. This book is a testament to the power of human connection.”
October YA ’20 “Fable” by Adrienne Young
“Trader, fighter, survivor. The incredible page-turner is a high sea, pirate adventure called Fable by Adrienne Young. Prepare yourself for a wonderful adventure of a young courageous woman named Fable who is tougher than any pirate you have ever met.”
October ’20 “His Only Wife” by Peace Medie Adzo
“Reading takes us all over the world, and this month we are traveling to modern-day Ghana. Culture, heroism and the search for independence are just a few of the wonderful themes in this vibrant book.”
September YA ’20 “Furia” by Yamile Saied Mendez
“This book will set your dreams on fire! It’s a passionate story about a young girl in Argentina who puts everything on the line to follow her dreams. This one will leave you feeling so inspired.”
September ’20 “The Last Story of Mina Lee” by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
“Identity, family secrets, and the search for belonging are just a few of the themes. This mystery-thriller interweaves between the past and present through the lens of a mother and daughter duo surrounding a suspicious death and undiscovered truths.”
August YA ’20 “You Should See Me in a Crown” by Leah Johnson
“I’m so thrilled to introduce my very first Young Adult book pick for Reese’s Book Club. I’ve been reading so many incredible, diverse stories in the YA genre and this super funny, joyful story will have you reliving your high school prom days!”
August ’20 “Everything Inside” by Edwidge Danticat
“This collection of eight beautiful stories is shaped by different Haitian women’s experience with love and loss. I was so moved by the resilience and strength that these women exemplified. It’s such an empowering read that taught me a lot about intricacies of Haitian culture.”
June/July ’20 “I’m Still Here” by Austin Channing Brown
“This memoir is a personal narrative from a black, Christian woman who takes us through what she experiences every day as a Black person in America. This book is teaching me so much about how we perpetuate racism in our society.”
June/July ’20 “The Guest List” by Lucy Foley
"This book is a true thriller...It has all kinds of twists and turns and it reminded me of some of my favorite stories from Agatha Christie."
May ’20 “The Henna Artist” by Alka Joshi
"This vivid story is so rich and complex... reading about Lakshmi's journey from escaping an abusive marriage to becoming one of the most sought-after henna artists in Jaipur captivated me from the first chapter to the final page."
April ’20 “UNTAMED” by Glennon Doyle
"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 women will do in order to be loved. I swear I highlighted something in EVERY chapter. This book really spoke to me in so many ways!"
March ’20 “The Jetsetters” by Amanda Eyre Ward
"I love the sense of adventure in this story - it’s about a disconnected family that reunites on a cruise ship traveling through Europe. If you're packing for Spring Break, be sure to include a copy of this fun read and follow along with Reese’s Book Club!"
February ’20 “The Scent Keeper” by Erica Bauermeister
"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."
January ’20 “Such A Fun Age” by Kiley Reid
"Our January book pick is Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid. Get ready to dive into a young woman's path of self-discovery after she's wrongfully accused of kidnapping a child. This story is a beautiful conversation starter about race, privilege, and work dynamics. I loved following the journey of these characters right up until the last page."
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December ’19 “Conviction” by Denise Mina
"Our final book pick of 2019 is the thrilling murder-mystery, “Conviction” by Denise Mina. This story combines suspense, international intrigue and the murder of an entire family aboard a ship – all following one woman who may just have all of the answers!"
November ’19 “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes
"Set in Kentucky during the 1930’s, this book follows a group of women known as the Packhorse Librarians. It’s such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together, especially for these women who are completely bonded by their love of literature."
October ’19 “Fair Play” by Eve Rodsky
"Do you find yourself talking about who does what in your relationship? It's definitely a topic at every party I'm at. That's why I was thrilled to read Eve's book about how to divide domestic responsibilities with your partner. The book gives tools on how partners can learn to divvy up life's workload more fairly, so we can step into the world more fully!"
September ’19 “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."
August ’19 “The Last House Guest” by Megan Miranda
"Picture this: It’s the last night of summer in Littleport, Maine and Avery Greer discovers her best friend is missing. Was she murdered? Was it a suicide? This story will have you guessing until the very end."
July ’19 “Whisper Network” by Chandler Baker
"This story is a workplace murder mystery that happens in today’s #MeToo era. It’s honest, timely and completely thrilling—I was so surprised to find out who the murderer was! Read along with me, can’t wait to hear what y’all think!"
June ’19 “The Cactus” by Sarah Haywood
"This title is a perfect metaphor for Susan who is a single, regimented woman faced with an unexpected pregnancy as she navigates a difficult family inheritance issue at the same time. I found myself laughing out loud at Susan’s prickly character as she finds herself in a love triangle, navigating family ties and dealing with 9 months of pregnancy at the age of 45."
May ’19 “From Scratch” by Tembi Locke
"This beautiful memoir takes us on Tembi’s personal journey of love, parenthood, and ultimately the loss of her husband, Saro. She learns to heal in the most beautiful way—through the support of three generations of women—and yes, there’s Italian food."
April ’19 “The Night Tiger” by Yangsze Choo
"Set in 1930s Malaysia, the story is about Ji Lin, an ambitious young woman, and Ren, a precocious orphan boy. Their paths keep crossing in mysterious ways, as a series of unexplained deaths and a haunting tiger continue follow them throughout the story."
March ’19 “Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
"My March pick for Reese’s Book Club is “Daisy Jones and The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid and it ROCKS. Literally. The book centers on the meteoric rise of a rock band in the ‘70s and its lead singers, Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, whose connection is as electric as the music they make together. It’s sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, people!!"
February ’19 “The Proposal” by Jasmine Guillory
"Our February book club pick is delightfully entertaining—there's a failed public proposal, plenty of witty romantic banter, and a lot of cupcakes. Nikole's story in "The Proposal" has us wondering: Have you ever had a proposal that didn't go exactly as planned?"
January ’19 “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean
"Susan Orlean will take you on a journey through the real-life story of the fire that destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986. It delves into the mystery behind who started the fire, the people who saved the books—and what happened next."
December ’18 “One Day In December” by Josie Silver
"Do you believe in love at first sight? When Laurie locks eyes with a stranger, she feels an instant connection—and spends the next year looking for him. Fate brings them together, but not in the way Laurie hopes."
November ’18 “The Other Woman” by Sandie Jones
"Our November book pick, “The Other Woman” by Sandie Jones, is a mess-with-your-mind thriller that’ll have your head spinning. Just when you think Emily has found her perfect relationship, the fairytale ends—and the dark twists begin."
October ’18 “This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel
"Every once in a while, I read a book that opens my eyes in a way I never expected. This is why I’m so excited to share my October pick for Reese’s Book Club: “This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel. It’s a book about family—childhood, parenthood, and the sometimes-heartbreaking decisions that come with it."
September ’18 “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
"It’s about a young woman named Kya, who’s left to raise herself in the marshes of North Carolina when her family abandons her at a young age. There is so much to her story—romance, mystery, and a murder—and it takes place in the breathtaking backdrop of the South."
August ’18 “Still Lives” by Maria Hummel
"I’ve got a page-turner for y’all! It’s the ultimate mystery set in LA. An artist goes missing at the height of her controversial career, and the plot keeps you guessing who’s responsible. Was it a stunt or is she in danger?"
July ’18 “Next Year in Havana” by Chanel Cleeton
"It's a beautiful novel that's full of forbidden passions, family secrets and a lot of courage and sacrifice. It follows two different generations of women in Cuba: Elisa, who was forced to flee from there during the revolution, and her granddaughter Marisol, who has returned."
June ’18 “Something in the Water” by Catherine Steadman
"'Something in the Water' by Catherine Steadman is a psychological thriller that captivated me from page one. While scuba diving on their honeymoon in Bora Bora, newlyweds Mark and Erin make a shocking discovery, one that unfolds into a wild, page-turning ride!"
May ’18 “You Think It, I’ll Say It” by Curtis Sittenfeld
"This month, we’re reading Curtis Sittenfeld’s first book of short stories, “You Think It, I’ll Say It”! I really loved all the characters in this book. They’re so complex and interesting, and in every story, you’ll find them going through these pivotal moments in their lives."
April ’18 “Happiness” by Heather Harpham
"This beautiful memoir follows Heather’s story as she gives birth to a baby girl, Gracie, whose life is at stake. Heather reconnects with Gracie’s father as their daughter fights for her life. The harrowing events that follow will have you up all night, reading to find out what happens next."
March ’18 “Erotic Stories For Punjabi Widows” by Balli Kaur Jaswal
"This is a story about liberating women at every age, and empowering them to express their hopes, their dreams and what makes them feel good. Most of all, it’s about how women across all generations can come together to change their community."
February ’18 “The Light We Lost” by Jill Santopolo
"This book is all about different kinds of love – the kind that engulfs you like a wildfire and the kind that keeps you warm like a hearth fire. This love story spans decades and continents as two star-crossed lovers try to return to each other."
January ’18 “Braving the Wilderness” by Brené Brown
"Brené Brown writes about how divided our world is politically, socially, racially, and how we can bridge that divide with more civility and consciousness. Listening is key. Compassion is key. I learned so much about communication from this book, and I hope you will too."
December ’17 “The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Liv Constantine
"Be warned – you will not be able to put this one down! It’s a psychological thriller about two determined women who play a high stakes game of deception that only one can win. One woman conceives a plan to manipulate her way into the life of another."
November ’17 “This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage” by Ann Patchett
"This collection of essays explores what it means to have friends, fall in love, struggle, succeed, and, most importantly, meet the right dog. Reading these essays is like talking to one of your best friends. I hope you enjoy this beautiful book!"
October ’17 “The Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman
"The prequel to Practical Magic, this story is full of magic, love, family, heartbreak, and redemption. It’s about two sisters and a brother who discover they come from a magical family that’s been cursed – whoever they fall in love with will die."
September ’17 “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
"This story of two families in Ohio moved me to tears. Celeste Ng writes with stunning accuracy about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love and the danger of perfection – and the fire that destroys it all. To say I love this book is an understatement!"
August ’17 “The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware
"Four friends from high school bound together by a dark secret get pulled back together with one cryptic text. Will someone find out the truth? Will one of the women break the pact? So many questions… Until the very last page!"
July ’17 “The Alice Network” by Kate Quinn
"I think you’ll really enjoy this exciting and fast-paced story about a pregnant American socialite who teams up with a female ex-spy and a hot-tempered young soldier in the aftermath of WWII. This is an amazing story of courage and redemption."
June ’17 “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman
"This book 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!"
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