Jared Leto’s Favorite Books

The excitement surrounding Warner Bros. Suicide Squad continues to grow as the release date draws near, due in no small part to the official introduction of Jared Leto’s Joker. The iconic role has been brought to life by legendary actors Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger in its most recent incarnations, which means Leto will have some big shoes to fill as he debuts the Clown Prince of Crime. 

Lucky for us, it looks like Jared Leto’s Joker is going to be one of the most exciting interpretations of the character that we’ve ever seen. As an actor, Jared Leto is known for diving deep into his roles, finding inspiration in unusual places, and creating unforgettable performances built on nuance and subtlety. If you’ve watched any of the trailers for Suicide Squad then you know that Leto’s performance looks inspired, to say the least. 

And that got us thinking: where does Jared Leto find inspiration for everything else? What does he like to read? To help answer that question, we asked Jared Leto to tell us about a few of his favorite reads. 

Siddhartha

Herman Hesse’s most renowned novel, Siddhartha, is the simple tale of one man’s journey to find enlightenment. Since its publication, it has resonated with millions of readers who, like the book’s protagonist, are searching for meaning in everyday life. The novel is known for blending Western psychology with Eastern mysticism, finding a middle road between the author’s heritage and the subject of his own work.

The Demon Under the Microscope

With a story that is suspenseful, fast-paced, and ultimately satisfying, The Demon Under the Microscope reads more like a modern day thriller than a work of nonfiction. It’s the history of the discovery of the world’s first antibiotic, its effects on medicine and, in the end, the Second World War.

Steve Jobs

Isaacson’s exclusive biography brings this generation’s leading innovator to life again, illustrating the impact of imagination through interviews and anecdotes. 

Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs is perhaps one of the most intimate biographies ever written. With more than 40 interviews with Jobs—as well as additional interviews with more than a hundred friends, competitors, and adversaries—Isaacson has produced an intriguing and engaging portrait of one of America’s greatest inventors.

Finn

In Jon Clinch’s debut novel, he tackles one of the most mysterious figures in American literature: the father of Huckleberry Finn. While many writers might be afraid to add to the classic folklore of Mark Twain’s most famous work, Clinch deftly navigates the murky waters of paying tribute to the original novel while adding to and expanding upon its vibrant mythology.

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand’s timeless masterpiece opens with the simple—if not enigmatic—question: Who is John Galt? The answer to follow is the amazing story of one man’s path to success. The book is, of course, largely based on Objectivism, a philosophy personally held by Rand that promotes rational selfishness. In Atlas Shrugged, Rand explores the idea of “rational selfishness” in a world that punishes integrity and intelligence.


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