It can be a minefield trying to choose your next read - everyone has an opinion and we all know there's nothing worse than spending your precious free time reading a book that, in the end, totally wasn't worth it and isn't as good as all the reviews said.
One gold standard though, in recent times, has been Reese Witherspoon's Book Club, run through her Hello Sunshine company.
Reese's monthly picks regularly go on to be worldwide bestsellers and book club favourites. Many end up being made in TV shows, like Little Fires Everywhere, which started as a book club pick, before Hello Sunshine created the series, with Reese staring in a central role. The company has also optioned Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and Daisy Jones And The Six.
The books chosen all have 'a woman at the centre of the story', says the website. But being chosen can also mean a lot for the female authors. A Vox article found that, while a debut novel for an unknown author could expect to sell around 3,000 copies, none of Reese’s Book Club’s 28 picks so far that year, had sold fewer than 10,000 print copies.
So, if you're looking for your next read, you could do a LOT worse than try one of her recommended books.
Here's a complete list of all the books Reese has chosen for her monthly book club - and a handy link to buy them/add them all to your wishlist...
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Films, TV Shows And Books If You Love Sally Rooney's Normal People
If you're interested in young, smart, attractive students falling in love, then Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise is essential viewing. Julie Delpy delivers one of the most charming on-screen performances ever – and it will make you wistful for European minibreaks.
Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones star in this heartbreaking story of an American boy and a British girl torn apart by immigration issues.
Pivotal moments against the backdrop of Dublin? May we please recommend Sing Street – about a young boy moved to a new school in the 80s, who decides to start his own band. Your full heart can thank us later.
When it comes to a love that shapes a life, the romance between Elio and Oliver one dreamy summer surely comes to mind.
Alongside Hettie Macdonald, Lenny Abrahamson is the man directing the show that pulled at our every heartstring. You may have seen his huge hit, Room (also a book adaptation), but we also recommend Frank. Just don't expect longing looks across college greens…
A slightly older protagonist, but this book sees Maurice Hannigan, at 84, sitting at a bar and giving five toasts to the people who have formed his life. Will Connell one day sit at a bar thinking of Marianne? We can't go there right now.
Another young Irish writer, Louise O'Neill's books tackle a host of issues, starting in a YA format, but gripping for anyone to read. Asking For It tackles issues of consent and rape while Only Ever Yours uses a dystopian setting to make you reflect on the ways we think about female bodies.
A couple, entwined in will-they won't-theyness throughout their lives? Look no further than One Day. Don't be put off by the memory of the film. Dive back in to this book (if you've read it before) for bittersweet tears aplenty.
When it comes to complicated relationships at school, Connell and Marianne have nothing on these guys. But the show is also interested in themes of consent, bodies and the lasting effects of childhood and adolescent scars. Just with a LOT more terrifying social media...Watch on Netflix.
Well obviously it's about love, tick. But it also tackles what happens when two seemingly incompatible characters try to give it a go.Watch on Netflix.
If it's bittersweet love you're looking for, the sweet pleasure/pain can be found in Ricky Gervais' After Life, about a man coming to terms with the death of his terminally ill wife.Watch on Netflix.