Do you carry a book with you wherever you go? Are you constantly tired in the morning because you stayed up too late reading the night before? Would you rather sit at home with a new novel than go out with old friends? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then chances are you're a true bookworm, and you are not alone in your passion. In fact,
some of the biggest readers in history are actually famous political, historical, and pop culture figures you might all ready know.
When your teachers and parents were telling you that reading was good for you all those years ago, they weren't lying. As it turns out, some of the most accomplished famous people are huge book-lovers, and many of them credit reading as a key to their success. Whether a story from their childhood inspired them to chose their career, a poetry collection from their youth shaped their world view, or the books of their adulthood help keep them informed and educated, everyone from
Hollywood's biggest actresses to history's most successful entrepreneurs have a lot to thank books for. (See, stars are just like us, right down to our nerdy hobbies.)
From presidents and politicians to actors and musicians, here are 15 of
the biggest famous readers of all time. Abraham Lincoln Library of Congress/Getty Images News/Getty Images Winston Churchill Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Politicians certainly love their books, but few loved them as much as the United Kingdom's famed Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. He was a voracious reader who said literature greatly influenced his political and world views, and he loved any opportunity to interact with authors and writers. His reading list was long and diverse, and it included
, The Time Machine , Exodus , and Gone with the Wind Nineteen Eighty-Four. Queen Elizabeth I Michael Bowles/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
According to historians, when Queen Elizabeth I wasn't busy slaying the matriarchy, she happily spent her free time with her nose in a book. A truly skilled scholar, she
read works in Latin and French, and later in her life, translated Classic works into English for others to enjoy. Apparently, the Queen was a book nerd before the term even existed. Jane Austen
Like her bookish heroine,
Jane Austen loved books and reading. Jane's father was an Oxford educated clergyman with access to a wide variety of reading material, and according to some accounts, he boasted about their family's 64 square feet of books. Though she seemed to prefer the classics, like Shakespeare and Milton, Austen also enjoyed her contemporaries, including Ann Radcliffe and Sir Walter Scott. Warren Buffet Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
If you want to be one of the wealthiest people in the world, you're going to have to step up your reading game, because according to Warren Buffet, his voracious book consumption has
helped him make his greatest financial decisions. He famously said that the key to success was reading "500 pages" of material every day. "That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest," he said. "All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” Jeff Bezos Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images LeBron James Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images
If you think athletes don't like books too, you're wrong: according to basketball star LeBron James,
reading actually benefits athletes tremendously. He was famously photographed reading the Hunger Games series, and since has spoken out about how books have become an essential part of the player's own pregame ritual, and one he encourages other teammates to try. Sheryl Sandberg Drew Angerer/Getty Images News/Getty Images Reese Witherspoon Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Bill Gates Yana Paskova/Getty Images News/Getty Images
Like many other great business people, Bill Gates is an avid reader and passionate book-lover.
On his blog earlier this month, the second wealthiest person alive shared his belief that "books are the best way to explore new topics that interest you,” along with his top 2017 reads: by Thi Bui, The Best We Could Do by Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Eddie Izzard, Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Viet Thanh Nguyen, and The Sympathizer by Vaclav Smil. , A History Energy and Civilization Sarah Jessica Parker Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Sarah Jessica Parker's love for books runs so deep, she even launched her own line of fiction books,
SJP for Hogarth. Her first acquisition, Fatima Farheen Mirza's debut , is due out in June 2018. But Parker doesn't just like to help authors publish books, she loves to simply read them too. She often shares what she is reading on Instagram, and recent recommendations include A Place for Us , Stay with Me , and Exit West . The Mothers Oprah Winfrey Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Malala Yousafzai Jemal Countess/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Activist and feminist icon Malala Yousafzai's passion for reading became known around the world when she risked her life to promote girls' ability to do just that. An author in her own right, Malala is a voracious reader when she isn't busy writing or working on behalf of women's rights. According to her
New York Times "By the Book" interview, she enjoys contemporary authors like Khaled Hosseini and Deborah Ellis, as well as classics like and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz The Little Prince.
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