The Oprah Book Club finally ended in 2011 after running for 15 years after recommending 70 books to their viewers. As part of giving you the best of the best, WhytoRead has selected the top 5 books as recommended by the Oprah Book club. For the full list of books, check out the official site here.

Top 5 Oprah Book Club Books of All Time

1.  The Invention of Wings: With Notes (Oprah Book Club) – Sue Monk Kidd

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Amazing in every way, Sue Monk Kidd manages to excel in storytelling, character, and an inspiring if sorrowful message in her latest, “The Invention of Wings“.

2.  The Light Between Oceans: A Novel (Oprah Book Club) – M.L. Stedman

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Tom Sherbourne has miraculously survived World War I and finds himself in a small town in western Australia seeking work as a lighthouse keeper. His story is a love story that is both persuasive and tender.

3. The Poisonwood Bible (Oprah Book Club) Barbara Kingsolver

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This novel tells the engrossing story of quirky, feverish Baptist preacher Nathan Price who hauls his family off on a mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. The story’s narration is shared by his wife Orleanna and their four daughters, ages 5 – 15, who seem much too tender and naive to survive the trials of harsh conditions, poor housing, language barriers, cultural clashes, and natural antagonists.

4. The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself (Oprah Book Club) Michael A. Singer

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With very straight forward examples, the book emphasizes the pitfalls of relying on the mind to come up with ideas for making ourselves happy. The book points out that relying on the outside world for inner happiness just simply doesn’t work. Happiness comes to us when we change and let go of ourselves at the deepest, innermost-level rather than changing the world outside.

5. The Road (Oprah Book Club) – Cormac McCarthy

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The Road is a work of stunning, savage, heartbreaking beauty. Set in the post-apocalyptic hell of an unending nuclear winter, Cormac McCarthy writes about a nameless man and his young son, wandering through a world gone crazy; bleak, cold, dark, where the snow falls down gray; moving south toward the coast, looking somewhere, anywhere, for life and warmth.