Celebrities' favourite books
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
"I wanted to be Mary Lennox
so badly," says Hathaway, pictured here in a scene from the film Becoming Jane. "I still have a soft spot for gardens and I'm always going off to see if I can find locked doors inside them."
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl
"This book changed my life," Barrymore says. "Frankl, a psychologist and concentration camp survivor, shows how we can find the higher meaning in everything, even the most dire situations. He explains to the reader how to go about doing this, and he speaks with experience. This book defines inspiration."
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
"I read the book a lot," Knightley says. "I've been obsessed by the book since I was about 7. I had all the Austen series on book tape. I was obsessed with the BBC version when I was about 10 or 11. I read the book finally when I was about 14 and got obsessed again."
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
"In some important ways," Baldwin says, "the characters that we have grown to love in this story are worse off at its end, but they are wiser, and the family still has each other. This is a great story about facing life's difficulties and moving on, no matter what."
Karem Ala Dareb by Mikhail Naimy
"Be beautiful and you will see a beautiful world," says the Lebanese superstar, who graduated with a philosophy certificate and was a teacher for two years. So it's no surprise she is a fan of the spiritual Lebanese author and poet who was a contemporary of Khalil Gibran.
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
"I absolutely fell in love with this book," McAdams says. "I don't think I got out of bed for three days - I was just eating it up. My favorite story line was the one between Deanna and Eddie Bondo. I found that totally hot. It was one of the hottest love stories I've ever read."
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
"It was the first book I read by Oscar Wilde and I have been a fan since. Every line is so beautifully written that you can revisit it at any stage in your life and it will always make you think."
The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
"It took my breath away," Hunt says.
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery
"I just like Anne," Breslin says. "I think that she's really funny and that she's crazy, but I like her a lot."
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
"Coelho talks about the whole of the universe," Smith says, "and it's contained in one grain of sand. For years I've been saying that, and now it's really starting to expose itself to me. My own grain of sand has been a story. The next 10 years will be my peak of innovation in film-making and just as a human being."
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
"I really liked it. It's a wonderful book."
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
"I started reading passages from it in 1980, actually," says Damon. "I remember when we got the book and for Columbus Day I took it in and was allowed to read parts of [it] to the class."
Savoire Vivre by Wolfgang Zelmer
The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
Al-Ayyam by Taha Hussein
Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
Letters to a Young Poet by RM Rilke
Three Trapped Tigers by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
The Beautiful and Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald
Haley Joel Osment
The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien
River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Compiled by Audrey Coutinho. Sources: CBS News, Gardiner (Maine, US) Public Library, Marie Claire, movieweb.com, The Sunday Times,teenhollywood.com, Time For Kids, The Washington Post, The Week, USA Today
Published: August 13, 2011 04:00 AM