jeanette wall

Her suffering was her armour.
Gradually it became her skin.
Then she could not take it off.
—  Jeanette Winterson, Why be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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.
—  Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle
READING CHALLENGE LIST

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

CLASSIC ROMANCE

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

NONHUMAN CHARACTERS

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.

FUNNY BOOKS

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!

FEMALE AUTHORS

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

MYSTERIES/THRILLERS

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

SCARY BOOKS

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

GRAPHIC NOVELS

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

BANNED BOOKS

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

LOVE TRIANGLES

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


PLAYS

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.

TEARJERKERS

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

anonymous asked:

Could you recommend books?

As I think about them:

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Incarnations by Susan Barker

1Q84 and Wind-up Bird Chronicles by Murakami

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde (coming out soon!! i worked on this book and its so good)

The Devourers by Indra Das

The Martian by Andy Weir (GIVE THIS ONE A CHANCE ITS ACTUALLY SO GOOD ONCE YOU GET FIFTY PAGES IN)

The Glass Caslte by Jeanette Walls (the only memoir ive ever liked)

idk probably other things. I try to read at least 150 books a year??? I often forget titles unless they really stick with me

orcintomordor asked: Hey! I recently read the Bell Jar, and I wondered if you could recommend anything similar – introspective and with a female protagonist?

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 Story by Ned Vizzini if you haven’t read it too, but I didn’t list it below because it has a male protagonist! :)

1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

“I have survived. I am here. Confused, screwed up, but here. So, how can I find my way? Is there a chain saw of the soul, an ax I can take to my memories or fears?”

2. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen 

“Crazy isn’t being broken or swallowing a dark secret. It’s you or me amplified. If you ever told a lie and enjoyed it. If you ever wished you could be a child forever.”

3. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Joanee Greenberg

“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.”

4. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

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.”

5. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

6. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

“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!

Happy reading!

Lauren 

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!
Happy Reading!