Celebrity picks: Hoda Kotb's favorite reads of 2019

Adrian Liang on December 06, 2019
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As the cohost of the Today show, Hoda Kotb is no stranger to talking. A lot. But her newest best-selling book, I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By, offers a different insight: The keenest thoughts are often conveyed in the fewest words. 

Says Hoda in her introduction, “Seemingly simple words tucked between quotation marks become the powerful elixir we need for so many reasons—to improve, renew, heal, guffaw, or just release…. Quotes are both the bubbly and the balm to help us make it through our unpredictable journeys.”

Hoda’s reading choices are also full of inspiration. These are the books that she has been reading and loving lately.


Hoda Kotb’s favorite reads of 2019


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Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

If you want about 100 life lessons in a tiny book, pick this one up.


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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom

Just out. I cried in the pages…literally. A moving story about love and loss. This one will stay with me.


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I've Been Thinking . . .: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life by Maria Shriver

I’ve Been Thinking by Maria Shriver is a go-to as well! You feel better every time you crack it open.


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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey

I’m currently reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Steven R. Covey. With our new family, we have been working on a family mission statement. What are we about? Service, adventure, kindness…This book is helping us sort it out.


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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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