Dad had lost his job at the gypsum, and when Christmas came that year, we had no money at all. On Christmas Eve, Dad took each one of us kids out into the desert night one by one.
“Pick out your favorite star”, Dad said.
“I like that one!” I said.
Dad grinned, “that’s Venus”, he said. He explained to me that planets glowed because reflected light was constant and stars twinkled because their light pulsed.
“I like it anyway” I said.
“What the hell,” Dad said. “It’s Christmas. You can have a planet if you want.”
And he gave me Venus.
This is a list of books to help people doing the Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge.. or any challenge really! I will keep adding to this list as I’ve not done some categories yet.
MORE THAN 500 PAGES
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin The Way of Kings Part 1 and 2 by Brandon Sanderson The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson The Diviners by Libba Bray The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss American Gods by Neil Gaiman Bleak House by Charles Dickens The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Dune by Frank Herbert The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell Persuasion by Jane Austen Emma by Jane Austen Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
BOOKS THAT BECAME MOVIES
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien The Help by Kathryn Stockett Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Stardust by Neil Gaiman The Maze Runner by James Dashner My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk Life of Pi by Yann Martel Holes by Louis Sachar Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick Coraline by Neil Gaiman Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice Beastly by Alex Flinn The Road by Cormac McCarthy Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell Ring by Koji Suzuki
PUBLISHED IN 2015/2015 RELEASES
Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker Armada by Ernest Cline The Fearless by Emma Pass Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Winter by Marissa Meyer The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall Never Never by Colleen Hoover I Was Here by Gayle Forman The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven All the Rage by Courtney Summers An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro All Falls Down by Ally Carter The Cage by Megan Shepherd
NUMBER IN THE TITLE
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 1984 by George Orwell I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
WRITTEN BY SOMEONE UNDER 30
Divergent series by Veronica Roth The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank Frankenstein by Mary Shelley One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken Solitaire by Alice Oseman Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Watership Down by Richard Adams Warrior Cat series by Erin Hunter Animal Farm by George Orwell The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll The Sight by David Clement-Davies The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Also try any of the Moomin books by Tove Jansson.
Terry Prachett’s Discworld series Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding Beauty Queens by Libba Bray A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney The Liar by Stephen Fry Making History by Stephen Fry
Also try comedian memoirs for this one!
Alexandra Bracken Cecelia Ahern Beth Revis Jodi Picoult Veronica Roth J.K. Rowling Libba Bray Lauren DeStefano Rachel Vincent Rachel Caine Phillipa Gregory Alice Sebold Jeanette Walls Sylvia Plath The Brontes Virginia Woolf Margaret Atwood Charlaine Harris Agatha Christie Anne Rice Laurie Halse Anderson Maya Angelou Tove Jansson PC Cast Colleen Hoover Sarah Dessen Zadie Smith Ursula K. Le Guin Jennifer L. Arementrout Amy Tan Tamora Pierce Nora Roberts Danielle Steel Meg Cabot Mo Hayder Gillian Flynn Julie Kagawa
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes Red Dragon by Thomas Harris Cormoran Strike series by JK Rowling Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Try authors like Mo Hayder, Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Stephen King, John Grisham, Agatha Christie, and Wilkie Collins.
ONE WORD TITLES
Sanctum by Sarah Fine Elantris by Brandon Sanderson Slated series by Teri Terry Wool by Hugh Howey Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff Talon by Julie Kagawa Dracula by Bram Stoker Uglies by Scott Westerfield Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Loser by Jerry Spinelli Jaws by Peter Benchley Wither series by Lauren DeStefano (all titles one word) Forever by Judy Blume Graceling by Kristen Cashore Easy by Tammara Webber House of Night series (all titles one word) Butter by Erin Jade Lange Ring by Koji Suzuki Matched by Ally Condie Poppet by Mo Hayder Wonder by RJ Palaci Stolen by Lucy Christopher
SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor Across the Wall by Garth Nix The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter Dubliners by James Joyce The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance by various authors
SET IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Japan) – also Haruki Murakami’s work. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan (China) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (Paris) Little Bee by Chris Cleave (Africa) The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (India) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Greece) Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (Germany) The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (Italy)
For England, check out the Brontes, Neil Gaiman,
PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS
The Road by Cormac McCarthy The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinback Independance Day by Richard Ford A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor
BASED ON A TRUE STORY
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski Nobody True by James Herbert Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin Perfume: Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind Ring by Koji Suzuki The Omen by David Seltzer The Merciless by Danielle Vega
MORE THAN 100 YEARS OLD
The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer The Republic by Plato Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Medea by Euripides Grimm’s Fairy Tales Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman Saga by Brian K. Vaughan Through the Woods by Emily Carroll Watchmen by Alan Moore V for Vendetta by Alan Moore Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley Legend: The Graphic Novel by Marie Lu
BOOKS WITH MAGIC
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson Discworld series by Terry Pratchett The Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo Green Rider by Kristin Cashore The Assassin’s Apprentice by Cassandra Rose Clarke The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa Inkheart by Cornelia Funke Stardust by Neil Gaiman
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Animal Farm by George Orwell Catch-22 by Joseph Heller The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 1984 by George Orwell The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie Ulysses by James Joyce The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Forever by Judy Blume The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini The Lord of the Rings series by JRR Tolkien Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck One Hundred Years of Solitude by Garbiel Garcia Marquez
BASED ON OR TURNED INTO A TV SHOW
The Vampire Diaries series by LJ Smith Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay Nevermore by Keith R.A. DeCandido (Supernatural Book 1) Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer A Game of Thrones series by George RR Martin
ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steig Larsson The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery Battle Royale by Koushun Takami Ring by Koji Suzuki Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
See also: Haruki Murakami’s work.
SHORT BOOKS (CAN FINISH IN A DAY)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman The Giver by Lois Lowry A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket Coraline by Neil Gaiman The Game by Monica Hughes Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Green Angel by Alice Hoffman How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli Loser by Jerry Spinelli A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
SET DURING CHRISTMAS
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens The Snowman by Raymond Briggs Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris It Started With a Kiss by Miranda Dickinson Ex-mas by Kate Brian The Coal Elf by Maria DeVivo The Gift by Cecilia Ahern
POPULAR AUTHOR’S FIRST BOOK
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling Carrie by Steven King Songs of the Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult City of Bones by Cassandra Clare Wildacre by Philippa Gregory Looking for Alaska by John Green The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Dying of the Light by George RR Martin The Pilgrim’s Regress by CS Lewis The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks Hear the Wind Sing by Haruki Murakami Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo Unearthly by Cynthia Hand Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire The Selection by Kiera Kass Nightshade by Andrea Cremer A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman Splintered by AG Howard The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols Need by Carrie Jones Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross GREAT COVERS
Entwined by Heather Dixon The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor Tinder by Sally Gardner The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke The Book of Tomorrow by Cecilia Ahern Witch Song by Amber Argyle Winter Queen by Amber Argyle Halo by Alexandra Adornetto Incarnate by Jodi Meadows These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman Across the Universe by Beth Revis Splintered by AG Howard Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson Half Bad by Sally Green Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting Teardrop by Lauren Kate
SET IN A HIGH SCHOOL
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent The Duff by Kody Keplinger Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins Geek Girl by Holly Smale The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan Nevermore by Kelly Creagh Juste Listen by Sarah Dessen The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
COLOUR IN THE TITLE
Green Rider by Kristin Cashore The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins White Horse by Alex Adams The White Queen by Philippa Gregory Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz Red Rising by Pierce Brown A Red Sun Also Rises by Mark Hodder
Proof by David Auburn William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher Wit by Margaret Edson The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams Antigone by Sophocles Oedipus Rex by Sophocles Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Endgame by Samuel Beckett The Cherry Orchard by Anthony Chekhov Medea by Euripides A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
Goes without saying but you can also look at the works of William Shakespeare.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Marley and Me by John Grogan The Fault in Our Stars by John Green My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Dear John by Nicholas Sparks P.S. I Love You by Cecilia Ahern Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold The Road by Cormac McCarthy Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer Before I Die by Jenny Downham
SET IN THE FUTURE
Delirium by Lauren Oliver Legend by Marie Lu Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Brave New World by Aldous Heaney 1984 by George Orwell Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey I Am Legend by Richard Mattheson
ANTONYMS IN THE TITLE
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Fire and Ice by Michele Barrow-Belisle
But I also hoped that she had chosen California because she thought that was her true home, the place where she really belonged, where it was always warm and you could dance in the rain, pick grapes right off the vines, and sleep outside at night under the stars.
orcintomordor asked: Hey! I
recently read the Bell Jar, and I wondered if you could recommend anything
similar – introspective and with a female
Sure! Here are some books that I think you may enjoy if you liked The Bell Jar! I also would recommend It’s Kind of a Funny Storyby Ned Vizzini if you haven’t read it too, but I didn’t list it below because it has a male protagonist! :)
“I once had a patient who used to practice the most horrible tortures on himself, and when I asked him why he did such things, he said, ‘Why, before the world does them.’ I asked him then, 'Why not wait and see what the world will do?’ and he said, 'Don’t you see? It always come at last, but this way at least I am master of my own destruction.”
“One time I saw a tiny Joshua tree sapling growing not too far from the old tree. I wanted to dig it up and replant it near our house. I told Mom that I would protect it from the wind and water it every day so that it could grow nice and tall and straight. Mom frowned at me. “You’d be destroying what makes it special,” she said. “It’s the Joshua tree’s struggle that gives it its beauty.”
“In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing.”
Thanks so much for sending me your question! I hope that I was able to help some! I do love her books a lot. I think she can also be GREAT to quote from!
THE RESULTS ARE IN! After much deliberation and review of over 100 submissions, I have chosen these books as the just-classic-lit-things official summer reading list.
The books are:
1. ‘Unnatural Creatures’, short stories collected by Neil Gaiman
2. 'Siddhartha’, by Herman Hesse
3. 'Rebecca’, by Daphne Du Maurier
4. 'Her Fearful Symmetry’, by Audrey Niffenegger
5. 'Don’t Think of an Elephant!’, by George Lakoff
6. 'The Glass Castle’, by Jeanette Walls
7. 'Possession’, by A.S. Byatt
8. 'The Importance of Being Earnest’, by Oscar Wilde
9. 'Bad Science’, by Ben Goldacre
10. 'Labyrinths’, by Jorge Luis Borges
11. 'Watchmen’, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
12. 'Oedipus Rex’, by Sophocles
13. 'Paris’, by Edward Ruthafurd
14. 'Catch 22’, by Joseph Heller
15. 'An Invisible Thread’, by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski
16. 'Angels in America’, by Tony Kusher
17. 'Pale Fire’, by Vladimir Nabokov
18. 'More Than This’, by Patrick Ness
19. 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’, by Maya Angelou
20. 'Loves Labour’s Lost’, by William Shakespeare
Thank you so much for your lovely thoughts on these books! Tell me if you’re reading some or all of this list with me so we can discuss the texts. Love you all, bookworms!