As far as fantasies go, a quiet house, a glass of wine and a great book is right up there for me. Add a block of chocolate, an open fire and the sound of rain on the rooftop and I’m almost ready to blow my load. I used to read like a mad woman, but more recently it doesn’t feel like there are enough hours in the day to get totally engrossed in a great book so when I commit to one, I want it to be a goodie.
I’m always on the hunt for recommendations and love nothing more than to tell everyone in my life when I have discovered a brilliant book. So you can image how thrilled I was when I saw that Reese Witherspoon; actress, producer, entrepreneur and avid reader, has inspired an Instagram page called @RWBookClub, A Community #ForTheLoveOf Reading curated by Reese Witherspoon where all of Reese’s faves are on show.
So if you’re looking for a new book to bury yourself in, here are some of Reese’s top picks.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Travel Journalist Lo Blacklock lands herself a dream assignment on a luxury cruise ship filled with glamorous guests, incredible parties and gorgeous cabins. As her week-long cruise wears on, the weather turns dark and Lo witnesses a woman in a neighbouring cabin (Cabin 10) being thrown overboard into the depths of the ocean. With all guests accounted for and no record of anyone occupying Cabin 10, Lo is desperate to convince all on board that something is very wrong.
Reese says: “Full of great characters and twists, y’all should check it out.”
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
From the author of Wild (which Reese and her production team brought to the big screen and she also starred in), Cheryl Strayed’s Brave Enough is an accumulation of 100 quotes from her years as a writer that she calls a “mini instruction manual for the soul.” The PERFECT gift.
Reese says: To Cheryl, “I love this and I love you.”
Adulting: How To Become An Adult in 488 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
Based on her blog of the same name, Kelly Williams Brown brings a wealth of knowledge and top tips for anyone who is, well, an adult. From what to check for when renting an apartment to ending relationships with ‘frenemies’ to fixing your toilet, this is a manual for grown-up life.
Reese says: “I go back and look at it over and over again. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, yet practical and shockingly accurate (Step 361: Don’t date someone who is mean to you!!) It talks about the mundane (how to clean your apartment) and the big issues (how to choose your friends). A great gift for basically….Any adult.”
Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll
Full of twists and turns, Luckiest Girl Alive follows the story of Ani, a woman who appears to be living a dream life with a glamorous career, gorgeous fiance and killer wardrobe – until a secret from her past threatens to shatter everything.
Reese says: “It was the most non-stop, nail-biting crazy train of a book with one of the most intriguing characters I’ve met in a long time!” Reese loved it so much that she’s adapting the novel into a feature film.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Reese says: “Beautifully written and INCREDIBLY funny, #EleanorOliphant by #GailHoneyman 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!”
Reese is also said to be turning this one into a feature film soon too!
The Dry by Jane Harper
Investigator Aaron Falk returns to his home town for the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who killed himself after murdering his wife and child. As Aaron investigates the murder, he starts to question whether Luke and his family’s deaths was a murder-suicide after all, and a hidden secret from his past that he thought was dead and buried comes back to haunt him in a big way.
Reese says: “You won’t want to put it down!”
Barbie and Ruth by Robin Gerber
The incredible true story of Ruth Handler and the ‘woman’ she created – Barbie. This is an inspiring story about business (she was the co-founder of Mattel), resilience (she was kicked out of the business after a scandal), survival, grit and determination. Reese loved this book so much she’s also planning on – yep, you guessed it – developing it into a movie.
Check out the RWBookClub page on Insta here. You’re welcome.
Have you read any of these? Which do you recommend?
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