12 Books Reese Witherspoon Recommends on Instagram

America's sweetheart is more than the star of Big Little Lies, she's a full-on bibliophile.

Reese Witherspoon rose to America’s Sweetheart status after acting in hit movies such as Legally Blonde and Walk the Line. More recently, she’s been featured in quite a few projects that are based on novels, including the recent HBO miniseries Big Little Lies and Wild, both based on the books of the same name. Reese doesn’t just star in the adaptations of some of our favorite books, the avid reader’s production company Pacific Standard also acquires the film rights to awesome books and makes them for the big screen (hello, Gone Girl!), championing female storytellers along the way. What began as Reese sharing her favorite books on Instagram has morphed into an international digital book club (#RWBookClub) that we’re glad to be a part of.

Big Little Lies might have been Reese’s first introduction to Liane Moriarty, but based on Instagram, she’s now a big fan.  She was very excited about Truly Madly Guilty, even recommending it to her #RWBookClub followers.

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Reese is not one to shy away from suspense. She loved The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, calling it “an edge-of-your-seat thriller set on the most beautiful yacht in the world. In her ‘gram, she pairs this page-turner with some lovely—but prickly—eryngium.

This image does not give us the blues! Here, Reese is devouring Decorating Is Fun!: How to be Your Own Decorator, an interior decorating book originally published in 1939 by famed designer Dorothy Draper. We think she must be inspired by the decorator, who died in 1969: Reese’s fashion, accessories and home décor line is named Draper James! And BTW, we’re obsessed with the Draper James tunic she’s wearing in this pic…

We thought our TBR pile was long, but it looks like Reese might have us beat. Staying true to her girls, Reese has books from friends Drew Barrymore (Wildflower) and Mindy Kaling (Why Not Me) on her reading list. Her stack also includes The Clasp by Sloane Crosley, The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante, Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed and The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín. We hope she has time to finish them all!

Reese played Cheryl Strayed in the movie adaptation of Wild, and it looks like Cheryl has continued to be an inspiration. Brave Enough, a collection of wise quotes is a big gift item for Reese, who says “Cheryl Strayed wrote this book of her incredible, tell-it-like-it-is, no nonsense wisdom. For anyone who needs a little inspiration, I highly recommend it. (Maybe a gift for yourself? you deserve it!)”

Being stuck inside on a rainy day is the perfect excuse for Reese to sit and read (celebrities, they’re just like us!) Reese’s book of choice is The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, and it looks like it goes great with a cup of coffee in a cute mug from Draper James.

While Reese loves to share her favorite fiction novels, she also has a soft spot for fitness. Nothing says #FitnessFriday like Radical Beauty—Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder’s guide for transforming yourself from the inside out—paired with a side of green juice.

We know Reese Witherspoon gets invited to many great parties, but can she throw one? Based on her interest in Celebrate Everything! by Darcy Miller, editor-at-large at Martha Stewart Weddings, we think she’d be a great party planner. Now, if only we could get an invite to RSVP to…

Adulting is hard, but you are not alone. Reese Witherspoon also needed some advice, and got it—and many laughs along the way—from Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown. Reese says she keeps this one on her shelf and goes back to it over and over again for its “laugh-out-loud funny, yet practical and shockingly accurate” advice.

The lazy, hazy days of summer are full of new books, and the summer of 2016 introduced Reese to quite a few books she wanted to read. The Girls by Emma Cline and Noah Hawley’s Before The Fall were the first of Reese’s picks for her book club.

As the summer went on, Reese’s TBR pile grew. The great thing about summer reading? It’s just as good year around! Like Reese, we devoured Jessi Klein’s memoir You’ll Grow Out of It and Emily Giffin’s latest, First Comes Love.

One of our favorite things about Reese’s book Instagram images? The amazing accessories she places next to her books. Perhaps Reese has been checking out Read it Forward’s @BookBento for inspiration? Regardless, we love that she was seasonally appropriate for fall by pairing the fitting-for-Halloween thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware with pumpkins and corn.


Featured image: Reese Witherspoon/Instagram.com

About Stella Spiegel

Stella Spiegel

Stella Spiegel is the email marketer for Read It Forward. When she is not busy reading her favorite celebrities’ memoirs, she works on creating enough memories for her future memoir.

  • Kristin

    Actually, that flower with The Woman in Cabin Ten is an eryngium, also known as sea holly!

  • Heidi Brown-Ordillas

    The book is Noah Hawley’s “Before The Fall” not “Before I Fall” which another book by Lauren Oliver. 😁

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