While some of us probably find reading boring, there are some who truly enjoy it so much as it is considered a form of relaxation and escape from the negativities around us. But more than taking our stresses away, reading is also beneficial because it helps in improving our focus, imagination, communication skills, and knowledge on different things.
As we tend to get busy with life, it’s truly amazing how there are some who are able to squeeze in reading in their busy schedules, just like the celebrities listed in this episode of Kapamilya Snaps who are certified bookworms!
Queen of Hearts Kathryn Bernardo delights her Instagram followers with her cute photos showing her recent reads, which “It Ends With Us” and “Verity” that are both written by American best-selling author Colleen Hoover. In one of her posts, she imparted how she and her close friend Viral Scandal actress Ria Atayde, “ugly cried” to the former as it “definitely took us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions”.
Fans of Liza Soberano surely knows how much she values reading, to the point that she and her fellow student council members in high school came up with the idea of putting up a mini library at their school as their legacy project, in hopes of promoting reading actual books among their fellow students. In the recent years, she seemed to enjoy the works of John Green, such as “Let It Snow” and “Turtles All The Way Down”.
While she’s known as a multi-talented artist and fitness enthusiast, not a lot of people know that It’s Showtime host Kim Chiu is into books as well. In one of her vlogs, she showed her collection of books that includes “The Selection” by Kiera Cass and “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. Her fellow host Anne Curtis is a certified bookworm as well as she usually brings a book along with her in her travels and even tapings – as seen in her Instagram posts in the previous years – and even uses the hashtag #AnnesLibrary to track her reading activities. Among the novels she was able to read were Mitch Albom’s “The First Phone Call From Heaven”, David Levithan’s “Everyday”, Rainbow Rowell’s “Eleanor and Park”, and Jojo Moyes’ “Me Before You.”
Marry Me Marry You star Janine Gutierrez loves reading, too, as she showed off her small library during a Kapamilya Chat room tour. She’s apparently a fan of classics, such as the works of Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, and our very own Jose Rizal.
When she’s not performing or writing songs, ASAP Natin ‘To mainstay Moira dela Torre may be probably seen reading books. Among the books she was able to finish were “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy by Kevin Kwan, “The Chronicles of Narnia” series by C.S. Lewis., “The Delight of Being Ordinary” by Roland Merullo, and “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie.
Iza Calzado’s love for reading was born because she wanted to be just like her mother, who had been a certified bibliophile. The most recent book she read was “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera.
As a promising storyteller, Bela Padilla is a voracious reader as well, as she reads whenever she has free time. Some of the books she has consumed include horror thrillers, like “The Invention of Sound” by Chuck Palahniuk and “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” by Joel Dicker.
Melizza Jimenez and Sophie Reyes proudly showed their respective book collections when they did a room tour during their Kapamilya Chat guestings. Melizza is a proud “Potterhead” as hers include the popular “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling, while Sophie showed the complete copy of the He’s Into Her series from the author herself Maxinejiji.
Kim Jones, the wife of Kapamilya actor Jericho Rosales, is a fan of different art forms, including the written word. She has been reading novels ever since she was young, and her father asked her to read the classic “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe. The gorgeous model is truly passionate about reading, that she decided to gift some of the books in her collection to her followers on Instagram.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray reads books as a hobby. Not just prose, but poetry as well. One of her recommended poetry books is “Love & Misadventure” by Lang Leav, to which she got stuck during this pandemic.
While majority of the celebrities in this list are into fiction, Pinoy Big Brother Kumunity Season 10 host Toni Gonzaga usually reaches for spiritual and motivational books, such as “Live Love Lead” by Brian Houston and “What Happened to You?” by Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry. She loves books so much that she co-authored the tell-all book “Sissums: The 18 Rules of Sisterhood by Alex & Toni Gonzaga” with her younger sister Alex in 2018, which tackles sisterhood, relationships, and more.
The same goes for her co-host Bianca Gonzalez who finds inspiration in self-help books. As she underwent isolation after the COVID-19 virus hit their home recently, she proudly shared on Instagram that she was able to finish “My Life In Full,” by former PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. She’s also able to publish her own self-help book in 2014 entitled “Paano Ba ‘To?!: How To Survive Growing Up”.
Hope these celebrities will inspire you to grab a book and start your reading journey, Kapamilya!