We don’t need the rich and famous to tell us what to read, but sometimes we tend to get a little curious. Maybe we think that the reading lists of those household names can lend us a peek into their road to success, or perhaps we’re just curious to understand that in a lot of ways famous people are, well, just like us regular folks.
So in that spirit, I give you five famous people and their favorite reads:
1. Barack Obama: I doubt the president of the United States has much time to spend on leisure reading these days, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love a good book! Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison is his top pick, and a good one at that!
2. Steven Spielberg: No doubt one of the most important film directors of our time enjoys a deep and complicated story. He also seems to be a fan of gold ol’ fashioned literature with his choice of The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper as his favorite read.
3. Stephen King: If only we could write as well as King just by reading some of his personal favorites. Even though that’s not the case, Stephen King’s favored novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is still worth every second it takes to read it!
4. Michael Caine: Mr. Caine has some serious acting chops, but his reading chops aren’t far behind. He’s chosen the American novelist Ayn Rand and her fabulous book The Fountainhead. Nice choice, Michael Caine, nice choice indeed!
5. Tom Clancy: Clancy is another best-selling novelist whose success we’d all love to emulate. Apparently Tom Clancy is also someone who stays true to the classics with his all-time favorite Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I wonder what he would think of our Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea art print?
What people love to read can many times give insight into their personalities, their likes and dislikes, and even into their own style of writing. What do you think these five famous people’s favorite books have to say about them? And who would you willingly spend an evening with discussing their top reads?