Hectic movies schedules, red carpet appearances and strenuous workout routines may dominate your favourite star's day, but they manage to make room for some creative downtime — like keeping up with their reading lists. Often spotted with a hardback in hand during a long flight or curling up with their favourite copy on Instagram, Bollywood's best from Katrina Kaif to Alia Bhatt are just as addicted to a good thriller as we are. Wondering what to read next? Take inspiration from your favourite stars.
Our November covergirl is a card-carrying member of the Charles Duhigg fan club. She swears by his bestseller The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business, and now passes it on to anyone struggling with change. “Put that in the interview,” she chuckles. “Alia Bhatt is recommending a book.”
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Sonam has been a proud bookworm since she was a kid, and still counts her reading habit among her defining traits. (Her bio on Twitter reads, “A female actor who lives to eat and read in that order.”) We spied her at the airport with Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel Neverwhere in tow. If you are looking to keep up with her reading list, head to her Instagram where she routinely posts her current reads and even highlights passages from her all-time favourites.
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Kareena admits that she caught the reading bug from her husband Saif. The pregnant star was recently photographed at the airport, with The Stonecutter by Camilla Läckberg clutched close. She's even admitted to staying up till 3am one night because she simply could not put down Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. A girl after our own heart, this one.
Katrina has zero willpower when it comes to a good Sidney Sheldon. But stepping out of the suspense genre, she recently took to social media to share her new find: the Pulitzer prize-winning historical novel, All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
The self-professed daddy’s girl has gone on record to admit that Letters From A Father To His Daughter by Jawaharlal Nehru is her go-to book. If you are looking for something a little more fast-paced, the actor recommends The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin. “It's amazing,” raved Priyanka in an interview with ELLE. “It's about a mother and a son and the son keeps thinking about his previous life. It's an epic story about relationships."
Free time on weekends is the biggest casualty of her jet-setting schedule, but Deepika tries to pursue her love for baking and reading when she can. Elizabeth Taylor’s biography has currently found its way to her reading list, but she has yet to find anything that can top her love for The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.
Her movies are all lightness and heart, and that extends to her reading choices off camera as well. The sunny Jacqueline was recently snapped at the airport toting Nick Hornby’s Funny Girl. But she also has space on her bookshelf for Arundhati Roy (The God of Small Things is rumoured to be her personal favourite.)
In this scene from Ae Di Hai Mushkil, Anushka is photographed reading the French translation of the Oliver Sacks book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales. But since Anushks isn't proficient in French, it's safe to say Sacks hasn't replaced JD Salinger on top of her list of favourite authors. The actress admits The Catcher In The Rye is the star of her bookshelf.