Outside of acting, we have started to turn to our girl Reese Witherspoon for all things lifestyle. You might think she’s all Southern charm and what’s for dinner tonight, but take a deep dive into her Instagram and you’ll find that this blonde is quite the bookworm. First her website launched, and now Reese is keeping it techy and turning her feed into a virtual book club that would give Oprah some competition in the celebrity reading recommendation category.
Sprinkled in between snaps of her fabulous (yet relatable ;) life are bookies (did we just make that up?!) with Reese’s reviews. You’ll find some titles that probably already call your bookshelf home, like I Am Malala, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, David Sedaris’s Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls and the essential children’s book Everyone Poops. Check out some of the Hot Pursuit star’s stack of books below and let us know if you’ve spent a weekend (or several) tearing through any of ’em.
1. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll: The actress described this just-released novel as “the most non-stop nail-biting crazy train of a book with one of the most intriguing characters I have read in a long time!” Clearly Reese loved this twisty, suspenseful “huge summer read” — her production company Pacific Standard Films is giving it the page-to-screen adaptation.
2. Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: According to the bookworm, this tome is about “an amazingly brave group of women who served in a Special Ops unit during the war in Afghanistan.” She added she couldn’t put this one down, and that’s apparent, as her production company also has the rights to turn it into a movie.
3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: The actress hit the beach with this forbidden somewhat love story about a young Nazi soldier and a blind French girl that’s anything but a typical historical romance novel.
4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: Reese posted that this thriller “kept her up all night reading.” She better be prepared for a midnight screening of it soon, because it’s headed to the big screen via Dreamworks. No word on if Reese will be starring in the film… yet.
5. The Everyday Supermodel by Molly Sims: The Southern gal said this lifestyle advice book from her famous gal pal — who’s also a Southern belle — is filled with “fun how-tos on fashion and beauty.” She added, “She knows some good tricks!” We’ll trust your rec, girl.
6. It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love + War by Lynsey Addario: Of this pick written by the Draper James founder’s friend, Reese wrote this is “the most riveting memoir about being a female war photographer in places like Libya, Darfur and Afghanistan.” Steven Spielberg obviously agrees with her, as he’s turning the memoir into a movie. Reese knows how to pick ’em.
7. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: Another book Reese is taking to the screen — this time as a miniseries with Nicole Kidman — is all about lies that lead to a death and the mystery surrounding that event. Not only does it sound like a can’t-put-down book but it’s sure to be a can’t-miss TV event as well.
8. One More Thing: Stories + Other Stories by B.J. Novak: Reese found this collection of stories by Mindy Kaling’s ex-BF + current BFF to be the perfect summer read. It tackles a range of topics that will make you question yourself while simultaneously laughing alongside the actor + author.
9. Look at Me by Jennifer Egan: This thriller about a fashion model who goes through reconstructive surgery after a car accident provides a deep look at identity and imposture courtesy of its intense narrative has Reese’s stamp of approval.
10. Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan: This hilarious book is filled with tales of being a dad of five. With stories about the joys and horrors of raising that many children, Reese thinks it’s the #perfectfathersdaygift. You heard the lady — order it for your dad!
11. Permission to Parent: How to Raise Your Child With Love + Limits by Robin Berman, MD: Not only did the mother of three recommend this parenting guide about being the best adult so you can be the ultimate parent, but we’re sure she learned a thing or two in the process. And you most likely will too when you have a moment of quiet to read it ;)
Have you read any of Reese’s book club picks? Which would you suggest to the actress? Share your must-reads in the comments.