kate’s life in six books
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
I read this in my 20s, alone in a house. It’s about vampires that tap on the window, and I swear something tapped on the window.
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
This is perfect historical fiction –
with all of its detail, it sends shivers through you when you read it.
Cold Comfort Farm Stella Gibbons
This is my go-to comfort book – I read it every couple of years. It’s about a city girl who moves to the country to sort out her cousins.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
I stayed up all night to finish this. It’s an example of how you can go anywhere and do anything with writing.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
This is a masterpiece. It’s so rich
and compelling, you really live the lives of Elena and Lila, the two girls.
Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
This is a heartbreaking account of Sylvia Plath, and I think it’s the most human book I’ve ever read. The language is phenomenal.