If you need a book that’ll reignite your love for reading, try getting some inspo from an unlikely source this summer. We’re not talking about soliciting a suggestion from your local library, that hot cashier at the Barnes & Noble or Oprah Winfrey (hail the OG queen of the book club). We’re talkin’ about getting tips on what pages to get lost in from celebs. The rich and famous are diving into saucy reads, enjoying the classics and even boning up on the Declaration of Independence (seriously). Here are the books 19 of our fave celebs are pouring over RN.
1. Emma Watson: We love Emma Watson‘s choice of Hunger Made Me a Modern Girl ($14), a memoir by Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia fame. This is part of her rad feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf, which we should all be members of.
2. Carrie Brownstein: Seeing Emma Watson reading Carrie Brownstein’s memoir made us wonder what Carrie’s been reading lately. She recently delved into I’m Very into You: Correspondence 1995–1996 ($13), emails between writers Kathy Acker and McKenzie Wark. A bit voyeuristic and super intellectual, their flirty email exchange will have you hooked from page one.
3. Lea Michele: “Cozy at home with some of my favorite things.” And what cozy things they are. Beneath the pearls is a copy of The Regulars ($14) by Georgia Clark, about three girls livin’ in New York City whose lives magically become far more complicated.
4. Reese Witherspoon: Did you know Reese Witherspoon has a book club too? If not, you should! Currently, members are engrossed in Truly Madly Guilty ($12) by Liane Moriarty, the same author who wrote Big Little Lies (which totes makes sense, since Reese is starring as Madeline Martha Mackenzie in the TV adaptation of that novel).
5. Lena Dunham: Lena, a big reader who’s constantly covering the hottest reads on her website Lenny Letter, has a pile of books to get through, including The Kingdom of Ordinary Time: Poems ($15) by Marie Howe, Moody Bitches ($14) by Julie Holland, The Old Man and Me ($10) by Elaine Dundy and All The Poems: Stevie Smith ($19).
6. Sarah Jessica Parker: SJP is all about The Glorious Heresies ($7) by Lisa McInerney. “A book and tale to be reckoned with. Ms. McInerney should pull up a seat next to McPherson, McCann, McCourt and all the Irish greats. I gobbled this up and mourned the last page. Completely fulfilling, devastating and perfectly captures life in the city of Cork. ‘Fecking’ Brilliant,” SJP writes.
7. Kat Dennings: She shared a pic of The Phantom Tollbooth ($6) by Norton Juste. “The stuff,” Kat writes. Nuff said. This is a must-read for anyone — no matter how old you are.
8. Olivia Wilde: The actress and mom was able to grab some “me time,” so she dived into perhaps the most talked about book of the last year, Fates and Furies ($9) by Lauren Groff. President Obama dubbed this his number one book of 2015, so we bet Olivia’s fitting in a few pages whenever she can.
9. Uzo Abuda: The Orange Is the New Black actress is re-reading (it must be good!) a modern classic, The Alchemist. ($10). “One of my all-time favorite books. I’m reading it for the third time and I’m still in love. This book, by Paulo Coelho, is one that I pick up when going through a life transition — always a new gem to be found. I believe this is a book that finds you. It found me, and I’ve been grateful ever since,” she captions her pic.
10. Taylor Schilling: Of Lust & Wonder: A Memoir ($16) by Augusten Burroughs, the other OITNB star writes: “With astounding wit, this book lays out intimate moments that make it feel generally easier to be a broken-hearted and messy human. Was the best company. I am so happy this man is in the world.”
11. Willow Shields: The Hunger Games actress is going for a classic with The Illustrated Man ($5) by Ray Bradbury. Famous for it’s powerful storytelling and blending of sci-fi, fantasy and horror, this one will have you thinking about the issues it brings up way after the last page.
12. Willa Holland: Actress Willa Holland delved into an old-school copy of The Abortion: An Historical Romance 1966 ($28), written by Richard Brautigan in 1971.
13. Lupita Nyong’o: While on vacay in Bali, Lupita relaxed by reading the bestseller and award-winning novel Euphoria ($10) by Lily King. Perhaps she chose it because it’s set on another Pacific island, Papua New Guinea.
14. Zooey Deschanel: What’s the New Girl star excited to read? The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia ($23). Yass. We can feel even more geeky guys going crazy for Zooey.
15. Jenny Slate: “Huh. Found this lil thing in the bookstore. Thinkin’ I’ll give it a whirl? STRAIGHT UP LOL TO ME BUYING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE BUT ITS PERFECT FOR MY VIBE RIGHT NOW,” Jenny writes. Yup, she picked up The Declaration of Independence and Other Great Documents of American History 1775-1865 ($3) for some light reading. Hey, no better time than an election year, right?
16. Cara Delevingne: “My incredibly inspiring friend @allyhilfiger just wrote this book on #lymedisease #bitemethebook,” Cara captions her goofy pic. We love that she’s supporting Tommy Hilfiger’s daughter Ally and her book Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy and Almost Killed Me ($12).
17. Miley Cyrus: Her coffee table is all “#psychedelicreadingmaterial.” Yes, yes it is.
18. Mindy Kaling: Mindy is totally feeling (and eating) Chrissy Teigen’s best-selling cookbook, Cravings ($18). “Hands down my favorite cookbook is #cravingscookbook by the wonderful @chrissyteigen. On the right are two of my favorite recipes: King’s Hawaiian BLPTS and pot pie soup. I die. Get this book and do a full Julie and Julia with it like I’m doing,” Mindy says. YUM!
19. Emma Roberts: The Scream Queens actress chose The Cities I’ve Never Lived In ($11) by Sara Majka as her beach read, saying it’s “breathtaking, lyrical and thought provoking. Don’t want it to end!”
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