Hitchens, as many could probably guess, was an avid fan of reading. He made comments in the past praising novels written by his contemporaries in Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, especially "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins, which was released in 2006. As someone that was inspired by George Orwell, Hitchens was a fan of such classics as "1984" and "Animal Farm", even going so far as to write a foreword to a new edition that was put out of the latter. He was said to be a reader of the works of David Hume, an esteemed philosopher, which included such works as "The Natural History of Religion" and "A Treatise of Human Nature". Throughout his life, he recommended all Charles Dickens' novels as good reads, particularly "A Tale of Two Cities".
P.G. Wodehouse novels and short stories, such as the Jeeves series, were also said to be fantastic novels by Hitchens, as was "Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations", which was written by fellow philosopher Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
An illustrated novel on science titled "The Magic of Reality" was recommended as a good read for children. As can probably be guessed by the wit of Hitchens, he was a huge fan of the satirical works of Chaucer and Shakespeare. The classic "The Greek Myths" by Robert Graves was also considered to be among Hitchens' favorite books.