Best known by her stage name Lorde, Ella Yelich-O’Connor burst onto the electropop scene with the release of her debut studio album Pure Heroine in 2013. Celebrated for her introspective songwriting and unconventional sound, she’s often cited literature – and a lifelong fascination with aristocracy – as inspiration to her work:
I come from a short fiction background, and my mom is a poet, so I’ve always read poetry; I’ve always had a lot of different influences both linguistically and musically.
From the poems of Rimbaud to the dreamy, experimental fiction of Carmen Maria Machado, it’s no surprise her taste in books is as eclectic and erudite as her love of music. Collected from years of interviews and social media posts by Book Riot, find a list of Lorde’s recommended reads below. Then dive into the bookshelves of other iconic musicians right here.
A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes
Self-Help by Lorrie Moore
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
Feed by M.T. Anderson
The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord
Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower
I’m Very into You: Correspondence 1995-1996 by Kathy Acker
The Night in Question by Tobias Wolff
Not Me by Eileen Myles