A Bookprint is the list of five books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become.
You are what you read.
Jim shares why he chose the following books for his Bookprint.
1. Sears Catalog by Sears, Roebuck and Company Staff
“Apparently my 18-month-old self delighted in having [my mom] flip through it while I would point to objects pictured and she would tell me what they were called. I realize this isn't much of a "read" to most people, but I think this was a pretty ingenious way to teach vocabulary to someone."
2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
“My first favorite book with a real narrative was Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham. This, along with other Seuss books, was a big help in teaching me to actually read -- I loved hearing this book over and over and was able to memorize it which allowed me to associate the words I heard with the words I saw on the page.”
3. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
“I was probably 11 years old when I read this murder mystery and I loved it. I loved the colorful world she created, populated with colorful characters, all of it shaded by the dark fact that everyone was being bumped off, one by one. This pretty much still defines for me the essence of “casual reading, ” as I recently started reading Christie again and am now addicted to getting through at least a couple of chapters a night, just before going to sleep -- it really helps get my mind off of my own stuff. Which is a little but sick, but whatever.”
4. Home by Julie Andrews
“I love biographies. At their very base they all share the common theme of "getting through life and achieving," whatever that may translate to for the subject of the book. Being an actor myself, this one really resonated with me, though. There's a sequel coming out at some point and I can't wait -- this one leaves off just as she's starting the Hollywood portion of her career -- which confirms that Julie Andrews is a tease.”
5. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
“This was a fairly recent read for me, but it brought back that feeling of being completely lost in a story, which I find a less common sensation, the older I get. This was one of those books that I just couldn't wait to get back to every night -- a fact made all the more amazing given the bleak, desolate nature of the story. This is not, however, a "casual read" for me -- I cried like a baby when it ended, which is cathartic, sure, but an odd, empty feeling at two in the morning. Thanks, Cormac!”
Emmy® award winning actor Jim Parsons currently stars as Sheldon Cooper on the CBS hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory.” In 2009, he won the Television Critics Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy for his portrayal of brilliant and quirky scientist Sheldon Cooper. In 2010, he was nominated for the Television Critics Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy as well as for 2010 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor. In 2010 and 2011 Parsons won the Emmy® for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Parsons also won a Golden Globe®, in 2011, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical. He was nominated for a 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series category.
Parsons will next be seen in David Frankel’s “The Big Year” starring Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Steve Martin. His additional screen credits include "School for Scoundrels" and "Heights", Garden State," "Gardener of Eden," and "The Great New Wonderful." His other television credits include a recurring role in the series "Judging Amy" and "Ed."
He has performed in many stage productions, including "The Castle" for the Manhattan Ensemble Theater and "The Countess" for the Globe Theater, as well as "The Tempest" and "As You Like It" for the Houston Shakespeare Festival.
Parsons has a Masters in Fine Arts degree from the Old Globe Theater/University of San Diego and a B.A. in theater from the University of Houston.