‘Hot Dudes Reading’: Men of Viral Instagram Account Reveal Summer Book Picks

The New York Times says of “Before the Fall.” “This is one of the year’s best suspense novels.”

Hot Dude: Michael

‘Fireman,’ by Joe Hill

May 17, 2016

William Morrow

Joe Hill, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of “NOS4A2″ and “Heart-Shaped Box,” debuts a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic that threatens civilization.

Hot Dude: Michael

‘The Last Mile,’ by David Baldacci

April 19, 2016

Grand Central Publishing

In his latest thriller, New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci brings back Detective Amos Decker, first introduced in “Memory Man.” Now, Detective Decker returns in “The Last Mile.” The story centers on a convicted murderer, due scheduled to be executed in a matter of hours, when another man confesses to the crime.

“GMA” caught up with some of the scholarly “dudes” featured on the account to check out just what they’re reading right now.

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Hot Dude: Rami

‘Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,’ by Angela Duckworth

May 3, 2016


In this New York Times bestseller, psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”

Aspiring musician Teddy Grossman prefers to read about his idols. Why did the plane go down? Was it an accident or an intentional act? Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, and Peabody Award-winning author Noah Hawley captures the reader on the first page of this thriller and the suspense doesn’t stop until the end. The survivors are the young son of a media mogul and a previously unknown painter. Read below for the summer reads picked by the “hot dudes” themselves.

Hot Dude: Julious

‘A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight,’ by Maria Toorpakai

May 3, 2016


“A Different Kind of Daughter” tells the story of Maria Toorpakai, a brave Pakistani girl who passed as a boy in order to play the sports she loved. Grossman is also the vice-president of sales for a tech start-up, and he’s reading “My Voice,” a memoir by legendary radio personality Angie Martinez.

That’s right. Cronin takes the readers on an amazing journey, to the dead metropolis, where his band of hardened survivors await the second coming of unspeakable darkness. Creators of the account that has nearly 900,000 followers are putting photos of their good-looking subjects reading books into an actual book — aptly titled “Hot Dudes Reading.”

Steven Didas — who’s racked up the most likes on the popular Instagram account and is featured on the cover of “Hot Dudes Reading” — said he’s now reading “City of Mirrors,” the third part of a trilogy by Justin Cronin.

Hot Dude: Julious

‘Before the Fall,’ by Noah Hawley

May 31, 2016

Grand Central Publishing

A private plane, carrying some very influential people, crashes killing nine of the eleven passengers on board. The author had extraordinary access to family members and close friends.


Hot Dude: Steven

‘The City of Mirrors: A Novel (Book Three of Three of the Passage Trilogy),’ by Justin Cronin

May 24, 2016

Ballantine Books edition

This is the conclusion to New York Times’ bestselling author Justin Cronin’s apocalyptic thriller trilogy. Master storyteller Stephen King writes of “The City of Mirrors,” “Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.”. She defied death threats in orders to pursue her dream and in the process she became a symbol of freedom and a pioneer of women’s rights.

Hot Dudes Reading, the Instagram account that features photos of attractive men reading in public, is now coming to followers as a book.


“She’s just like a force,” Grossman said of Martinez.

Hot Dude: Rami

“The Sport of Kings by C.E Morgan”

May 3, 2016

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The “Sport of Kings” by award-winning author C.E Morgan is an extraordinary tale of poverty, wealth, race horses and the enduring legacy of racism.

Hot Dude: Steven

‘In the Country We Love: My Family Divided,’ by Diane Guerrero

May 3, 2016

“Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin” star Diane Guerrero tells the story of her remarkable resilience in the face of the terrifying struggles of undocumented residents in this country.

Rami Zeidan, vice president at a private investment firm, said he recently started reading “Grit” by Angela Duckworth.

Hot Dude: Teddy

‘My Voice: A Memoir,’ by Angie Martinez

May 17, 2016


In “My Voice,” legendary radio personality (New York’s Hot 97 and now Power 105.1) and powerhouse Angie Martinez recounts the story of her rise to fame, success and global influence.

“I told my mom that there’s worse things in New York that you can get caught doing,” Julious Moore, a publishing software company manager and “Hot Dudes Reading” subject, said laughingly.

“I was told by a teacher a long time ago, she said ‘you need to read books; it’s the only way you’re going to get dates growing up,'” Didas, who is single, said, adding: “I hated to prove her wrong.”

And while reading is no doubt good for the mind, it could also be helping these men in another way.

The book “discusses how you have to be passionate and persevere through these tough things,” he said.

“It’s called ‘The Last Mile.'” It’s about a convicted murderer on death row …,” said Michael Ortega, a corporate banker.

Moore, who said a good book helps him to relax, is reading “A Different Kind of Daughter,” explaining: “My mom’s a single parent so I always sort of gravitate to books about women who are strong.”


Hot Dude: Teddy

‘Paul McCartney: The Life,’ by Philip Norman

May 3, 2016

Little Brown

Written with Paul McCartney’s approval, bestselling biographer Phillip Norman detail’s the trials, triumphs and tribulations of McCartney’s life

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