Celebrity picks: Jason Reynolds' favorite reads of 2019

Adrian Liang on May 01, 2019
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How many people can be a multiple-award-winning author and write a Miles Morales Spider-Man novel? Just Jason Reynolds.

It’s difficult to find a recent book by Jason Reynolds that doesn’t have a sticker on the front announcing that the book is a major award winner or nominee. And based on the customer reviews the books are getting, readers love them too, which isn’t something you can always say about award nominees.

Reynolds’ latest novel, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, offers ten different views of the walk home from school. “As innovating as it is emotionally arresting,” said EW.com about the book, which reached happy readers in October.

We asked Jason Reynolds what he’d been reading and loving lately, and here are his picks.


Jason Reynolds’ favorite reads of 2019


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The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles and illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Honestly, I never knew how much I wanted a fun, non-traumatic, high stakes, magical adventure involving two Black boys until I read this book. Just a good time.


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I'm Telling the Truth, but I'm Lying: Essays by Bassey Ikpi

This is a collection of essays taking the reader on a journey that explores Ikpi’s complex identity as it relates to her family, romance, art, all leading up to her being diagnosed with bipolar II. It feels, brilliantly, like a warm blanket and also a bed of nails.


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Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

I’m a sucker for an intergenerational tale, especially if it complicates normative archetypes. Like motherhood. And family. And that’s what this book does.

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Words Are My Matter: Writings on Life and Books by Ursula K. Le Guin

I mean, what’s better than Ursula LeGuin? I’ll tell you. Ursula LeGuin talking about writing. This book feels more like a sacred text. A reference manual to remind me what it is I’m perpetually attempting to do as a writer.


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Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow
David Baldacci
David Baldacci
Mark Bittman
Mark Bittman
Karamo Brown
Karamo Brown

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Eva Chen
Eva Chen
Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco
Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond

Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich
Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
Flea
Flea
Tan France
Tan France

Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler
Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis
Bob Iger
Robert Iger

Elton John
Elton John
Stephen King
Stephen King
Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney
Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber
Admiral McRaven
Admiral McRaven
Erin Morgenstern
Erin Morgenstern
Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

Delia Owens
Delia Owens
James Patterson
James Patterson
Louise Penny
Louise Penny
Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey

Antoni Porowski
Antoni Porowski
Rachel Ray
Rachael Ray
Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds
Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan

Adam Rippon
Adam Rippon
Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
Drew Scott
Drew Scott
Jonathan Scott
Jonathan Scott

Ryan Serhant
Ryan Serhant
Carly Simon
Carly Simon
Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek
Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

John Waters
John Waters
Lindy West
Lindy West
Ali Wong
Ali Wong


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