What Hollywood is reading this August

We are savoring the final moments of what seemed like the quickest summer ever and celebrities are certainly getting their fill of books this month with some oldies but goodies, recent releases and even some not-yet releases. For me, the most exciting part of seeing what celebrities are reading is the fact that the possibility of a book adaptation seems more likely than ever. Page-to-screen all the rage right now and we have so many to look forward to on the horizon.

Shiri Appleby is reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The UnReal actress always showcases her current reads on her Instatories and this month she chose Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. This quirky story is about three unlikely friends who help each other realize the importance of opening up your heart and embracing all life has to offer.


Debra Messing is reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies is an intoxicating story about marriage. The book takes place over a 20+ year time span about two people who are in love but harbor some secrets that are revealed over the course of their relationship and the importance these revelations are within their bond.  I wonder if this is research for the next season of Will and Grace?


Kimberly Williams Paisley is reading She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

Kimberly is the host of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge this year and she picked some great reads including She Was the Quiet One, a new thriller about a boarding school that is dark, secretive and deadly. Two sisters, a teacher and his wife will stop at nothing to achieve their end goals, even if it ends in murder.


Haylie Duff is reading Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza

New mom Haylie Duff found some time to indulge this month with Jo Piazza’s latest, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win. Walsh moves her family to a small town and decides to run for Senate. Not realizing the lengths her opponent will take to win, she realizes how dirty and scandalous politics can be. This is currently one of the most relevant reads as it showcases what it takes for a woman to be in the spotlight.


Diane Guerro is reading The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

Guerro may not be on Orange is the New Black anymore, but she wrote a fantastic memoir and has been an advocate for so many things, including great books. This month, she picked the upcoming, The Air You Breathe, a story about two female friends who meet in Brazil and discover each other’s talents that end up taking them all over the world.


Armie Hammer, Kristen Bell and Olivia Wilde are all reading Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I’ve Learned in Everyday Courage by Jason Kander

Hollywood is on The Outside Wire Train as this book keeps popping up amongst celebrity Instagram accounts. Jason Kander went from soldier to politician and documents his journey through triumphs and tribulations in this memoir. His voice is one for the millennial and his story is inspiring for all. In addition to Kristen Bell, Olivia Wilde and Armie Hammer are also reading the nonfiction book this month.


Jenna Bush Hager is reading Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Hager, a huge proponent of books, filmed a segment for the Today show at Brooklyn’s Books are Magic this month.  One of her takeaways was Maine By J. Courtney Sullivan.  This story centers around the Kelleher women who congregate to their summer house in Maine – something they do every year. This summer, in particular, each woman brings their emotions, issues and love for a summer they won’t forget.


Bryce Dallas Howard is reading Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg

The Jurassic Park star chose some non-fiction for her end of summer reading. Smarter Faster Better is a book about productivity, goal setting and motivation and how to apply those things to real life. Already a New York Times bestseller, this book gives real examples (i.e. the creators of Frozen) of a new way of thinking to prove its worth the read.

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