The GMA Book Club List: The Best Books Ranked

The Good Morning America Book Club is my favorite celebrity book club because of the consistency of the writing and the readability of the books. Making a GMA Book Club list was relatively easy to do because even when the story did not appeal to me, the writing in each of these books is undeniably excellent.

When Kirsten and I went through all the books that GMA has chosen, we realized that we had read and loved so many of the books as advanced copies- before they were chosen as Good Morning America Book Club picks.

I also love the variety of genres. GMA chooses everything from contemporary and literary fiction to magical realism and thrillers.

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Good Morning America Book Club Ranked

5 Star Picks From The GMA Book Club List

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

Long Bright River is phenomenal and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.⁣ The story takes place in Philly’s Kensington neighborhood which is known for having a huge opioid problem. 

You can’t live in my area and not know about the epidemic spreading through our city. It’s devastating and scary and this book deals with it head-on.⁣

The story revolves around 2 sisters. One is a cop, one is an addict – both are being impacted by a string of murders in the area.⁣ This book dealt with many issues around drug-addiction and it handles them without judging.

Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore

I absolutely loved this story about Oona who at the stroke of midnight on her 19th birthday, finds herself in her 51-year-old body. She is greeted by a stranger who is waiting for her in her home and tells her that every year, she will jump to another point in her life- she will live her life out of order. ⁣

This is an emotional, well written story that will not only keep you quickly turning pages but make you think about the small things in life that we take for granted. ⁣

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

I loved Matt Haig’s Last Book (How to Stop Time) and I was so excited to read this book.  I loved it even more- it is definitely one of my favorite books of the year.   This is a library that has books filled with the infinite possibilities of the lives not lived.  Have you ever wondered about a choice, or a path not taken? When Nora finds herself in the library she is forced to face the choices that she made in her life- relationships, education, profession…This is a magical book and I loved every minute of it. 

4.5 Star Picks From The Good Morning America Book Club

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

What a refreshing book about the power of love and friendship.  I sat down and read this book in one sitting easily.  It is captivating from the first sentence and had me until the last page. 

Dannie is an ambitious lawyer with a plan.  She has her life planned out until she falls asleep and spends one hour in the future. Nothing is familiar- not her house, the ring on her finger or the man by her side.  When she wakes, she cannot get the images out of her head. 

I loved this book it was unexpected, unconventional and a delight to read.

The Push by Ashley Audrain

This is a book that will scare the pants off most mothers. It’s compulsively readable.

Blythe Conner comes from a long line of bad mothers, but she’s determined not to be one. When she has Violet, she struggles to connect with her.

The reader is left wondering if Blythe is a mother who sees the worst in her child or if there really is something off with Violet. Something that even her husband can’t see.

4 Star Picks From The GMA Book Club List

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Thanks to Libro.Fm and  Flatiron for my copy. All opinions are my own. I was blown away by the Cruz’s latest novel which explores her Dominican roots. 15-year-old Ana dreams of moving to America, envisioning a life of glamour, wealth, and freedom. She accepts the hand of a husband twice her age to fulfill her dreams but is in for quite an awakening when she makes it to the Bronx.

Her immigrant story was filled with strength and courage as over the course of a year-and-a-half meek Ana is molded into a strong woman. Miserable in her life, Ana is forced to choose between duty to her family and her dreams

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

I love Lisa Jewell.  As I read her books I find each one creepier than the last.  This, the newest novel in her arsenal, starts with Libby’s 25th birthday when she inherits a multi-million dollar home. Libby knows that she was adopted at 10 months old.  She does not know the truth about what happened to her family.  When she inherits a mansion worth millions, she starts to investigate her strange past.  She is shocked to find that the story that she was told is not what happened to her family.

25+ years ago Henry, his sister, and parents are living a very privileged life.  When he is 12 years old, things change when David moves into the house with his wife and kids with no plans to leave.  He is charismatic and alluring to everyone except Henry. The story moves between past and present until the two stories come together and you finally understand what happened in the house all those years ago.  I really enjoyed this book. 

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan is such a fun writer.  I loved Crazy Rich Asians and this book is just as witty.  However, this book deals with some more serious topics as Lucie Churchill find herself torn between the world of her father’s family and their WASP ways and her American-born Chinese mother. 

Lucie finds herself undeniably drawn to George Zao.  When she meets him again 5 years later while with her fiance, things become more complicated.  I love the way Kwan deals with the complex emotions in a story that is funny and completely engaging.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

I adored Bennett’s debut book The Mothers so I was nervous to read her sophomore novel. Sometimes the next novel doesn’t live up to the first, but The Vanishing Half totally does.

The premise is so unique. Two black sisters, so pale they can pass for white. One embraces her black heritage and her hometown, the other disappears into white suburbia.

When they meet up again 20 years later through their own daughters, the result is a stunning portrayal of the ties that tether us to our families

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Wow. I’m still processing this genre-defying novel. It’s a social commentary and a thriller all in one. It makes me want to sit down and discuss it with everyone.

Nella is the only black girl at her publishing house until Hazel is hired. Thinking she’s found an ally, instead she begins to wonder if Hazel might be an enemy instead.

As Hazel’s career soars, Nella is left questioning her identity, her ideals, and what it means to be a black woman in the business world, while trying to uncover who is behind the scary notes she keeps receiving.

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens

When two women in the hospital in labor and there is one huge cash prize for the first baby born in 1990, one child will be born into a charmed life and the other will be named Minnie Cooper.  

When Minnie meets Quinn on the eve of their thirtieth birthday, well, it is the meet cute of the decade.  I can see this rom com on the big screen -hint hint- and would love every second.  

3.5 Star Picks From The Good Morning America Book Club

Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

I understand why this book was chosen as the GMA book club for April. It is a story that captures the heartbreak and betrayals that have shaped the lives of the women in this story with wonderful writing and metaphors woven throughout.

The writing in this story is beautiful but the story is heartbreaking. At times, I had trouble following the non-linear timeline with so many characters. For me, it took away from the writing and the story as a whole. Thank you Macmillian Audio for my copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.

3.0 Star Picks From The GMA Book Club List

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

Let me start by saying that this is a beautifully written book that follows Noriko Kamiza from the time she is dropped off at her grandparents house and through her life. The story examines Japanese culture in a world after WWII.

Nothing good happens in this book. Nothing. If I had known this before I read it, I may have liked it more. This Saga follows Nori through hardship and loss. It is a beautiful book but it left me miserable.

What is your favorite novel from the Good Morning America book club list? Which of the GMA book club picks are you adding to your TBR?

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