Summer is a busy time for celebs.
Between their sun-drenched destinations of our dreams and the yacht excursions, it's a season of extravagant adventure. But it's also a time for celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara to catch up on their reading. Whether they're packing their beach totes with a good thriller or hanging poolside with a sultry romance novel, it seems like stars are spending as much time with books as they are on boats this season.
So we're taking notes.
Even if you're not heading to a tropical paradise, don't set out for the beach without considering one of these celebrity-approved summer reads. Sometimes, the best travel accessory is the latest New York Times best seller. If these novels are keeping your favorite stars hooked, there's a good chance you won't be able to put them down either.
Ready, set, read.
You can count on Alicia for a fierce reading recommendation. The singer suggested The New York Times best-seller Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D. The author digs into rich fairy tales and stories to help women reconnect, examine and love the female psyche. This pick is also a favorite of Emma Watson.
Women Who Run With the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D., $13.10
The actress helped to hide 100 copies of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood around Paris earlier this summer. The book is set in the future and describes the bizarre consequences of social unrest on men and women. It was eventually made into a Hulu original series, starring Elisabeth Moss. If reading is not your thing, this show is a must-watch!
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, $9.59
Emma was poolside with Sex and Rage by Eve Babitz. The story follows the jobless Jacaranda as she heads from Los Angeles to New York on a path of self discovery. "Jacaranda, speaks volumes to the messiness and mistakes that mark adolescence. I can't wait for you guys to read her story," Emma wrote.
Sex and Rage, Eve Babitz, $11.85
Jessica has been full of book suggestions recently. During a recent Reddit AMA, she mentioned The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman, which is about female boxers in the 1800s. "[It's] based on true events that were really happening," Jessica said. She also recently posted on her Instagram about the passionate novel inspired by historical events, And After The Fire by Lauren Belfer. We don't even know where to start.
The Fair Fight, Anna Freeman, $9.87
And After The Fire, Lauren Belfer, $14.84
Reese is such a book worm that she created a separate Instagram account as a social space to share, discover and discuss. One of her summer suggestions is The End Of The Affair by Graham Greene, which is about one man's retrospective account of his adulterous affair, one year after the woman's death. The actress claims this pick is so good, you can't put it down..."no matter what you're doing."
The End Of The Affair, Graham Greene, $13.86
Sofia's summer reading rec will take you to the Amazon to follow one man's story of building his start-up in the middle of a rain forest. Tyler Gage's book Fully Alive, is about entrepreneurship, social responsibility and how to make a difference in this world.
Fully Alive, Tyler Gage, $17
Whether you're looking to be empowered or entertained, these celebs have got you covered in the literature category.