Here are 20 new celebrity books published in the two years to devour. Whether you’re here to learn the latest gossip, delve into the earnest lives of those you inspire or just want to check off that box for your 2023 reading challenge, you are in the right place.
I focused on non-fiction for this list, but if you wanted to fulfill the “book by a celebrity” cateogry a different way, you can check out this list of fiction by celebrities on Goodreads.
There are too many good picks on here, I’m having trouble picking one for the challenge. Which one will you pick? Comment and let me know!
*Note: This post contains affiliated links from which I will earn a small kickback. Thank you for your support!*
20 New Celebrity Books
Deaf Utopia by Nyle DiMarco
Born a Deaf twin to a deaf family in Queens, New York, Nyle DiMarco has gone on to become an actor, producer, model, and advocate to the Deaf community. In his moving and engrossing memoir, DiMarco shares stories of his life, but also shares stories of his Deaf brothers, parents and grandparents. This not only a memoir, but a celebration of Deaf culture.
The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
Obama shares her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, as well as her most valuable practices, like “starting kind,” “going high,” and assembling a “kitchen table” of trusted friends and mentors. She also explores issues connected to race, gender, and visibility, encouraging readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and live with boldness. The book encourages readers to examine their own lives, identify their sources of gladness, and connect meaningfully in a turbulent world.
Happy People are Annoying by Josh Peck
Remember Drake & Josh on Nickelodeon? Josh Peck’s memoir is the culmination of years of learning and growing. It reminds us of the life-changing freedom that self acceptance brings.
Peck rose to fame as the comedic center of Nickelodeon’s hit show Drake & Josh, but struggled with rising anger and plummeting confidence. He filled the cratering hole in his self-worth with food, television, drugs, and all of the other trappings of young stardom, until he realized the only person standing in his way was himself.
Making a Scene by Constance Wu
From the star of Crazy Rich Asians, Constance Wu writes an intimate portrait of the pressures and pleasures of being Asian American in the entertainment industry. She shares private memories of childhood, young love and heartbreak, sexual assault and harassment, and how she “made it” in Hollywood. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at her identity and influence in the public eye.
Waypoints by Sam Heughan
Journey with Sam Heughan along Scotland’s 96-mile West Highland Way as he maps out his life and the reflects on the waypoints that define him. He explores his views on dreams, ambition, family, friendship, love, and life. It is a deeply personal journey that reveals as much about him as it does to his readers.
Of course, for fans of Outalnder, this celebrity book pick is a no brainer, but those who like Scottish culture might enjoy it as well!
Madly, Deeply by Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman cemented his legacy as a world-class actor with his performances in the Harry Potter films, Galaxy Quest, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and more. His diaries provide insight into his public and private life, from 1993 to his death in 2016. Reading them is like listening to Rickman chatting to a close companion. Madly, Deeply shows us Rickman as a professional actor, but also a friend, traveler and fan. We finally get to see the man beyond the icon.
Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton
As a Harry Potter fan, I could not help but add not one, but two HP actors to this celebrity book picks list.
Tom Felton’s adolescence was anything but ordinary, as he was catapulted into the limelight aged just twelve when he landed the iconic role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. He shares his experience of growing up on screen and as part of the wizarding world for the first time, as well as the highs and lows of fame and the reality of navigating adult life after filming finished. Prepare to meet a real-life wizard.
Billie Eilish by Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish is a 21st century global pop-phenomenon who has become one of the biggest and most loved artists of her generation. In her first book, she shares an intimate look at her life and career, including hundreds of never-before-seen photos. The book captures the essence of Billie inside and out, offering readers personal glimpses into her childhood, her life on tour, and more.
My Body by Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski is an acclaimed model and actress, political progressive, entrepreneur, and now, a writer. Her book My Body is a personal exploration of feminism, sexuality, and power, exploring the culture’s fetishization of girls and female beauty, its obsession with and contempt for women’s sexuality, the perverse dynamics of the fashion and film industries, and the gray area between consent and abuse.
This is a great feminist book pick as well!
Spare by Prince Harry
If you want to read what everyone and their mother is reading right now, go for Spare.
Prince Harry’s story is one of the most searing images of the twentieth century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow and horror. Grief changed everything, and he struggled to accept life in the spotlight. He joined the British Army, but soon felt lost and unable to find true love. When he met Meghan, the world was swept away by their romance and rejoiced in their fairy-tale wedding, but they have also had their fair share of troubles from racism to being preyed upon by the press and being forced to leave the UK.
Spare is full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.
20 New Celebrity Books
Finding My Voice by Nadiya Hussain
From Great British Baking Show winner, Nadiya Hussain, comes her thoughtful memoir. Her first roles were daughter and sister, and she questions the barriers that women, no matter who they are or where they live, have to cross in order to be accepted or heard. Each chapter deals with a different role, and Nadiya writes with warmth, humour, honesty and deep emotion about what each one means to her and how she embodies all the different expectations of these roles.
I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy
Another Nickelodeon child star! This one with a hell of a title, is from iCarly’s Jenette McCurdy.
I’m Glad My Mom Died is a story of her struggles as a former child actor, including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother. When she is cast in a new Nickelodeon series called iCarly, she is thrust into fame but is riddled with anxiety, shame, and self-loathing. After her mother dies of cancer, Jennette quits acting and decides for the first time in her life what she really wants. It is an inspiring story of resilience, independence, and the joy of shampooing her own hair.
Finding Me by Viola Davis
Finding Me is a story of Viola, a little girl who ran from her past until she made a life-changing decision to stop running. It is a reflection on the truth of how our stories are often not given close examination and is a love letter to self. Viola’s story will inspire you to light up your own life with creative expression and rediscover who you were before the world put a label on you.
We Were Dreamers by Simu Liu
From the ashes of his failed accounting career, Simu Lius goes on to becomes Marvel’s newest rising star. His story begins when his parents immigrate to Canada from China. As Simu grows up, he becomes increasingly disillusioned with the expectations his parents have placed on his shoulders. After being laid off, he begins a new and wild journey to acting where he will not only succeed, but also make peace with his parents. We Were Dreamers is a story about growing up between cultures, finding your family, and becoming the master of your own extraordinary circumstance.
From Kim’s Convenience to Shang-Chi, I have loved Simu Liu all the way. I can’t wait to get my hands on this celebrity book pick!
You can't Be Serious by Kal Penn
Kal Penn’s memoir, You Can’t Be Serious, is a series of funny, consequential, awkward, and ridiculous stories from his life. He recounts his journey from acting, writing, working as a farmhand, teaching Ivy League University courses, and smoking fake weed with a fake President of the United States. He also reflects on the nuances of opportunity and racism in the entertainment industry and how he built allies, found encouragement, and dealt with early reminders that he might never fit in. Ultimately, the book shows that no matter who you are and where you come from, you have many more choices than those presented to you.
I have a friend who read this already and loved it!
Year Book by Seth Rogen
Seth’s book Yearbook is a collection of true stories that he hopes are funny and life-changing. He talks about his grandparents, bar mitzvahs, and Jewish summer camp, as well as his adventures in Los Angeles. If you don’t enjoy it, find him on the street and let him know so he can do his best to make it up to you.
Taste by Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci’s memoir Taste is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about growing up in Westchester, New York, preparing for and filming the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia, falling in love over dinner, and teaming up with his wife to create conversation-starting meals for their children.
Love That Story by Jonathan Van Ness
Queer Eye star, Jonathan Van Ness shares his personal experiences in his new collection of essays. He explores topics such as grief, LGBTQ history, body image issues, and HIV. He also offers perspectives on the current nature of race issues in the US, the rise of white supremacy, transphobia, and imposter syndrome.
JVN as always writes with heart, honesty and flair. A great celebrity book pick for if you love Queer Eye!
The Stories We Tell by Joanna Gaines
Joanna Gaines’ first solo memoir invites us to release the weights that hold us back so we can live and share our story in truth. It is an invitation to a kind of life where we hold what we believe with gracious and open hands, and to see our story as greater than any past or future thing, but for all the beauty and joy and hope it holds today. Joanna encourages you to share your own story, to learn and heal from it.
This sounds like quite the inspiring memoir from the Magnolia Network founder.
The Office BFFs by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey
The Office BFFs is an intimate, behind-the-scenes, richly illustrated celebration of beloved The Office co-stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey’s friendship, and an insiders view of the unforgettable cast of the hit series iconic characters.
It features never-before-seen photos and exclusive stories on the making of milestone episodes and how their lives changed when they became moms.
For an easy and humorous read, go this fun memoir!
Please Comment and Share!
As always, let me know what you think in the comments with a rating and review. I would love to hear your feedback and your comments help other people to see my blog so thank you! Tag me on social media too @withlovemelissashop.
Take a look at my shop page. I have a whole range of instant downloads and merchandise, so there’s something for everyone.
Look at other ways you can support me that are not monetary related here. Any way you can support me means the world because it allows me to do what I love!