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Book Recommendations By Reese Witherspoon Since The Inception Of Reese’s Book Club

Reese Book Recommendations

Move aside, Oprah! Reese Witherspoon has become the new Queen of Book Clubs, with recommendations from Reese’s Book Club. Since before the book club’s inception, the Academy Award-winning actress has shared her love of reading to her fans on Instagram.

In 2017, Reese started Reese’s Book Club. Since then, many featured books have gone on to be adapted to either the small or big screen via Reese’s production company, Hello Sunshine. We referenced this in our post on celebrity book clubs.

In this post, we’ll explore the books currently featured in Reese’s book recommendations in her book club. We will be including Amazon links, and this post is NOT sponsored. Also, all books will be in the order in which they were featured in the book club.

The Whole List Of Reese’s Book Recommendations

  1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  2. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  3. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  5. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  6. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
  7. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
  8. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
  9. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
  10. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
  11. Happiness by Heather Harpham
  12. You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
  13. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
  14. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
  15. Still Lives by Maria Hummel
  16. Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  17. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
  18. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
  19. One Day In December by Josie Silver
  20. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  21. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
  22. Daisy Jones & The Six By Taylor Jenkins Reid
  23. The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
  24. From Scratch by Tembi Locke
  25. The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
  26. Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
  27. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
  28. The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
  29. Fair Play by Eve Rodsky
  30. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  31. Conviction by Denise Mina
  32. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  33. The Scent Keeper by Erica Baurmeister
  34. The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward
  35. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  36. The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi
  37. The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  38. I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
  39. Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
  40. The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim
  41. His Only Wife by Peace Medie Adzo
  42. Group by Christie Tate
  43. The Chicken Sisters by KJ Dell’Antonia
  44. Outlawed by Anna North
  45. The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
  46. Infinite Country by Patricia Engel
  47. Northern Spy by Flynn Berry
  48. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  49. Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
  50. The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller
  51. We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz
  52. L.A. Weather by María Amparo Escandón
  53. Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzu
  54. The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak
  55. Lucky by Marissa Stapley
  56. Honor by Trinity Umrigar
  57. The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont
  58. The Club by Ellery Lloyd
  59. True Biz by Sara Nović
  60. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
  61. Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen
  62. Honey & Spice by Bolu Babalola
  63. Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
  64. On the Rooftop by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
  65. Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng
  66. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
  67. The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
  68. The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes
  69. The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson
  70. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  71. Romantic Comedy by Curtis Sittenfeld
  72. Did You Hear About Kitty Karr? by Crystal Smith Paul
  73. Cassandra in Reverse by Holly Smale
  74. Yellowface by R.F. Kuang
  75. Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
  76. Mother-Daughter Murder Night by Nina Simon
  77. Starling House by Alix E. Harrow
  78. Maybe Next Time by Cesca Major
  79. Before We Were Innocent by Ella Berman
  80. First Lie Wins by Ashley Elston
  81. Redwood Court by DéLana R.A. Dameron
  82. Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xochitl Gonzalez
  83. The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

What Does Reese Look For In Her Book Recommendations?

Reese looks for well-written books by women that either have not come out yet or have under 10,000 sales. However, this is not always the case. Not to mention, some of the books have been adapted to screen thanks to Reese and her production company.

We’ve seen a video explaining that Reese chooses the books herself. However, she does have books recommended to her by the professional bookworm on staff at Hello Sunshine [her production company].

Another aspect that Reese looks for in her book recommendations is that the book has to be well-written. Though some might consider it a bit harsh to include only well-written books in a book recommendation, everyone will do what they want.

Reese’s Book Club has become the new Oprah’s Book Club, which was popular from the mid-90s to the early 2010s. However, Reese’s is more inclusive. What’s more, many of the writers she recommends are debut authors. She also includes writers of different ethnicities, whereas Oprah’s was focused mainly on black authors.

Though there have been some criticisms towards Reese’s book club, there were two controversies surrounding two of the books, the third being that Reese doesn’t engage with her followers. However, a video we saw said that there is an app (not available in Australia) with a discussion group on the books.

Which Of Reese’s Book Recs Have Made To The Screen?

A number of the books we’ve referenced have made it to the screen. These include:

  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • Where The Crawdads Sing
  • Daisy Jones & The Six
  • From Scratch
  • Tiny Beautiful Things
  • The Last Thing He Told Me

Therefore, each of these has been made possible thanks to Hello Sunshine and the various cinema chains and streaming platforms for which they were made. Also, of all these books, Where The Crawdads Sing was the only one to be adapted into a film for the big screen so far. Whether there will be others over time is a guessing game.

For example, Daisy Jones & The Six and Little Fires Everywhere were adapted for Amazon Prime and From Scratch was adapted for Netflix. To add to this, Tiny Beautiful Things was created for Hulu.

Finally, it is believed that Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine will be adapted at some point.

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C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot and the still functioning WhatCulture and ScreenRant. She prides herself as a truth seeker and will do (almost) anything for coffee or Coke No Sugar. Oh! And food!

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