The favorite books of 10 famous authors

The favorite books of 10 famous authors

In Beyond the Cover, For the Love of Reading by Kevin Gray

The favorite books of 10 famous authors

The best authors capture our attention with their prose, compelling us to turn the pages in anticipation of what happens next. But even these literary greats take time to read, finding inspiration or an escape in the words of other writers. It stands to reason that if you like reading a certain author’s books, you might appreciate what they read, too.

Below are dozens of recommended works from 10 renowned authors, as shared in interviews, essays, and told to friends. The books range from must-read classics to sci-fi and young adult novels, so there’s something here for everyone.

Ernest Hemingway

The tough-guy writer who worked as a journalist and served in World War I before becoming one of America’s highest regarded novelists somehow found lots of time to read. In a 1935 Esquire profile, he listed a few of his favorite books.

Stephen King

The prolific, bestselling author of more than 60 books is known for horror and suspense, but his reading list is eclectic. He shared some favorites with Goodreads.

Joyce Carol Oates

Oates has been pumping out award-winning novels, poetry, and essays for five decades. She shared a couple of her favorite reads in a 2013 Boston Globe interview.

Jane Austen

According to the Jane Austen Society of North America, a few of the Emma and Pride and Prejudice author’s favorite books included:

Ray Bradbury

The author of Fahrenheit 451 and other classic sci-fi tomes counts these books as some of his favorites:

Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale author is known for dystopian fiction, but her reading list isn’t all about oppressive futures. She shared some of her favorite books in a 2015 Telegraph interview.

Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby author shared some of his favorite books with a nurse who was taking care of him in 1936.

Suzanne Collins

Collins lit up the YA world with her Hunger Games trilogy; now, you can read some of her favorite books.

Anthony Bourdain

The late chef, author, and television personality was also a voracious reader. Here are some of his favorites, as shared in various interviews and essays over the years.

Sarah J. Mass

The bestselling author of A Court of Thorns and Roses and Throne of Glass knows how to build worlds and tell tales. These are some of her favorite books.


About the Author: Kevin Gray

Kevin is a Dallas-based writer covering all things lifestyle, including food, drinks and travel, and his work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Forbes, Men's Health, and other outlets. The Cormac McCarthy canon sits at the top of his favorites, but he can't resist a good whodunnit.