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All 68 Books in Jenna Bush Hager’s Book Club, Read With Jenna

Time to get reading with the TODAY co-anchor.

By Elizabeth Logan

If you're always in search of for your next great read, you've likely heard of Read With Jenna book club, a monthly book selection from TODAY's own Jenna Bush Hager.

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“I love reading for so many reasons. It really is my escape from everyday life. It’s how I calm down. It’s how I detach. It’s how I fall in love with other places that I will never go to. It’s how I empathize with characters who are nothing like me. There’s nothing like falling in love with a book,” Hager (the daughter of a former librarian and FLOTUS, Laura Bush) reflected at the start of 2023.

Having a book club is her way of involving others in this passion, and fans of the TODAY co-anchor can't get enough of her fantastic book selections! As of July 2024, her book list is 68 titles strong — and its getting better every month.

“When we started Read With Jenna, we hoped to build a community of people who wanted to read here and there. I don’t think we ever could have imagined that we’d have...a community that’s so engaged and compassionate," Hager told TODAY.com as the project celebrated its fourth anniversary.

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From classics to hot new titles, mind-blowing nonfiction to heart-stopping thrillers, Hager's selection span every genre. Her latest for July 2024? All the Colors of the Dark by Chris Whitaker. According to Hager, she "may never have loved a book as much” as this one. She read it over a year ago and it's still on her mind today; that's what we call staying power!

Jenna Bush Hager's 2024 book club picks

  1. The Waters by Bonnie Jo Campbell
  2. Good Material by Dolly Alderton
  3. The Great Divide by Cristina Henriquez
  4. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  5. The Husbands by Holly Gramazio
  6. Real Americans by Rachel Khong
  7. Swift River by Essie Chambers
  8. All the Colors of the Dark by Chris Whitaker

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Read With Jenna's 2023 book club picks

  1. Sam by Allegra Goodman
  2. Maame by Jessica George
  3. Black Candle Women by Diane Marie Brown
  4. Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling
  5. Chain-Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
  6. The Celebrants by Steven Rowley
  7. Banyan Moon by Thao Thai
  8. Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
  9. Amazing Grace Adams by Fran Littlewood
  10. How to Say Babylon by Safiya Sinclair
  11. The Sun Sets in Singapore by Kehinde Fadipe
  12. We Must Not Think of Ourselves by Lauren Grodstein

Read With Jenna's 2022 book club picks

  1. The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
  2. Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson
  3. Groundskeeping by Lee Cole
  4. Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
  5. Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
  6. These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany
  7. The Measure by Nikki Erlick
  8. The Many Daughters of Afong Boy by Jamie Ford
  9. Solito by Jamvier Zamora
  10. The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn
  11. The Cloisters by Katy Hays
  12. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Jenna Bush Hager holds up the book "Good Material" by Dolly Alderton

Read With Jenna's 2021 book club picks

  1. Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour
  2. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  3. Send for Me by Lauren Fox
  4. What’s Mine and Yours by Naima Coster
  5. Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  6. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
  7. Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  8. Hell of a Book by Jason Mott
  9. The Turnout by Megan Abbott
  10. Beautiful Country by Qian Julie Wang
  11. The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
  12. The Family by Naomi Krupitsky
  13. Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding

Read With Jenna's 2020 book club picks

  1. Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
  2. The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
  3. Writers & Lovers by Lily King
  4. Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore
  5. All Adults Here by Emma Straub
  6. A Burning by Megha Majumdar
  7. Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
  8. Here for It by R. Eric Thomas
  9. The Comeback by Ella German
  10. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
  11. Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
  12. White Ivy by Susie Yang
  13. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Read With Jenna's 2019 book club picks

  1. The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin
  2. The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams
  3. A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum
  4. Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok
  5. Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
  6. Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  7. The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
  8. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  9. Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
  10. Late Migrations by Margaret Renal

Originally published Mar 19, 2024.

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