Want to join the best celebrity book clubs? Here are the most popular December 2023 celebrity book club picks. I’ll find all the most exciting book club selections for you each month. Let’s read together like a celeb!
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Outstanding December 2023 Celebrity Book Club Picks
Hello, December! Are you ready to read along with your favourite celebs this month? I am!
Do you want to know all the latest celebrity book club picks of the month? I’m sharing them with you in this post today. If you don’t want any spoilers, this is your heads up that all the most popular December 2023 celebrity book club picks are about to be revealed in detail below! As always, these latest picks are all exciting new books that I just can’t wait to read. What about you?
If you’re new to Love Beauty Thrive, here’s the deal on celebrity book clubs! Each month, I’ll share with you the most popular celebrity book club selections and some thoughts on each. You’ll find all the hottest celebrity book club books listed here – all together in one post – so you don’t have to search around to discover what you’d like to read next. Want to read like a celeb? You’ll find out exactly how to do that here!
As monthly selections are announced, I’ll list all the most popular celebrity book club picks that the reading community can’t stop talking about. Are there any books (or book clubs) that I forgot to include? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! I’d really love to include them in the discussion.
Each month, I’ll also always share with you the highly anticipated Book of the Month picks too. The December 2023 Book of the Month selections were absolutely outstanding. If you’re a book lover, don’t forget to check for our exciting Book of the Month posts at the beginning of each month.
As with all my book lists, my celebrity book club list might look a little different than others – our reading interests are all different! But I always try my best to include a variety of titles, perspectives and suggestions for both an interesting and diverse selection of amazing new books. Which celebrity book club books will you be reading?
Are you ready for some of the BEST suggestions on what to read this month? Let’s get to it!
WHICH CELEBRITY BOOK CLUBS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Here are the celebrity book clubs followed monthly at Love Beauty Thrive.
- Reese’s Book Club
- Oprah’s Book Club
- Read with Jenna Book Club
- Good Morning America Book Club
- Belletrist Book Club (Emma Roberts)
- The Happy Place Reads (JoAnna Garcia Swisher)
- Good Housekeeping Book Club (GH Book Club)
Love Beauty Thrive also looks forward to seeing Sarah Jessica Parker’s frequent book recommendations on Instagram, but doesn’t officially follow her suggestions as a monthly celebrity book club.
And with that, let’s get to the December 2023 celebrity book club picks.
AMAZING DECEMBER 2023 CELEBRITY BOOK CLUB PICKS
Are you ready to read like a celebrity? Here are the hottest December 2023 celebrity book club picks to get your hands on. We really can’t wait!
Of course, we’ll start with one of our top favourite celebrity book clubs, Reese’s Book Club.
REESE’S BOOK CLUB
Reese’s Book Club is Reese Witherspoon’s monthly book club with her production company, Hello Sunshine. Reese’s Book Club reads books of every genre with women at the center of the story.
We are Reese’s Book Club. The seekers of joy, the lovers of story, the keepers of fictive kin; and through The Readership we dive deeper, go further, and give more to co-author louder, greater, prouder, a truer, newer narrative for women.Reese’s Book Club (2023)
If you’d like to learn more about how Reese’s Book Club elevates female voices and stories (and all about why it’s a must read book club for women), be sure to check out our recent post, Reese Witherspoon Book Club: Women’s Literary Empowerment.
Visit Reese’s Book Club here to read with Reese.
REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK (DECEMBER 2023)
Reese’s Book Club December 2023 pick is Before We Were Innocent by Ella Berman.
A Reese’s Book Club pick, this novel by Ella Berman is a mysterious, captivating new thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. Here is the publisher’s book description of Before We Were Innocent.
A summer in Greece for three best friends ends in the unthinkable when only two return home. . . .
Ten years ago, after a sun-soaked summer spent in Greece, best friends Bess and Joni were cleared of having any involvement in their friend Evangeline’s death. But that didn’t stop the media from ripping apart their teenage lives like vultures.
While the girls were never convicted, Joni, ever the opportunist, capitalized on her newfound infamy to become a motivational speaker. Bess, on the other hand, resolved to make her life as small and controlled as possible so she wouldn’t risk losing everything all over again. And it almost worked. . . .
Except now Joni needs a favor, and when she turns up at her old friend’s doorstep asking for an alibi, Bess has no choice but to say yes. She still owes her. But as the two friends try desperately to shake off their past, they have to face reality.
Can you ever be an innocent woman when everyone wants you to be guilty?Before We Were Innocent (2023)
Read more about Before We Were Innocent on Goodreads.
OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB
Oprah’s Book Club is Oprah Winfrey’s book club. Since the 1990’s, it’s been one of the most famous book clubs in the world. It makes frequent selections (but not on a regular monthly schedule). Oprah’s Book Club reads books that often focus on Black voices.
Visit Oprah’s Book Club here to read with Oprah.
OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK (CURRENT)
The current pick for Oprah’s Book Club is Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward (selected in mid-October 2023).
An Oprah’s Book Club pick, instant New York Times bestseller and Amazon editors’ pick in best literature and fiction, this new release is written by Jesmyn Ward (two-time National Book Award winner, youngest winner of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction and MacArthur Fellow). A Book of the Month selection (November 2023) described as a “haunting masterpiece” – a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for best historical fiction too – here is the publisher’s book description of Let Us Descend.
“‘Let us descend,’ the poet now began, ‘and enter this blind world.’” —Inferno, Dante Alighieri
Let Us Descend is a reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation.
Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the reader’s guide through this hellscape. As she struggles through the miles-long march, Annis turns inward, seeking comfort from memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother. Throughout, she opens herself to a world beyond this world, one teeming with spirits: of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, and those who manipulate and take. While Ward leads readers through the descent, this, her fourth novel, is ultimately a story of rebirth and reclamation.
From one of the most singularly brilliant and beloved writers of her generation, this miracle of a novel inscribes Black American grief and joy into the very land—the rich but unforgiving forests, swamps, and rivers of the American South. Let Us Descend is Jesmyn Ward’s most magnificent novel yet, a masterwork for the ages.Let Us Descend (2023)Let Us Descend (2023)
Read more about Let Us Descend on Goodreads.
READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB
Read with Jenna is the TODAY show’s book club with Jenna Bush Hagar. It typically reads books from Book of the Month selections that often emphasize diversity. Read with Jenna invites viewers to read and discuss monthly picks together.
Visit the Read with Jenna book club here to read with Jenna Bush Hagar.
READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK (DECEMBER 2023)
The Read with Jenna book club December 2023 pick is We Must Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren Grodstein.
A TODAY Show “Read with Jenna” book club pick inspired by the code-named Oneg Shabbat testimony-gathering project (“the underground group that kept an archive to ensure that the lives of Jewish occupants of the Warsaw Ghetto in World War II were not lost to history”). Described as a masterpiece, here is the publisher’s book description of We Must Not Think of Ourselves.
On a November day in 1940, Adam Paskow becomes a prisoner in the Warsaw Ghetto, where the Jews of the city are cut off from their former lives and held captive by Nazi guards to await an uncertain fate. Weeks later, he is approached by a mysterious figure with a surprising request: Would he join a secret group of archivists working to preserve the truth of what is happening inside these walls?
Adam agrees and begins taking testimonies from his students, friends, and neighbors. He learns about their childhoods and their daydreams, their passions and their fears, their desperate strategies for safety and survival. The stories form a portrait of endurance in a world where no choices are good ones.
One of the people Adam interviews is his flatmate Sala Wiskoff, who is stoic, determined, and funny—and married with two children. Over the months of their confinement, in the presence of her family, Adam and Sala fall in love. As they desperately carve out intimacy, their relationship feels both impossible and vital, their connection keeping them alive.
But when Adam discovers a possible escape from the Ghetto, he is faced with an unbearable choice: whom can he save, and at what cost?We Must Not Think of Ourselves (2023)
Read more about We Must Not Think of Ourselves on Goodreads.
Want more from the Read with Jenna TODAY Show Book Club? Check out the brand new Read with Jenna Podcast. You can find out everything you need to know about the Read with Jenna Podcast and how to listen, right here.
GMA BOOK CLUB
The GMA Book Club is the Good Morning America book club. It “showcases book picks from a wide range of compelling authors.” The GMA Book Club reads discussion worthy books from a variety of different perspectives.
Visit the GMA Book Club here to read with Good Morning America.
GMA BOOK CLUB PICK (DECEMBER 2023)
The GMA Book Club December 2023 pick is The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon.
A GMA Book Club pick, The Frozen River is written by Ariel Lawhon, a New York Times bestselling author. It is an NPR book of the year and an Amazon editors’ pick in best thriller, mystery and suspense. Here is the publisher’s book description of The Frozen River.
Maine, 1789: When the Kennebec River freezes, entombing a man in the ice, Martha Ballard is summoned to examine the body and determine cause of death. As a midwife and healer, she is privy to much of what goes on behind closed doors in Hallowell. Her diary is a record of every birth and death, crime and debacle that unfolds in the close-knit community. Months earlier, Martha documented the details of an alleged rape committed by two of the town’s most respected gentlemen—one of whom has now been found dead in the ice. But when a local physician undermines her conclusion, declaring the death to be an accident, Martha is forced to investigate the shocking murder on her own.
Over the course of one winter, as the trial nears, and whispers and prejudices mount, Martha doggedly pursues the truth. Her diary soon lands at the center of the scandal, implicating those she loves, and compelling Martha to decide where her own loyalties lie.
Clever, layered, and subversive, Ariel Lawhon’s newest offering introduces an unsung heroine who refused to accept anything less than justice at a time when women were considered best seen and not heard. The Frozen River is a thrilling, tense, and tender story about a remarkable woman who left an unparalleled legacy yet remains nearly forgotten to this day.The Frozen River (2023)
Read more about The Frozen River on Goodreads.
BELLETRIST BOOK CLUB
Belletrist is the book club of Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss. “Belletrist celebrates great books and the people who read them.” Belletrist reads a new book every month, diving deep into the story, characters, writing process and how the book came to life, with the author.
You don’t have to be the best reader or read the most—you just need that sense of curiosity and to want to be introduced to new stories that you might not have read otherwise.Emma Roberts
Visit the Belletrist website here to read with Emma and Karah.
BELLETRIST BOOK CLUB PICK (DECEMBER 2023)
The Belletrist Book Club December 2023 pick is Data Baby: My Life in a Psychological Experiment by Susannah Breslin.
A Belletrist book club pick, Data Baby is described as “provocative and poignant memoir delving into a woman’s formative experiences as a veritable ‘lab rat’ in a lifelong psychological study, and her pursuit to reclaim autonomy and her identity as a adult” (Lab Girl meets Brain on Fire).
It should be noted, this book contains depictions of domestic abuse that may be upsetting to some readers. Please take this into consideration before reading if it could possibly be triggering for you.
Here is the publisher’s book description of Data Baby: My Life in a Psychological Experiment.
What if your parents turn you into a human lab rat when you’re a child? Will that change the story of your life? Will that change who you are?Data Baby (2023)
When Susannah Breslin is a toddler, her parents enroll her in an exclusive laboratory preschool at the University of California, Berkeley, where she becomes one of over a hundred children who are research subjects in an unprecedented thirty-year study of personality development that predicts who she and her cohort will grow up to be. Decades later, trapped in what she feels is an abusive marriage and battling breast cancer, she starts to wonder how growing up under a microscope shaped her identity and life choices. Already a successful journalist, she makes her own curious history the subject of her next investigation. From experiment rooms with one-way mirrors, to children’s puzzles with no solutions, to condemned basement laboratories, her life-changing journey uncovers the long-buried secrets hidden behind the renowned study. The question at the gnarled heart of her quest: Did the study know her better than she knew herself?
At once bravely honest and sharply witty, Data Baby is a compelling and provocative account of a woman’s quest to find her true self, and an unblinking exploration of why we turn out as we do. Few people in all of history have been studied from such a young age and for as long as this author, but the message of her book is universal. In an era when so many of us are looking to technology to tell us who to be, it’s up to us to discover who we actually are.
Read more about Data Baby: My Life in a Psychological Experiment on Goodreads.
THE HAPPY PLACE READS BOOK CLUB
The Happy Place Reads (THP Reads) is JoAnna Garcia Swisher’s book club with her lifestyle blog, The Happy Place. JoAnna is an actress known for her role of Maddie Townsend on the hit Netflix series Sweet Magnolias. THP Reads selects monthly entertaining and moving books that teach readers how to look at themselves and the world in new ways.
Visit The Happy Place website here to read with JoAnna.
THP READS BOOK CLUB PICK (DECEMBER 2023)
The Happy Place Reads December 2023 book pick is What You Do To Me by Rochelle B. Weinstein.
A THP Reads book club pick, What You Do To Me is a “moving novel of two unfinished love stories and the music and lyrics that bring them together” by bestselling author Rochelle B. Weinstein. Here is the publisher’s book description of What You Do To Me.
Journalist Cecilia James is a sucker for a love song. So when she stumbles across a clue to the identity of the muse for one of rock’s greatest, she devotes herself to uncovering the truth, even as her own relationship is falling apart.
While writing an article for Rolling Stone, Cecilia works to reveal the mystery that has intrigued fans and discovers a classic tale of two soulmates separated by fate and circumstance. Rock star Eddie Vee once sang with his soul, dedicating love songs to Sara Friedman, his inspiration and first love. Now, Eddie takes refuge in anonymity, closed off to the past. Sara, too, has distanced herself from their love, moving thousands of miles away to live the life she once railed against. As Eddie and Sara tentatively open up to Cecilia about broken dreams, she struggles to give them a happy ending. In the process, she learns that broken hearts can be healed―even her own.
What You Do To Me is the story of a love song and of the triumph of the heart over the greatest of odds. Even for those who have written off love forever.What You To Do Me (2023)
Read more about What You Do To Me on Goodreads.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BOOK CLUB
The GH Book Club is the Good Housekeeping book club. It “focuses solely on reads that will make you feel great, delivering a jolt of positivity each month with an uplifting, engrossing page-turner that will engage your mind and make you smile.” The GH Book Club is every reader’s “feel-good” destination for both fiction and nonfiction.
Visit the GH Book Club here to read with Good Housekeeping.
GH BOOK CLUB PICK (DECEMBER 2023)
The GH Book Club December 2023 pick is Welcome Home, Stranger by Kate Christensen.
A GH Book Club pick, Welcome Home, Stranger is “a novel about grief, love, growing older, and the complications of family” written by Kate Christensen, a PEN-Faulkner Award-winning author. Here is the publisher’s book description of Welcome Home, Stranger.
Can you ever truly go home again?
An environmental journalist in Washington, DC, Rachel has shunned her New England working-class family for years. Divorced and childless in her middle age, she’s a true independent spirit with the pain and experience to prove it. Coping with challenges large and small, she thinks her life is in free fall–until she’s summoned home to deal with the aftermath of her mother’s death.
Then things really fall apart.
Surrounded by a cast of sometimes comic, sometimes heartbreakingly serious characters—an arriviste sister, an alcoholic brother-in-law and, most importantly, the love of her life recently married to the sister’s best friend–Rachel must come to terms with her past, the sorrow she has long buried, and the ghost of the mother who, for better and worse, made her the woman she is.
Lively, witty, and painfully familiar, this sophisticated and emotionally resonant novel from the author of The Great Man holds a mirror up to modern life as it considers the way some of us must carry on now.Welcome Home, Stranger (2023)
Read more about Welcome Home, Stranger on Goodreads.
DECEMBER 2023 CELEBRITY BOOK CLUB PICKS, WHAT WILL YOU READ?
What celebrity book club picks will you be reading this month? I hope this post helps you find some amazing new books to read! All the outstanding December 2023 celebrity book club picks look so great, I can’t decide which to read first.
Are there any other celebrity book clubs I need to follow? Let me know in the comments below, I always love to discover new book clubs and fantastic books to read!
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