25 Celebrities Reveal Their Favorite Books

A few weeks ago we looked at 24 Authors Who Shared Their Favorite Books…today we’re gonna continue the list and see what our favorite celebrities love to read when they have some rare time off.

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Looks like it’s time to rehash my Goodreads list now…

25 Celebrities Reveal Their Favorite Books

James Franco
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

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“My father gave me this book when I was getting into trouble in high school…I really love the interior lives of the characters and the multiple perspectives—they have inspired my own stories.”

Zoe Saldana
Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

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Lucy…called out to me, to the kind of life I had and the kind of person I am.”

Katie Holmes
Washington Square by Henry James

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“I loved the setting and the way James writes about people.”

Jon Hamm
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

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“Stoppard has an amazing command of the English language. He moves the plot along in such a way that if you’re not paying close attention, you won’t catch the five or six things that are going on.”

Bill Murray
A Story Like the Wind by Laurens Van Der Post

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Natalie Portman
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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“It’s one of the most beautiful, entertaining, challenging books – something that takes all your attention. I think the stories are meditations on violence, specifically the necessity of violence.”

Michael Caine
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

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Michelle Obama
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

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“…that book helped me love reading…it grabbed me and pulled me and I just kept reading and kept reading.”

Robin Williams
Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

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“It’s one of the greatest books of all time, and the greatest character is The Mule.”

Stephen King
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Dolly Parton
The Little Engine that Could, Watty Piper

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“I’m the little engine that did. I think it’s a great little inspirational book. It really kinda sums me up pretty good.”

Denzel Washington
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

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Emma Watson
The BFG by Roald Dahl

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“My dad read me The BFG when I was younger. I like books that aren’t just lovely but that have memories in themselves. Just like playing a song, picking up a book again that has memories can take you back to another place or another time.”

Tom Hanks
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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Olivia Munn
Replay by Ken Grimwood

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“The takeaway for me was that no matter what life you’ve led or the choices you’ve made, there will always be great love and great sadness – you can’t escape those two things.”

Kate Winslet
Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

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Alec Baldwin
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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“In some important ways the characters that we have grown to love in this story are worse off at its end, but they are wiser, and the family still has each other. This is a great story about facing life’s difficulties and moving on, no matter what.”

Zooey Deschanel
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

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“It’s delightfully astute.”

George Clooney
War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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Will Smith
The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

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“Coelho talks about the whole of the universe, and it’s contained in one grain of sand. For years I’ve been saying that, and not it’s really starting to expose itself to me.”

Jim Carrey
Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Rachel McAdams
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

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“[David Sedaris]…has a way of finding humor in the strangest and most painful moments…[his] books are such a revelation about how you can celebrate life’s strangeness and idiosyncrasies.”

Halle Berry
Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime by J. California Cooper

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“The stories in this collection follow common folk dealing with everyday issues. They’re good people who sometimes make evil choices, and you see them suffer as a result. While many of the stories start off dark and depressing, ultimately, they are incredibly inspirational.”

Emma Thompson
The Odyssey by Homer

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Daniel Radcliffe
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

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“It’s just the greatest explosion of imagination, craziness, satire, humor, and heart.”

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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