When deciding what to read next in your bookclub, you might want to see what books celebrities and bookstores are talking about.  Here are some “official” recommendations from Barnes & Noble, Oprah, Reese and Jenna.

Barnes & Noble Book Club

Lisa Jewell

The November book club choice from Barnes & Noble is The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell.

I always enjoy a Lisa Jewell book – she keeps you engrossed and guessing.  The last one I read was I Found You. about a missing husband, an unidentified stranger and a charming teenager.  Plenty of mystery to keep you engaged!

 


 

Oprah’s Book Club

Oprah and Olive, Again

Oprah’s latest pick is Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout.  See Oprah making the announcement on CBS This Morning HERE.

If you need a refresher on the cranky, honest main character before you tackle the new Strout book, check out the Pulitzer Prize Winner, Olive Kitteridge.

 

Olive Kitteridge

You can also see the television mini-series with Frances McDormand on HBO.

Reese’s Book Club – Hello Sunshine

Reese Witherspoon

Sticking with an author she loves who creates compelling characters, Reese chose The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes for this month’s pick.

If you haven’t already indulged yourself, Jojo Moyes’s  Me Before You love story trilogy is perfect for those snowy days to come and warrants a warm blanket and a huge box of tissues!

 

 

The movie is also great; CLICK HERE for the trailer!

Read With Jenna

Jenna Bush Hager

Jenna Bush chooses some interesting books that aren’t as obvious as the other celebrity choices. Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson is about a woman who takes care of two kids who have a special ability.  The reviews have been very good and readers are surprised at how much they are liking this one.

I have enjoyed some recent picks by Jenna.  I loved A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum and Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok.  I just started listening to the audio version of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

Book Clubs

Choosing a book for your group to read can be challenging.   I always like to pick something that has some meat…enough to discuss beyond the plot and writing style.  Whether it be a setting, character relationships or social issues.  Discussing the book and beyond can be informative as well as a bonding experience for participants in the group discussion, as long as everyone is willing to offer up their personal insights and opinions.  All of these books have much to talk about and make great choices!