Favorite Books of Celebrity Seniors

I love to read, and I’m curious to know what celebrities and other notable people are reading. Where, if anywhere, do their tastes coincide with mine?

Here’s what I found out about the favorite reads of some famous people:

Jane Austen:  The History of Sir Charles Grandison by Samuel Richardson

Barack Obama:  Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Oprah Winfrey:  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Warren Buffett:  The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

Alice Waters:  The French Menu Cookbook by Richard Olney

Mark Twain:  The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle

Scott Fitzgerald: Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Maya Angelou:  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

George Clooney:  War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Bill Murray:  Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Robin Williams:  The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

Dolly Pardon:  The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Hilary Clinton:  The Brother’s Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Lena Dunham:  Lolita by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

J.K. Rowling:  The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle

Chelsea Handler:  The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Muhammad Ali:   The Quran

Amy Poehler:  Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Will Smith:  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Woody Allen:  Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Bill Gates:  Better Angles of Our Nature by Steven Pinker

JFK:  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

Elvis Presley:  The Impersonal Life by Joseph Bennen

Ronald Reagan:  The Bible

John Lennon:  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


I’m also happy to share that my favorite book is Lying Awake by Mark Salzman.

Whether you read online or on a tablet or iPhone or whether you purchase or check out hardbound or paperback copies, books can be some of our best friends. Like music, they can cheer or soothe us, motivate or inform.

What are your favorite books? I’d love to know.