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Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Book Recommendations

Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Book Recommendations

Gwyneth Paltrow asked a couple of her best and most literary-minded girlfriends to share their top picks for books.

“I always like knowing the literary preferences of people,” the 36-year-old actress says. “I think it gives a better understanding of their inner life.”

One of her fave books is “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë. Gwyn shares, “This was the first novel I ever read. Actually, it was read to me by my mother. We started it when I was 10 years old. The novel starts out with a young Jane, about the age I was at the time, so I was drawn in, in such a visceral way. It was the moment I really started to understand, from my little bed in a room with strawberry wallpaper, that there was a scope to the world, a past and future, that would be there for the learning and for the taking. It was a powerful and deep experience, being read those words, that story with all of its heavy imagery and emotion.”

The other two were “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky and “The Sheltering Sky” by Paul Bowles.

Madonna’s favorites include “The Bad Girl” by Mario Vargas Llosa, “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts and “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger.

Read the full list at

Gwyn also described the Material Mom in her newsletter, saying, “Madonna Ciccone rules the world, is a loyal friend and a terrific mother.”

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  • GrayGhost

    She is looking cute! I think Brad Pitt should have stayed with her. Who knows, when he leaves Angie maybe he will hook up with her again.

  • Amy

    Keep dreaming, GrayGhost. Gwenny is all Madge’s now.

  • csxyz

    Book recommendations are always good. :)

  • malory

    is this serious???Does anyone really care what she has to say? OMG, Im laughing..who gives 2 shitts what this woman does or reccomends…tooooo funny.

  • i am gwyneth

    Hi, this is Gwyneth and I am FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! I recommend ME!!!!!!!!!

  • Pili

    Mario Vargas Llosa? Really?

  • Marieme

    Oh bruh-thah…

    Anyone who’s paid attention knows the only way to live and survive in Madonna’s world is by expressing utter devotion and praise at all times. I’m cringing.

  • hahaha

    oh my, shes so smart…. NOT!

  • Thandie

    “Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts is a great read – one of Madonna’s favorite books.

  • Linds

    why don’t they marry each other?
    since Gwyneth appears to be Madonna’s biggest fan and friend…
    and loves to talk about her and hang out with her like everyday…

  • Rebecka

    Hmmm…so she was 10 years old when she read her first novel. No, wait, it was READ TO HER! That’s something to brag about!
    I wonder what age she was when she actually read a book herself. Or did she ever?
    Just when you think that you should give celebrities a break. That they are not as uneducated/stupid as they seem. They have to go and say something like that!

  • junior

    “Madonna Ciccone rules the world”.

    True. Love Gwyn & Madge! <3

  • tom

    She has become so annoying. Who cares what she reads. She thinks that she is Oprah.

  • junior

    _The Bad Girl_ is a great book! I’ve read it in its original language. Great pick, Madge! :*

  • junior

    I recommend Life With My Sister Madonna too! LOL Sorry Madge!

  • scar2

    I remember the days when she was known for her acting. Now that ‘Iron Man’ was a hit, maybe she can get that back instead of this crap. This sounds like a money venture that doesn’t help her image as an icy snob.

  • Chris

    Who cares?

  • Rick

    Ugly pic. She looks bloated.

  • bejeebus

    could gwyneth be any more up madonna’s @ss?
    how many calories are there in sh*t, gwynnie?
    you better watch your waistline! it seems you are eating madge’s poo night and day, 24/7…..
    only a person like madonna could stand to have such a sycophant for a friend….

  • Ace

    Nice of Gwyn to share her high school reading list.

  • Shell

    Rick, I think it’s the woman more than the picture. She’s a buttaface with a nice pair of legs.

  • Shell

    Also, I’m surprised Madonna didn’t take the time to write something about the books given that they’re such close pals.

  • Max

    I wonder how many hours with Google it took her to make that list.

  • me

    she is so pretentious! ugh, i can’t stand her anymore. please, stop talking!

  • LuckyL

    Whatever, standard reading assignment books? How innovative.

  • LuckyL

    God, she wants to seem like she’s such a big brain. Did this bit** ever go to college?

  • January

    I like most of the selections except for Gwyneth’s. It’s not that I dislike the novels, but she’s chosen pretty safe, run-of-the mill classics that most probably read in high school.

  • Leila

    She should have said “rules my world” instead, it’s quite obvious.

  • sooner29

    # 16 – Sad but true, but I think ‘Iron Man’ would have been a hit regardless of Paltrow’s presence. Tons of actresses could have played that role and done it well. Unfortunately, Gwyn doesn’t seem to making the most artistically of the ‘bump’ she got from IM and instead fills her time with ventures like this and trying to rack up more endorsements.

  • gerard Vandenberg

    what does it say?
    …………………………………………..HANG YOURSELF, folks?

  • jaye

    “I always like knowing the literary preferences of people,” the 36-year-old actress says. “I think it gives a better understanding of their inner life.”
    Just mean she can tell if they’re as snobby as she is. You don’t think she ever read any of those old Romance novels with Fabio on the cover do you? Nah!

    she isn’t going to give her book recommendations like Oprah, is she?

  • itstruagain

    She is one pretentious, annoying person.

  • elanenergy

    Keep trying to pretend your an intellectual, Gwyneth. You’re just an average girl in a showbiz family, who’s lost her fame and is now grasping for more with this smug web site of forced faux authenticity. If you were really fulfilled, you wouldn’t be so desperate for attention, you’d just live your life, not have to have it up for display. What a boring, pretentious has-been. Get over yourself. (but hey, I liked you in Bounce.)

  • ellie

    well its great to see you Gwyneth you look beautiful, I haven’t liked a couple of outfits that you wore lately.. but you still a sweet and wonderful star…

  • bob

    The scary thing is that her recommendations will have far more influence that most more “learned” critics around the globe – but then again is that as bad as one might think? There’s plenty of people that have read Crime and Punishment now apparently…

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