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.