What Reese Witherspoon reads

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Not since Oprah has there been a more hyped book club than Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. Reese’s passion for books and reading is undeniable; a quick look at her Instagram feed and you can see what she’s into at the moment. We checked in with her feed to see what she’s been loving lately.


I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown

For the first time ever, Reese has chosen two books for her book club pick. About the choice, Reese says, “Elevating women’s stories is at the core of Reeses Book Club. I love how this community champions the narrative for women and we are just getting started. Unity and understanding through the lens of storytelling is how we will continue these meaningful conversations. So, for the first time, I’ve selected two books for us to read this month: Austin Channing Brown’s I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness and Lucy Foley’s The Guest List.”


Diversity picks from @reesesbookclub

While we wait for her next monthly book club pick, Reese’s Book Club took to Instagram to share their stance against racial inequality and share some of their picks for important resources we can all learn from.


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.”


Untamed by Glennon Doyle

“Untamed is a powerful memoir that explores everything that makes up a woman’s life including motherhood, relationships, and the brave self-discovery that leads to uncovering one’s trust, most beautiful self.”


The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward

“This literary adventure centers around an elderly mother who attempts to reconnect with her three adult children while on a European cruise. Along the way, secrets are revealed, baggage is unpacked and sibling dynamics prove that the Perkins family is far from perfect.”


The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

“The story centers around Emmeline, a young girl who lives on a remote island with her father and uncovers secrets of the natural world through her senses. As she gets older, she becomes even more curious about the scents in the drawers of their cabin.”


Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

“Set in Philadelphia, the story centers around Emira Tucker, a black babysitter, and Alix Chamberlain, a white woman who employs Emira to watch her children. The story takes a turn when an incident at local grocery store completely changes the course of both of their lives.”


Conviction by Denise Mina

“In this thrilling story, you’ll meet Anna McDonald, whose life takes a dramatic turn after she starts listening to a true-crime podcast that hits too close to home.”


The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

“Set in Depression-era America, this book tells the story of a group of librarians who travel across rural Kentucky to deliver books to all parts of the state. At the center of this story are five amazing women who will have you hooked from the first paragraph.”


Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have Too Much to Do (and More Life to Live) by Eve Rodsky

“This book is all about real-world solutions to divvying up the domestic workload fairly in your home and to help you find your #UnicornSpace so you have time to do the things that you love (like finally reading all of the books in your TBR pile).”


The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

“Set during the Cold War, The Secrets We Kept tells the story of the 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 Forrester, a veteran spy, and Irina, a total newbie. Fans of historical fiction, thrillers, romance, and the power of books to spark change will devour our September pick!”


The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

“Set in the small vacation town of Littleport, Maine, you’ll meet visitor Sadie Loman and resident Avery Greer. These two are inseparable for almost a decade – until Sadie Loman is found dead. Secrets that have been hidden for years will be uncovered in this thrilling story.”


Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

“Set in the #MeToo era, the story follows four women whose lives dramatically change after the sudden death of their company’s CEO. Whispers spread around the office, secrets are revealed, and so much more.”


The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

“After her mother passes away, Susan Green finds herself pregnant at the age of 45 and involved in some seriously complicated family matters. Not only that, but she must navigate her unconventional romance with a businessman named Richard at the same time.”


From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke

“In this intimate cross-cultural memoir, Tembi takes you on her journey of falling in love with an Italian chef named Saro, becoming a mother, and facing the biggest loss of her life. You’ll follow Tembi as she finds solace in Sicily and redefines home through new traditions and the connectivity of cooking.”


The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

“Set in 1930s Malaysia, The Night Tiger centers around the ambitious Ji Lin, and young orphan Ren, whose paths cross in the most mysterious ways as they’re haunted by a series of unexplained deaths. There’s a mystical tiger, a severed finger, a train that goes… where? And so much more.”


Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

“The book tells the story of the whirlwind rise of a world-famous rock band in the 1970s – and the secrets that led to the band’s dramatic break-up. This story is so sure to be a hit… and guess what?? Hello Sunshine is turning it into a TV show with Amazon Studios.”


The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

“The plot centers around Nikole Paterson, a freelance writer who turns down a very public proposal in front of 45,000 people and the drama (and romance) that ensues. It’s a story of break-ups, make outs, and a whole lot of cupcakes.”


The Library Book by Susan Orlean

“Ready for my first book pick of 2019?! This month, we’re reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean. This book is like a love letter to libraries and made me nostalgic for the long hours I used to spend there when I was a kid. The story follows the investigation of the huge fire that destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library in 1986, and the mystery, history and people that surround it. It’s a captivating story and I can’t wait for y’all to read it with me!”

One Day In December by Josie Silver

“If you like rom-coms, you will love my December book pick: One Day in December by Josie Silver. Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance: Laurie falls in love at first sight with a stranger and spends the next year looking for him. Fate brings them back together at Christmas, but not in the way anybody expects: turns out he’s dating her best friend! It absolutely charmed me, and I can’t wait to share it with y’all…”


The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

“Ok y’all, it’s spooky season and my November @reesesbookclubxhellosunshine book pick: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones has one of most twisted and entertaining plots. When Emily meets Adam, she thinks she’s found the one—but it’s not long before another woman tries ruin their relationship. And folks… that woman is HIS MOTHER. I can’t wait for y’all to read it because I NEED to discuss that ending with you! 😲”


Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

“Forbidden love. Family Secrets. Reese Witherspoon’s July book pick, Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton is one that’s filled with passion, mystery and romance – and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on this incredible story! When Marisol, a Cuban-American woman, returns to Havana to scatter her grandmother’s ashes, she starts to discover a side of her history that’s as complicated as it is beautiful… and in the process, she finds love where she shouldn’t. It’s an absolutely beautiful story that you’ll wish could go on and on…”


Reese Witherspoon reads Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

“I’m excited to bring y’all June’s Hello Sunshine pick becasue summer and beach reads! 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! Get your hands on a copy available June 5th and take it everywhere you with Audible.”


Reese NWitherspoon reads You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

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

“It’s time to announce my May book pick for Hello Sunshine. This month we’re reading You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld…it’s her first book of short stories! 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, Oh, and my company is developing a TV series based on this collection of short stories. Can’t wait to hear what you think!”


Reese Witherspoon reads This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

“Hello Sunshine’s book pick is here, y’all! It’s This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett, which is a collection of essays that explores what it means to have friends, fall in love, struggle and succeed. Reading this book is like talking to one of your best friends. I think you’ll enjoy it!”


Reese Witherspoon reads The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

“You will not be able to put down our December book pick, The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine! It’s a psychological thriller about a woman who conceives a plan to manipulate her way into the life of a married couple. Filled with envy, deception and power, it’s a great reading escape. And there is a thrilling twist at the end!!”


Reese Witherspoon reads Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

“January is the perfect time to relfect and Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown is the perfect book for this. It really made me stop and think about the important things in life: i.e. having the courage to be confident in your decisions, the importance of connecting with others, as well as being thoughtful and open to having conversations with those who may have different opinions than you. Read along with me at Hello Sunshine and let me know what you think!”


Reese Witherspoon reads The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

“Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the February Hello Sunshine pick is here! The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo is a page-turning love story that spans decades and continents as two lovers try to return to each other. This book kept me up all night, turning the pages to find out, Can’t tell you the ending but definitely have tissues close by!! I loved it!”


Reese Witherspoon reads Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

“Y’all!! I’m so excited to tell you that Kerry Washington and I will be bringing Little Fires Everywhere to the screen together! I love this beautiful book about motherhood and I can’t wait to finally collaborate with one of my favorite actresses.”


Reese Witherspoon reads Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

“The Hello Sunshine March book pick is here and it’s fire! Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows has something for everyone: romance, a murder mystery and family drama. The story follows Nikki, a young British-Punjabi woman who’s struggling to find her place in the world. When she starts teaching a writing class to older women in a community she once distanced herself from, she finds herself in the most unexpected of scandals, Get ready, book club – there are so many thrilling twists and turns, and you won’t be able to get enough of these characters.”


Reese Witherspoon reads Happiness by Heather Harpham

Happiness by Heather Harpham

“Y’all, this month’s Hello Sunshine book pick is going to put you on an emotional rollercoaster. Happiness by Heather Harpham is a beautiful memoir that follows Heather’s story as she gives birth to a baby girl, Gracie, whose health-and life-are at stake. Heather reconnects with Gracie’s father as their daughter fights for her life, and the harrowing events that follow will have you up all night, reading to find out what happens next. There’s heartbreak, joy and lots of love-I won’t give it away, but trust me: Have your tissues ready. I really loved this memoir, and I know you will too!”

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