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Which books celebrities like Amy Poehler and Cate Blanchett keep on their bookshelves

The pandemic has given fans an unprecedented peek inside celebrity homes — and at celebrity bookshelves.

As stars film talk show appearances, comedy specials, and benefits at home, many are setting up their cameras in home offices, giving viewers a fascinating look at their bookshelves.

That means we know more of what stars like Cate Blanchett, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, and Anna Wintour are reading — and the favorite volumes they keep displayed on their shelves.

What's she reading? Celebrities like Cate Blanchett have given fans a peek at their bookshelves during the pandemic

What’s she reading? Celebrities like Cate Blanchett have given fans a peek at their bookshelves during the pandemic

Wordy: The actress owns all 20 volumes of The Oxford English Dictionary, which sell for $1,298.99 (£1,045.300) at Target

Wordy: The actress owns all 20 volumes of The Oxford English Dictionary, which sell for $1,298.99 (£1,045.300) at Target

Cate Blanchett 

The New York Times took a close look at several celebrity videos to figure out what’s on their bookshelves. 

When Cate, 50, was on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on April 15, she set up in front of a colorful bookshelf that shows that the actress is a fan of nonfiction — and the English language.

Her bookshelf includes all 20 volumes of The Oxford English Dictionary, which sell for $1,298.99 (£1,045.300) at Target.

Also on her shelf is Postcapitalism by Paul Mason, as well as Moscow 1937 by Karl Schlögel.

On display: Andy Cohen has lots of stuff on his shelves, including books, photos, and liquor

On display: Andy Cohen has lots of stuff on his shelves, including books, photos, and liquor

Fiction fan: He owns A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, and The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Fiction fan: He owns A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, and The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Andy Cohen 

Andy Cohen, 51, has been broadcasting his show from his home office, which also served as the background for his April 6 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

A close look at the shelves behind him reveals quite a lot, including an Emmy award, baseball bobbleheads, candles, dolls, and a bottle of Maker’s Mark.

There are book, too: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen, and The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll.

He also has a copy of Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, an oral history of Saturday Night Live. 

Funny lady: Amy Poehler, 48, made an April 3 TV appearance, which she filmed in front of a lamp, a picture of daisies, and a shelf stuffed with dozens of books

Funny lady: Amy Poehler, 48, made an April 3 TV appearance, which she filmed in front of a lamp, a picture of daisies, and a shelf stuffed with dozens of books

Flippin' through: On her shelves are Blitzed by Norman Ohler and Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagen

Flippin’ through: On her shelves are Blitzed by Norman Ohler and Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagen

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler, 48, made an April 3 appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, which she filmed in front of a lamp, a picture of daisies, and a shelf stuffed with dozens of books.

Among them were Blitzed by Norman Ohler and Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagen.

Amy also has a copy of the children’s book Peeves by Mike Van Waes — likely for her sons Archie and Abel.

Out east: Vogue editor Anna, 70, has been quarantining in her Hamptoms home

Out east: Vogue editor Anna, 70, has been quarantining in her Hamptoms home

Not just Vogue: On that bookshelf is a copy of The Nix by Nathan Hill, as well as Naming Names by Victor S. Navasky

Not just Vogue: On that bookshelf is a copy of The Nix by Nathan Hill, as well as Naming Names by Victor S. Navasky

Anna Wintour

Vogue editor Anna, 70, has been quarantining in her Hamptoms home, where readers have seen sides of her they’ve never seen before — like when she’s worn sweatpants.

She also gave a peek at her book collection on CBS News on April 9, recording herself in sunglasses in front of a bookshelf and window.

On that bookshelf is a copy of The Nix by Nathan Hill, as well as Naming Names by Victor S. Navasky.

Crackin' books: For an April 25 appearance on Saturday Night Live, Paul, 51, gave viewers a peek at his favorite reading material

Crackin’ books: For an April 25 appearance on Saturday Night Live, Paul, 51, gave viewers a peek at his favorite reading material

Escape: His shelves included Code of Conduct, by Brad Thor, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, and Slave Day by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas

Escape: His shelves included Code of Conduct, by Brad Thor, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, and Slave Day by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas

Paul Rudd 

For an April 25 appearance on Saturday Night Live, Paul, 51, gave viewers a peek at his favorite reading material.

His shelves included Code of Conduct, by Brad Thor, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, and Slave Day by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas.

He also appears to have some classics, and what look like several paperbacks of plays.

Impressive! J.K Rowling gave fans a glimpse into her impressive library (pictured) after reorganizing her book collection by color

Several titles are visible on her shelves, including the Iliad by Homer, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, and a Sherlock Holmes book by Arthur Conan Doyle

Impressive! J.K Rowling gave fans a glimpse into her impressive library (pictured) after reorganizing her book collection by color

Book lover: The Harry Potter author (pictured in April 2018), 54, took to Twitter to reveal that she's passing the time by rearranging her books

Book lover: The Harry Potter author (pictured in April 2018), 54, took to Twitter to reveal that she’s passing the time by rearranging her books

J.K. Rowling 

The Harry Potter author had bibliophiles drooling in April when she shared a quick video of some of her bookshelves, explaining that she had rearranged volumes by color during quarantine.

‘Rearranging books is a very soothing lockdown activity,’ she wrote, later adding: ‘These aren’t my only bookshelves, they’re simply the ones I decided to arrange by colour during tea breaks.’

Several titles are visible on her shelves, including the Iliad by Homer, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, and a Sherlock Holmes book by Arthur Conan Doyle.

She also has the Cormoran Strike detective novels, which she wrote under the pen name Robert Galbraith. 

Royal library? The Prince of Wales, 71, has offered a look at the books in his Aberdeenshire home office in Birkhall

Royal library? The Prince of Wales, 71, has offered a look at the books in his Aberdeenshire home office in Birkhall 

Te shelves hold copies of Kings in Grass Castles by Mary Durack andThe Door Wherein I Went by Lord Hailsham

Te shelves hold copies of Kings in Grass Castles by Mary Durack andThe Door Wherein I Went by Lord Hailsham

Te shelves hold copies of Kings in Grass Castles by Mary Durack andThe Door Wherein I Went by Lord Hailsham

More books: He also owns a book by the author E. F. Benson, as well as Shattered by Dick Francis

More books: He also owns a book by the author E. F. Benson, as well as Shattered by Dick Francis

Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales, 71, has offered a look at the books in his Aberdeenshire home office in Birkhall.

In addition to several photos, the shelves hold copies of Kings in Grass Castles by Mary Durack, The Door Wherein I Went by Lord Hailsham, and Tropica: Color Cyclopedia of Exotic Plants and Trees from the Tropics and Subtropics by Alfred Byrd Graf.

He also owns a book by the author E. F. Benson, as well as Shattered by Dick Francis, a crime writer who is also the Queen Mother’s preferred jockey. 

Spot the bestsellers! The Duchess of Cornwall offered a glimpse at her bookshelves when she shared this handout image from her study at Birkhall in Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Spot the bestsellers! The Duchess of Cornwall offered a glimpse at her bookshelves when she shared this handout image from her study at Birkhall in Aberdeenshire, Scotland 

Camilla, who is an avid reader, is clearly a fan of the crime writer Peter James, with several of his books on her well-stocked shelves

Firm favorites: Camilla, who is an avid reader, is clearly a fan of the crime writer Peter James, with several of his books on her well-stocked shelves

Wizarding taste! Several Harry Potter Books were also spotted on the Duchess' bookshelf

Wizarding taste! Several Harry Potter Books were also spotted on the Duchess’ bookshelf 

The Duchess of Cornwall 

Prince Charles’ wife Camilla offered a glimpse at her own very varied bookshelves last month after being photographed inside her office at the couple’s Birkhall residence in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. 

Although not a Zoom interview or an at-home broadcast, the handout image, which was taken while Camilla and Charles were self-isolating in their home after he tested positive for coronavirus, reveals several of the tomes in the royal’s book collection. 

Her well-stocked shelves were filled with an array of different books, including several from J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter series. The avid reader is also clearly a fan of crime writing judging from the multiple Peter James books seen on the shelves. 

The Duchess of Cornwall also has a copy of Rachel Kushner’s The Mars Room, a New York Times bestseller about a woman who is serving two consecutive life sentences at a prison in California.  

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