There are a few signs that pinpoint a book obsession, one of them being excessive research on the author, reading fan-fiction and watching countless interviews and talks by the author. The bad news is that I am diagnosed with book obsession and the good news– it passes rather quickly after I have all my facts straight. Here is a read that will have you wondering if you fell into the trap of “book obsessed”.
I really enjoy reading memoirs because there is no other feeling better than realizing that everything your hero has gone through is actually real despite all the bizarre, unthinkable circumstances. Jeanette Walls’ memoir “The Glass Castle” has done just that, it left me speechless and in awe.
Walls writes in a very relatable tone even if the plot line isn’t entirely, making you feel like you are part of the story (which is a sign of an amazing writer). It is definitely hard to put the book down, even for a bathroom break that is. I’ve heard many people admit that this book actually transformed them and inspired them to make some changes in their lives.
“The Glass Castle” is Walls’ first book and it caught numerous headlines upon publication. Jumping onto the bandwagon years later, I can definitely point out why. The memoir is a story Walls life starting with her earliest memories, up to her adolescent years as an independent woman. In this story, the one thing that kept running through my head is that the plot line couldn’t be a better example of, “Started from the bottom, now we’re here.”
LT Ratings: Overall rating: 10/10 | Tear Jerker: 5/10 | Adventure: 8/10 | Awe Factor: 8/10 Must Read/Average/Pass: Must read!
To say that this family lived a very minimalist lifestyle would be an enormous understatement. With constant “skedaddles,” the family had practically lived in every corner of the U.S. before Walls moved out of their old, run down home in Welch to NYC.
What I found the most heartwarming (and yes I do admit to shedding a tear or two) is the loving bond Walls had with her father. Although a caring, strong man, Walls’ fatehr was an alcoholic which translated into lots of broken promises, the Glass Castle never being built, and the family never finding gold to strike rich. Despite these obstacles, it was a very moving story about loyalty and love one had for the other. I couldn’t have recommended any other read more than this one.
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~ Kisses, Kvitka ~