Of all the books on my book shelf, The Glass Castle is the one I re-read the most. I don’t usually like to pick favourites because there are so many books that I enjoy and would recommend but if I was ever stranded on an island and only granted 3 wishes, I would without a doubt wish for a copy of The Glass Castle.
I actually can’t remember how I heard about this book, it might have been my friend C who introduced me to it. I know we have discussed it in depth and I know she was the one told me about Jeannette Walls’ follow up book Half Broken Horses (also a pretty good read). All I know is that when I can’t seem to find it on my book shelf I start getting panic attacks that it’s been stolen. To me the book is that valuable!
I made the mistake of lending the book out to someone once and it never came back. Clearly my obsession of getting the book back was enough to drive my friend S crazy that she bought me another copy. I was so grateful that I had the book micro-chipped in case it ever goes missing again. I’m kidding but I strongly considered it.
The book isn’t that long and since I don’t believe in spoilers, I’ll just say that it’s a book about Jeannette Walls’ unconventional childhood growing up with an alcoholic father and a mother who seems to be mentally ill. I just re-read the book again over the last week so that I could add it to the Marbair’s Must-Reads list and it didn’t disappoint. Every time I read the book, there are some parts that I had forgotten about and some I remember so clearly because they evoke the same emotion each time. It’s definitely a story that I love to read over and over again.
Like all good books, the movie is bound to follow. It’s been recently be announced that Jennifer Lawrence will play Jeannette Walls and Claire Danes and Mark Ruffalo will play her parents. With a cast like that, my favourite book might also become my favourite movie.