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14 Celeb-Approved Summer Reads That Will Turn You into a Bookworm

mindy kaling instagramCelebs -- they're just like us! By which we mean, their favorite way to spend the summer is curled up poolside with a fabulous book in hand. How do we know? Because they post their literary pics (and picks!) to Instagram, of course. And that means there's plenty of star-powered literary inspiration for the rest of us to draw from!

Whether they're looking for source material for their next movie or series or just trying to escape their own fabulous lives for a little while, we can't help but be fascinated by which pages our favorite celebrities are turning this summer. Check out our slideshow of celebrity book lovers to see if you've got the same taste as the stars!


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1Reese Witherspoon

Looks like Reese Witherspoon is a fan of suspense: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker ($16.51, amazon.com) is a psychological thriller about the aftermath of a young girl's violent attack and the subsequent erasure of her memory. 

@bookcourtbk for all your holiday weekend needs #mariehowe #julieholland #elainedundy #steviesmith

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2Lena Dunham

Perhaps not a surprising choice from the creator of Girls, featured in Lena Dunham's stack of must-reads is Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You're Taking, the Sleep You're Missing, the Sex You're Not Having & What's Really Making You Crazy ($12.32, amazon.comby Julie Holland, MD. It's billed as a "groundbreaking guide for women of all ages that shows their natural moodiness is a strength, not a weakness." 

3Emma Watson

Music fans like Emma Watson have been devouring Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein's Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir ($19.00, amazon.com). And with good reason: Not only was a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, but Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth also called it the book "everyone has been waiting for." 

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Air travel without a toddler is goddamn spa day.

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4Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde made the most of her kid-free travel time with New York Times best seller Fates and Furies ($17.86, amazon.com) by Lauren Groff, an in-depth examination of marriage -- and a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award!

Ok #sunday I am ready for you #smgbookclub #thegirls #allthemissinggirls I am sensing a theme ☀️📚

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6Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar was definitely having herself a "girls" day by the pool with her reading choices: The Girls: A Novel by Emma Cline ($16.20, amazon.com), inspired by the Charles Manson "family," and the thriller All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda ($15.23, amazon.com).

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7Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is definitely keeping herself busy this summer! We'd start with the classic Lachapelle Land: Photographs by David Lachapelle ($34.43, amazon.com), a collection of the photographer's famous pics of such celebs as Drew Barrymore and the Beastie Boys.

8Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore showed BFF Cameron Diaz some support by posing with the latter's body-positive guide, The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time ($17.06, amazon.com). Looking good, Drew!

10Sarah Jessica Parker

Who knew Sarah Jessica Parker was a fan of horse racing? We all do now, thanks to her summer reading pick: American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise by Joe Drape ($18.39, amazon.com). She'd look great in a Kentucky Derby hat!

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12Mindy Kaling

The Girls sure is popping up on a lot of celeb Instagrams! Also on Mindy Kaling's reading list: Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow ($9.52, amazon.com), a historic novel featuring characters both fictional and real, like Henry Houdini, Emma Goldman, and Sigmund Freud. 

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13Chelsea Handler

Self-proclaimed party girl Chelsea Handler might not be the first person who comes to mind when you think of yoga, but the comedian and talk show host apparently has more peaceful side, too! Looks like author and friend Mandy Ingber's Yogalosophy for Inner Strength ($16.39, amazon.com) is pretty inspiring.

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