It’s no secret that we love to keep up with the queens of Hollywood and what they’ve been reading. But recently we’ve noticed more and more Hollywood men showing their love of literature, and we are here for it! We’ve got picks from the actors and producers at the premiere of Netflix’s “The Night Agent” and Bustle’s Hot Boy Reader Era to add to your TBR. Maybe you can even convince the handsome man in your life to join you!
Josh Lucas is reading:
The Schoolhouse by Sophie Ward
What Josh says: “THE SCHOOLHOUSE a new novel by an old dear friend. I highly recommend it, it’s a thriller, beautiful written and hard to put down. Gonna make a great movie one day!”
Isobel lives a solitary life in North London, working at a library and also working to keep her past far from her mind. When she gets a letter from an old teacher and sees a newspaper photograph of a missing schoolgirl, trauma from the past begins to resurface. Suddenly she is reminded of her time at The Schoolhouse, a 1970s experimental school where freedom and adventure dangerously mixed with violence and fear, and the usual rules did not apply. Now, the truth is after Isobel, no matter how hard she tries to outrun it.
Gabriel Basso is reading:
The Gentlemen’s Book Of Etiquette And Manual Of Politeness by Cecil B. Hartley
Selected by scholars as culturally important, this book about gentleman’s etiquette has been made available to the general public, seen as a knowledge base for civilization as we know it. For these reasons, it has been preserved and kept relevant as a public domain in the United States.
D.B. Woodside is reading:
The 1619 Project created by Nikole Hannah-Jones
It was late August 1619 when a ship carrying thirty enslaved Black people arrived in the British colony of Virginia. What followed was the barbaric system of American slavery that would last for the next 250 years. Some say it was the original sin, but it is something that still defines the United States today. The award-winning “1619 Project” from The New York Times Magazine sought to change the narrative by placing slavery and it’s legacy at the center, reframing our understanding of American history.
Jacob Elordi is reading:
Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
Antoine Roquentin is a French writer, documenting in diary form his every thought, feeling, and sensation as he struggles with the horrifying nature of his own existence which manifests as an overwhelming feeling of nausea.
What Jacob says: “I’ve only just started it, but it seems to be about a dude who thinks way too much about everything. So it’s incredibly relatable. I feel like all those French books from that time are like, “I woke up feeling very sad. Then I looked at my glass and it was a sad glass. Then I had wine and smoked a cigarette and felt a bit better. Then at the end, I was still sad.”
Noah Centineo is reading:
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
This books bends the rules of fiction by exploring the ideas of entertainment using comedy, philosophy, and featuring an endearingly screwed-up family. A uniquely American portrait of what it means to pursue happiness and the passions that make us human.
Chet Hanks is reading:
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, young, and hugely talented — but she is slowly going under. As we are drawn into her breakdown, her thoughts feel completely rational, her experience palpable through the visceral storytelling of Plath. A haunting American classic that highlights the harrowing corners of the psyche, the loneliness that comes with it, and the need for a system that can help.
What Chris Pine is reading:
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
“It’s super mosaic-y, and every time you start getting invested in one of these mosaic pieces, she kind of flips the subject.”
Olga Tokarczuk interweaves reflections of travel, migration, motion, life and even death with brilliant characters that leave us questioning: Who are we? Where are we going? And, where did we come from? A woman travels to Poland to poison her terminally ill high school sweetheart, a young man begins to lose his mind when his wife and child go missing, only to have them return again, and other haunting, playful, and meditative stories from a brilliant Polish storyteller.
What Chace Crawford is reading:
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
A story of love unlike any others you’ve read before. This story is about Sam and Sadie, a legendary collaboration. The world is theirs after they create a blockbuster before they even graduate college. They are young, creative, brilliant and rich. But none of those things spare them from the heartaches, failures and surprises of life. Over 30 years, from Massachusetts to California and everywhere in between, these two will learn what’s most important of all: to love and be loved.
What John Stamos is reading:
For You and Only You by Caroline Kepnes
“Me desperate to find out what happens to Doc. Nicky. #FreeDrNicky but first, buy this book! My fav of the @YouNetflix by my fav author, lovely, cute and talented Caroline Kepnes”
Joe Goldberg joins a writing fellowship at Harvard to pursue his writing career, hoping to be in a place where talent matters more than pedigree, until he meets his elitist peers. He finds a common ground with Wonder Parish who shares his love for literature, while Caroline Kepnes explores the vulnerability of people and how Joe tries to make the exclusive world fairer on his own, Joe-like terms.
What Tim McGraw is reading:
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
“Finally reading Isabel Wilkerson’s first book, The Warmth of Other Suns. Such a rich historical piece and inspiring message!! What’s on your summer reading list….”
In this captivating and award-winning work, Isabel Wilkerson unveils the long-overlooked migration of six million black citizens who fled the South for a better life in northern and western cities between 1915 and 1970. Through meticulous research, interviews, and rich storytelling, Wilkerson reveals the transformative impact of this migration on American cities, culture, and individuals. Through the lives of Ida Mae Gladney, George Starling, and Robert Foster, she masterfully captures the treacherous journeys, the formation of new communities, and the enduring legacy of this unrecognized immigration within our own nation.