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Explore the fully updated Jenna Bush Hager’s book club list here. You’ll benefit from helpful details about The Today Show’s latest pick, top recommendations, and a printable PDF of the full Read with Jenna book club list to track your book club reading in this celebrity book club. Let’s get literary!

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Latest Book Club Pick for July 2024

What book was featured on The Today Show today? Get the answer below.

All the Colors of the Dark hails from a popular fiction writer whose work is well-liked by men and women alike. About this book, Jenna has said, “When you first start, it’s a mystery, and you don’t know what’s going to happen. Then, parts of it reminded me of The Goldfinch and To Kill a Mockingbird.” She also called it fast-paced.

Two kidnapped teens form a deep bond in total darkness while trapped in a basement, never having seen each other’s faces. The boy manages to escape but becomes lost, unable to return to the girl he loves. Primarily, it’s a story of friendship.

I’m expecting this one to be a hit based on all the early reviews I’m hearing.

Book Club Favorites: Top Picks From Read With Jenna’s Book Club

Compared to other celebrity book club lists, Read with Jenna’s book club picks are for modern literary fiction. They feature character-driven novels and/or new authors.

As a fan of literary, character-driven fiction myself, I’ve read and loved a lot of Jenna Bush Hager’s book recommendations compared to other celebrity book clubs. (In fact, for the first few years I read every single book she picked.) As a full-time book blogger, I also have a pulse on which ones readers of The Literary Lifestyle and globally love most from this list.

If you’re wondering where to start, or what to read next from Jenna Bush Hager’s book club list, below are the ten best Read with Jenna book club picks. I also included my ratings for each of her suggested book club books.

(They make great book club picks for your own book clubs and summer reading too!)

Black Cake(My review: ★★★★☆; also recommended by Barack Obama) Beloved by readers generally and one of my favorite books of 2022. This story’s core is a Caribbean black cake made from a family recipe. It’s tied to a voice recording filled with the mystery of a young swimmer. She flees her island home under suspicion of murder and as a long-lost child. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds!

Dear Edward(My review: ★★★★☆) The kind of book you never forget. It’s an especially unique coming-of-age story detailing the teenage years of a 12-year-old boy after he is the sole survivor of a plane crash. You’ll love the characters and the arc of grief, resilience, and hope that grew in the years following the crash.

The Dutch House(My review: ★★★★★) One of the best books of the 21st century, this is an all-time favorite, especially on audio (narrated by Tom Hanks). After the Conroy family move into “The Dutch House” outside of Philadelphia, siblings Danny and Maeve are left to raise themselves. Maeve becomes like a mother to Danny as they grow through decades of life and often return to the nostalgia of their childhood home. The ending gave me CHILLS.

The Four Winds(My review: ★★★★☆) Everyone loves a good Kristin Hannah book. This Dust Bowl/Depression-era story delivered everything her readers crave, including a strong female in harrowing historical circumstances.

Malibu Rising(My review: ★★★★☆) Everyone also loves a good Taylor Jenkins Reid book. This 1980s Malibu family drama also delivered everything her readers crave, including well-drawn characters and an addictive plot. It’s the story of one forgettable night that forever changes one family and ends in flames.

Nothing to See Here(My review: ★★★★☆) A book so good I read it in one day. It’s a story about a down-on-her-luck woman. She becomes the nanny of her former friend’s stepchildren. They tend to burst into flames when agitated.  Sound odd? It did to me too, but it WORKS. It was a great metaphor to tackle what happens to children when life spins out of their control.

Searching for Sylvie Lee(My review: ★★★★☆) An exceptional, suspense-filled mystery. It’s about the disappearance of a woman, and the ties that bound her with her sister and mother in a Chinese immigrant family. So immersive and intriguing.

Remarkably Bright Creatures(My review: ★★★★☆) A universally beloved book with a whole lot of heart. A janitor at an aquarium forms a friendship with an octopus and tries to reveal the truth about what happened to the janitor’s son, who disappeared over thirty years earlier.

The Secret History(My review: ★★★★★) One of Jenna’s and my favorite books of all time. It’s a modern classic that’s exquisitely crafted from start to finish. This dark academia literary thriller takes the reader to a New England university in the 1980s. There, a group of friends becomes obsessed with classic mythology and spirals down dark (and deadly) paths. It contains some of the best writing I’ve ever read.

A Woman is No Man(My review: ★★★★★) Blew me away. It’s a window inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in America, and you won’t soon forget peering in. It’s about strength, education, choice, immigration, the “American Dream” and so much more. It’s, without question, a must-read.

The Fully Updated Read with Jenna Book Club List

Below is the complete (and updated) Jenna Bush Hager’s book club list in chronological order. It starts with the oldest pick and ends with the most recent pick.

For the ones I’ve read, I’ve added star ratings in parentheses after the titles.

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin (My review: ★★★★★)

The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams (My review: ★★★★☆)

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum (My review: ★★★★★)

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok (My review: ★★★★☆)

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes (My review: ★★★☆☆)

Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn (My review: ★★☆☆☆)

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall (My review: ★★★☆☆)

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (My review: ★★★★★)

(Related Post: The Dutch House Review | The Dutch House Book Club Questions)

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (My review: ★★★★☆)

Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl (My review: ★★★★★)

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano (My review: ★★★★☆)

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare (My review: ★★★★☆)

Writers & Lovers by Lily King (My review: ★★★★☆)

Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore (My review: ★★★☆☆)

All Adults Here by Emma Straub (My review: ★★★☆☆)

A Burning by Megha Majumdar (My review: ★★★☆☆)

Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan (My review: ★★★☆☆)

Here for It by R. Eric Thomas (My review: ★★★☆☆)

The Comeback by Ella Berman (My review: ★★★★★)

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (My review: ★★★☆☆)

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (My review: ★★★☆☆)

White Ivy by Susie Yang (My review: ★★★☆☆)

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (My review: ★★★★☆)

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (My review: ★★★☆☆)

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah (My review: ★★★★☆)

Send for Me by Lauren Fox (My review: ★★★☆☆)

What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster

Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid (My review: ★★★★☆)

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

The Turnout by Megan Abbott

Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang (My review: ★★★☆☆)

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (My review: ★★★☆☆)

The Family by Naomi Krupitsky (My review: ★★☆☆☆)

Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (My review: ★★★★☆)

Groundskeeping by Lee Cole

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow (My review: ★★★★★)

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt (My review: ★★★★☆)

These Impossible Things Salma El-Wardany

The Measure by Nikki Erlick (My review: ★★★★☆)

(Related Post: The Measure Book Club Questions)

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford

Solito by Javier Zamora

The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn

The Cloisters by Katy Hays

The Secret History by Donna Tartt (My review: ★★★★★)

Sam by Allegra Goodman

Maame by Jessica George (My review: ★★★★☆)

Black Candle Women by Diane Marie Brown

Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling

Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

The Celebrants by Steven Rowley (My review: ★★★☆☆)

Banyan Moon by Thao Thai

Summer Sisters is a Judy Blume (My review: ★★★★☆)

Amazing Grace Adams by Fran Littlewood

The Sun Sets in Singapore by Kehinde Fadipe

We Must Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren Grodstein

The Waters by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Good Material by Dolly Alderton

The Great Divide by Cristina Henriquez

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (My review: ★★★★☆)

The Husbands by Holly Gramazio (My review: ★★★☆☆)

Real Americans by Rachel Khong (My review: ★★★★☆)

Swift River by Essie Chambers

All the Colors of the Dark by Chris Whitaker

That concludes Jenna Bush Hager’s book club list!

Fun Fact: In December 2019, I was on The Today Show to discuss one of the books from Jenna Bush’s reading list with her and Hoda Kotb! It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, which was both scary and exhilarating.

Read with Jenna on The Today Show

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Read With Jenna Pick mean?

Read with Jenna refers to Jenna Bush Hager’s book club on The Today Show. It’s called the Read With Jenna book club. She recommends one monthly pick and shares related content about it.

When did ReadWithJenna start?

The Read with Jenna book club started in March 2019. It recently celebrated its fifth anniversary on air in 2024.

How do I join Jenna’s book club?

To join Jenna Bush Hager’s Book Club, follow The Today Show TV segments and social media for monthly picks. Then, read the selected books and participate in discussions on television, her podcast, and social media.

How does Jenna pick her books?

Read With Jenna most often selects modern literary fiction by debut authors. They are always available through Book of the Month Club. Her picks are announced once a month, usually on the first Tuesday of the month on The Today Show with Hoda Kotb.

What genres does Read With Jenna’s book club cover?

Read With Jenna’s book club covers a variety of genres, including historical fiction, literary fiction, contemporary fiction, memoirs, and more.

What are some notable success stories that gained popularity through Read With Jenna’s book club?

Several books have seen massive success through Read With Jenna’s book club. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt sold more than one million copies.


The Today Show’s Jenna Bush Hager’s book club list offers an excellent collection of modern literary fiction. These books are often character-driven and from new authors. They are always available at Book of the Month Club.


To recap, if you’re wondering where to start or what to read next from Jenna Bush Hager’s book club list, below are the ten best Read with Jenna book club book recommendations:

  1. Black Cake
  2. Dear Edward
  3. The Dutch House
  4. The Four Winds
  5. Malibu Rising
  6. Nothing to See Here
  7. Searching for Sylvie Lee
  8. Remarkably Bright Creatures
  9. The Secret History
  10. A Woman is No Man

What are your favorite Read with Jenna book club picks? Let readers of The Literary Lifestyle know in the comments.

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  1. Would like to suggest that Jenna consider “NIGHTBIRDS” a first novel by Kate J. Armstrong published Feb. 28, 2023 by Penguin Random House. A fantasy like the Great Gatsby focusing on the magic of three girls.

    1. @Jules Buono, How strange, I printed the list but it isn’t on my printed list. I keep checking to make sure I’m not missing it.

      1. Marie,

        My apologies for the inconvenience. I thought you were talking about the blog post. You are correct that Solito was missing from the PDF! I am so sorry about that. I have updated the list accordingly and uploaded it to this blog post. Hope it helps.

  2. This is such a clever post! I tend to really enjoy Jenna’s picks (Louding Voice, Dear Edward) but I am curious about her partnership with Book of the Month. I guess each month one of their picks will also be her monthly book club pick. Seems redundant to me- but hopefully either way it’s a good rec!

    1. Yes, I think that’s how it works. I think it may get tricky since BOTM offers pre-releases sometimes. (For Dear Edward, she picked it the month after BOTM pre-released it.) I will miss her truly personal recommendations but think it’s a good partnership overall.