Neil Patrick Harris's 10 Favorite Books
The 10 books that @actuallyNPH said he'd take with him if he were marooned on a desert island.
- •“The Alchemist,” Paulo Coelho"This book is magical. It is so densely packed with the most astute, illuminating and thought-provoking prose, but so beautifully woven together that you have no choice but to savor each message."
- •“Confederacy of Dunces,” John Kennedy Toole"This book is hysterical. Toole fleshes out his characters with such exquisite detail that you completely know them (whether or not you want to)."
- •“Bridge to Terabithia,” Katherine Patterson"This was one of my favorites growing up. It’s such a wonderfully written bittersweet story, and perhaps the first time I was fully transported into another world by reading."
- •“Gone Girl,” Gillian Flynn"I’m not over this book. It’s so twisty and turny and exciting and scary and creepy and addicting. I’m a fan of interesting or unusual structure; this book, with its dual (and often conflicting) narrators, makes such excellent use of our own expectations of standard structure to keep the reader on their toes. Gillian Flynn is brilliant."
- •“The Westing Game,” Ellen Raskin"Oh, what a fun whodunit! A classic."
- •“Magic: 1400s-1950s,” Mike Caveney and Jim Steinmeyer"This book is a piece of art. Physically imposing, filled with cool facts and stories about the history of magic, it is the ultimate coffee table book for fans of magic."
- •“Danny, Champion of the World,” Roald Dahl"Truly, anything Roald Dahl. We read them all the time growing up. Just the right mix of absurdity and sweetness. Right now, as a father, I’m feeling 'Danny, Champion of the World' as it is a lovely insight into the father/son relationship."
- •“Dragons Love Tacos,” Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri"And my kids and I love this book. It’s not easy for an illustrated picture book to hit that sweet spot, where it is fun for both the kids and the parents to read, but this one does it. Charming and silly, this ridiculous book is a joy."
- •“To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee"I love this book. I love it for the experience of reading it and for what it stands for. The skill in which Harper Lee so lovingly blended a wonderful story with real issues that needed attention has made this one of the best books of all time."
- •“S,” J.J. AbramsI hesitate to even call this a book — it’s almost more accurate to call it a book-themed puzzle. I just love the game of it, and the presentation. J.J. Abrams, building a world within a world within a world.