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Our "Favorite Thing" About Oprah: Her Love of Books!

Her big speech was the highlight of the Golden Globes, but the media mogul is also one of our biggest readers.

On Sunday night at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. Her speech not only brought the entire room to their feet, but it was also one of solidarity, giving validation and hope to those who’ve tried to speak and were shut down.

While most of the press is talking about a potential Oprah 2020 presidential campaign, here at BookTrib we are talking about the woman and her love of literature! The Original Oprah’s Book Club launched in 1996, and ran for 15 years, ending in 2011— right before the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, the digital version, which provides access to her book club for even more people, all over the world.

Each year, Oprah comes out with a list of her ‘favorite things,’ and this year, we’ve got our own list: BookTrib’s Favorite Thing About Oprah! So what exactly is our favorite thing about Oprah Winfrey? Her love of books! We love that Oprah wants every child and adult to have a life full of wonder and learning through literature.  Her commitment to literacy programs in addition to her book clubs and the recommended reads she’s given over the years have helped keep books alive in ways no other media mogul has. Not only Oprah a lifelong reader, she’s also an accomplished author. Here, we have married Oprah’s love of books with our favorite thing about Oprah to bring you this list of 12 books by or about Oprah.

Buy The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations at Amazon

The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations

By Oprah Winfrey

Oprah shares the nuggets of wisdom and aha! moments discussed on her Emmy Award-winning television show, Super Soul Sunday.

The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations

By Oprah Winfrey

Buy Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons at Amazon

Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons

By The Oprah Magazine

A handy collection of Oprah's most valuable pieces of advice, all taken from the pages of her magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine.

Words That Matter: A Little Book of Life Lessons

By The Oprah Magazine

Buy What I Know For Sure at Amazon

What I Know For Sure

By Oprah Winfrey

In her Golden Globe speech, Oprah said one of the things she knows for sure is that "speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have." Discover the other lessons she's learned in this slim volume of reflections, in which she explains what she's learned during her time as one of the world's most beloved public figures.

What I Know For Sure

By Oprah Winfrey

Buy Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life at Amazon

Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life

By Oprah Winfrey

This cookbook is filled with healthy recipes straight from Oprah's kitchen, in addition to ideas on how we can celebrate and savor the food we eat.

Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life

By Oprah Winfrey

Buy Own It: Oprah Winfrey In Her Own Words at Amazon

Own It: Oprah Winfrey In Her Own Words

By Oprah Winfrey

Editors Anjali Becker and Jeanne Engelmann have compiled some of Oprah's most inspiring quotes about life, love, careers, and her own personal journey.

Own It: Oprah Winfrey In Her Own Words

By Oprah Winfrey

Buy O’s Little Guide to Starting Over at Amazon

O’s Little Guide to Starting Over

By The Editors of "The Oprah Magazine"

This collection of stories and words of wisdom from O, The Oprah Magazine contributor Martha Beck, author Junot Diaz, and more shed light on the restorative powers of making a fresh start.

O’s Little Guide to Starting Over

By The Editors of "The Oprah Magazine"

Buy O’s Little Book of Calm & Comfort at Amazon

O’s Little Book of Calm & Comfort

By The Editors of "The Oprah Magazine"

These interviews and essays—written by everyone from the late Nora Ephron to Buddhist Pema Chodron—will help you bring peace to your life when things get difficult.

O’s Little Book of Calm & Comfort

By The Editors of "The Oprah Magazine"

Buy O’s Little Book of Happiness at Amazon

O’s Little Book of Happiness

By The Editors of "The Oprah Magazine"

Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay and Eat Pray Love's Elizabeth Gilbert (and many more!) offer their own insight on finding reasons to smile every day.

O’s Little Book of Happiness

By The Editors of "The Oprah Magazine"

Buy O’s Little Book of Love & Friendship at Amazon

O’s Little Book of Love & Friendship

By The Editors of "The Oprah Magazine"

Oprah's nearest and dearest—some famous and some not—write about the lasting friendships and sweeping romances that have changed their lives for the better.

O’s Little Book of Love & Friendship

By The Editors of "The Oprah Magazine"

Buy Oprah: 40 Inspirational Life Lessons and Powerful Wisdom from Oprah Winfrey at Amazon

Oprah: 40 Inspirational Life Lessons and Powerful Wisdom from Oprah Winfrey

By Scarlett Johnson

A curated collection of Oprah's thoughts on finding our passions, our positive influences, and ourselves.

Oprah: 40 Inspirational Life Lessons and Powerful Wisdom from Oprah Winfrey

By Scarlett Johnson

Buy Oprah: The Little Speaker at Amazon

Oprah: The Little Speaker

By Carole Boston Weatherford

An illustrated and charming storybook that chronicles Oprah's journey from little Mississippi farm girl to renowned talk show host.

Oprah: The Little Speaker

By Carole Boston Weatherford

Buy The Awakened Woman at Amazon

The Awakened Woman

By Dr. Tererai Trent

The manifesto-slash-memoir of Dr. Tererai Trent—the former African child bride who became a leading voice in female empowerment and one of Oprah's favorite guests.

The Awakened Woman

By Dr. Tererai Trent

This article originally appeared on BookTrib.

BookTrib.com, “Where Readers Meet Writers,” is a network for readers and writers to make a connection and keep books alive in a distracted world. Created by Meryl Moss Media, a literary PR firm with a successful 25-year track record.

Featured image: Cover of "Own It"

Published on 16 Jan 2018

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