June 27, 2018

Jimmy Fallon’s new book club offers summer reads and a beach aesthetic


On the summer solstice, comedian and Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon offered his audience a chance to vote on the inaugural pick in his new Tonight Show Summer Reads book club. Using just the cover and flap copy, Fallon presented the five books — all novels that land under the umbrella of “suspense/psychological thrillers,” reports Lexy Perez at the Hollywood Reporter.

The five books are: Providence by Caroline Kepnes (Lenny), Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt), The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin (Putnam), The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong (Penguin), and IQ by Joe Ide (Mulholland Books).

Fallon goes on to briefly explain and, lucky for us, quickly pose with each book, in case any aesthetic concern with lugging a book around on the train might arise. Lest we forget, summer reading isn’t just about who you read, but how you read. Fallon’s descriptions come direct from the copy, but you can’t help but feel he’s poking fun at publishers’ attempts at writing real.good.copy. (He and his sidekick, Steve Higgins, dwell on the meaning of “probes the line,” as Providence is promised to do… whatever that means.)

Fallon claims he “hasn’t seen a book club since Oprah,” which might speak to his hope of gaining some mega attention with the club.

It’s always exciting for books and authors to get a bit more commercial attention. Let’s hope Fallon and his fans enjoy whichever book they choose for July.



Alex Primiani is the associate director of publicity at Melville House.