33 Books Sarah Jessica Parker Recommends on Instagram

Her role as a writer made her famous, but she's beloved in our hearts for being a nonstop reader.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker (also known as SJP) played a writer on the longstanding hit series Sex and the City, but in real life, she’s a voracious reader. Her love for books led her to become both an editorial director for her own imprint, SJP for Hogarth, and an honorary chair of Book Club Central for the American Library Association. Books are clearly an important part of her life, and—luckily for us—she regularly shares her favorite picks on Instagram.

Relaxing on the beach with a glass of wine is always good fun, but it’s not complete without a good book. SJP pairs her tranquil surroundings with Dunbar by Edward St. Aubyn, part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series.

Rainy days can be a downer, but SJP manages to make the best of them. While drawing and putting together puzzles with her kids, she also takes time to read Night Thoughts by Wallace Shawn and The Prisoner of Second Avenue by Neil Simon.

Excited for the launch of her first title for the ALA Book Club Central, SJP poses with her pick: No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts.

With so many great books out there, it can be tough to choose just one to read next. SJP set aside Hourglass by Dani Shapiro, Sergio Y. by Alexander Vidal Porto, and Exit West by Moshin Hamid for some upcoming pleasure reading.

In between takes on @divorceonhbo subway rides, van drive home from work and any chance I get. X, SJ

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For SJP, finding the downtime to sink into books she loves—like Ariel Levy’s The Rules Do Not Apply—means squeezing page-time between takes on set and her commute to work. (The latter, we get. The former, not so much.)

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Maybe holding this new biography in my hands will make me miss him less? Doubt it. X, SJ

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David Letterman leaving Late Night was a huge blow to many of his fans. To make up for missing him on her television, SJP read his biography by Jason Zinoman, Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night.

We’re digging SJP’s set chair, personalized for her character Frances on HBO’s Divorce. Her copy of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe adds the perfect finishing touch.

SJP’s work for the American Library Association isn’t an empty title—she actually loves spending time at her local library. While her first-choice book, Little Women, was checked out, she was still happy to bring home The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

While she usually sticks to novels, SJP also loves a good cookbook. Here, she shares one for fellow meatloaf fans: A Meatloaf in Every Oven by journalists Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer.

Nothing thrills us more than unexpected book mail, and it seems like SJP would agree. Look how excited she is to show off a copy of The Antiques by Kris D’Agostino.

Please don’t end, please don’t end, please don’t end. X, SJ

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Sometimes the hardest part of reading a great book is realizing it’s almost over—as SJP realized when she neared the final pages of The Nix by Nathan Hill.

The best kind of friends are the ones who recommend books. SJP might have been behind the curve in reading Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth—recommended by Amy Sedaris—but she certainly didn’t let that stem her praise for the book.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner. I will devour. And savor the marrow. X, sj #sjpbookclub

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While some of us might plan what food we’re eating for each meal, SJP picks what books she’ll devour for each meal. Today’s menu? The Mothers by Brit Bennett, Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich, and The Gilded Rage by Alexander Zaitchik.

SJP is a big fan of The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney. She even considers the author one of the great Irish authors—high praise, indeed.

I can’t stop. No one talk to me. X, sj #sjpbookclub

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Ever have that moment when you’re so invested in a book, you can’t do anything until you’re finished? SJP was so invested in Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, she sent out a public call for silence. We got you, girl.

For her book club, SJP selected two critically acclaimed books—The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles—that also happen to look great together.

Finally! More bookshelves. X, SJ #sjpbookclub

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The ultimate downer of being a book-lover? Running out of shelf space. Luckily for SJP, she had room to add more to house her ever-growing book collection. Among the titles, we spy Evicted by Matthew Desmond, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, I Almost Forgot About You by Terri McMillan, and Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

What Loretta casually did while I read the first 2 chapters of “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” X, sj

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Reading is a pastime SJP likes to spend with her family. While she was reading from Judy Blume’s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, her daughter drew the cover of The Secret Garden.

You would think the person behind ultimate glamor-girl Carrie Bradshaw would be picky about where she reads, but SJP is perfectly happy sitting on the floor while reading Salinger’s classic The Catcher in the Rye.

To share the exciting news of her new imprint, SJP made a beautiful tower of books to photograph before the NYC skyline.

So worth the wait. X, sj

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It was a worthwhile wait for Robert Gottlieb’s Avid Reader. Perhaps the memoir’s title reminded SJP of herself?

Traveling across the world can be a tiring process. Fortunately for SJP, she had Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch in tow to make the voyage pass by.


All Images: Sarah Jessica Parker/Instagram.com

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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.

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