Krysten Ritter (@therealkrystenritter) may be known for playing characters like superhero Jessica Jones and mean girl Chloe in Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23, but she cemented herself as a literary lover when she wrote her first book, Bonfire. When Krysten’s not busy writing thrillers, she spends her time knitting, cuddling with her dog, and, of course, reading. Here are the books Krysten’s been sharing on her Instagram.
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I’m pretty sure we’ve all had that moment when we’ve had too many book options to decide what to read first. Krysten’s going right to her followers to see which title she should begin out of The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn, The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, and The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani.
Krysten’s love of knitting has finally transcended her love of books. She’s overjoyed to get her hands on Vogue Knitting by the editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine.
What could possibly be more exciting than publishing your first book? Having one of your favorite authors read that book! Krysten shared this great snap of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn reading Bonfire.
We love that Krysten is interested in so many different genres. She was quite complimentary of The Bhudda Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life For a New Generation by Lodro Rinzler.
Who needs one book on the bedside table when you can have a whole stack? Krysten’s table features her own book, Bonfire, as well as Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, “Don’t Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats”: Uncommon Wisdom for Uncommon Times by Kathryn and Ross Petras, Zen Flesh Zen Bones by Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki, Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica, The Lying Game by Ruth Ware, The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut, and The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer.
Finished this one and highly recommend. Lots of twists and turns and I love how @marykubica gets you right inside the head of the main characters – even while shifting the narrative from one characters POV to another. I didn’t see any of it coming, and I don’t just mean the plot, this is filled with unexpected character details, depth, and surprises. Congrats @marykubica and thank you so much for my signed advanced reader copy!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻❤❤ #everylastlie #krystenritterbookclub 😂😂
Krysten was enthralled by all the twists and turns in Mary Rubica’s Every Last Lie. Not only did she love the book, she was also grateful for getting a signed advanced copy.
Found it. Can’t wait. Cancel all plans. @marlitolove (UPDATE – I devoured this book! I happened to be in NY when The Strokes and Interpol and Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vice magazine were all just getting started when I was a young model and I was at a lot of this stuff and a lot of these early shows. Talk about Nostalgia!!!! @LizzydGoodman does a great job of telling this story, and I can’t even imagine how much work went into organizing all of these juicy interviews into such a strong narrative! I especially loved the parts about Interpol and the parts with @ko Karen O on what it was like to be the only girl. Highly recommend!!!
Sometimes when you find the right book, it’s easy to cancel plans in favor of reading. Krysten made room in her schedule for Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City by Lizzy Goodman. The book reminded Krysten of her past, when she had a chance to be at many of the events recounted in the book.
WOW! I am in love with Eleanor – anyone else read this one?! I read it in a day and I absolutely LOVED IT! Eleanor is an amazingly original main character who you root for on every page. Her blunt observations made me laugh out loud and I totally cried when it was over. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! (Rosie Project vibes which I also loved) #EleanorOliphantisCompletelyfine #gailhoneyman 🤓❤🙌🏻 #krystenritterbookclub
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was a favorite for many in 2017, so we’re not surprised to see that Krysten loved it. This book made her laugh, cry, and even fall in love with the main character.
Here, Krysten was able to combine her love of her pup, knitting, and reading all in one. We appreciate that Krysten’s dream Sunday involves great books, like Paula Hawkins’s Into The Water.
Back from another book hunt: Krysten was excited to read her new books, The Women in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, and Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook by Tony Robbins.
Writing a book can make it difficult to find time to read. Once Krysten was finally finished writing her novel, she started reading The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel.
Amy Schumer’s memoir, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, and Emma Cline’s cult thriller, The Girls, might seem like an odd combination, but we love that Krysten was able to bring two girl-themed books together with a marble background.
Before starting to read Maestra by L.S. Hilton, Krysten snapped a picture to see if her followers had read it yet. We hope she didn’t get any spoilers!
Dogs make the best companions when reading. Krysten read The Good Girl by Mary Kubica with her faithful canine friend by her side.
You know a book is really good when a busy lady like Krysten cancels her plans to read it. She was completely hooked on The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.
Krysten’s having another great Sunday, knitting with her dog by her side, and—of course—reading a book. Here, she’s got My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout ready for her knitting break.
Working in television, it comes as no surprise that Krysten would be inspired by Shonda Rhimes’s The Year of Yes. She even took a picture of her favorite part and applauds Shonda for not apologizing for being a badass.
While Krysten is usually a big thriller fan, she took a break from the mysteries to read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Sometimes a feel-good book is just what you need to lift your spirits!
Taking a suggestion from Rachel Taylor, her co-star on Jessica Jones, Krysten picked up Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and read it in less than 24 hours. We totally understand how bummed Krysten was that she finished the book so quickly; it’s definitely a page-turner.
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