They say you can tell a lot about a person by knowing his favorite book.
For instance, people who love Pride and Prejudice are most likely women who are in search for their “Mr. Darcy” in real life.
Those who like Dan Brown and Steve Berry novels obviously have a thing for conspiracies while those who like Twilight are probably still in grade school.
But it can’t hurt to know what people think is a good read. And if there’s a celebrity you look up to, their bookshelf is a good place to start learning about them. Here’s my aggregated list of what I found online.
Matt Damon – If you watch Good Will Hunting, you might have noticed that Matt Damon made a reference to Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of The United States. They said he included the book mention in the film because he liked it so much. He’s always been a smart one.
Lena Dunham — Star and creator of HBO’s Girls Lena Dunham was enamored by Lolita–Vladimir Nabokov’s novel about a precocious young girl and a writer who has a thing for young girls, or “nymphets.”
Stephen King – The world’s most famous horror writer Stephen King prices the book The Golden Argosy, which is an anthology of the most celebrated stories in the English language. King said he learned how to write from this book more than he did in his writing classes, and that it’s the best $2.25 he’s ever spent. Some sources list Lord of the Flies as King’s favorite book. We’ll never know for sure which one he likes more, but I think we understand why he likes Golding’s work.
Robert Pattinson – Nope it’s not Twilight (Thank heavens!). One of Robert Pattinson’s fave books is The Ballad of The Sad Cafe, which is written by Carson McCuller’s, who also wrote the poignant novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Now we know there’s more to Mr. Pattinson.
Oprah – The queen of book clubs’ favorite book is Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. And since she’s Oprah, she owns the book’s first ever edition. And if that’s not enough, it was signed by Harper Lee herself. Go reel with envy.
George Clooney – The famous Hollywood bachelor likes to read Tolstoy’s War and Peace, a book widely regarded as one of the most important works of world literature. Well we’ve always known George is the deep kind.
Will Smith – The smoldering Will Smith loved The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A book that has captured the hearts of many, The Alchemist is one of the best-selling books in history, setting the Guinness World Record for most translated book by a living author.
Owen Wilson — The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Now I get why Owen Wilson has that boyish charm. His favorite book about Mark Twain’s most popular character reflects his fun attitude and goofiness.
Daniel Radcliffe – You might think it’d be Harry Potter, but actually, Daniel Radcliffe has developed a mature taste when it comes to books. In an interview, he said his fave book is The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Tough read!
Miley Cyrus – Miley’s favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye—which totally makes sense if you really think about it since the book is about teenage angst, alienation, and rebellion.
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