What do celebrities read?

As you know, I often click the links in my Blogroll from time to time in search of book news. Sometimes I come up with some interesting things worthy of a blog post, other times I’m inspired to take a topic and twist it into something of my own. For example, I visited the “Today’s Show” books link and noticed a feature for “Celebs’ Favorite Books.” So, I scanned through the what and whys of each celebrity’s book selection, but I can’t say that I cared about any of their 11 celebrities or the dry books they cherish.   I mean, who’s really surprised or impressed when somebody says that their favorite book is Charlotte’s Web or “anything by Dr. Seuss”?

With that in mind, I decided to google some notable people who I happen to like. What are their favorite books? Here’s what I found:

Barack Obama

Favorite Books: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; Shakespeare’s Tragedies; Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 by Taylor Branch; Gilead by Marilynne Robinson; Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson; The Bible; Selected Speeches and Writings: Abraham Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln; For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway.


Beyonce Knowles

Favorite Books: Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan; The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right by Sherrie Shamoon and Ellen Fein



Favorite Books: Pryor Convinctions and Other Life Sentences by Richard Pryor; Miles: the Autobiography by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe; Love Unlimited by Barry White


Ok, after I wasted time searching for some of my favorite celebrities’ favorite books, I am disappointed to say that I found nothing. Please don’t assume that Beyonce and Nas were at the top of my list, nor would I put them in the same category of interest as Mr. Obama.

Maybe none of my favs read, or interviewers don’t care enough to ask them literary type questions. I wanted to delete this post totally, but decided to leave it up as a lesson. One, if you make it big and somebody asks you about your favorite book, which they probably won’t, mention either a big name like Toni Morrison, a book that EVERYBODY and their mama has read/whatever everybody else says is their favorite, or mention a thick classic (ex. Don Quixote). Sigh. In the meantime, let’s work toward convincing our favorite celebrities to talk about a book every now and then.

Happy reading, ya’ll.


7 thoughts on “What do celebrities read?

  1. The problem is that no one is asking them what their favorite book is because they are too busy asking about what they are wearing, who they are dating, etc. Some celebrities, like Will Smith, will just throw a book title in an interview to help make a point. I also pay attention to tabloid photos of celebrities in airports, because sometimes they are holding a book. Until interviewers start asking more substantive questions, we gotta get creative in trying to find this stuff out!


  2. I just wanted to say how much I absolutely love your blog. I am new to lurking in these blogs but I make it a point to come to your site and see what is written. I am a lover of books as well and I think Toni was correct in saying the question is not pertinent to the interviewer as something valid to ask. I’m sure that there are many celebs that love to read but as stated earlier, it is a question not frequently asked. I am the most impressed with the selections from Obama and Nas, two individuals I appreciate in their worlds that they belong.


  3. Beyonce’s book selections show that she wants to learn how to get him, then learn how to act crazy if he acts up. HAHAHAHAHA! I got love for B, tho. Good post. Eagerly waiting Sis. Souljah’s & Toni M’s books to hit the shelves. I’ve already got Souljah’s on hold at the library.


  4. Nita, thanks for the love. I think it’s interesting to know what celebs are reading, and probably would find anybody’s list interesting. I think what people read says a great deal about them.


  5. Great post. I am glad you left it up! I am a bit surprised that, apart from Shakespeare and the Bible, everything Obama listed was American.


  6. I am a teacher trying to research some celebrity favorite reads. This is the most information I have yet to find. Thanks for your dedication to the ever dying breed…the reader.


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