On last night’s “The Tonight Show,” Jimmy Fallon revealed that, like we all know we should, he wants to read more. More than that, he wants to be one of those people carrying a book where you can just tell they’re a hip, intelligent person.
"But I want to be there. I want to be walking around with that book that everyone's got, like 'Oh you?' Yeah, me," he said on the show.
So Fallon’s taking a page out of Oprah’s...well, book and launching “Tonight Show Summer Reads,” starting with these five options.
- “Providence” by Caroline Kepnes, a novel in which the protagonist’s childhood love comes back with supernatural abilities after disappearing for years.
- “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi, a fantasy world where a young fighter must revolt against the monarchy to bring magic back to her land.
- “The Immortalists” by Chloe Benjamin, a novel that explores what you would do with your life if you knew how and when you were going to die.
- “The Good Son” by You-Jeong Jeong, in which an epileptic protagonist with an impaired memory has to figure out if his mother’s death was his own doing.
- “IQ” by Joe Ide, where in East LA, a man only known as IQ takes it upon himself to solve the crimes that the LAPD can’t.
Fallon is giving his viewers some time to vote on the book they’d like to read along with him when he goes on vacation in July.
The late-night host isn’t the only celeb to foster a reading community lately, though. Reese Witherspoon launched the RW Book Club, which has gone through titles like “Something in the Water” by Catherine Steadman and “You Think It, I’ll Say It” by Curtis Sittenfeld.
Emma Roberts, likewise, started Belletrist along with friend Karah Preiss.
Honestly, I don’t think the world reads nearly enough -- we have Netflix and Amazon to thank for that -- so I’m super excited about Fallon branching out and getting his viewers reading. My vote goes to “The Immortalists” -- mostly because the book has been on my Goodreads list for way too long.