From nail-biting thrillers to how-to guides, see which page-turners she can’t put down
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Socially awkward Eleanor lives an extremely lonely life until she and her office IT guy Raymond save an elderly man after he falls on the sidewalk. The three become friends and ultimately rescue each other, with Raymond bringing Eleanor out of the shell that protected her from a tragic past. “#FunFact: At 40 years old, Gail Honeyman’s debut novel #EleanorOliphant was discovered through a writing competition, altering the trajectory of her life,” Witherspoon has said of the book, which she is turning into a feature film.
To buy: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel, $26; amazon.com.
Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton
Books by Author Emily Giffin
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Travel writer Lo Blalock is on assignment aboard a luxury cruise and all seems perfect until she witnesses the woman in the next cabin being thrown overboard. Or did she? According to the ship's records, no passenger is traveling in that cabin! “#TheWomanInCabin10 is an edge of your seat thriller set on the most beautiful yacht in the world,” Witherspoon said on Instagram. “Full of great characters and twists, y’all should check it out!”
To buy: The Woman in Cabin 10, $26; amazon.com.
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Witherspoon's “weekend reading” is now an HBO series starring the actress herself. Moriarty's book chronicles the lives of three women who have kids at the same preschool. As secrets are revealed, they realize that their lives are even more connected than they think.
To buy: Big Little Lies, $10; amazon.com.
The Dry by Jane Harper
“You won't want to put it down,” the star wrote on Instagram of this “unpredictable page-turner” about federal agent Aaron Falk, who, decades after being accused of murder, is summoned to his hometown for the funeral of his best friend, who shot himself after killing his wife and son. As Falk investigates his friend's death, the locals begin to question his own connection to the case.
To buy: The Dry, $26; amazon.com.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Lib, an English nurse, travels to an Irish village to observe a young girl who claims to have survived on no food for four months. Is it a hoax or a miracle? That’s the question Lib asks herself, when the child’s health suddenly begins to decline. Witherspoon called this book one of her “rainy day essentials.”
To buy: The Wonder, $27; amazon.com.
Radical Beauty by Deepak Chopra & Kimberly Snyder
Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
“I go back and look at it over and over again,” Witherspoon said of this book based on Brown's blog. “It's laugh-out-loud funny, yet practical and shockingly accurate (Step 361: Don't date someone who is mean to you!!) It talks about the mundane (how to clean your apartment) and the big issues (how to choose your friends). A great gift for basically ... Any adult.”
To buy: Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, $16; amazon.com.
It's All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow
Even Oscar winners can use a little help in the kitchen — from fellow Oscar winners. Enter this cookbook, which is packed with quick and simple recipes. “Trying my best @gwynethpaltrow, to make it look like #ItsAllEasy!!! WishMeLuck,” Witherspoon wrote on Instagram.
To buy: It's All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook, $35; amazon.com.
All Is Not Forgotten: A Novel by Wendy Walker
“What would you do to protect your children? What lengths would you go to? This book explores those questions and more,” the star said of Walker's novel, which she is bringing to the big screen. “A dark & twisting psychological thriller that had me guessing until the very end. *Fair warning that this book has some difficult / violent scenes.*”
To buy: All Is Not Forgotten: A Novel, $27; amazon.com.
Barbie and Ruth by Robin Gerber
Move over, Elle Woods. Another iconic blonde is coming to the big screen! Witherspoon is planning to make a movie based on this story of how Mattel cofounder Barbara Handler was inspired by her daughter to create a doll who looked like an adult instead of a child.
To buy: Barbie and Ruth, $15; amazon.com.
Ashley's War by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Witherspoon was so moved by this book that she couldn't put it down: “It’s about an amazingly brave group of women who served in a Special Ops unit during the war in Afghanistan. Their strength and courage are an inspiration. P.S. I’m so proud to bring their story to the screen!”
To buy: Ashley's War, $16; amazon.com.
Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll
Ani FaNelli is a successful woman who seems to have it all—including a dark secret that could destroy her. “It was the most non-stop nail-biting crazy train of a book with one of the most intriguing characters I have read in a long time!” raved Witherspoon, who is adapting the novel into a feature film.
To buy: Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel, $16; amazon.com.