What to read? If you’re a book lover, you’re always on the lookout for a great read. But “what should I read next?” isn’t always such an easy question to answer. You get book recommendations from friends, family and co-workers, so why not turn to some of the famous people you admire for inspiration? Following is a list books that celebrities Kerry Washington, Ricky Gervais, Elon Musk, Mario Batali and Margaret Atwood recently recommended to their followers on Twitter.
KERRY WASHINGTON (@)
The Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe award winner and star of Scandal is also a political activist. In 2008 and 2012, she campaigned for Barack Obama and was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. She is also a board member of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World by Eve Ensler
RICKY GERVAIS (@rickygervais)
The English comedian, actor, director and screenwriter is best known for his work on the UK version of The Office and for his work as a stand-up comedian. He also created and starred in the popular HBO series Extras and is the author of a series of children’s books.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins.
ELON MUSK (@)
Musk is a South African native who has revolutionized the world of transportation with his electric car, the Tesla, and with his company SpaceX, which aims to make space travel affordable for average people and eventually to create a human colony on Mars.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Dune, by Frank Herbert
MARIO BATALI (@)
Celebrity chef Mario Batali is known for his cookbooks, his ubiquitous Crocs and his love of all things Italian. In December of 2014 he suggested his Twitter followers check out a book about the cultural, political and culinary history of the city of Rome.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History by Robert Hughes
MARGARET ATWOOD (@)
Novelist, poet, environmental activist and Canadian national treasure, author Margaret Atwood is a prolific user of Twitter. Her novels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize 5 times, and in 2011 she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for her contributions to Canadian Literature. Her dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, was made into a film in
1990 and adapted for an opera in 2003.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible, by John Geiger
Einstein’s favorite book was Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes. Vladimir Putin is said to favor The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumus and as a young man, Ronald Reagan’s favorite book was A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green (1.2 million tweets)
- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (400,000 tweets)
- Looking for Alaska by John Green (150,000 tweets)
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (90,000 tweets)
- Hannibal by Thomas Harris (80,000 tweets)
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (70,000 tweets)
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (60,000 tweets)
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (50,000 tweets)
- 1984 by George Orwell (40,000 tweets)
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (40,000 tweets)
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