50 Favorite Books of Celebrities
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Check out these selections from some of your favorite leading ladies.
Angelina Jolie, Before her humanitarian days, Jolie was known as the dark and edgy rebel of Hollywood, and this book on the life of the man who just might have been the basis for Dracula is the perfect pick.
The Diary of Anne Frank - Anne Frank
Natalie Portman, This choice makes sense as Natalie starred in the play of the same name, detailing the life of the young girl living, loving and growing as she hid from the Nazis.
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Check out this Fitzgerald classic to get a take on the lives of the wealthy during the Jazz Age.
The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Nicole Kidman, While Kidman starred in the much more anti-religious series beginning with The Golden Compass, her favorites are these classic children’s books
Thérèse Raquin - Émile Zola
Kate Winslet, This more unusual pick from award-winning actress Winslet is about love and murder with a ghost story twist.
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes... - Stephen Hawking
Mira Sorvino, Check out this book on the history of the formation of the universe with an endorsement from this actress.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler... - E.L. Konigsburg
Courtney Cox-Arquette, Who hasn’t wanted to spend the night in a museum before? In this children’s classic readers get to follow a couple of siblings as they unravel a museum mystery.
Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Rue McClanahan, Pick up this famous book about the South recommended by Golden Girls star McClanahan.
The Hours - Michael Cunningham
Brooke Shields Inspiring a movie of the same name, this book follows the lives of several very different women, each fighting their own battles.
Kathy Bates, You might have a hard time finding this classic children’s book, but if you can, you’re sure to find inspiration in the adventures and imaginings of the young girl it centers around.
If you’re in search of a good read, take a look at these picks from well-known actors
Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
Denzel Washington, This classic book will take you on a spiritual journey that mimics that of the Buddha himself.
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Alec Baldwin, Check out this pick from TV and movie star Baldwin, about injustice, race relations and growing up in the South.
Russell Crowe, Crowe has professed a love of any this prolific author has written, but this book is one of his most popular, addressing aging and life in the past century.
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Will Smith, Buy or borrow this book for an inspirational read.
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Mel Gibson, In this recommendation you’ll find a futuristic society that bans reading.
Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rilke
Kevin Spacey, The letters included in this short volume are deeply emotional and inspiring records from one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.
Sphere - Michael Crichton
Haley Joel Osment, The star of sci-fi film The Sixth Sense recommends the sci-fi book about a mysterious spaceship at the bottom of the ocean.
You Can't Go Home Again - Thomas Wolfe
Kirk Douglas, Read this largely autobiographical novel by author Wolfe to learn more about issues in American life.
Captains Courageous (Tor Classics) - Rudyard Kipling
Lavar Burton, You’ve likely seen Burton on Star Trek or Reading Rainbow and you can read one of his favorites about a rich, spoiled young man who is thrown into the rough and tumble world of sailors in this book.
A Passage to India - E.M. Forster
Kelsey Grammar, This book recommended by Frasier and Cheers star, Grammar, will take you back to imperial India.
Rock and pop stars you love enjoy a good read as well, as you can see here.
Don't Die, My Love - Lurlene McDaniel
Miley Cyrus, In this book, readers will find a love story involving a young woman and the terminally ill man she pines for.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.) - Betty Smith
Gloria Estefan, Estefan’s favorite caused a stir when it was released, with an honest portrayal of a life of poverty in Brooklyn.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain
Billy Joel, This short story is a classic satire, transporting a young man from 19th century Connecticut back to Arthurian times.
Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston found inspiration in this autobiography about the life and times of another famous musical star.
A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks
Mandy Moore, It’s no surprise that Moore would pick this romantic novel as a favorite as she went on to star in the movie by the same name.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
Gregg Allman, This novel chosen by musician Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers slowly exposes the life of a man through time and even after death.
Waiting to Exhale - Terry McMillan
Beyonce Knowles, Singer and actress Beyonce chose this book about four friends who are losing hope of finding Mr. Right.
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Bette Midler, Few would deny the appeal of this creative and classic children’s tale by Lewis Carroll, and Ms. Midler is no exception.
Check out this list to see how some of the funniest people enjoy pretty serious reads
The Shipping News - Annie Proulx
Lily Tomlin, Made into a movie by the same name, this book about a fishing community in Newfoundland kept comedienne Tomlin turning the pages.
Tim Allen, It only makes sense that this former "tool man" would choose a favorite all about keeping machinery running smoothly–with a deeper meaning of course.
Moby Dick (Oxford World's Classics) - Herman Melville
Chevy Chase, Actor and comedian Chase loves this book about an elusive white whale and one man’s battle to subdue it.
Jeff Foxworthy, Even if you’re not religious, you might enjoy the history and events depicted in this Jeff Foxworthy selection.
The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
Jerry Lewis, Lewis might be famous for his outrageous voices and mugging, but this philosophical work by Rand is all business.
From news anchors to talk show hosts, these celeb picks will keep you reading for a while.
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
Bill Nye, It makes sense that Nye, a lover of all things science, would choose this science fiction classic as his favorite read.
Black Like Me - John Howard Griffin
Tim Russert, Learn how writer Griffin took a look at what it was like to live as a black man in this iconic novel recommended by political analyst and newsman Russert.
The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
Rosie O’Donnell, This classic coming of age novel is one of the most recommended books by celebs and regular people alike.
Larry King, This 1969 bio describes the life of one of the most respected men in baseball history.
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Chris Hansen, It might be a little ironic that Hansen, now associated with catching child molesters, would choose a book with catch in the title, but this famous read has little to do with the subject, focusing instead on the horrors of war.
The Once and Future King - T. H. White
Ann Curry, Newswoman Ann Curry chose this book, composed of four shorter stories about Arthurian legend.
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II... - Doris Kearns Goodwin
Brian Williams, Read this book suggested by Brian Williams to learn more about the Roosevelts and what it was like living in the US during WWII.
Tyra Banks, Talk show host and model Banks calls this novel about growing up as a girl one of her favorites.
Lolita (Everyman's Library) - Vladimir Nabokov
Ben Stein, Bookworm Stein likely has numerous favorites, but this particular selection is renowned for it’s writing and its salacious subject matter.
Here you can find reads recommended by presidents, authors, athletes and more
Laila Ali, Prize fighter Ali recommends this prize-winning novel about a black woman’s struggle for empowerment.
Steven Spielberg, This adventurous tale follows a man who has turned his back on civilization and works with native people to escort two sisters through the wilderness.
The Little Prince - Richard Howard_II,Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Ann Landers, The famous advice columnist recommends this French children’s book as a great read.
Ralph Nader, One of the earliest so-called muckrakers, Tarball’s book exposed the corrupt business practices of the Standard Oil Company.
The Silver Chalice (Loyola Classics) - Thomas Costain
Bill Clinton, The former president recommends this best-selling novel about a young man commissioned to make a silver cup for the Last Supper.
Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison
Barack Obama, Read like a president and check out this novel about several generations of an African-American family in the south.
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Stephen King, This iconic author holds this novel about survival, instinct and human nature as one of his favorites.
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
Sen. John McCain, The Arizona senator’s favorite is this well-known and loved novel by Hemingway about a young American man’s role in the Spanish Civil War.
I will rate and review these books as I read them.