Find out what the Good Morning America book club is reading this month and see every book on the GMA book club list.
In the fall of 2019, Good Morning America announced the start of its GMA book club. Wanting to compete with Jenna Bush Hager’s book club on the Today show, the GMA book club strives to choose intriguing discussion-worthy books every month.
Impressed with the quality of Good Morning America’s book club, I wanted to share the full GMA book list.
You’ll find plenty of thought-provoking reads among GMA’s book club books. So far, all of the choices have been novels, but I’m still holding out hope for a few nonfiction picks to slip in.
Without further ado, here is your complete guide to GMA’s book club list, including this month’s Good Morning America Book Club Selection.
GMA Book Club December 2023 Pick
From the author of Code Name Hélène, comes a new novel based on the true story of a fearless midwife determined to find justice. In 1789, Martha Ballard is asked to determine the cause of death of a man found buried in the ice. As a local midwife, Martha knows all the town’s secrets, including that this man was one of the men accused of a heinous rape four months ago. As the trial nears, Martha believes the two cases are connected and her detailed diary ends up as pivotal evidence that might tear the whole town, and her family, apart.
GMA Book Club November 2023 Pick
In her bestselling memoir Maid, Stephanie Land described her story of working as a house cleaner and trying her best to raise her child in extreme poverty. In the final chapter, she wrote about moving to Montana to attend college. Yet, getting a degree was not the happily-ever-after she imagined. With a searing look at America’s education system, Land discusses navigating a tricky loan system, attending college while still in poverty, and the struggle of a single mother full of desire and ambition.
GMA Book Club October 2023 Pick
In this page-turning debut novel, Ola Olajide is the picture of a successful woman. A celebrated journalist, Ola is set to marry her amazing fiancé Michael in just a month. Until “The List” appears, a crowdsourced collection of names that has become a social media account posting anonymous accusations. Normally Ola would be all-in supporting the list, except Michael’s name is on it.
GMA Book Club September 2023 Pick
Twenty-year-old Mia isn’t particularly concerned when her father and brother are late coming home from a walk. Until her little brother walks in covered in blood. With autism and a rare genetic condition, Eugene can’t communicate what happened. Now Mia must race to find answers. Did her father walk away? Did something happen to him? And could Eugene be responsible? Happiness Falls powerfully hits on the family dynamics of having a nonverbal sibling and the ableist views of society.
GMA Book Club August 2023 Pick
Flor can predict the exact day anyone will die. So when Flor wants a living wake, her sisters and nieces willingly gather together. Confronted with the possibility of Flor’s death or their own, each sister and niece makes a decision about her life in this powerful story of a Dominican-American family. Although Elizabeth Acevedo is best known for her young adult novels, this GMA Book Club pick for August is being praised as a superb adult novel.
GMA Book Club July 2023 Pick
When Kathleen Deane’s husband Tom announces that he’s unhappy after thirty years of marriage, Kathleen begins to wonder what makes her happy. Moving to the small eastern beach village of Whidbey, Kathleen finds herself embroiled in a battle against a hideous vacation home being built near her quaint cottage. Quickly Kathleen learns that Whidbey is not the paradise she assumed, but still might be just what she needs.
GMA Book Club June 2023 Pick
Half-sisters Joanna and Esther Kalotay have spent their whole life guarding the ancient and rare magic books their family has been sworn to protect for generations. To avoid her mother’s fate, Esther has fled to a remote Antarctic base while Joanna has isolated herself in the family home. When their father dies, the sisters reunite and discover that their parents have been keeping secrets from them. Secrets that span centuries.
GMA Book Club May 2023 Pick
Nicole Oruwari has a seemingly perfect life, exchanging the gloom of London for a glittering mansion in Nigeria. Until Nicole disappears. Nicole’s Auntie Claudine refuses to accept the police’s lack of progress. Flying to Nigeria, she is determined to find her niece, but instead finds shocking secrets that hint at her own dark past.
GMA Book Club April 2023 Pick
In a small Irish village, Ciara Dunphy is the queen bee with the perfect life that makes her the envy of all her friends. Meanwhile, Ciara’s best friend Mishti feels out of place in her arranged marriage in a foreign country and local mom Lauren feels ostracized for her disheveled lifestyle. When Ciara is murdered, the flaws in her immaculate life are on display for all to see and everyone starts airing their neighbors’ dirty secrets to distract from their own possible motives.
GMA Book Club Pick March 2023
The Stockton family of Brooklyn Heights has lived off their connections and old money for generations, firmly placing them amongst New York’s one-percenters. Darley, the eldest daughter, traded her job for motherhood but has lost herself in the process. Meanwhile, Georgiana, the youngest, finds herself facing forbidden love, forcing her to choose what she really wants. And Sasha, the daughter-in-law, feels like an outsider after marrying into wealth that she could never have comprehended. Pineapple Street falls all three women, giving a witty look at modern life.
GMA Book Club Pick February 2023
At a Barbados plantation in 1834, the master gathers his slaves together and announces that they have all been emancipated. Now they are to be his apprentices instead of slaves, although they must now work for him for another six years. Instead, Rachel decides to leave, searching for her five children who were sold away.
GMA Book Club Pick January 2023
In the middle of the night in New Delhi, an expensive Mercedes jumps the curb and kills five people. When the dust settles, only a stunned servant is left to explain what happened. Part crime thriller part epic family drama, Age of Vice tells the interconnecting story of the playboy heir of a wealthy family, a poor servant rising through the ranks, and a journalist caught between ethics and ambition.
Good Morning America’s December 2022 Pick
In a Florida already wracked by climate change, Frida gives birth to baby Wanda amid a deadly hurricane. As the world continues to disintegrate, Wanda grows and adapts to an ever-changing world. Living in a community abandoned by society, Wanda seeks adventure, community, and love in a place remade by nature.
Good Morning America’s November 2022 Pick
On New Year’s Eve, Eve’s husband Q dies by suicide. While you learn more about Eve and Q’s relationship, Nwabineli’s debut novel focuses on Eve’s complicated emotions after her husband’s death. From shock to anger to depression, Eve navigates her grief with the help of her Nigerian family and a group of loyal friends in this powerful story.
Good Morning America’s October 2022 Pick
Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan
Olivia McAfee’s picture-perfect life is shattered when she finds out her husband’s dark secrets. Now divorced, she moves to her quiet New Hampshire hometown with her teenage son Asher. When Asher’s girlfriend dies and he’s the prime suspect, Olivia knows he must be innocent. Yet as more of Asher’s secrets are revealed, she begins to wonder if he’s more like his father than she thought.
Good Morning America’s September 2022 Pick
Mai Nguyen knows that she and her daughters are cursed never to find love or happiness thanks to her ancestor who left her husband for true love and was cursed by a Vietnamese witch. Desperate, Mai consults a trusted psychic who predicts the family will have a marriage, a funeral, and the birth of a son, a prediction that will bring together the estranged women in Nguyen’s family.
Good Morning America’s August 2022 Pick
At 25, Mika’s life is still a complete mess, much to the chagrin of her Japanese parents. When the daughter she gave up for adoption reaches out, Mika tells a white lie to make her life seem more put together than it is. Just as Mika’s life seems to be settling into place, her lie keeps snowballing and she risks losing everything she just found.
Good Morning America’s July 2022 Pick
Florence Day is a ghostwriter for one of the most popular romance writers of the day. But after a bad breakup, a disillusioned Florence struggles to write about love. With a new book due and her editor refusing an extension, Florence’s career is all but over. When her father dies, Florence returns to her sleepy Southern hometown only to be shocked to find the ghost of her editor, whose unfinished business has her second-guessing everything she knows about love stories.
Good Morning America’s June 2022 Pick
In 1985, Lore Rivera is an international banker, frequently traveling between Texas and Mexico City. Although married to Fabian with twin sons, after Lore has an affair with Andres in Mexico, she secretly marries him as well. When her double life is finally exposed, one husband is arrested for murdering the other. Uncovering this sensational story in the modern-day, a true-crime writer uncovers long-hidden secrets when she tracks down Lore to hear Lore’s side of the story.
Good Morning America’s May 2022 Pick
An explosive story about three women whose midlife crises bring a newfound power. Alone in her 40s, former nurse Nessa discovers she can hear voices from the dead. Meanwhile, Harriet and Jo are undergoing their own transformations. When the trio discover a dead body that the police write off as an overdosed sex worker, their investigation leads them into the dark secrets of the exclusive neighborhood.
Good Morning America’s April 2022 Pick
Elizabeth Zott has always defied stereotyping, especially as the only woman chemist at the Hastings Research Institute. After falling in love with another chemist who sees her, life throws her a curveball. Now as a single mom, she unexpectedly finds herself the host of a tv cooking show. When Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking charms her audience, and now the women who watch her are beginning to question the status quo in their own lives.
Good Morning America’s March 2022 Pick
When Emma falls seriously ill, her husband Leo begins to research her life for her obituary. The more he digs into his wife’s past, the more her realizes everything she told him about herself is a lie, including her name. Now Emma must convince Leo that he really does know her, but first she must tell him about the other love of her life.
February 2022 GMA Book Club Pick
Growing up in rural North Carolina, Ray McMillian will not let his family’s doubts or inherent racism against Blacks stop him from becoming the world’s best classical musician. Which is why it’s a dream come true when he realizes his ancestor’s old fiddle is really a priceless Stradivarius. On the eve of the most prestigious music competition, his violin is stolen and replaced with a ransom note. Ray must do everything he can to get it back, all while the descendants of his ancestor’s former slave owner claim the violin is rightfully theirs.
January 2022 GMA Book Club Pick
Although she struggles to interact with people, her love of order and cleanliness makes Molly Gray is an excellent maid at the Regency Grand Hotel. When Molly discovers a wealthy guest dead in his hotel bed, the police peg her as the prime suspect due to her unusual behaviors. With the help of her friends, Molly must investigate the murder to prove her own innocence in this locked-room mystery.
December 2021 GMA Book Club Pick
One of the wealthiest women in the world, Dava Shastri is used to getting her way. When she is diagnosed with a terminal illness, Dava gathers her entire family to her private island, and then leeks an early press release announcing her death. Instead of accolades, Dava is stunned to see articles revealing hidden secrets, which she now must explain to her children.
November 2021 GMA Book Club Pick
During World War II, a young Allied soldier, Ulysses Temper, meets Evelyn Skinner, a middle-aged art historian, while hiding inside a wine cellar of a deserted Italian villa. Their friendship shapes Ulysses for the next four decades and when he receives a small inheritance, he knows he must return to Tuscany.
October 2021 GMA Book Club Pick
Christine Pride and Jo Piazza
Told from alternating perspectives, We Are Not Like Them tells of a friendship between two women, one white and one Black, that faces its ultimate test. Jen and Riley have been best friends since kindergarten but their lives have taken different directions lately – Jen pregnant with her first baby and Riley the first Black woman anchor at the local Philadelphia station. When Jen’s husband, a police officer, is part of a shooting of an unarmed Black teenager, Riley is assigned to cover the career-making story.
September 2021 GMA Book Club Pick
Narrating through Slack messages between co-workers, Several People are Typing is a satire of the modern work environment. Gerald, a mid-level employee at a large New York public relations company, finds his consciousness has been uploaded to Slack. While his boss raves about Gerald’s productivity and his friend Pradeep tries to help him escape, Gerald’s co-workers must deal with the in-person office politics.
August 2021 GMA Book Club Pick
Even though her husband Hayden helps out, successful lawyer Nora Spangler feels like she carries an unfair share of the domestic burden. When they consider moving into an exclusive suburban neighborhood, Nora finds a group of high-powered women with extremely supportive husbands. While helping with a resident’s wrongful death case, she learns how far these women are willing to go to get some help at home.
July 2021 GMA Book Club Pick
Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
A novel based on the true story of Bella de Costa Greene, who was hired at a young age to be the curator for J.P. Morgan’s renowned library. However, Bella had a secret. Her dark complexion is not from her alleged Portuguese heritage but because she is African American, the daughter of the first Black man to graduate from Harvard.
June GMA Book Club Pick
Zakiya Dalila Harris
Tired of being the only Black woman at Wagner Books, Nella Rogers is thrilled when Harlem-born Hazel moves into the cubicle next to her. When Hazel becomes the office darling, Nella starts receiving threatening notes. Could Hazel be trying to force out Nella, or is there much more going on in their workplace?
May 2021 GMA Book Club Pick
Two years after having an affair with his brother’s wife, March returns to his small East Texas hometown, setting the gossip mill on overdrive. Having suffered for years from her own husband’s dalliances, his mother, June, doesn’t exactly welcome him home. Soon after March’s arrival, someone is dead and marriages are crumbling, making you wonder at what point is love the thing that drags you down.
April 2021 GMA Book Club Pick
While battling addiction, Jeannette decides to learn more about her family history. She questions her mother Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, about her life but is unsatisfied with Carmen’s answers. Instead, Jeannette travels to Cuba to visit her grandmother and reckon with family secrets from three generations of strong women.
March 2021 GMA Book Club Pick
In his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro ponders the meaning of love through an unusual narrator. Klara is a robot, an Artificial Friend waiting to be bought and taken home to be a companion to a lonely child. Ishiguro’s brilliant writing brings Klara to life, with her keen observations about the world around her, forcing you to piece together complex situations as perceived through the lens of innocence.
February 2021 GMA Book Club Pick
In Baxter Beach, Barbados, a strong clash of cultures exists between wealthy ex-pats and the poorer locals who end up serving them. When her husband takes part in a failed burglary at a mansion, Lala’s life is torn apart by the consequences. A tale of intergenerational trauma, How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House doesn’t hold back from talking about the horrors of abuse, misogyny, and poverty.
January 2021 GMA Book Club Pick
Blythe Connor is determined to be the kind of mother to her daughter Violet that she never had. Except, quickly Blythe begins to suspect that there is something wrong with her daughter. As her husband is quick to dismiss her fears, you have to wonder, is there something wrong with Violet or is there something wrong with Blythe.
December 2020 GMA Book Club Pick
When Minnie meets Quinn at a New Year’s Eve party, it’s clear they have nothing in common except being born at the same time in the same hospital. Quinn is a privileged party boy who has been handed everything in life while Minnie is a hard worker struggling with the realities of life. As they keep encountering each other over the next year, they realize maybe their differences make them fit together better.
November 2020 GMA Book Club Pick
Benson and Mike have hit a crossroads in their relationship, not sure why they are still together. When he finds out his estranged father is dying, Mike rushes to his father’s side in Osaka. Mike’s departure leaves Benson stuck with Mike’s strict Japanese mother Mitsuko, in an arrangement that strangely enough helps Benson clarify what he wants in life. Book of the Month calls it funny and heartbreaking but warns that the author doesn’t use quotation marks.
October 2020 Book Club Pick
In the Midnight Library, there are two books – one book for the life you’ve lived and one for the one you could have lived. After attempting suicide, Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library. Now she must decide which book to choose from. What if she had made different choices? Would her life truly have been better?
September 2020 GMA Book Club Pick
In post World War II Japan, Nori, the illegitimate daughter of a Japanese aristocrat and a Black American GI, is hidden away on her grandmother’s estate to conceal the family shame. All Nori knows is the attic she is confined to until she meets her legitimate half-brother, Akira, a boy who shows her the world contains so much more.
August 2020 GMA Book Club Pick
In 1913, Laura Lyons lives inside the famed New York Public Library where her husband is superintendent. Yet she struggles with her traditional role as a housewife and begins a degree in journalism. In 1993, Sadie, Laura’s granddaughter, becomes the curator of one of the library’s collections. When rare books begin to disappear, Sadie finds that history is repeating itself.
July 2020 GMA Book Club Pick
From the author of Crazy Rich Asians comes a retelling of E. M Forster’s A Room with a View. While vacationing in Capri, Lucie Churchill finds herself attracted to George Zhao even though she can’t stand him. She’s always ignored her Chinese side in favor of her father’s blue-blooded New York heritage. Years later, when George arrives in the East Hamptons, Lucie finds herself drawn to him even though it would risk her engagement and her family’s prospects for her.
June 2020 GMA Book Club Pick
Growing up in a Southern Black community obsessed with skin color, the Vignes sisters run away at age sixteen. Though identical twins, their lives end in completely different paths. One returns to live in their hometown while the other secretly passes as white. A fascinating story from beginning to end, Bennett explores more than race, as she contemplates how the past affects future generations when their daughters’ lives intersect. Nuanced and complicated, this thought-provoking book is just what you want out of literary fiction and every bit deserving of its spot among the best literary books.
May 2020 GMA Book Club Pick
Anna Solomon weaves together stories of three powerful women: a modern housewife straining against motherhood and desire, a politician’s wife in the 1970s who refuses her husband’s humiliating favor, and the Biblical queen Esther. Together, the three women’s tales show the expectations and restraints society has placed on women throughout the centuries.
April 2020 GMA Book Club Pick
On New Year’s Eve in 1982, Oona Lockhart is faced with a life-changing decision: travel abroad to continue her studies in London or pursue fame as a member of her boyfriend’s rock band. As the clock strikes midnight and Oona turns 19, she faints and wakes up as a fifty-year-old. Thus begins the mixed-up time travel life of Oona, where every year she gets to randomly experience her life at different stages. Oona Out of Order explores if we can change our destiny while having fun highlighting the differences between decades.
March 2020 GMA Book Club Pick
Lawyer Dannie Cohan knows exactly where she’ll be in five years – until the night of her engagement. In her post-engagement bliss, she has a vision of herself in five years engaged to someone else. She doesn’t think much of it, until years later when she finds he is dating her best friend. While the premise sounds light-hearted, partway through the story, beach read goes out the window and thought-provoking steps in. You’ll feel compelled to know if the vision came true and surprised at how well Serle counters your expectations.
January 2020 GMA Book Club Pick
Estranged sisters, Mickey, a police officer, and Kacey, a drug addict, live completely different lives in Philadelphia. When Kacey goes missing and drug addicts begin dying, Mickey becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to her among the opioid-riddled streets. More a family drama than a gritty detective thriller, Long Bright River‘s slower pace draws you into Mickey’s world of being a single mom and police officer while the flashbacks build a relationship between the sisters.
December 2019 GMA Book Club Pick
In her stunning first book, Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi brilliantly blended Nigerian mythology and symbols of the Yoruba religion into a gorgeous young adult fantasy. After Zélie Adebola fights to bring magic back to Orïsha, she must now struggle to unite the Maji against the monarchy, hoping to place Amari on the throne.
November 2019 GMA Book Club Pick
Shortly after her 25th birthday, Libby Jones learns that she has inherited an abandoned London mansion from her biological parents. Adopted as a baby, Libby is excited to learn about her birth family. But her family history is much more than she anticipates when she finds out her parents committed suicide as part of a cult, and her siblings vanished. As scary as that is, the truth is even darker. A dark and disturbing tale, you can’t look away as the truth of what happened so long ago gets more and more twisted.
October 2019 GMA Book Club Pick
When Juan Ruiz proposes to fifteen-year-old Ana Cancion, she knows she must accept even though he is twice her age. With Juan, she can move to America and help her family immigrate from the Dominican Republic. In New York, Ana is miserable until Juan returns to the Dominican Republic because of political unrest and Ana gets a taste of true freedom, and spends time with Juan’s younger brother. But with Juan’s return, Ana is forced to choose between her duty to her family and her heart.
Which book from the GMA book club list will you read first?