The Girls by Emma Cline. Anything by Liane Moriarty. For something older but one of my favorites: A High Wind in Jamaica. Also Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. These books may or may not be Barcelona friendly I don’t know!
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng!!!! Also: Wild (Cheryl Strayed), In a Dark Dark Wood (Ruth Ware), Helter Skelter, The First Bad Man (Miranda July), or go FULL basic teen like I do and read the Pretty Little Liars books (they are VERY VERY BAD but I’ve read 4 and apologize for nothing!!!! lol)
If you liked Carol, I was amazed at how much I loved the book–Price of Salt by Highsmith. Boy Snow Bird or anything by Helen Oyeyemi. So Big by Edna Ferber is a favorite. If you’re into short stories, Blow Up by Julio Cortázar is A++
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!
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.