Summer Reading: 9 Celeb-Approved Books to Add to Your List Now
One of the greatest ways to relax and escape life’s stressors involves curling up with a riveting read. During our youth, many of us dreaded the words “summer reading list,” but now we consider it a luxury to find any time at all for a captivating book. Whether you’re flying this season or planning to sit poolside during your out-of-office days, you may consider throwing some literature onto your agenda. The art of storytelling is both inspiring and entertaining, so who better to dictate our adulthood reads than the creatives who act out stories for a living? From Lena Dunham to Kerry Washington, a slew of stars have publicly acknowledged some of their all-time-favorite authors and tales. Add this selection of celebrity-approved books to your list.
“These are perfect specimens of creative nonfiction—Nora pioneered a kind of modern, personal journalism that is now taken for granted,” Dunham told The New York Times in regards to Ephron combining two of her famous essays into one read. These classics touch upon every subject from feminism to politics.
“My heritage is Caribbean, and I’d never read anything that really breaks down Caribbean culture politically, historically, socially, and in terms of gender. Lucy did that—it called out to me, to the kind of life I had and the kind of person I am,” Saldana told Oprah.com about this novel, which revolves around a young woman who leaves the West Indies to become an au pair for a wealthy American family. “One thing I love about the book is how painfully honest Kincaid is about Lucy’s issues with her mother,” Saldana said.
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“It’s not often that a writer makes me laugh out loud, but Sedaris does. He brings me to tears. It’s to the point where I can’t read his writing in public, because people think I’m having some kind of meltdown,” McAdams told Oprah.com. “In this collection of essays, he has a way of finding humor in the strangest and most painful moments, like a week with a creepy babysitter or the death of his mother.”
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“My favorite book is Replay, by Ken Grimwood, about a man who replays his life and the decisions he’s made over and over,” Munn told Glamour. “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. I think that’s a great lesson.”
“My dad read me The BFG by Roald Dahl when I was younger. I’m really fond of that book. Le Petit Prince. 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,” Watson told Time.
“She feels the urge to become wild with something, because her own spirit was so broken,” Bosworth told InStyle about the award-winning memoir, which centers around a falconer grieving the sudden loss of her father. “It’s a really amazing story about the animal-human relationship and overcoming grief.”
“The world will be a more evolved place once we all read this book,” Wilde took to Instagram to inform her followers of this story, which was written as a letter by the author to his teenage son. “Take my word for it, and go pick it up today. Absolutely brilliant.”
“For some reason this book has always stayed with me. I read it at too young of an age and didn’t really relate to it then, but still couldn’t put it down—every now and again I get a sort of déjà vu feeling that reminds me of a certain passage from the book,” Coppola told The New York Times of this tale that revolves around a retired director-playwright writing his memoirs.
“Shonda [Rhimes] is a rock star and a superhero, and if you have not read her book, it should be your New Year’s resolution for 2016,” Washington told E! News of the ultra-talented Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator, who reflects on her uplifting experience with the power of saying “yes.” “You should read Year of Yes. It is one of my most favorite books I have ever read—and I like books. It’s so good.”