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December Book Club Picks Are Here!

Thursday, December 08, 2022

By Sherri Puzey

We’ve flipped the calendar page to a new month, which means December book club picks have been announced! We’ll be rounding up the top selections each month to help you find the book that’s best for you. Be sure to check back to find links to our reviews and podcast episodes featuring these titles! Which one will you pick up first?

Reese’s Book Club: The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

A fictional portrayal of Lucrezia de’Medici and her marriage as she makes her way through a troubled and unfamiliar court. It’s a stunning story of the strength and resilience of a fascinating woman in Renaissance Italy. Read our review here!

GMA Book Club: The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton

The story of one woman in an imagined future as she navigates the uncertainty of a changing world. This one is also the #1 Indie Next pick for December!

Read with Jenna: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Jenna picked one of her all-time favorite books in celebration of its 30th anniversary! Now’s the perfect time to re-read this campus psychological thriller (or finally push it to the top of your TBR!).

The Gloss: The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais

What do you get when you mix a coven of modern-day, octogenarian witches, an ill-fated magical heist, and a young TikToker? A witchy rom-com that highlights the power of female friendship.

Good Housekeeping: We All Want Impossible Things by Catherine Newman

A celebration of life and love and female friendship—even in the darkest, most heartbreaking moments. This one is tender yet laugh-out-loud funny. Don’t miss our Deep Dive Q&A with Catherine Newman here!

Sarah Selects: Now Is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson

A coming-of-age story that explores art: its purpose, who gets to control it, and who determines the meaning of it.

Belletrist: They’re Going to Love You by Meg Howrey

A novel set in the world of ballet during the AIDS crisis and present-day London as a dancer comes to terms with how her past has made her who she is.

For Book of the Month subscribers, there are five selections to choose from to finish out the year! And if you’re not yet a BOTM member, sign up!

Kiss Her Once for Me by Alison Cochrun

A holiday rom-com about a woman who fakes an engagement with her landlord only to fall in love with his sister! Fans of Cochrun’s debut The Charm Offensive will love this one.

Babel by R.F. Kuang

A fresh look at the Industrial Revolution in this blend of fantasy and historical fiction. This was an instant New York Times bestseller when it released in August, and BOTM chose this one as their “yearly look-back” selection.

All the Dangerous Things by Stacy Willingham

A gripping thriller about a young mother, a missing child, and a true-crime podcast.

The Circus Train by Amita Parikh

A historical fiction pick set during WWII featuring a powerful love story and, yes, a traveling circus.

The Light Pirate by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Also the GMA book club pick of the month. See above!


Sherri Puzey is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Virginia Tech with a BA in international relations. She is a contributing editor at Zibby Mag and a senior marketing manager at Zibby Books. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and daughters. Find her book reviews and recommendations on Instagram @whatsherrireads