Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club: The Reads That Come Tried And Tested By Reese Herself

You've done Little Fires Everywhere - what next?

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by Rhiannon Evans |

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...

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Conviction by Denise Mina

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

The Secrets We Kept by Laura Prescott

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

From Scratch by Tembi Locke

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

One Day in December by Josie Silver

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Still Lives by Maria Hummel

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Happiness: A Memoir by Heather Harpham

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones star in this heartbreaking story of an American boy and a British girl torn apart by immigration issues.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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All love is here, so take your pick. This series, based around The New York Times column, is about all aspects of relationships and the one-off episodes feature a cast that would rival the biggest blockbuster. The actual column and podcast are worth checking out too. Watch on Amazon Prime.

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