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Favorite Monthly Lists & Picks

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Favorite Monthly Lists & Picks

Each month, we share top book picks from Indie Next and LibraryReads. We also feature a number of other prominent selections, including the Barnes & Noble Book Club, the "Good Morning America" Book Club, Oprah’s Book Club, the PBS Books Readers Club, the "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club, Reese's Book Club, and the Target Book Club.

You can see previous years' features here: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014.
 


 

JULY 2024

Indie Next
#1 Pick: THE GOD OF THE WOODS by Liz Moore
ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK by Chris Whitaker
SAME AS IT EVER WAS by Claire Lombardo
SANDWICH by Catherine Newman
BEAR by Julia Phillips
THE LION WOMEN OF TEHRAN by Marjan Kamali
HONEY by Isabel Banta
NOT ANOTHER LOVE SONG by Julie Soto
THE COIN by Yasmin Zaher
THE ANTHROPOLOGISTS by Aysegül Savas
THE SPELLSHOP by Sarah Beth Durst
MARGO'S GOT MONEY TROUBLES by Rufi Thorpe
NOT IN LOVE by Ali Hazelwood
BURY YOUR GAYS by Chuck Tingle
HORROR MOVIE by Paul Tremblay
STATE OF PARADISE by Laura van den Berg
THE HEART IN WINTER by Kevin Barry
THE DALLERGUT DREAM DEPARTMENT STORE by Miye Lee, translated by Sandy Joosun Lee
DEVIL IS FINE by John Vercher
THE NIGHT ENDS WITH FIRE by K. X. Song
MASQUERADE by O. O. Sangoyomi
A HAPPIER LIFE by Kristy Woodson Harvey
THE SAME BRIGHT STARS by Ethan Joella
MIDNIGHT ROOMS by Donyae Coles
ZAN: Stories, by Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh

LibraryReads
Top Pick: THE SPELLSHOP by Sarah Beth Durst
BUSINESS CASUAL by B. K. Borison
THE GAME CHANGER by Lana Ferguson
THE NEXT BEST FLING by Gabriella Gamez
THE BRIGHT SWORD: A Novel of King Arthur by Lev Grossman
THE EX VOWS by Jessica Joyce
THE FACULTY LOUNGE by Jennifer Mathieu
THE LOST STORY by Meg Shaffer
NOT ANOTHER LOVE SONG by Julie Soto
BURY YOUR GAYS by Chuck Tingle

Barnes & Noble Book Club
THE GOD OF THE WOODS by Liz Moore (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
THE LOVE OF MY AFTERLIFE by Kirsty Greenwood (Click here for more)

PBS Books Readers Club
JAMES by Percival Everett (Click here for more)

"Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK by Chris Whitaker (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
THE CLIFFS by J. Courtney Sullivan (Click here for more)

Target Book Club
IT'S ELEMENTARY by Elise Bryant (Click here for more)
 



JUNE 2024

Indie Next
#1 Pick: FIRE EXIT by Morgan Talty
THE ROM-COMMERS by Katherine Center
SWIFT RIVER by Essie Chambers
A GOOD LIFE by Virginie Grimaldi, translated by Hildegarde Serle
EXHIBIT by R. O. Kwon
THE GUNCLE ABROAD by Steven Rowley
TRIPLE SEC by TJ Alexander
BRIGHT AND TENDER DARK by Joanna Pearson
THE FIREBORNE BLADE by Charlotte Bond
SWIPED by L. M. Chilton
THE SAFEKEEP by Yael van der Wouden
THE LAST MURDER AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Stuart Turton
JUST SOME STUPID LOVE STORY by Katelyn Doyle
ONE PERFECT COUPLE by Ruth Ware
SUMMER ROMANCE by Annabel Monaghan
WHEN AMONG CROWS by Veronica Roth
SOLDIER SAILOR by Claire Kilroy
I HOPE THIS FINDS YOU WELL by Natalie Sue
TEHRANGELES by Porochista Khakpour
CACTUS COUNTRY: A Boyhood Memoir, by Zoë Bossiere
MIDDLETIDE by Sarah Crouch
I'VE TRIED BEING NICE: Essays by Ann Leary
SERVICE by Sarah Gilmartin
ONE OF OUR KIND by Nicola Yoon
OUT OF THE SIERRA: A Story of Rarámuri Resistance, by Victoria Blanco

LibraryReads
Top Pick: SANDWICH by Catherine Newman
SWIFT RIVER by Essie Chambers
LOVE LETTERS TO A SERIAL KILLER by Tasha Coryell
THAT NIGHT IN THE LIBRARY by Eva Jurczyk
SAME AS IT EVER WAS by Claire Lombardo
THE HOUSEMAID IS WATCHING by Freida McFadden
LULA DEAN'S LITTLE LIBRARY OF BANNED BOOKS by Kirsten Miller
SERVICE MODEL by Adrian Tchaikovsky
MARGO'S GOT MONEY TROUBLES by Rufi Thorpe
SHELTERWOOD by Lisa Wingate

Barnes & Noble Book Club
YOU ARE HERE by David Nicholls (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
MALAS by Marcela Fuentes (Click here for more)

Oprah's Book Club
FAMILIARIS by David Wroblewski (Click here for more)

PBS Books Readers Club
MRS. QUINN'S RISE TO FAME by Olivia Ford (Click here for more)

"Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
SWIFT RIVER by Essie Chambers (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
THE UNWEDDING by Ally Condie (Click here for more)

Target Book Club
BECOMING TED by Matt Cain (Click here for more)
 



MAY 2024

Indie Next
#1 Pick: THE MINISTRY OF TIME by Kaliane Bradley
FUNNY STORY by Emily Henry
ALL FOURS by Miranda July
REAL AMERICANS by Rachel Khong
LONG ISLAND by Colm Tóibín
THE PARADISE PROBLEM by Christina Lauren
SIPSWORTH by Simon Van Booy
WOODWORM by Layla Martínez, translated by Sophie Hughes and Annie McDermott
EVERY TIME I GO ON VACATION, SOMEONE DIES by Catherine Mack
MISS MORGAN'S BOOK BRIGADE by Janet Skeslien Charles
A LETTER TO THE LUMINOUS DEEP by Sylvie Cathrall
READING THE ROOM: A Bookseller’s Tale, by Paul Yamazaki
888 LOVE AND THE DIVINE BURDEN OF NUMBERS by Abraham Chang
THE Z WORD by Lindsay King-Miller
SUMMERS AT THE SAINT by Mary Kay Andrews
DARLING GIRLS by Sally Hepworth
THE PARIS NOVEL by Ruth Reichl
A MAGICAL GIRL RETIRES by Park Seolyeon, translated by Anton Hur
COLTON GENTRY'S THIRD ACT by Jeff Zentner
OCEAN'S GODORI by Elaine U. Cho
LONELINESS & COMPANY by Charlee Dyroff
WHALE FALL by Elizabeth O'Connor
THE DEMON OF UNREST: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War by Erik Larson
BITE BY BITE: Nourishments and Jamborees, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
HOW TO READ A BOOK by Monica Wood

LibraryReads
Top Pick: THE LAST MURDER AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Stuart Turton
THE MINISTRY OF TIME by Kaliane Bradley
DAUGHTERS OF SHANDONG by Eve J. Chung
SAVOR IT by Tarah DeWitt
THIS SUMMER WILL BE DIFFERENT by Carley Fortune
LIES AND WEDDINGS by Kevin Kwan
WHEN AMONG CROWS by Veronica Roth
LONG AFTER WE ARE GONE by Terah Shelton Harris
THE HAZELBOURNE LADIES MOTORCYCLE and FLYING CLUB by Helen Simonson
CAN'T SPELL TREASON WITHOUT TEA: Tomes & Tea, Book One by Rebecca Thorne

Barnes & Noble Book Club
REAL AMERICANS by Rachel Khong (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
THE MINISTRY OF TIME by Kaliane Bradley (Click here for more)

Oprah's Book Club
LONG ISLAND by Colm Tóibín (Click here for more)

"Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
REAL AMERICANS by Rachel Khong (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
HOW TO END A LOVE STORY by Yulin Kuang (Click here for more)

Target Book Club
DAUGHTERS OF SHANDONG by Eve J. Chung (Click here for more)
 



APRIL 2024

Indie Next
#1 Pick: JAMES by Percival Everett
EXPIRATION DATES by Rebecca Serle
THE HUSBANDS by Holly Gramazio
A SHORT WALK THROUGH A WIDE WORLD by Douglas Westerbeke
CLEAR by Carys Davies
THE FAMILIAR by Leigh Bardugo
WORRY by Alexandra Tanner
RAINBOW BLACK by Maggie Thrash
ANNIE BOT by Sierra Greer
THE EMPRESS AND THE ENDLESS PALACE by Justinian Huang
THE PROSPECTS by KT Hoffman
JUST FOR THE SUMMER by Abby Jimenez
I CHEERFULLY REFUSE by Leif Enger
THE AGE OF MAGICAL OVERTHINKING: Notes on Modern Irrationality, by Amanda Montell
THE CEMETERY OF UNTOLD STORIES by Julia Alvarez
MEMORY PIECE by Lisa Ko
THERE'S ALWAYS THIS YEAR: On Basketball and Ascension, by Hanif Abdurraqib
TABLE FOR TWO: Fictions by Amor Towles
WOMEN! IN! PERIL! by Jessie Ren Marshall
THE WOODS ALL BLACK by Lee Mandelo
THE WIVES: A Memoir by Simone Gorrindo
LIKE HAPPINESS by Ursula Villarreal-Moura
SECRETS OF THE OCTOPUS by Sy Montgomery
THE TREE DOCTOR by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
A GOOD HAPPY GIRL by Marissa Higgins

LibraryReads
Top Pick: THE HUSBANDS by Holly Gramazio
THE RULE BOOK by Sarah Adams
HAPPY MEDIUM by Sarah Adler
GHOST STATION by S.A. Barnes
THE FELLOWSHIP OF PUZZLEMAKERS by Samuel Burr
TO GAZE UPON WICKED GODS by Molly X. Chang
LATE BLOOMER by Mazey Eddings
EXTINCTION by Douglas Preston
HOME IS WHERE THE BODIES ARE by Jeneva Rose
TABLE FOR TWO: Fictions by Amor Towles

Barnes & Noble Book Club
I CHEERFULLY REFUSE by Leif Enger (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
JUST FOR THE SUMMER by Abby Jimenez (Click here for more)

"Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
THE HUSBANDS by Holly Gramazio (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD by Claire Lombardo (Click here for more)

Target Book Club
HOW TO END A LOVE STORY by Yulin Kuang (Click here for more)
 



MARCH 2024

Indie Next
#1 Pick: WANDERING STARS by Tommy Orange
A FATE INKED IN BLOOD: Book One of the Saga of the Unfated by Danielle L. Jensen
LISTEN FOR THE LIE by Amy Tintera
THE OTHER VALLEY by Scott Alexander Howard
THE HUNTER by Tana French
THE EXTINCTION OF IRENA REY by Jennifer Croft
WELCOME TO THE HYUNAM-DONG BOOKSHOP written by Hwang Bo-reum, translated by Shanna Tan
ANITA DE MONTE LAUGHS LAST by Xochitl Gonzalez
PIGLET by Lottie Hazell
THUNDER SONG: Essays, by Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe
SPLINTERS: Another Kind of Love Story by Leslie Jamison
THE GREAT DIVIDE by Cristina Henríquez
BYE, BABY by Carola Lovering
THE STILL POINT by Tammy Greenwood
FRUIT OF THE DEAD by Rachel Lyon
YOUR ABSENCE IS DARKNESS written by Jón Kalman Stefánsson, translated by Philip Roughton
THE BOOK OF DOORS by Gareth Brown
GRIEF IS FOR PEOPLE by Sloane Crosley
GREEN DOT by Madeleine Gray
THE HEARING TEST by Eliza Barry Callahan
HEADSHOT by Rita Bullwinkel
AFTER ANNIE by Anna Quindlen
RED CLAY SUZIE by Jeffrey Dale Lofton
SUN OF BLOOD AND RUIN by Mariely Lares
THE HIDDEN LIFE OF CECILY LARSON by Ellen Baker

LibraryReads
Top Pick: HOW TO SOLVE YOUR OWN MURDER by Kristen Perrin
THE OTHER SIDE OF DISAPPEARING by Kate Clayborn
JAMES by Percival Everett
THE MYSTERY WRITER by Sulari Gentill
EVERYONE IS WATCHING by Heather Gudenkauf
THE GREAT DIVIDE by Cristina Henríquez
BYE, BABY by Carola Lovering
HAPPILY NEVER AFTER by Lynn Painter
SWIFT AND SADDLED: A Rebel Blue Ranch Novel, by Lyla Sage
LISTEN FOR THE LIE by Amy Tintera

Barnes & Noble Book Club
AFTER ANNIE by Anna Quindlen (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
LISTEN FOR THE LIE by Amy Tintera (Click here for more)

Oprah's Book Club
THE MANY LIVES OF MAMA LOVE: A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing by Lara Love Hardin (Click here for more)

"Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
THE GREAT DIVIDE by Cristina Henríquez and THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
ANITA DE MONTE LAUGHS LAST by Xochitl Gonzalez (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
EXPIRATION DATES by Rebecca Serle (Click here for more)

Target Book Club
THE LAST TALE OF THE FLOWER BRIDE by Roshani Chokshi (Click here for more)
 



FEBRUARY 2024

Indie Next
#1 Pick: BRIDE by Ali Hazelwood
THE WOMEN by Kristin Hannah
MARTYR! by Kaveh Akbar
COME AND GET IT by Kiley Reid
EMILY WILDE'S MAP OF THE OTHERLANDS by Heather Fawcett
THE FOX WIFE by Yangsze Choo
THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE ALPERTON ANGELS by Janice Hallett
FAMILY FAMILY by Laurie Frankel
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SPACE by Emily Austin
THE CITY OF STARDUST by Georgia Summers
THE WARM HANDS OF GHOSTS by Katherine Arden
THE BOOK OF LOVE by Kelly Link
THE TAINTED CUP by Robert Jackson Bennett
EVERYONE ON THIS TRAIN IS A SUSPECT by Benjamin Stevenson
WHAT FEASTS AT NIGHT by T. Kingfisher
THE BULLET SWALLOWER by Elizabeth Gonzalez James
LOVE NOVEL written by Ivana Sajko, translated by Mima Simić
A WILD AND HEAVENLY PLACE by Robin Oliveira
THE ANTIQUE HUNTER'S GUIDE TO MURDER by C. L. Miller
THE CURSE OF PIETRO HOUDINI by Derek B. Miller
HARD BY A GREAT FOREST by Leo Vardiashvili
THE BUSY BODY by Kemper Donovan
TRUE NORTH by Andrew J. Graff
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH IT'S KILLING US BOTH by Mariah Stovall
FURY written by Clyo Mendoza, translated by Christina Macsweeney

LibraryReads
Top Pick: A FATE INKED IN BLOOD: Book One of the Saga of the Unfated by Danielle L. Jensen
THE TAINTED CUP by Robert Jackson Bennett
THE BOOK OF DOORS by Gareth Brown
THE FOX WIFE by Yangsze Choo
THE BOOK OF LOVE by Kelly Link
THE TEACHER by Freida McFadden
WANDERING STARS by Tommy Orange
AFTER ANNIE by Anna Quindlen
WHEN GRUMPY MET SUNSHINE by Charlotte Stein
A LOVE SONG FOR RICKI WILDE by Tia Williams

Barnes & Noble Book Club
GOOD MATERIAL by Dolly Alderton (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
COME AND GET IT by Kiley Reid (Click here for more)

"Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
GOOD MATERIAL by Dolly Alderton (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
REDWOOD COURT by DéLana R. A. Dameron (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
CAMP ZERO by Michelle Min Sterling (Click here for more)

Target Book Club
THE HOUSE OF EVE by Sadeqa Johnson (Click here for more)
 



JANUARY 2024

Indie Next
#1 Pick: THE FURY by Alex Michaelides
THE STORM WE MADE by Vanessa Chan
MERCURY by Amy Jo Burns
THE HEIRESS by Rachel Hawkins
MIDNIGHT RUIN by Katee Robert
THAT TIME I GOT DRUNK AND SAVED A DEMON by Kimberly Lemming
THE TUSKS OF EXTINCTION by Ray Nayler
DON'T WANT YOU LIKE A BEST FRIEND by Emma R. Alban
POOR DEER by Claire Oshetsky
THE FETISHIST by Katherine Min
YOU ONLY CALL WHEN YOU'RE IN TROUBLE by Stephen McCauley
ONLY IF YOU'RE LUCKY by Stacy Willingham
SUGAR, BABY by Celine Saintclare
MISLAID IN PARTS HALF-KNOWN by Seanan McGuire
NONFICTION by Julie Myerson
HOLIDAY COUNTRY by İnci Atrek
WHERE YOU END by Abbott Kahler
FIRST LIE WINS by Ashley Elston
THIS WRETCHED VALLEY by Jenny Kiefer
FAMILIA by Lauren E. Rico
THE DJINN WAITS A HUNDRED YEARS by Shubnum Khan
RABBIT HOLE by Kate Brody
ANNA O by Matthew Blake
THE AGE OF DEER: Trouble and Kinship with Our Wild Neighbors, by Erika Howsare
MY FRIENDS by Hisham Matar

LibraryReads
Top Pick: EMILY WILDE'S MAP OF THE OTHERLANDS by Heather Fawcett
THE BUSY BODY by Kemper Donovan
FIRST LIE WINS by Ashley Elston
DIVA by Daisy Goodwin
THE DJINN WAITS A HUNDRED YEARS by Shubnum Khan
THE CLINIC by Cate Quinn
COME AND GET IT by Kiley Reid
EVERYONE ON THIS TRAIN IS A SUSPECT by Benjamin Stevenson
TWENTY-SEVEN MINUTES by Ashley Tate
ALL RHODES LEAD HERE by Mariana Zapata

Barnes & Noble Book Club
MERCURY by Amy Jo Burns (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
THE STORM WE MADE by Vanessa Chan (Click here for more)

"Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
THE WATERS by Bonnie Jo Campbell (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
FIRST LIE WINS by Ashley Elston (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
THE STORM WE MADE by Vanessa Chan (Click here for more)

Target Book Club
WHERE THE DEAD SLEEP by Joshua Moehling (Click here for more)