Beyonce: What Will it Take to Make a Woman President? by Marianne Schnall
I know that barely ANYONE knows of this singer but LOL let me throw her little-known name into the ring. Beyonce urged her fans to read this book in a 2016 Marie Claire interview. This book is a collection of essays penned by strong, intelligent, and well-known women. RAISE AND GUIDE OUR GENERATION OF YOUNG FEMINISTS, QUEEN B.
Olivia Munn: Replay by Ken Grimmwood
Munn described the book enticingly and eloquently to Glamour magazine: “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.” Damn, girl knows how to sell a book.
Barack Obama: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
In 2015, Obama told People magazine that this was his favorite book of the year. This book centers on a couple’s marriage, with half the book being told from the perspective of the wife and the other half being told from the perspective of the husband. I don’t know about y’all, but I’M INTRIGUED! Upon hearing the news that the leader of the free world gave her book the seal of approval, Groff tweeted “That’s it, I retire.” Fair, girl. Fair.
Michelle Obama: The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander
Michelle Obama noted this book in the same 2015 People magazine interview. This memoir has received some of the best reviews I have ever read. Alexander writes about her marriage and her husband’s unexpected death. Alexander is a professor at Yale University.
Hillary Clinton: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
According to an article on Bustle, Clinton spoke briefly about her favorite book when recently campaigning in New Hampshire. Its genre is “philosophical fiction”. The novel delves into issues and conversation regarding God, faith, morality. It is set in Russia.
Madonna: The Bell Jar, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, As I Lay Dying
Madonna mentioned these novels in an Instagram post from 2014. She sounds like my ideal literature student! She also “dared” people to read in this literary Instagram post. Bless you, kween.
J.K. Rowling: The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle
In an interview with O, The Oprah Magazine, Rowling sings Doyle’s praises. The novel is about a woman who is attempting to keep her life together amidst her marital struggles with her abusive husband in conjunction with her personal demons. The novel sounds enticing and Rowling claims that Doyle’s writing hits it out of the park. Sign me up.
Lady Gaga: Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
In a 2009 interview with New York Magazine, Lady Gaga stated that she reads this book every day. This is Rilke’s first collection of poems from 1898. If you want to feel some stuff in your heart, read this one.
Donald Trump: The Bible and The Art of the Deal
Trump has told multiple outlets that the Bible is his favorite reading material. The Art of the Deal, Trump’s first book which was published in 1987, is half memoir, half business advice. It is co-authored by Tony Schwartz.
Bernie Sanders: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
In an editorial review for Barnes and Noble, Sanders talks about why he loves this book. “ It talks about how it is a myth that most millionaires in America have inherited their money. The fact is, we have created such a great country over 250 years. We have actually found the way for poor people to go from nothing to huge wealth and to create a life-changing opportunity for their children and grandchildren. We celebrate it, write movies about it, and our libraries are full of books about it. There is nothing wrong with that.”