Book Recommendations: What Famous People are Reading

What Celebrities are reading right now on Readers Writers JournalWhat 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 (@kerrywashington)

Source: David Shankbone

Source: David Shankbone

I am an emotional creature is Kerry Washingtons recommendationThe 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 Magic of Reality is Ricky Gervais Recommendation on TwitterThe 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.

Gervais calls his book recommendation "A great book for kids and adults that explains the beauty and awesomeness of science and nature"

Gervais calls his book recommendation “A great book for kids and adults that explains the beauty and awesomeness of science and nature”

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True by Richard Dawkins.

 

Dune is Elon Musk's Book Recommendation on TwitterELON MUSK (@elonmusk)

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.

Elon Musk recommended the science fiction classic, Dune, to his 1 million plus Twitter followers in December of 2014

Elon Musk recommended the science fiction classic, Dune, to his 1 million plus Twitter followers in December of 2014

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Dune, by Frank Herbert

 

MARIO BATALI (@Mariobatali)

Rome is Mario Batalis Book Recommendation on TwitterCelebrity 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.

Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History is not just Batali's pick. Amazon.com chose it as one of their best 100 books of 2014.

Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History is not just Batali’s pick. Amazon.com chose it as one of their best 100 books of 2014.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History by Robert Hughes

MARGARET ATWOOD (@MargaretAtwood)

The Third Man Factor is Margaret Atwoods Book Recommendation on TwitterNovelist, 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

Margaret Atwood is the holder of numerous patents related to a remote robotic writing technology that she invented called the LongPen. Source: Mark Hill

Margaret Atwood is the holder of numerous patents related to a remote robotic writing technology that she invented called the LongPen.
Source: Mark Hill

1990 and adapted for an opera in 2003.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Third Man Factor: Surviving the Impossible, by John Geiger

 

 

 

 

Not on Twitter, But… Einsten Reagan Putin

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.

 

Celebrity Book Recommendations on TwitterWhat are the Most Mentioned Books on Twitter?  In 2014:

 

  1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green (1.2 million tweets)
  2. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (400,000 tweets)
  3. Looking for Alaska by John Green (150,000 tweets)
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (90,000 tweets)
  5. Hannibal  by Thomas Harris (80,000 tweets)
  6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (70,000 tweets)
  7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (60,000 tweets)
  8. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (50,000 tweets)
  9. 1984 by George Orwell (40,000 tweets)
  10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (40,000 tweets)

    For More Information on Book Promotion Using Twitter, See The Advertising Trick That Will Get You Noticed on TwitterThe 12 Most Important Hashtags for Authors on Twitter

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