Top Ten: Books that Were Enough

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was a freebie! Below are ten books that were made into movies but the book was just, like, so meh that I couldn’t bear to watch the film.

Austenland by Shannon Hale // A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron // Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer // House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III // Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs // One Day by David Nicholls // One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey // The Road by Cormac McCarthy // The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Top Ten: Books That Celebrate Diverse Characters

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was books that celebrate diversity/diverse characters.

I’m not sure that these ten books really “celebrate” diversity as much as they predominately feature non-white characters/poc without making a huge deal about said non-whiteness. Whether in the US or abroad, here are ten novels that at least let readers peak into what it’s like to not be the default standard for protagonists.


House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

2666 by Roberto Bolaño

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi


Little Bee by Chris Cleave

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families by Philip Gourevitch

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Five Favorite: Mute Narrators

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

What makes someone mute? Well – a lot of things. They could actually be mute, having never been born with or lost their ability to speak, or they could have chosen a vow of silence – for the whole book or just a part of it. (And it could be a literal muteness or a figurative one, too.) Regardless of the reason, here are my five four* favorite.

1. Amy from The Passage by Justin Cronin
2. Chief Bromden from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
3. Dana from Talk Talk by T.C. Boyle
4. Melinda from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

*(Because I’m only including four, here are two more mute narrators that I’ve heard so much about but have never read: Chris from Lock In by John Scalzi and Jean-Dominique from The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby.)

Have your own five favorite mute narrators? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Staff Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey


One Flew Over

Reviewed by Rachel

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest is one of those books that I think everyone’s at least heard of – if not read themselves. It’s a familiar story, with both substantial literary themes and characters that have transcended the confines of the novel. It’s both a difficult read and an easy story to follow. And I honestly did not think that I was going to love the book as much as I did. It wasn’t an assigned title in high school or college, yet I’ve had a copy since the eleventh grade. Reading it now, though, with almost ten more years of life (and literary) experience, just underscored how much is packed into Ken Kesey’s rather short work of prose. And with just a scant fifteen pages of introduction by the author and various Wikipedia pages to whet my thirst, I’m left with the nagging thought: would…

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New video: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

In which I review One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey and give it 4 stars for its trustworthy narration, accompanying illustrations, themes of autonomy and power, and suggest you have a conversation about the novel with others and/or give it a re-read after exploring its historical context.

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