Celebrity books are released a dime a dozen, and not all are as great as the celebrities who wrote them. There is something attractive about a famous person telling their story, because many of us naturally want to know more about these somewhat mysterious figures. But some celeb books are not worth the read, while others really do the work to create an interesting, engaging book. With so many mediocre celeb books, it can be hard to know what’s going to be a fulfilling read or purchase, and what may be a waste of time. If you’re looking to beef up your reading list with more obsession-worthy books written by the stars, check out these 9 celebrities who actually wrote good books.
The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper
Consisting entirely of emails threads between him and his mother, The Rainbow Comes and Goes sheds an intimate light on the complicated relationship between a mother and son.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
A great read by stellar writer, actor, and director Tina Fey, Bossypants will leave you reeling with motivational insight on feminism and what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated word.
I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer
Hollywood’s best friend that no one can quite remember, Judy Greer opens up about her experience being every leading star’s lovable sidekick, and becoming a semi-household name.
Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
If you need a reminder that people are innately good, this is the book for you. Take a walk straight into Ellen Degeneres’ life with Seriously…I’m Kidding, and learn more about the interesting place that is Ellen’s world.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling
Actor and comedian delivers a fresh, hilarious read in Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me, that will leave you pondering life, crying occasionally, and laughing hysterically in between.
Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson
Iconic actor Taraji P. Henson explores the most poignant moments in her past, dishes the inside scoop on her experiences in Hollywood, and gives telling insight on the pay gap in Around the Way Girl.
Official Book Club Selection by Kathy Griffin
Offical Book Club Selection is riddled with Kathy Griffin’s quick-witted humor and outlandish comedy. Because of her brutal honesty and natural storytelling ability, Griffin’s book is an engaging read with a big payoff.
Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
Another comedian known for her wildly hilarious antics and sharp humor, Chelsea Handler delivers her unadulterated views on everything from babysitting to her career. Featured stories bring non-stop entertainment as Handler recounts some of the most outrageous predicaments she’s found herself in.
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Prolific writer Shonda Rhimes shares with the world the power of “yes,” by sharing her experiences when she decided to stop saying “no” for a whole year. To say this book is inspirational is an understatement, as Rhimes truly shows why she is one of Hollywood’s most motivational figures right now.