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Favorite Monthly Lists & Picks

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Favorite Monthly Lists & Picks

Towards the end of last year, we changed the name of this feature (formerly "Reading Roundup") --- where we share top book picks from Indie Next and LibraryReads, as well as the Target Book Club title and Pennie's Pick for Costco --- to “Favorite Monthly Lists & Picks” to more accurately reflect the content that we are presenting to you. This year, we have expanded the feature to include many other prominent picks. Among them are Oprah’s Book Club, the Barnes & Noble Book Club, the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club, the PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club, and Simon & Schuster’s Book Club Favorites. We also have added various links so you can learn more about why these books were selected.

You can see previous years' features here: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.
 



JUNE 2019

Indie Next
#1 Pick: ON EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong
ASK AGAIN, YES by Mary Beth Keane
RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
THE CONFESSIONS OF FRANNIE LANGTON by Sara Collins
UNDERLAND: A Deep Time Journey, by Robert Macfarlane
RECURSION by Blake Crouch
MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey
BUNNY by Mona Awad
STAY SEXY & DON'T GET MURDERED: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert
HOW NOT TO DIE ALONE by Richard Roper
IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner
THE UNHONEYMOONERS by Christina Lauren
MOSTLY DEAD THINGS by Kristen Arnett
THE NIGHT BEFORE by Wendy Walker
THE SCENT KEEPER by Erica Bauermeister
THE SENTENCE IS DEATH by Anthony Horowitz
THE HISTORY OF LIVING FOREVER by Jake Wolff
RESISTANCE WOMEN by Jennifer Chiaverini

LibraryReads
LibraryReads Favorite: EVVIE DRAKES STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes
AYESHA AT LAST by Uzma Jalaluddin
CALL YOUR DAUGHTER HOME by Deb Spera
CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert
FIX HER UP by Tessa Bailey
KINGDOM OF EXILES: The Beast Charmer, by Maxym M. Martineau
MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey
MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner
NATALIE TAN'S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE by Roselle Lim
RECURSION by Blake Crouch

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
THE SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner (Click here for more)

Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club
THE CACTUS by Sarah Haywood (Click here for more)

Sarah Jessica Parker/ALA Book Club Central
HEARTLAND: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh (Click here for more)

Jenna Bush Hager's "Today" Book Club, #ReadWithJenna
SEARCHING FOR SYLVIE LEE by Jean Kwok (Click here for more)

PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club
THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
THE LOST QUEEN by Signe Pike (Click here for more)
 



MAY 2019

Indie Next
#1 Pick: THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake
NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney
THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA by Juliet Grames
ROUGH MAGIC: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race, by Lara Prior-Palmer
LANNY by Max Porter
FURIOUS HOURS: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep
OUT EAST: Memoir of a Montauk Summer by John Glynn
THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK by Kim Michele Richardson
COURTING MR. LINCOLN by Louis Bayard
SOUTHERN LADY CODE: Essays by Helen Ellis
RULES FOR VISITING by Jessica Francis Kane
DISAPPEARING EARTH by Julia Phillips
LOUDERMILK: Or, the Real Poet; Or, the Origin of the World, by Lucy Ives
THE BRIDE TEST by Helen Hoang
CAPE MAY by Chip Cheek
ONCE MORE WE SAW STARS: A Memoir by Jayson Greene
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim
EXHALATION: Stories by Ted Chiang
THE BINDING by Bridget Collins
LIGHT FROM OTHER STARS by Erika Swyler

LibraryReads
LibraryReads Favorite: THE BRIDE TEST by Helen Hoang
THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK by Kim Michele Richardson
THE FARM by Joanne Ramos
THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary
HOW NOT TO DIE ALONE by Richard Roper
PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND OTHER FLAVORS by Sonali Dev
RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
THE SEVEN OR EIGHT DEATHS OF STELLA FORTUNA by Juliet Grames
STORM CURSED: A Mercy Thompson Novel, by Patricia Briggs
SUNSET BEACH by Mary Kay Andrews

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
WISHTREE by Katherine Applegate (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
THE GUEST BOOK by Sarah Blake (Click here for more)

Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club
FROM SCRATCH: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home, by Tembi Locke (Click here for more)

Jenna Bush Hager's "Today" Book Club, #ReadWithJenna
A WOMAN IS NO MAN by Etaf Rum (Click here for more)

PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club
AN ODYSSEY: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
DEAR MRS. BIRD by AJ Pearce (Click here for more)
 



APRIL 2019

Indie Next
#1 Pick: I MISS YOU WHEN I BLINK: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott
WOMEN TALKING by Miriam Toews
GREEK TO ME: Adventures of the Comma Queen by Mary Norris
LOT: Stories by Bryan Washington
LIGHTS ALL NIGHT LONG by Lydia Fitzpatrick
THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves
THE LIGHT YEARS: A Memoir by Chris Rush
QUEENIE by Candice Carty-Williams
MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
THE EDITOR by Steven Rowley
THE HONEY BUS: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees by Meredith May
THE PARISIAN by  Isabella Hammad
BRUTE: Poems, by Emily Skaja
STAY UP WITH HUGO BEST by Erin Somers
THE MAGNETIC GIRL by Jessica Handler
SAVE ME THE PLUMS: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl
TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi
LOST ROSES by Martha Hall Kelly
MY LOVELY WIFE by Samantha Downing
LOST AND WANTED by Nell Freudenberger

LibraryReads
LibraryReads Favorite: LOST ROSES by Martha Hall Kelly
THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves
THE INVITED by Jennifer McMahon
LITTLE DARLINGS by Melanie Golding
MIRACLE CREEK by Angie Kim
THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Sally Hepworth
NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney
SAVE ME THE PLUMS: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl
SOUTHERN LADY CODE: Essays by Helen Ellis
WOMEN TALKING by Miriam Toews

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
THE SPRING GIRLS by Anna Todd (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
LOST ROSES by Martha Hall Kelly (Click here for more)

Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club
THE NIGHT TIGER by Yangsze Choo (Click here for more)

Jenna Bush Hager's "Today" Book Club, #ReadWithJenna
THE UNWINDING OF THE MIRACLE: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After by Julie Yip-Williams (Click here for more)

PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club
BROTOPIA: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley, by Emily Chang (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
THE FAVORITE SISTER by Jessica Knoll (Click here for more)
 



MARCH 2019

Indie Next
#1 Pick: DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid
THE RIVER by Peter Heller
THE HUNTRESS by Kate Quinn
THE BOOK OF DELIGHTS: Essays by Ross Gay
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS by Anissa Gray
BEAUTIFUL BAD by Annie Ward
AERIALISTS: Stories, by Mark Mayer
THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon
THE HUNTING PARTY by Lucy Foley
LITTLE FAITH by Nickolas Butler
THE BIRD KING by G. Willow Wilson
LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS: A Memoir by T Kira Madden
WHEN ALL IS SAID by Anne Griffin
IN ANOTHER TIME by Jillian Cantor
IF, THEN by Kate Hope Day
A WOMAN IS NO MAN by Etaf Rum
THE NEW ME by Halle Butler
GINGERBREAD by Helen Oyeyemi
THE TRIAL OF LIZZIE BORDEN by Cara Robertson
THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN by Lisa See

LibraryReads
LibraryReads Favorite: MY LOVELY WIFE by Samantha Downing
BEAUTIFUL BAD by Annie Ward
THE BIRD KING by G. Willow Wilson
A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery by Deanna Raybourn
THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST by Diane Les Becquets
THE LAST YEAR OF THE WAR by Susan Meissner
THE LIBRARY OF LOST AND FOUND by Phaedra Patrick
PROFESSOR CHANDRA FOLLOWS HIS BLISS by Rajeev Balasubramanyam
QUEENIE by Candice Carty-Williams
THE RIVER by Peter Heller

Target Book Club
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn (Click here for more)

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
I WAS ANASTASIA by Ariel Lawhon (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN by Lisa See (Click here for more)

Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club
DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Click here for more)

Jenna Bush Hager's "Today" Book Club, #ReadWithJenna
THE LAST ROMANTICS by Tara Conklin (Click here for more)

PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club
THE POWER by Naomi Alderman (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
ME FOR YOU by Lolly Winston (Click here for more)
 


 

FEBRUARY 2019

Indie Next
#1 Pick: MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE by Valeria Luiselli
GO AHEAD IN THE RAIN: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, by Hanif Abdurraqib
THE COLLECTED SCHIZOPHRENIAS: Essays, by Esmé Weijun Wang
DEEP CREEK: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston
THE LAST ROMANTICS by Tara Conklin
THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib
BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF by Marlon James
THE CURRENT by Tim Johnston
THE AGE OF LIGHT by Whitney Scharer
LEADING MEN by Christopher Castellani
BOWLAWAY by Elizabeth McCracken
THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM by Marie Benedict
THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS by Pam Jenoff
GOLDEN CHILD by Claire Adam
WHEN YOU READ THIS by Mary Adkins
THE WEIGHT OF A PIANO by Chris Cander
YOU KNOW YOU WANT THIS: “Cat Person” and Other Stories by Kristen Roupenian
THE FALCONER by Dana Czapnik

LibraryReads
LibraryReads Favorite: THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF RAVENOUSLY HUNGRY GIRLS by Anissa Gray
DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA'I by Alan Brennert
FINDING DOROTHY by Elizabeth Letts
THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Yara Zgheib
GOOD RIDDANCE by Elinor Lipman
THE HUNTRESS by Kate Quinn
KID GLOVES: Nine Months of Careful Chaos, by Lucy Knisley
THE LAST ROMANTICS by Tara Conklin
THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon

Target Book Club
WE OWN THE SKY by Luke Allnutt (Click here for more)

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
THE BOOKSHOP by Penelope Fitzgerald (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
THE LAST ROMANTICS by Tara Conklin (Click here for more)

Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club
THE PROPOSAL by Jasmine Guillory (Click here for more)

PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club
THE WIFE by Meg Wolitzer (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
EVERY NOTE PLAYED by Lisa Genova (Click here for more)
 



JANUARY 2019

Indie Next
#1 Pick: WATCHING YOU by Lisa Jewell
THE DREAMERS by Karen Thompson Walker
THE WATER CURE by Sophie Mackintosh
GHOST WALL by Sarah Moss
FREEFALL by Jessica Barry
INHERITANCE: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
THE FAR FIELD by Madhuri Vijay
LOOKER by Laura Sims
THE WINTER OF THE WITCH by Katherine Arden
SUGAR RUN by Mesha Maren
GOLDEN STATE by Ben H. Winters
THE PARAGON HOTEL by Lyndsay Faye
MOUTHFUL OF BIRDS: Stories by Samanta Schweblin
THE ORPHAN OF SALT WINDS by Elizabeth Brooks
THE LAST WHALERS: Three Years in the Far Pacific With a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life by Doug Bock Clark
THE GOWN: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson
THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous
TO KEEP THE SUN ALIVE by Rabeah Ghaffari
IN AN ABSENT DREAM by Seanan McGuire

LibraryReads
LibraryReads Favorite: ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield
AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
THE AU PAIR by Emma Rous
THE CURRENT by Tim Johnston
THE DREAMERS by Karen Thompson Walker
MY FAVORITE HALF-NIGHT STAND by Christina Lauren
THE RED ADDRESS BOOK by Sofia Lundberg
THE SUSPECT by Fiona Barton
UNMARRIAGEABLE by Soniah Kamal
WATCHING YOU by Lisa Jewell

Target Book Club
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel (Click here for more)

Pennie's Pick (Costco)
TANGERINE by Christine Mangan (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM by Marie Benedict (Click here for more)

Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club
THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean (Click here for more)

PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club
HEART: A History, by Sandeep Jauhar (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Kate Morton (Click here for more)