That is…What Would David Bowie Read?

As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, the musician David Bowie passed away over the weekend. He was cool for a million different reasons, and if you want to talk about all of them, stop in an chat. For this post, I want to focus on one. He was a reader.


David Bowie’s READ poster for ALA

In 2013, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London created a special exhibit called David Bowie is, which showcased his music and fashion. The curators of the exhibit also put together a list of David Bowie’s top 100 favorite books.

We don’t have a whole lot of them here in the library. But we do have a few. So, if you want to read like Bowie, here are a few titles to start.


From left to right: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 1984 by George Orwell, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, As  Lay Dying by William Faulkner, and The Iliad by Homer. Not exactly light reading, but definitely interesting books.

But it made me think…can we come up with the Hill Top 100? What are the 100 books that we as a community would recommend to others? That we feel had the greatest influence on us. Stay tuned for a survey to hit your email in the next week or so.




One response to “WWDBR

  1. Laura Selinsky

    Wow! This is an impressive reading list. I hope that whatever list Hill Top developed would be as wonderful as Mr. Bowie’s. If I were adding to a Hill Top reading list, I would add “Nightjohn” (about slavery by Gary Paulson). “A Lesson Before Dying” (about justice and literacy by Earnest Gaines), and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (about overcoming obstacles by poet Maya Angelou). I miss teaching those three books- they say so much about race and our national character and are beautifully written.

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