If you're already thinking about what to read once you finish Oprah's latest book club pick, don't worry, because there's another famous Hollywood book-lover with plenty of recommendations for you. For her book club's February selection, Reese Witherspoon has picked The Light We Lost, and it's just one of over a dozen books the Big Little Lies actor-producer has recommended on Instagram so far this year.
Out now in paperback, Jill Santopolo's The Light We Lost is the epic first love story of Lucy and Gabe, two ordinary individuals who found the extraordinary in each other's love. From the moment they meet as seniors at Columbia University, neither Lucy nor Frank's life is ever the same again: over the course of their relationship, both young adults learn what it means to follow your dreams, to fall in love, to sacrifice, to lose, and, ultimately, to survive. A remarkably poignant debut, The Light We Lost is the kind of heartbreaking romance fans of Reese Witherspoon's work will love. Trust me when I say, the actress, producer, activist, entrepreneur, and all around bookish badass knows what she is talking about when it comes to reading recommendations.
Over the years, Reese Witherspoon has introduced her fans to new reading material through the dozens of book-to-screen adaptations she has acted in or produced, including Gone Girl, Wild, and Big Little Lies. But the famous bibliophile's love for all things literary transcend the silver screen and into her real, and online, life. Not only does Reese turn books into movies, she also uses her massive social media presence to promote reading by sharing her love of books in beautiful #bookstagrams. What started as a hashtag on Instagram— #RWBookClub — quickly turned into a fully-fledged online book club with over 342,000 followers who eagerly wait to see what Reese is going to pick each month.
Witherspoon doesn't just use her social media presence to promote her monthly club pick, though. The book-lover also shares titles by writers she admires, book recommendations from other authors she has worked with, and, of course, the source material behind the many book-to-screen adaptations she is involved in.
If you're looking for more titles to add to your TBR pile, then check out all of the books Reese Witherspoon has recommended on Instagram so far this year.
'Braving the Wilderness: TheQuest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone' by Brené Brown
The Reese's Book Club selection for the month of January, Brené Brown's Braving the Wilderness challenges readers to think about community, belonging, solitude, and the self. According to Witherspoon, "Brené Brown speaks of how divided our world is politically, socially, racially, and how we can bridge that divide with more civility and consciousness. Listening is key. Compassion is key. Be strong in your beliefs but not without the ability to learn more."
Everything Else by Brené Brown
If January's book club pick left you hungry for of Brown's wisdom, Reese also suggested Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and The Gifts of Imperfection. Each inspirational title strives to give readers a new lease on life, and new tools for living it to the fullest.
'The Wisdoms of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversation' by Oprah Winfrey
Aside from co-starring in the upcoming A Wrinkle in Time big screen adaptation, Reese Witherspoon have a lot in common. Namely, their love of books and mutual respect for one another. In honor of the OG book club queen's birthday, Witherspoon recommended Winfrey's powerful collection of essays, The Wisdom of Sundays, which was inspired by some of the famous talk show host's most meaningful conversations.
'The Sun and Her Flowers' by Rupi Kaur
Witherspoon doesn't just share her own recommendations of Instagram, she also passes along suggestions from authors. In January, she had Brené Brown share her favorite titles, which included Rupi Kaur's second poetry collection, The Sun and Her Flowers. Brown's other recommendations included Hunger by Roxane Gay, A Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Why Won't You Apologize? by Harriet Lerner.
'Americanah' by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
While it may not have been an official #RWBookClub selection, Reese Witherspoon took time to call out Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's bestselling novel about race and identity. Originally recommended by the book club's December authors, Americanah is a powerful story about love, immigration, and finding the American Dream that feels more relevant today than ever.
'A Wrinkle in Time' by Madeleine L'Engle
'The Fire This Time' by Jesmyn Ward
Reese Witherspoon calls MacArthur Fellow and two-time National Book Award Winner Jesmyn Ward's book The Fire This Time "a collection of essays about the complexity of race in America." Featuring the works of Carol Anderson, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, and more, including Ward herself, this is the perfect collection for anyone trying to understand race in America.
'You Think It, I'll Say It' by Curtis Sittenfeld (April 24)
While she may not have named the book outright, Reese Witherspoon slyly promoted Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short story collection, You Think It, I'll Say It, when she posted a photo of Kristen Wiig, the star of the upcoming comedy adaptation from Apple. Though little is known about the small screen project, it is safe to say that if Reese is involved in the production, the book and the show can't be anything less than amazing.