21 Inspiring (And Shocking) Celebrity Books That Are Actually Worth Reading

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Celebrities might not have it all, but they have something they can teach us: how to handle fame, create a great career, or live life to its fullest. The best celebrity books offer an intimate look into the lives of these fascinating people and provide us with some valuable lessons.

Whether or not you like to read nonfiction, these books by celebrities turned celebrated authors are worth a place on any reading list or book-club list of books. The true story narrative will draw you in like any good fiction author.

So take a break from best-selling novels, literary fiction, or science fiction mysteries. Instead, why not pick up a hardcover or paperback, or download an Ebook or audiobook written by your favorite celebrities and get lost reading a good book about someone you love?

Here are some of the best celebrity books out there:

1. Based on a True Story: Not a Memoir by Norm MacDonald

After the heartbreaking tragedy that was Norm Macdonald’s passing last year from leukemia, highlighting his “Not a Memoir” autobiography on this list seemed a simple way to remember him.

Norm was hugely well read and particularly fond of classic Russian literature, which occasionally came out in his bits. For me, Norm will always be a reminder to work on my goals. He was renowned for the vast amount of stage-ready material he had, and I’m sure he was proud to know his manuscript made it to the bestseller list.

The prize-winning New York Times Best Seller has been called “absurd fiction” and “a hilarious ramble of a book.” But no one put it better than David Letterman saying it’s “largely bullshit, but it is very, very, very funny!”

If you’re a fan of Norm’s comedy or just looking for the best books to read to make you laugh, look no further than this, one of the classic books of comedy.

2. Beautiful on the Outside by Adam Rippon

Adam Rippon’s book “Beautiful on the Outside” is a heartwarming account of his journey from humble beginnings in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to becoming one of the world’s most well-liked figure skaters.

In this bestselling, uplifting book, Rippon candidly describes the many challenges he faced along the way, including bullying, self-doubt, and financial insecurity. However, he always maintained a positive outlook and a sense of humor, which helped him to overcome these obstacles and ultimately achieve his dreams.

Rippon’s message of resilience and perseverance will inspire anyone who has pursued their goals despite seemingly insurmountable odds. I recommend this book to everyone, particularly the audiobook, which is read aloud by the author.

3. Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Penguin Random House’s “Unfinished: by Priyanka Chopra Jonas shows that Jonas’ life follows a unique pattern but is similar to many people’s lives. She was born in India, raised in the United States, and then returned to India to compete in pageants that helped launch her career.

Priyanka considers her life from a unique angle. “Unfinished” is a book about the early experiences that influence our destiny and encourages readers to be brave against all difficulties. The book is unfinished because Priyanka’s story is not yet complete.

She is still writing her story and will continue for many years. Priyanka’s story, which reached the New York Times Best Seller list, will inspire readers to follow their dreams, regardless of where they come from or the obstacles they face.

4. In Pieces by Sally Field

Look no further if you’ve been looking for an excellent book to read! Sally Field has had a long and successful career in Hollywood, but her memoir “In Pieces” gives readers a unique glimpse into her private life.

Her early years, coming of age, her illustrious acting career, and the people that have influenced her life are all detailed in the book. Field’s connection with her mother is one of the most complicated and interesting relationships described in the book. The two were very close, but their relationship was also fraught with difficulties. Fans of gripping literature will like this book because it is so beautifully written and has the same emotional depth that Field is renowned for in her performances.

“In Pieces” is a moving and honest portrait of a complex woman that will appeal to anyone interested in Hollywood or memoirs.

5. The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting by Evanna Lynch

Evanna Lynch is best known for portraying Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series but has long been regarded as a role model for people recovering from anorexia. Her story describes how she battled the eating disorder as a young girl, found comfort in a beloved book series, and eventually landed the role of her favorite character. However, that is not the whole tale.

Lynch digs deep into the core of her connection with her body, revealing a stunningly skilled voice. She analyzes the crucial decisions that finally led her down the road of creativity and toward acceptance of the wild, sensual, and unexpected realities of womanhood as she takes the reader on a personal journey of leaving behind the security of girlhood.

In doing so, Lynch offers a rare and intimate look at the process of coming to terms with one’s body and self. Her strikingly candid account will surely resonate with anyone who has ever struggled with their relationship with food and physicality.

Evanna narrated the audio version herself, which we highly recommend.

6. You Look So Much Better in Person by Al Roker

In “You Look So Much Better in Person,” Al Roker shares his over four decades in the media business. Roker has been a cherished co-host on The Today Show for many years, and in this book, he reveals the knowledge, understanding, and challenging lessons he’s gained over his long career. Roker shares experiences from his career, starting with his time as a weather forecaster in college.

Throughout the book, Roker provides practical advice for dealing with everything life may throw at you, including workplace meltdowns, uncomfortable social situations, unforeseen difficulties, and so much more. “You Look So Much Better in Person” is an essential read for anyone who wants to learn how to navigate life’s challenges and work with grace.

It has a Goodreads rating of 3.9 stars and is a book you will enjoy despite its unimaginative cover.

7. Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish is one of the most popular young-adult musicians in the world, and her fan base is only growing larger. In this biography, her first book, Billie tells tales from her life and career and how she feels prepared to devote herself to her followers.

Young readers will love Billie’s eagerness to give to her admirers and how the beauty and honesty of who she is are beautifully captured in her biography. The book also discusses Billie’s chart-topping songs and her Grammy-winning album, showing how she has quickly become one of the most successful young musicians in the world. Billie’s story will inspire and engage her fans, leaving them eager to see what she does next.

Get drawn in by the childish eyes on the cover image of this autobiography that has 4.8 stars from over 4000 book reviews on Amazon.

8. I Tried To Change So You Don’t Have to by Loni Love.

Loni Love’s “I Tried to Change So You Don’t Have To” is a hilarious and touching book that explores how she learned to let go of expectations and live loudly and proudly as herself. The book contains relatable upsets and helpful advice and will surely resonate with readers looking for a real-life celebrity role model.

In the book, Love recounts how she learned to stop trying to conform to society’s expectations and instead embrace her own unique identity. She also gives readers practical advice on letting go of their expectations and living their best lives. “I Tried to Change so You Don’t Have To” is a must-read for anyone looking for an inspirational story about self-acceptance.

9. The World According to Tom Hanks by Gavin Edwards

Since his breakout role in the 1980s sitcom Bosom Buddies, Tom Hanks has been one of America’s most beloved actors. In “The World According to Tom Hanks,” Gavin Edwards offers a wide-ranging and intimate look at the actor’s life and career. Drawing on hours of interviews with Hanks and those closest to him, Edwards gives readers an inside look at the early years of Hanks’s life, his private affairs, and all the highs and lows of his incredible career.

This book is a must-read for Tom Hanks fans, movie enthusiasts, and anybody interested in pop culture. It is divided into ten parts based on the “ten commandments” that summarize Hanks’s unique beliefs and philosophies.

In each section, Edwards uses stories from Hanks’s life to illustrate how the actor has lived by these commandments. From his commitment to family and friends to his love of movies and dedication to his craft, “The World According to Tom Hanks” is a celebration of one of Hollywood’s most enduring stars.

This is on everyone’s recommended books list. Make sure it’s on yours.

10. Sunshine Girl: An Unexpected Life by Julianna Margulies

Julianna Margulies has always been the “Sunshine Girl.” As a child, her parents divorced and lived on opposite corners of the globe. Yet, she was always the one who was referred to as the hope and consolation for others. In her autobiography, she unapologetically shares how she managed to strike a balance between her personal and professional lives. She encourages readers by sharing her story and how she overcame adversity as an introverted extrovert.

Through her story, readers will see that it is possible to maintain a successful career while still being a caring and nurturing mother. They will also learn the importance of setting boundaries and taking time for themselves. By sharing her story, Julianna Margulies gives readers and anyone with a love of books the encouragement they need to face their own challenges.

11. No, Pain, No Gaines: The Good Stuff Doesn’t Come Easy by Chip Gaines.

In his new autobiography and most recent book, Chip Gaines, author of several books, delves deeply into his personal life to demonstrate how he created a meaningful, joyful, and connected existence.

Although best known for his work as a builder and HGTV personality, Chip’s story is much more than that. It is a tale of hard work, determination, and prioritizing one’s ambitions. If you want motivation to do more, this book is for you.

Through his personal experiences, Chip shows readers how they, too, can create a life full of meaning and happiness. By sharing his story, Chip provides much-needed motivation for individuals who strive to live life to the fullest. His book will inspire many people to pursue their dreams and create their unique version of the American dream.

A bestseller that spans genres, from autobiography, self-help, and motivational nonfiction, it’s been one of our favorite books of the year.

12. Stories To Tell by Richard Marx

Richard Marx is one of the most well-known singer-songwriters in the world. In his book, he offers insight into the world of music and how it has influenced different aspects of his life.

Marx shares numerous entertaining anecdotes from his life as a musician, ranging from the experiences of recording with legends to his personal life. This book is engaging, fun, and full of the challenges and successes of a musician.

One of the things that makes this book so unique is Marx’s willingness to share both the good and the bad experiences he’s had in his career. In addition, he doesn’t shy away from discussing some of the darker moments, which makes for a more well-rounded and interesting story.

Ultimately, this is a fascinating look into the life of a successful musician, and anyone who loves music will find something to enjoy in this book.

13. Queen Meryl by Erin Carlson

Meryl Streep is one of the most acclaimed actresses of our time. She has starred in many films, and her work has earned her three Oscars. But Streep’s career is about more than just her acting achievements. She is an outspoken feminist and activist in her private life and has used her platform to speak out on various issues. 

In “Queen Meryl,” Erin Carlson examines Streep’s life and work, exploring how she became one of the most revered actresses of our generation. The book also looks at Streep’s post-40 career, which has been astonishing. With humor and insight, “Queen Meryl” is a fitting tribute to one of Hollywood’s brightest stars.

14. Yearbook by Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen has had an interesting career. He started as a comedian and then became an actor. He has been in some very successful pictures and has made a name for himself in Hollywood.

Seth discusses his early days and experiences in Los Angeles when he first started. The passions and inspirations that molded him into the person he is today are explored in this book. Rogen is a funny guy, and his book is sure to make you laugh. If you are a fan of his movies, you will enjoy this book.

15. The Little Book of Marilyn by Michelle Morgan

Everyone from publishers and editors to librarians has called this one of their must-read books. So if you’ve been trying to find a good book, this is it.

“The Little Book of Marilyn” is a style and lifestyle manual for contemporary women that offers advice on glamour, attire, and home décor modeled after Marilyn Monroe, the nation’s most recognizable movie actress, in addition to practical advice and motivation from her exceptional life.

The book starts with a fun and informative quiz that will help you determine your personal style icon and then walks you through how to use that icon’s style to create your own. The book covers all aspects of creating a glamorous life, from hair and makeup tips to fashion advice and home decorating ideas.

In addition to offering up a wealth of advice, “The Little Book of Marilyn” also includes quotes and anecdotes from the star herself, providing inspiration and insight into her legendary life. So this book will surely deliver if you’re looking for a little boost of confidence or simply need guidance on adding a touch of glamour to your everyday life.

16. Well, That Escalated Quickly by Franchesca Ramsey

In her debut book, “Well That Escalated Quickly,” Franchesca Ramsey shares the unique story of her journey into internet activism.

Through personal anecdotes and social commentary, Ramsey offers readers a thought-provoking look at the complex issues surrounding race, gender, sexuality, and privilege in the digital age. Insightful and humorous, “Well, That Escalated Quickly” is an excellent book for anyone wanting to learn more about the complexities of internet activism.

Ramsey’s openness and candor make for an engaging and memorable read to educate and inspire its readers. Not a children’s book but an adult book you’ll want to read twice.

17. Theft by Finding by David Sedaris

David Sedaris’s “Theft by Finding” is a collection of diary entries spanning nearly 30 years. Sedaris chose the entries, offering a raw look at the acclaimed humorist.

The excerpts contain great insights, bizarre anecdotes, and heartwarming memories. They provide a glimpse into Sedaris’s life and thought process, and they’re often as witty as they are smart. Whether he’s poking fun at himself or others, Sedaris always manages to find the humorous truth.

“Theft by Finding” is a must-read for anyone who enjoys his writing. It’s a collection that will make you laugh, think, and maybe even shed a few tears.

18. Taste by Stanley Tucci

It was at the kitchen table that Stanley Tucci found the center of his Italian American household. It was around this table that he shared meals with his family and friends, and it was here that he learned the importance of food.

In this book, Tucci offers more than just recipes to show how the kitchen has shaped the man he is today. This narrative delves deeply into food flavor and how it gives you the power to do more than you ever thought possible.

Through Tucci’s story, we learn that food is more than just sustenance; it is a source of strength, comfort, and connection. And it is these things that we need most in our lives. If you like to get lost in a good book, pick up “Taste” by Stanley Tucci.

19. The Beauty of Living Twice by Sharon Stone

In “The Beauty of Living Twice,” actress Sharon Stone opens up about the severe stroke she experienced in 2001 and its negative impact on her health, career, family, wealth, and international celebrity. Stone discusses her struggles and the steps she had to take to start again in a field where getting back on your feet is difficult.

This book tells the tale of the activism, tenacity, and fortitude of women working in the entertainment business. When you have the opportunity to experience life twice, you grow better at it. Sharon Stone’s story is one of hope, resilience, and determination.

20. Home Work by Julie Andrews

In “Home Work,” Julie Andrews offers readers a candid and intimate look at her life, both on and off the screen. Through her storytelling, she paints a picture of what it was like to be a young actress in Hollywood, including the challenges she faced and the lessons she learned.

She also offers a glimpse into her personal life, sharing her struggles with fame and parenthood and her romance with famed director Blake Edwards. In addition to being funny and heartwarming, this book provides readers with a rare look at the person behind the legend.

21. Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother by Barry Sonnenfeld

In his new book, Director and cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld give readers a behind-the-scenes look at his long and successful career in Hollywood. The book, part memoir, and part how-to guide, chronicles Sonnenfeld’s journey from struggling cinematographer to celebrated director of hits such as The Addams Family and Men in Black.

Along the way, Sonnenfeld shares insights into the craft of filmmaking and offers advice for aspiring filmmakers. He also candidly discusses his challenges throughout his career, including the difficulties of working with big egos and managing creative differences.

Ultimately, Sonnenfeld’s book is a testament to his dedication to his craft and his ability to overcome obstacles to success.

Create a List of New Celebrity Books To Read

Before you click away from this article with 21 tantalizing celebrity books to read, grab a pen and paper and make a list of books to read next to build your reading habit. You can take it with you when you go to the bookstore, search for books online, or Ebooks on your kindle.

These are just a few of the best celebrity biographies on the market. Each one offers readers a unique insight into the lives of some of the most famous people in the world.

So, whether you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud read or a more serious look at the challenges faced by celebrities, these books have something to offer. So, pick up one of these titles and get ready to be entertained, enlightened, and inspired.


Written by Jake Valentine

I am the Editor-In-Chief of BossLevelGamer. I'm also a lover of video games, food, and beer.

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