In natural Kristine fashion, when I find out a famous person wrote a book I immediately have to pick it up. Why? I hope to get a glimpse into their private life.
I came across some of these books because I follow the celebrity in the media. Others came to me as hidden gems, uncovered by my thorough book search.
Below is a list of books written by celebrities that I picked up in the recent months. Most of them I liked, some of them I thought could be better, but all of them I recommend.
- Home by Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres is known The Ellen Show, but I bet you didn’t know she is a fantastic interior designer. Published October 27th 2015, this book showcases designs big glossy pictures of rooms in her and Portia’s homes (that she designed obviously). Read my review here.
2. Sliding Into Home by Kendra Wilkinson
Kendra Wilkinson is known for being one of Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends in the reality TV show Girls Next Door. She then stared in her own TV show, Kendra on Top. In between these shows is when this memoir takes place, giving you details of her life in the Playboy mansion, her relationship with husband Hank, and her shift into motherhood with the birth of her first child. Published in July 6th 2010 and appropriately names after her love of sports, this book will give you a glimpse into the life of Kendra that you’ve always wanted.
3. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
The Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, and Evan Almighty actress published her first debut novel on April 30th, 2013. Taking place in the 1990’s, the story follows main character, Franny, who has three months left in her three year plan to make it as an actress in New York City. Lauren’s humor definitely is sprinkled throughout the book. While I enjoy Lauren Graham’s acting roles, I didn’t find this book as delightful (read my review here). However, I have read other reviews that disagree with me. Why don’t you read it and find out yourself!
4. Troublemaker by Leah Remini
Leah Remini is an American actress and comedian, known best for her role as Carrie Heffernan on The King of Queens. Thoughts after reading this book: WOW, wow, and wow. Published on November 3rd 2015, this book follows Leah’s life from childhood, through joining the Scientology church, becoming a Sea Org member, going to many casting calls, starting a family with Angelo, acting on The King of Queens, going to Tom Cruise‘s wedding, and quitting Scientology. For one person’s inside view of Scientology and journey to becoming a well-known actress, this is a must read. Go here to read my full review.
5. Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
Seriously, this should be at the top of this list! (But this list is alphabetical, so technically it is appropriately placed.) Neil Patrick Harris, famous for his role in How I Met Your Mother creates a “Choose Your Own Adventure Book”, published on October 14th 2014. This book is witty, comical, and entertaining. I enjoyed it from beginning to end…or should I say, from page 1 to page 31 to page 185 to page 93…
6. Strong is the New Sexy by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Nicole has been a busy bee since the Jersey Shore. Between filming shows, selling home-made crafts on Etsy, and being a mom and wife, Strong is the New Sexy is the fifth book written by Nicole. I thoroughly enjoy her writing because it truly reflects who she really is: down-to-earth, goofy, and original. Go ahead, pick up this book to see how much Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi has changed since her days on Jersey Shore and how much fun she is. Click here for my full review.
7. Suck It, Wonder Woman! by Olivia Munn
Lisa Olivia Munn is actress, model, television personality. Previous host of Attack of the Show!, she published this book on July 6th 2010. Within, she admits, “writing a book is hard as shit” and she “gave this book my best shot.” In thirty-four random chapters, Olivia recounts random stories of her childhood, gives random tips for geeks, and exhibits random pictures of her in random outfits. I think this book is very random. Oh, you picked up on that? Well, I think fans of her would love this book.
8. There’s More to Life Than This by Theresa Caputo
Theresa Caputo, better known as TLC’s Long Island Medium, published this book on October 1st, 2013. This book gives readers the insight from when she was young and first figured out that she had a gift, to how she grew to use her gift as she does today. She also talked about things she sees and how she interprets what she can see from the Other Side. Theresa’s gift can spark some controversy, but I believe this book is for both believers and non-believers. Fans of the show can get into the nitty-gritty of Theresa Caputo’s life and skeptics can further understand how she thinks. I recommend picking up There’s More to Life Than This and cracking it open.
9. Modelland by Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks, host of America’s Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show, wrote her first and only book, appropriately titled Modelland. In this mystical world, Tookie De La Crème is the unlikely choice to be given an invitation for the place on top of the mountains, where she has to finish a supermodel bootcamp. This young adult book was published on April 26th 2011.
10. Hold Me in Contempt by Wendy Williams
Published April 15th 2014, Hold Me in Contempt is the most recent book written by the famous radio personality, comedian, actress, and host of The Wendy Williams Show. Other books from Wendy include three non-fiction book and three fictions books co-authored. Hold Me in Contempt is a steamy and edgy romance about Kimberly Kind, a lawyer with a pain medication addition. Love is not in the question (is it ever?) and King is the exact opposite of the man she would ever date. Read my full raving review here.
Well there you have it. Ten books, all written by celebrities.
Have you read any of these? What did you think? What are some other books written by celebrities you enjoyed?