18 Books Phoebe Robinson Recommends on Instagram

The author and comedian also happens to be one of our favorite book curators.

Phoebe Robinson is a comedian, known for her popular podcast, 2 Dope Queens. It comes as no surprise that after years of writing for her comedy career, she decided to write the bestselling book You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain. Between writing, performing, and appearing on various TV shows, it’s amazing she even has time to breathe, let alone read. Phoebe’s always keeping us posted on what she’s reading by posting her favorite books on Instagram.

It’s scientifically proven (well, it should be at least) that reading in bed is good for the soul. Here, Phoebe’s reading Shrill by Lindy West, which earned the esteemed title of her favorite book of the summer.

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It’s always exciting when one of your friends get published, but Gabrielle Union’s book, We’re Going to Need More Wine, was extra exciting for Phoebe because the two got to do a Q&A together for the release.

Jesus be the titty bump that Oprah and Gayle do every time they see each other because the number one bae and light of my musical life Bono sent me (and @msjwilly, but really just me ????) flowers. I mean JFC JFC JFC!!!!!! ????????????. I want to simultaneously die because of this, but also stay alive so I can reflect back on it during a later fap sesh. #SplashMountainInMyPants. But for real, for real. For him and his team to take time out of their busy sched to acknowledge the tiny bit of work we’ve done promoting his Poverty Is Sexist and One campaigns is beyond thoughtful and to receive these flowers yesterday on #InternationalWomensDay is just that extra touch of class. Bono, thank you, thank you, thank you for your kindness, your philanthropic work, you incredible music, and for making me feel special for five minutes. And Happy 30th anniversary of “The Joshua Tree” being released today. I shall celebrate by listening to the album on the repeat and writing erotic U2 fan fiction. #UnoDosTresClitorce. J/K. I literally have a book proposal to write, so I don’t have time for erotic fan fic. But one day, one day. #YQY #WhoNeedsABoyfriendWhenBonoSendsYouFlowers #SometimesYourHeroesDontDisappointYou #U2 #TheJoshuaTree

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Phoebe’s a big fan of Bono and U2, so it’s no surprise she was beside herself to receive a custom package from Bono himself, including a copy of U2 by U2.

Since today is #PresidentsDay, I’m taking the day off to better myself mentally and spiritually before I waste the evening fapping to the ignorance that is “The Bachelor.” Here’s what I am reading. First up, as y’all know, I’m all about that self help book life and I’ve recently read “You Are A Badass” & Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic,” so I’m keeping the self improvement train going. Not to get all Melodrama Mary, but the past month has been kinda tough on me just because I am a workaholic and have spent the past near decade focused so much on work that I haven’t taken the best care of myself and I have completely worn myself down. And now that I’m reevaluating what I need to be live my best life and be my most authentic self, I’m working on trying to find balance and happiness outside of career achievements. “The Motivation Manifesto” is dope AF and all about reclaiming your life and finding out what is most purposeful and meaningful to you. Super inspirational and I recommend it. And because marriage is a compromise, my work wife @msjwilly is going to see @u2 with me twice this year and in exchange, I promised to read the first two Harry Potter books. I haven’t started them yet; I just bought them today. I’m pretty pumped to learn about The Boy Who Lived and see what all the fuss is about. Exciting! Tell me what you’re reading right now, boos! #YQY

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There’s nothing like a day off for some inspirational reading. While Phoebe read The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard to keep up with her personal goals, she purchased copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to fulfill a promise to her podcast co-host and fellow comedian, Jessica Williams. (We have a feeling she’ll be a fan.)

2016 was a big bowl of refried bean crazy, so as per usual, I’m ending the year with some self help books to recharge the ol’ batteries and get me ready to conquer 2017 in all the ways – career, love life, philanthropy, etc. – so here’s what I’m reading. Just finished @jensincero amazing book “You Are a Badass.” Highly recommend. Really gets you pumped and makes you go, “Duh, I can totally recalibrate my life if I can just remember I have the power.” Also, I’m a quarter of the way thru “U2 by U2.” Lol. Not a self-help book, BUT! @u2 is my all-time fav band as y’all know and it’s really cool to read the story directly from them of how they went from just having a dream to world domination in their field. And to have four people work together towards one mission for 40 years without breaking up or branching off to do solo projects is very impressive. It wasn’t easy for them to make it and it’s very inspiring reading how they were rejected from every major record label at least twice and how they would lose money in the early days just because they only made enough to get to and from gigs. But they dug in, busted their asses and got shit done. So here’s to all of us and let’s get a bunch of shit done in 2017. Tell me what you’re reading right now to get you “game day” ready, boos! #YQY

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While on a self-help book roll at the end of 2016, Phoebe gave You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero a shout-out, featured alongside her original copy of U2 by U2. Wonder if she kept that copy after getting one from Bono?

Just some, ya know, light #NotMyPresident reading. #YQY ✊????✊????✌????✌????

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Post-election, Phoebe turned to Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers by Stephen Shames and Bobby Seale.

The comedian-author had a long tour for You Can’t Touch My Hair, and clearly loaded up on books while on the road. We’re not sure how she chose which to read first from this lineup, including Misty Copeland by Gregg Delman, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Drown by Junot Diaz, Dark Girls by Bill Duke, and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

There’s nothing better than a book-themed brunch. Phoebe celebrated #SelfCareSunday with some pancakes and a side of Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett.

Publishing your first book is a huge occasion. Here, Phoebe shared her experiences from her first event to promote her soon-to-be bestseller.

No writers retreat is complete without quality reading time. Phoebe found her ideal beach read in Samantha Irby’s We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

It’s always fun to try out a new genre. Phoebe shared her newfound love of graphic novels with this shot of Y: The Last Man Book One by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan, Jr.

While Phoebe’s pumped about the Belvedere vodka and flowers she received from Bono, we’re excited to see how she uses books as décor, like this plant-stand made by Prince: Chapter and Verse by Mobeen Azhar and U2 & I by Anton Corbijn.


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STELLA SPIEGEL is the email marketer for Read It Forward. When she is not busy reading her favorite celebrities’ memoirs, she works on creating enough memories for her future memoir.