Known bookworm Kaia Gerber has been documented in countless paparazzi photographs wielding literature of all genres and authors. She was seen exiting last year’s Valentino Couture fashion show using a Roland Barthes book to shield her face; after walking the Anna Sui show in 2019, she passed the time waiting for her car by reading her copy of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote on the street. And in an Instagram post of herself in bed, she’s got Looking for Alaska by John Green cracked open.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we can imagine Gerber holed up at home, perhaps self-isolating with Cara Delevingne and Tommy Dorfman, and a few good books. This notion was recently solidified; the model herself posted an Instagram story yesterday with her full list of favorite reads she’s recently finished.
The range of choices isn’t shocking—we know Gerber is a young woman of myriad tastes. But is she choosing her reads based on McNally Jackson’s staff picks, (A Little Life, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous,) or an introductory class on the New Journalists (Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson)? She’s got narratives of every persuasion on here, from horse-girl beach reads, (Normal People), to magical realism classics (Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood), and titles for those seeking intellectual inspiration, too (The Stranger).
“Hope that helps,” she wrote at the bottom of the post, adding an analog smiley face in lieu of an emoji—a throwback. “These are just some that have spoken to me.”
Gerber’s syllabus of sorts also includes Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City—wonder if she’s seen the movie—and A Lover’s Discourse by her old friend Barthes. And let it be known: she’s read Symposium by Plato. It spoke to her.