Marilyn Monroe's Favorite Books: A Classic Reading List

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Marilyn Monroe's Favorite Books: A Classic Reading List

Marilyn Monroe's Favorite Books: A Classic Reading List

August has ended and the weather is beginning to turn. It’s that time of quiet before the arrival of winter; leaves are turning crispy and orange, and pumpkin spice lattes are popping up everywhere.

I think we can all agree that September can be a difficult month, as we ramp up for major holiday season (I consider Halloween a holiday by the way!).

What’s a girl to do?

Curl up with a good book, recommended by the one and only blonde bombshell herself.

Marilyn Monroe’s reading list might surprise you…

The Books Marilyn Monroe Read

One might not think of Marilyn Monroe as a bookworm, but she actually considered literature one of her favorite hobbies. In fact, some argue that she was photographed reading more than she was ever photographed nude.

Knowing this kind of makes the following quote all the more meaningful, doesn’t it?

“Boys think girls are like books, If the cover doesn't catch their eye they won't bother to read what's inside.”
Marilyn Monroe

Here is just a sampling of selections from her private library:

Reading over the list of books she had in her library, here are my favorites (granted I have many more yet to read, but I bet she had good taste!):

  • The Great Gatsby (I know its cliche, but it really is the Great American Novel)

  • Roughing It (Mark Twain's hilarious memoir)

  • Mythology (Edith Hamilton's classic; great for long road trips because it can be consumed in small doses)

  • Of Human Bondage (depressing but brilliant)

As I discussed in A Few of Her Favorite Things: Marilyn Monroe, “Ulysses” was her favorite book. Marilyn Monroe even posed with the novel in a photo shoot.

I haven’t read the novel, but its author famously said he had placed so many enigmas and puzzles in the piece that it would keep readers arguing over his meaning for centuries.

“If I play a stupid girl and ask a stupid question, I've got to follow it through, what am I supposed to do, look intelligent?”
Marilyn Monroe

Clearly, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t a shrinking violet when it came to difficult literature.

You can browse through the list of books found in her library here

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