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.

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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

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Nas

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

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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.

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