Reading for the Stars: Books That Have Inspired 2013 Oscar Nominated Actresses

2012_Oscars2013 has been a very literary year for Oscar nominated films.  Last week, we told you about books that have inspired Oscar-nominated Actors, and this week we bring you a list of books that have inspired the Oscars’ leading ladies.  Enjoy!


Naomi Watts
Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominee: The Impossible

Jane_EyreAccording to, Naomi Watts is a big fan of Charlotte Bronte.  She cites Jane Eyre as one of her all-time favorite novels.  Watts also reportedly likes “dark” literature, and for those who love gloomy books, Jane Eyre is definitely a must-read.  Check out the full list of Naomi Watts’s favorites here.

Jessica Chastain
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Zero Dark Thirty

To_Kill_A_MockingbirdAccording to this website, Oscar contender Jessica Chastain once posted on her Facebook page that her favorite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Given Chastain’s controversial role in Zero Dark Thirty, it comes as no surprise that her favorite book has been quite a source of controversy over the years as well.


Jennifer Lawrence
Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominee: Silver Linings Playbook

weneed totalkaboutkevinJennifer Lawrence has said that We Need to Talk About Kevin is one of her favorite novels (and one of ours, too!). She has also said that she loves Anna Karenina and Hunter S. Thompson.  Check out the full list of Lawrence’s favorites here.


Emmanuelle Riva
Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominee: Amour

Tu n'as rien vu à  HiroshimaIn addition to being an Oscar-nominated Actress and a published poet, Emmanuelle Riva has also published a book of photographs entitled Tu n’as rien vu à Hiroshima. While we don’t exactly know what Ms. Riva’s favorite books are, we have heard reports that the actress loves to read and has a rather large personal book collection.

Quvenzhané Wallis
Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominee: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Judy_Moody_CollectionAccording to a recent article published by the Santa Barbara Independent, the 9 year-old Oscar-nominated actress loves to read.  Some of her favorite books include those in the Judy Moody series, as well as some other classic books by Judy Blume and Dr. Seuss.  Read the full article about this extraordinary actress here.

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About Karli Cude

Karli Cude, previous moderator of Hooked Bookworm, is an avid reader and former bookseller. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.A. in English Literature in 2010 and completed a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences in 2013.