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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, as well as the Target Book Club title and Costco's "Buyer's Pick." We also feature a number of other prominent picks, including Oprah’s Book Club, the Barnes & Noble Book Club, Reese's Book Club, Jenna Bush Hager's "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club, the "Good Morning America" Book Club, and Simon & Schuster’s Book Club Favorites.

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


 

JULY 2021

Indie Next
#1 Pick: FALLING by T. J. Newman
A PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT: A Monk and Robot Book by Becky Chambers
FOX AND I: An Uncommon Friendship by Catherine Raven
SEEK YOU: A Journey Through American Loneliness, by Kristen Radtke
EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM WILL SOMEDAY BE DEAD by Emily Austin
THE WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore
THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
NOWHERE GIRL: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood, by Cheryl Diamond
THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP by Grady Hendrix
SUCH A QUIET PLACE by Megan Miranda
THE PAPER PALACE by Miranda Cowley Heller
THE THERAPIST by B. A. Paris
THE STARTUP WIFE by Tahmima Anam
DEAR MISS METROPOLITAN by Carolyn Ferrell
THE SWEETNESS OF WATER by Nathan Harris
SONGS IN URSA MAJOR by Emma Brodie
FILTHY ANIMALS by Brandon Taylor
THE WORLD GIVES WAY by Marissa Levien
THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS by Kristin Harmel
DREAM GIRL by Laura Lippman
ISLAND QUEEN by Vanessa Riley
THE WAY SHE FEELS by Courtney Cook
THE TANGLEROOT PALACE: Stories, by Marjorie Liu
NO HIDING IN BOISE by Kim Hooper

LibraryReads
Top Pick: SUCH A QUIET PLACE by Megan Miranda
ALL THE LITTLE HOPES by Leah Weiss
THE BONE CODE: A Temperance Brennan Novel by Kathy Reichs
DEVIL IN DISGUISE by Lisa Kleypas
EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM WILL SOMEDAY BE DEAD by Emily Austin
FALLING by T. J. Newman
THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS by Kristin Harmel
A PSALM FOR THE WILD-BUILT: A Monk and Robot Book by Becky Chambers
SHE WHO BECAME THE SUN by Shelley Parker-Chan
THE SINFUL LIVES OF TROPHY WIVES by Kristin Miller

Target Book Club
THE EXILES by Christina Baker Kline (Click here for more)

Costco's "Buyer's Pick"
THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
THE PAPER PALACE by Miranda Cowley Heller (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
THE PAPER PALACE by Miranda Cowley Heller (Click here for more)

Jenna Bush Hager's "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
HELL OF A BOOK by Jason Mott (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
ANXIOUS PEOPLE by Fredrik Backman (Click here for more)
 



JUNE 2021

Indie Next
#1 Pick: MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS by Joshua Henkin
MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid
THE OTHER BLACK GIRL by Zakiya Dalila Harris
ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston
ANIMAL by Lisa Taddeo
LEGENDS OF THE NORTH CASCADES by Jonathan Evison
THE MAIDENS by Alex Michaelides
UNSETTLED GROUND by Claire Fuller
THE SOULMATE EQUATION by Christina Lauren
THE THOUSAND CRIMES OF MING TSU by Tom Lin
HOUSE OF STICKS: A Memoir by Ly Tran
THE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL by Nghi Vo
HEAVEN by Mieko Kawakami
THE KINGDOMS by Natasha Pulley
ONE TWO THREE by Laurie Frankel
OUR WOMAN IN MOSCOW by Beatriz Williams
PALACE OF THE DROWNED by Christine Mangan
THE PHOTOGRAPHER by Mary Dixie Carter
RABBITS by Terry Miles
LOCAL WOMAN MISSING by Mary Kubica
A GHOST IN THE THROAT by Doireann Ní Ghríofa
FUTURE FEELING by Joss Lake
BEWILDERNESS by Karen Tucker
THE SECRET WORLD OF WEATHER: How to Read Signs in Every Cloud, Breeze, Hill, Street, Plant, Animal, and Dewdrop, by Tristan Gooley
WALKING ON COWRIE SHELLS: Stories by Nana Nkweti

LibraryReads
Top Pick: ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston
THE MAIDENS by Alex Michaelides
NEON GODS by Katee Robert
THE ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LENNI AND MARGOT by Marianne Cronin
THE OTHER BLACK GIRL by Zakiya Dalila Harris
OUR WOMAN IN MOSCOW by Beatriz Williams
THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
THE QUEER PRINCIPLES OF KIT WEBB by Cat Sebastian
TO SIR, WITH LOVE by Lauren Layne
THE WOMAN THEY COULD NOT SILENCE: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore

Target Book Club
THE END OF HER by Shari Lapena (Click here for more)

Costco's "Buyer's Pick"
THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES by Kristin Harmel (Click here for more)

Oprah's Book Club
THE SWEETNESS OF WATER by Nathan Harris (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
THE OTHER BLACK GIRL by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE by Tia Williams (Click here for more)

Jenna Bush Hager's "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
MALIBU RISING by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
THE OTHER BLACK GIRL by Zakiya Dalila Harris (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
FLORENCE ADLER SWIMS FOREVER by Rachel Beanland (Click here for more)
 



MAY 2021

Indie Next
#1 Pick: GREAT CIRCLE by Maggie Shipstead
PROJECT HAIL MARY by Andy Weir
PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry
CRYING IN H MART: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner
THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave
SECRETS OF HAPPINESS by Joan Silber
MARY JANE by Jessica Anya Blau
THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR by Pam Jenoff
MIRRORLAND by Carole Johnstone
THE PLOT by Jean Hanff Korelitz
ARIADNE by Jennifer Saint
MADHOUSE AT THE END OF THE EARTH: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night by Julian Sancton
THE MUSIC OF BEES by Eileen Garvin
THE NEWCOMER by Mary Kay Andrews
POP SONG: Adventures in Art & Intimacy, by Larissa Pham
OLYMPUS, TEXAS by Stacey Swann
HOUR OF THE WITCH by Chris Bohjalian
FUGITIVE TELEMETRY: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells
SEED TO DUST: Life, Nature, and a Country Garden, by Marc Hamer
WHILE JUSTICE SLEEPS by Stacey Abrams
HOT STEW by Fiona Mozley
MEET ME IN ANOTHER LIFE by Catriona Silvey
SORROWLAND by Rivers Solomon
FOLKLORN by Angela Mi Young Hur

LibraryReads
Top Pick: PEOPLE WE MEET ON VACATION by Emily Henry
ARSENIC AND ADOBO: A Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery by Mia P. Manansala
THE BOOKSHOP OF SECOND CHANCES by Jackie Fraser
THE GUNCLE by Steven Rowley
THE INVISIBLE HUSBAND OF FRICK ISLAND by Colleen Oakley
MARY JANE by Jessica Anya Blau
THE NEWCOMER by Mary Kay Andrews
TALK BOOKISH TO ME by Kate Bromley
WHILE JUSTICE SLEEPS by Stacey Abrams
THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR by Pam Jenoff

Target Book Club
THE LAST FLIGHT by Julie Clark (Click here for more)

Pennie's Pick for Costco
WHEN THE APRICOTS BLOOM by Gina Wilkinson (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
HOUR OF THE WITCH by Chris Bohjalian (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME by Laura Dave (Click here for more)

Jenna Bush Hager's "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
GREAT CIRCLE by Maggie Shipstead (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
OLYMPUS, TEXAS by Stacey Swann (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
SUMMER DARLINGS by Brooke Lea Foster (Click here for more)
 



APRIL 2021

Indie Next
#1 Pick: LIBERTIE by Kaitlyn Greenidge
BROKEN (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson
OF WOMEN AND SALT by Gabriela Garcia
THE NIGHT ALWAYS COMES by Willy Vlautin
RAFT OF STARS by Andrew J. Graff
GOLD DIGGERS by Sanjena Sathian
MOTHER MAY I by Joshilyn Jackson
NORTHERN SPY by Flynn Berry
THE ELEPHANT OF BELFAST by S. Kirk Walsh
WHEN THE STARS GO DARK by Paula McLain
FINDING FREEDOM: A Cook’s Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch by Erin French
ASTRID SEES ALL by Natalie Standiford
THE LOST VILLAGE written by Camilla Sten, translated by Alexandra Fleming
RED ISLAND HOUSE by Andrea Lee
WHAT COMES AFTER by JoAnne Tompkins
A LITTLE DEVIL IN AMERICA: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, by Hanif Abdurraqib
THE GOOD SISTER by Sally Hepworth
EVERY VOW YOU BREAK by Peter Swanson
ETERNAL by Lisa Scottoline
PERMAFROST by written by Eva Baltasar, translated by Julia Sanches

LibraryReads
Top Pick: THE INTIMACY EXPERIMENT by Rosie Danan
BROKEN (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson
DIAL A FOR AUNTIES by Jesse Q. Sutanto
LIFE'S TOO SHORT by Abby Jimenez
MALICE by Heather Walter
THE MUSIC OF BEES by Eileen Garvin
THE NIGHT ALWAYS COMES by Willy Vlautin
SECOND FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Sally Thorne
TO LOVE AND TO LOATHE by Martha Waters
YOU LOVE ME: A You Novel by Caroline Kepnes

Target Book Club
PRETTY THINGS by Janelle Brown (Click here for more)

Pennie's Pick for Costco
REMEMBER: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting, by Lisa Genova (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
THE FIVE WOUNDS by Kirstin Valdez Quade (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
NORTHERN SPY by Flynn Berry (Click here for more)

Jenna Bush Hager's "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
GOOD COMPANY by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
OF WOMEN AND SALT by Gabriela Garcia (Click here for more)

PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club
NOMADLAND: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, by Jessica Bruder (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
BIG SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner (Click here for more)
 



MARCH 2021

Indie Next
#1 Pick: WE BEGIN AT THE END by Chris Whitaker
KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro
THE LOST APOTHECARY by Sarah Penner
BROOD by Jackie Polzin
THE ROSE CODE by Kate Quinn
THE WINDSOR KNOT by SJ Bennett
INFINITE COUNTRY by Patricia Engel
THE ECHO WIFE by Sarah Gailey
ACT YOUR AGE, EVE BROWN by Talia Hibbert
THE SMASH-UP by Ali Benjamin
VERA by Carol Edgarian
FLOAT PLAN by Trish Doller
COSMOGONY: Stories, by Lucy Ives
EVERY LAST FEAR by Alex Finlay
GOOD EGGS by Rebecca Hardiman
BROTHER, SISTER, MOTHER, EXPLORER by Jamie Figueroa
THE GIRLS ARE ALL SO NICE HERE by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
BAND OF SISTERS by Lauren Willig
FIRST COMES LIKE by Alisha Rai
THE COMMITTED by Viet Thanh Nguyen

LibraryReads
Top Pick: THE LOST APOTHECARY by Sarah Penner
THE CONDUCTORS by Nicole Glover
THE DATING PLAN by Sara Desai
ETERNAL by Lisa Scottoline
EVERY LAST FEAR by Alex Finlay
FLOAT PLAN by Trish Doller
LIBERTIE by Kaitlyn Greenidge
THE LOST VILLAGE written by Camilla Sten, translated by Alexandra Fleming
WE BEGIN AT THE END by Chris Whitaker
THE WINDSOR KNOT by SJ Bennett

Target Book Club
VALENTINE by Elizabeth Wetmore (Click here for more)

Pennie's Pick for Costco
WHISTLING PAST THE GRAVEYARD by Susan Crandall (Click here for more)

Oprah's Book Club
The Gilead series by Marilynne Robinson: GILEAD, HOME, LILA and JACK (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
WE BEGIN AT THE END by Chris Whitaker (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
INFINITE COUNTRY by Patricia Engel (Click here for more)

Jenna Bush Hager's "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
WHAT'S MINE AND YOURS by Naima Coster (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro (Click here for more)

PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club
NOMADLAND: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, by Jessica Bruder (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
IN FIVE YEARS by Rebecca Serle (Click here for more)
 



FEBRUARY 2021

Indie Next
#1 Pick: THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles
THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah
THE SURVIVORS by Jane Harper
MILK FED by Melissa Broder
MILK BLOOD HEAT: Stories by Dantiel W. Moniz
FAKE ACCOUNTS by Lauren Oyler
THE KINDEST LIE by Nancy Johnson
THE UNWILLING by John Hart
THE REMOVED by Brandon Hobson
SEND FOR ME by Lauren Fox
ZORRIE by Laird Hunt
LOVE IS AN EX-COUNTRY: A Memoir by Randa Jarrar
THE BAD MUSLIM DISCOUNT by Syed M. Masood
REMOTE CONTROL by Nnedi Okorafor
A THOUSAND SHIPS by Natalie Haynes
BENEATH THE KEEP: A Novel of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
LAND OF BIG NUMBERS: Stories by Te-Ping Chen
THE GIRL FROM THE CHANNEL ISLANDS by Jenny Lecoat
WE RUN THE TIDES by Vendela Vida
MADE IN CHINA: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods by Amelia Pang

LibraryReads
Top Pick: THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah
THE ECHO WIFE by Sarah Gailey
FINLAY DONOVAN IS KILLING IT by Elle Cosimano
HONEY GIRL by Morgan Rogers
THE KINDEST LIE by Nancy Johnson
THE KITCHEN FRONT by Jennifer Ryan
MUCH ADO ABOUT YOU by Samantha Young
THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles
THE VINEYARD AT PAINTED MOON by Susan Mallery
THE WITCH'S HEART by Genvieve Gorniche

Target Book Club
WHEN THE APRICOTS BLOOM by Gina Wilkinson (Click here for more)

Pennie's Pick for Costco
OONA OUT OF ORDER by Margarita Montimore (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
GOOD NEIGHBORS by Sarah Langan (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
THE SANATORIUM by Sarah Pearse (Click here for more)

Jenna Bush Hager's "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
THE FOUR WINDS by Kristin Hannah and SEND FOR ME by Lauren Fox (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
HOW THE ONE-ARMED SISTER SWEEPS HER HOUSE by Cherie Jones (Click here for more)

PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club
INTERIOR CHINATOWN by Charles Yu (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
YELLOW WIFE by Sadeqa Johnson (Click here for more)
 



JANUARY 2021

Indie Next
#1 Pick: THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones, Jr.
WHAT COULD BE SAVED by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz
OUTLAWED by Anna North
THE HOUSE ON VESPER SANDS by Paraic O’Donnell
THE PUSH by Ashley Audrain
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME by Julia Claiborne Johnson
THE FORTUNATE ONES by Ed Tarkington
THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING by Jamie Harrison
THE WIFE UPSTAIRS by Rachel Hawkins
THE INLAND SEA by Madeleine Watts
THE LIAR'S DICTIONARY by Eley Williams
YOU'LL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED TO LACEY: Crazy Stories About Racism, by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar
THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict
HADES, ARGENTINA by Daniel Loedel
A SWIM IN A POND IN THE RAIN: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders
ACROSS THE GREEN GRASS FIELDS by Seanan McGuire
THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD by Melanie Benjamin
BLACK BUCK by Mateo Askaripour
OUR DARKEST NIGHT: A Novel of Italy and the Second World War by Jennifer Robson
A CROOKED TREE by Una Mannion

LibraryReads
Top Pick: THE WIFE UPSTAIRS by Rachel Hawkins
THE CHILDREN'S BLIZZARD by Melanie Benjamin
THE EX TALK by Rachel Lynn Solomon
THE HOUSE ON VESPER SANDS by Paraic O’Donnell
OUTLAWED by Anna North
THE PERFECT GUESTS by Emma Rous
THE PUSH by Ashley Audrain
REMOTE CONTROL by Nnedi Okorafor
SHIPPED by Angie Hockman
SIRI, WHO AM I? by Sam Tschida

Target Book Club
THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett (Click here for more)

Pennie's Pick for Costco
THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE by Marie Benedict (Click here for more)

Barnes & Noble Book Club
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME by Julia Claiborne Johnson (Click here for more)

Reese's Book Club
OUTLAWED by Anna North (Click here for more)

Jenna Bush Hager's "Read with Jenna" Today Show Book Club
BLACK BUCK by Mateo Askaripour (Click here for more)

"Good Morning America" Book Club
THE PUSH by Ashley Audrain (Click here for more)

PBS NewsHour-New York Times “Now Read This” Book Club
TRICK MIRROR: Reflections on Self-Delusion, by Jia Tolentino (Click here for more)

Simon & Schuster's Book Club Favorites
WHITE IVY by Susie Yang (Click here for more)