Stuck amidst coronavirus pandemic, all of us are forced to stay safe at home; many people including celebrities have found books as their pastime. From Sonali Bendre to Oprah and Reese Witherspoon, there are many celebs who are also avid readers and they inspire us to do the same. Here are some suggestions for you mentioning what some celebs are currently reading. These book recommendations might inspire you to add them to your reading list too.
Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja recently posted a picture of herself reading ’50 Greatest Short Stories’ compiled By Terry O’brien. Along with the picture she shared a caption saying, “It’s been strange, while we all struggle to keep ourselves safe from this virus – my family and I have found refuge in books we thought we’ll never get the time to read. These days what we do is, we share our monthly reads on our family group. I’ll also be putting up a few interesting ones from our Kapoor-Ahuja Quarantine Reads here, hoping you guys get a chance to read them as well.”
Sonam also shared what others in her family are reading as she further wrote, “Dad (Anil Kapoor) is into Rakesh Maria’s ‘Let Me Say It Now’. Anand (Ahuja) is currently reading in Devdutt Pattanaik’s ‘My Gita’. Rhea (Kapoor) has just begun ‘A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals from the Garden’ by April Bloomfield. Anand’s mom is reading ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. My mom (Sunita Kapoor) is reading ‘The Forest Of Enchantments’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Anand’s dad is juggling a bunch of books including ‘Ikigai’, ‘Little Book of Hygge’ and ‘The Art of Simple Living’ by Shunmyo Masuno.”
Sonali Bendre Behl has chosen Glennon Doyle’s international bestseller ‘Untamed’ as her book club pick for July 2020. Commenting on the book and why she chose it, she shared on social media, “#Untamed was recommended to me by @nainabachchan. It’s a memoir by @glennondoyle and talks about the pressures to live up to expectations – how to reclaim yourself, love yourself, trust yourself and abandon others’ expectations so you can stop abandoning yourself – which I feel is a very relevant and important conversation that needs to be had.”
Oprah picked James McBride’s ‘Deacon King Kong’ as her July 2020 book club read in light of the anti-racism and Black Lives Matter protests in the United States. The book explores how people from a community are under threat and how they deal with it together in a time when old rules need to be rewritten. “My next Oprah’s Book Club pick, “Deacon King Kong” by @jamesmcbrideauthor, is a reminder that while we struggle with pain and trauma, we can always find shelter in one another—just like the characters in this novel. In championing this book, I also champion all Black authors during the #BlackoutBestSellerList challenge,” Oprah posted on her official Instagram account. This book was also recommended by Hollywood actress Sarah Jessica Parker in May this year and it will soon be adapted into a TV series.
Hollywood actor-producer Reese Witherspoon had picked the June and July read for her book club in June itself, in support of the Black Lives Matter protests in America. Witherspoon picked ‘I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness’ by Austin Channing Brown for July 2020. She shares her experiences of being a Black Christian woman in America and the book is Austin Channing Brown’s memoir. Talking about the book, Witherspoon recently wrote, “Have you read our @reesesbookclub pick, ‘I’m Still Here’? @austinchanning has written one of those books that you need to keep around, keep going back to, and keep talking about with friends and family. A beautiful and timely memoir that really opened my eyes and made me think.” Witherspoon has also selected ‘The Guest List’ by Lucy Foley, which is a murder mystery, as her second read.
Over to you
You can too choose your favourite genre of book and find some solace in the smell of book pages. In between this pandemic, a book is a good friend to keep yourself sane and to keep a check on your mental health.