It’s World Book Day 2021! Are you looking for some inspiration to add to your reading list? Have you neglected reading, like us, because you dedicate so much of your time to simping over the artists you stan? Well, why not combine the two? We’ve gathered together an inspiration list of books to add to your collection, which are on your favs reading list too!
Harry Styles – Love Is A Mixtape by Rob Sheffield
Harry was reading Love Is A Mixtape by Rolling Stone music journalist Rob Sheffield, in a snap posted on Instagram, by Harry’s tour photographer and friend Hélène Pambrun, posted to celebrate Harry’s birthday in 2019. We’d quite like to send Hélène a personal thank you note for that one, as it makes us scream into our pillows.
Each chapter of Love Is A Mixtape, starts with a mixtape list, encouraging readers to explore new artists, and so we wonder which songs Harry added to his own Spotify playlist? Love Is A Mixtape is a biological memoir by Rob, in which he welcomes us into his experience of love and eventual loss. It’s a reassurance that true love does exist but also dives headfirst into experiences of love, grief, and joy. Harry looked to be enjoying it in this relaxed and intimate photo, so we, of course, added it to our reading list! Interestingly, the author Rob Sheffield would later interview Harry for The Eternal Sunshine of Harry Styles. In the article, Rob explained how he and Harry had gotten to know each other when Harry contacted Rob after reading Love Is A Mixtape! It’s beautiful.
Selena Gomez – Becoming by Michelle Obama
Last year at the start of Covid restrictions, Selena Gomez updated fans on what she’d been watching, listening to, and reading, to stay positive and help to pass the time! We love to see it! And top of Selena’s reading list, was former First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming. Michelle described the book, which is now a number one International Bestseller, as a deeply personal look at finding her voice, her role as a mother, her time in the White House, and an exploration of her roots. Becoming is a warm account of defying expectations and we absolutely loved it. Clearly, Selena did too! It’s a book of strength and empowerment, and we’re so glad Selena recommended this and we can share it with you on World Book Day 2021!
You can buy Becoming by Michelle Obama here.
Louis Tomlinson – Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
“The best book I’ve read this decade was: Phil Knight’s Shoe Dogg. I don’t read as much as I should, but this is a very inspiring read.”
Louis Tomlinson for Rolling Stone Decade Recap 2019
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike is the riveting memoir of Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight, and gives an inside look at the company’s evolution, from a start-up company to one of the world’s most profitable and game-changing brands. The book is humble, with a realistic look at overcoming setbacks and achieving goals and dreams, but with a wry wit that we can imagine Louis giggling at. We can practically hear his laugh! Phil Knight recollects on the relationships with his colleagues, a mismatched group who came together and harnessed their joint ambitions and power, to build something special. Actually…. that sounds a bit familiar! So, if Louis Tomlinson says something is inspiring, you know we’re going to have to check it out! On that note, what do you do when a chapter ends, do you close the book and never read it again?
You can buy Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog memoir here.
Taylor Swift – The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
“It’s something F. Scott Fitzgerlad did so well, to describe a scene so gorgeously interwoven with rich emotional revelations, that you yourself have escaped from your own life for a moment.”
Taylor Swift for Elle Magazine 2019
This is a timeless classic, first published in 1922! The Beautiful and Damned sets our scene in New York’s café society, and tells the story of Anthony Patch’s life through the Jazz Age, and landscape before and after the Great War. It’s a rich tale of the roaring ’20s, in which Fitzgerald, one of arguably the greatest American writers of the 20th century, most well known for The Great Gatsby, arms himself with razor-sharp satire to explore a tale of marriage and disappointment. Taylor described the novel as an “escape,” and quite frankly, many of us could do with that right now. We can’t wait to escape into the pages of The Beautiful and Damned. Thanks for the recommendation, Taylor!
You can purchase Taylor’s recommendation; F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and Damned here.
RM – 1984 by George Orwell
RM’s reading list is pretty expansive! BookDM released RM’s eclectic and inclusive reading list back in 2019. Amongst the list, was George Orwell’s 1984. A classic piece of literature that has maintained its place as one of the most influential books in the world. 1984 was published in 1949 and was the final book completed in Orwell’s lifetime. This classic novel explores a dystopian landscape of social oppression and “big brother” scrutiny and observation. It’s a psychological, challenging (and long!) novel to get your teeth into. Of all of the things BTS has influenced, fans sitting down to read a 328-page novel is “so Namjoon!”
Has RM’s reading list spiked your interest on this World Book Day? Why not purchase 1984 by George Orwell on Kindle here?
Jisoo – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Jisoo shared a snap on her own bookshelf on Instagram back in 2018, with a wonderfully eclectic display of fiction and non-fiction books on display. The one that caught our eye here at The Honey POP, was The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Originally published in English and French in the UK in 1943, before later released posthumously in France following the liberation of France. The Little Prince follows the story of a young prince who travels through space, across planets including Earth, and addresses many emotive themes, including loneliness, friendship, loss, and love. The novella became Saint-Exupéry’s most successful work, and it’s literally one of the best-selling books of all time. It’s even been translated into 301 languages! We’ve absolutely just added this to our reading list! Have you?
You can purchase The Little Prince here, and make it part of your bookshelf, just like Jisoo!
Miley Cyrus – Becoming Supernatural by Dr Joe Dispenza
Miley was seen playing guitar and relaxing outside, with this book by her side, on her Instagram post back in October 2019. Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza looks at tuning in to frequencies beyond the natural world, and presents theories and science on the ways that readers can change their thoughts, emotions, and energy to improve their mental wellbeing and physical health– topics so important and synonymous to our current world! Miley is obviously a fan, and we hope she was able to achieve her goals with the inclusion of this book, as a tool. We’d love to know how she found the book and what impact it was able to have. We love a good self-care book here at THP HQ!
You can purchase Becoming Supernatural here.
Joe Jonas – The Alchemist by Paulo Celho
“My favorite book of all time is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.”
Joe Jonas for US Magazine 2016
Back in 2016, Joe Jonas was interviewed by US Magazine and shared 25 things people don’t know about him. This included his favorite book of all time: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. The novel, written by Brazilian author Paulo, was first published in Portuguese in 1988 and has held its place with a devoted worldwide following. The novel is simple but its soul-touching wisdom has dazzled millions. The story follows a young Andalusian Shepard who travels from his hometown in Spain, all the way to the Egyptian Pyramids, in search of treasure. The reader is drawn in through the journey to overcome obstacles in the young boy’s way, but what sets out as a treasure quest, actually turns into an adventure of self-discovery. It’s a warm, humane, and often comforting novel. We thoroughly enjoyed this one here at The Honey POP, and highly recommend this book! Good choice Joe Jonas, we agree!
We highly recommend getting your copy of The Alchemist, and we think Joe would too!
Camilla Cabello – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
We’ve really gone into the archives for this one! Don’t say we never give you anything! Way back in 2015, one of you lovely people asked Camilla what her favorite book was. Turns out there are two – Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters, and Mark Zusak’s The Book Thief. Camilla described both books as “magical.” The Book Thief is a historical novel by Australian author Mark Zusak, and quickly became an international bestseller with 16 million copies sold! It was even adapted into a 2013 feature film of the same name. The novel takes us to Nazi Germany in 1939, and follows the story of Leisel, who in the midst of death and destruction, finds a book left behind in the snow, and so begins Leisel’s love for literature, and her journey of amassing “stolen” books in often dangerous situations. When Leisel and her family conceal a Jew in their basement, the world Leisel knew changes forever. The Book Thief is an intense tale of endurance, and the will to not lose hope.
Why not get a copy of this powerful novel, and add one of Camilla’s favorite books, The Book Thief by Mark Zusak, to your reading list this World Book Day?
We love seeing the artists we love, encourage us to get reading! Whether you’re more of a Kindle person, you crave the feeling of a hardcopy in your hands, or you need the smell of turning the fresh pages of a book, we hope this has inspired you to read something new, and get lost in the world of fiction, or empower yourself with a non-fiction title. We are avid readers here at THP HQ, and we can’t wait to add some of these recommendations to our reading list. Any opportunity to simp over the artist we stan, while getting lost in the pages of a book, is a-okay with us!
Check out our other article’s where we expose ourselves as bookworms, including THP’s article about an entire book of Harry Styles poetry……. (we’re serious, and we’re still losing our minds over it!)
Check out The Honey POP’s other articles about these incredible artists, including Taylor Swift re-recording her music, Louis Tomlinson‘s Walls turning 1 year old, and us losing our minds over BTS on MTV Unplugged!
Feature Image Source: Hélène Marie Pambrun