Gwyneth, Reese, and More Reveal the Books They're Loving
Ready to stock up on your summer reading selections? We’ve rounded up a list of favorite tomes and recommended literature, courtesy of our favorite celebrities on Instagram. Keep scrolling to check out what savvy tastemakers and bookworms are digging into now.
As model Alexa Chung describes it, Viv Albertine’s memoir, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys, covers “the big three." As lead guitarist of all-girl band The Slits, the author has a bird's-eye view of rebellion, punk culture, and behind-the-scenes rock 'n' roll.
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.: A Memoir by Viv Albertine ($28)
Actress Amanda Seyfried tucked into this unexpected, funny, and utterly relatable memoir by Sloane Crosley. “I came to the bookstore because I was told there’d be cake,” she captioned on Instagram.
Riverhead Books I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays by Sloane Crosley ($16)
I Was Told There'd Be Cake: Essays by Sloane Crosley ($16)
“Women that make me strong,” captioned Lou Doillon on this Instagram of her favorite books. From Ariel to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, you can’t go wrong with any of these inspiring women’s works.
Style guru Cher Coulter shared this profoundly insightful tome, Women Who Run With the Wolves, on the remarkable history of fierce women. An exploration of intercultural myths, fairy tales, and stories of female bravery, passion, and empowerment, it's a great choice for your next girl-group read.
Ballantine Books Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés ($8)
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés ($8)
Emma Roberts is “currently reading” the mesmerizing story of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s muse and lover, Suzanne Mallouk. It's the perfect companion piece to checking out the Unknown Notebooks exhibition currently on view at Brooklyn Museum.
Actress and lifestyle maven Gwyneth Paltrow captioned, “On my way to The Windy City with this sweet and brave memoir @officialmariabello.” Soulful in-flight reading for our next trip? Check!
Whatever…Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves by Maria Bello ($26)
We’ll gladly take a page out of Jaime King’s weekend vibe. What could be more chic than a Saturday spent eating watermelon and reading Dior? “Early to sleep, early to rise @Dior. It is a beautiful morning…” she captioned.
“Reading my favorite book at the beach," captioned actor James Franco, in either sincerity for Nabakov’s athletic prose or as a tongue-in-cheek reference to his own tabloid controversies. Either way, the work is a beautifully composed classic.
Jessica Chastain is brushing up on her NASA knowledge in preparation for her role in the upcoming screen adaptation of the #1 best-seller The Martian. Now’s your chance to read it before it hits theaters!
Clearly impressed with the provocative drops of knowledge contained within Esther Perel’s Mating in Captivity, singer-songwriter Joy Williams captioned simply, “This. Book.” Color us intrigued.
Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence by Esther Perel ($14)
“This is excellent. @adellewaldman writes a witty, relatable, and insightful novel about modern dating. She was also able to get inside the mind of a man seamlessly. If u haven’t read this you should,” writes Kate Hudson of the best-selling The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., in which Adelle Waldman takes apart the archetype of the Ivy League–educated 30-something literary male brick by brick.
“Unbelievable proud of my #Bestie @rivkarossi for writing this book called A Tale of Two Besties! BTW I take full credit for discovering her,” captioned our very own CEO, Katherine Power. The book, written by the co-founder of the popular site Hello Giggles, promises to speak to girls dealing with cliques, self-discovery, and navigating the tumultuous landscape of female relationships.
“Miranda is fresher than ever,” wrote fellow author Lena Dunham upon the release of Miranda July’s critically acclaimed debut novel. Described as “dazzling and unforgettable,” the book promises to be as eccentric, original, and touching as one would expect from the artist and filmmaker.