What Lisa Simpson is Reading  

The Simpsons is an iconic cartoon show that the whole family can enjoy. Before the internet took off, kids and adults would sit in the living room and watch the show every weekday. As a fan of the show, we decided to see what books Lisa Simpson is reading throughout the show.  

The Simpsons

Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie make up the core family of the Simpsons. Sometimes the grandfather is included as well as the house cat and dog. The show takes place in the fictional town called Springfield. Lisa is the second youngest in the family but she is the smart one while her brother Bart is the troublesome one. 

Lisa Simpson’s reading list

Throughout the show, Lisa is often shown holding a book or reading and that made us curious as to what books she is reading. Surprisingly enough, the writers included actual books instead of being lazy and creating a generic book with no title. You can see all of the books Lisa Simpson is shown reading below. 

Lisa Simpson’s Reading List

  • The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene 
  • The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe 
  • The Poems of Allen Ginsberg 
  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac 
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath  
  • The Poems of Emily Dickinson 
  • The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates by Joyce Carol Oates 
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky  
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery  
  • The Works of Jane Austen 
  • Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut 
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles 
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman 
  • Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon 
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer 
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm 
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling 
  • Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw 
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren 
  • The Works of Gore Vidal 

Lots of Amazing Books 

As you can see, Lisa has great taste in books. Her list includes classics like as well as books children would enjoy like Harry Potter. She loves Jane Austen and is often seen with many different books by the author. Kurt Vonnegut also makes an appearance on the list with his novel Timequake

The writers of the show have given a lot of attention to what Lisa likes to read. They could have lazily submitted a bunch of books and most people wouldn’t even have noticed. But instead, they used this as a way to reinforce who Lisa is and what she stands for.  


What did you think of Lisa Simpson’s reading list? Does it reflect her character well? How many of these books have you read? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading! 

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