The Hamilton creator is a diverse reader.

By Liz Steelman
August 11, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda fans know that when the musical triple-threat goes on vacation, it’s a momentous occasion. After all, one of the most prolific productions in Broadway history resulted from a trip to Mexico with Ron Chernow’s 832-page Alexander Hamilton biography.

Miranda first announced his off-the-grid vacation to his 1.53 million Twitter followers on June 30, 2017. Though his Twitter feed has been active, with his pal Sara (@slesin) taking over posting and retweeting the philanthropic Ham4All challenge, Miranda himself has been silent.

That is, until today, August 11th, when the Emmy, Tony, and Grammy winner returned to Twitter, tweeting out the 15 books he completed on his trip. Though Miranda explicitly noted that he would not be adapting any of the books into the musical, his fans are sure to be interested in what might subconsciously inspire him next.

Included on the list was a wide range of books across many genres including classic literature, self-help, fantasy, gender studies, media studies, and mystery. And, like many of Real Simple readers, he picked up some books that have been adapted into film and stage productions both present and forthcoming: A Wrinkle In Time, which has been adapted into a movie by Ava DuVernay and is set to be released during the holiday season, and selected chapters of War and Peace, which were adapted into the musical The Great Comet by Dave Malloy, which will close on Broadway next month.

Though it’s objectively incredible that he has read that many books in only a little over a month, he still has a week to go of his vacation—so it wouldn’t be surprising if he adds to this list before he jumps back on the grid, heading to the Los Angeles premiere of Hamilton.

See the full list of books below, with links on where to buy. Read as fast as Miranda and need more picks? Here, the best new books to read this month.

The Books Lin Manuel Miranda Read on His 2017 Vacation:

Cien Anos De Soledad (100 Years of Solitude) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace
A Wrinkle In Time and A Wind In The Door by Madeleine L’Engle
Consider The Lobster by David Foster Wallace
Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Jason Zinoman
War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Strokes Of Genius by L. Jon Wertheim
The Collectors: A His Dark Materials Story, by Philip Pullman
The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir
Sense of Occasion by Hal Prince
Fosse by Sam Wasson
Vacationland by John Hodgman
Career Of Evil by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

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