From Goosebumps to the Godfather: LeBron James Spills the Beans on His Favorite Books

Published 11/05/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
Oct 27, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) watches the game from the bench during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Paycom Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James might be a superhuman on the basketball court, but outside of it, he’s still as human as the rest of us. Outside the court, LeBron engages himself in multiple activities that remind us he is still from this planet. As a child, a lot of us remember coming across RL Stine’s legendary book collection ‘Goosebumps’.

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Even LeBron released his own book that he wrote for children. During the promotion of his own book, James admitted he was a huge fan of RL Stine’s Goosebumps.

For those who are unaware of RL Stine’s “Goosebumps”, they are a horror-based series of books for children. Hence, LeBron even admits that as a child and even now, he loves horror movies.

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LeBron James and his obsession with books

LeBron James has a history of resorting to books as an escape from the playoff pressure. According to USA Today, he told Oprah in 2012, “I was reading to not only do something different but to also take my mind off the game. Because during the postseason, everything is about the games. Everything is about the matchup and the team that you’re playing and the city that you’re in. I needed some moments where I could just get a different perspective – escape.”

Even before playoff games, LeBron has been spotted reading books like The Hunger Games and The Godfather. Therefore, it is clear that books are indeed his escape in a time of playoff pressure.

Has LeBron written his own books?

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Yes, LeBron James has written two children’s books himself, while various authors have also written several books about him. In his first book “I promise” LeBron talks about his struggle with fame and how he countered it using hope, hard work and love. Whereas, in the second book, he talks about the coming together of an unlikely group of kids to accomplish their dream.

Cast member Lebron James attends the premiere for the film Space Jam: A New Legacy in Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Both narratives seem heavily inspired by the NBA itself. The first is his struggles as a rookie in the beginning phases of his career. The time when LeBron James was not the King of the NBA. And LeBron obviously inspired the second from his championship run with Cleveland and Los Angeles.

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LeBron James has a duty as a social icon to inspire the younger generation. Just like Kobe‘s Mamba Mentality, LeBron James aims to inspire kids to succeed in life. Therefore, he uses the same medium of books to get his message to the children.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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