Actress Kate Winslet is someone that most familiar with. She is considered as one of the best actresses of her generation. She starred in the highest grossing move of all time, Titanic, in 1997, and has starred in many indie movies. We decided to take a look at Kate Winslet’s 5 favorite books to see what she enjoys to read for fun.
Winslet made her first screen appearance at age 15 on a British television show called Dark Season in 1991. Her film debut was in 1994 where she played a teenage murderer in the movie Heavenly Creatures. In 1995, Winslet won the BAFTA Award for playing Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility.
Since then, Winslet has starred in many movies, choosing to go the indie route. She also won two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2011 for Mildred Pierce and Mare of Easttown in 2021. Winslet reunited with director James Cameron in Avatar: The Way of Water in 2022 which also grossed over $2 billion at the international box office.
Kate Winslet’s Five Favorite Books
Winslet goes into detail about her selections and you can read them below.
Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola
“This story seeps into your insides—the way Zola describes the intensity of the relationship between a woman and the man with whom she has an affair. When you meet Thérèse, she barely speaks. She’s so numb and stagnant. I think we’ve all been in those emotional places at one time or another. That lack of courage, lack of confidence, has always profoundly disturbed me. She is transformed through passion and desperation. She and Laurent love each other so much that everything else fades away. They don’t think beyond being together. And, of course, it’s the act that makes that possible—drowning her husband—that destroys them.” – Kate Winslet
Made in Italy: Food & Stories by Giorgio Locatelli
“Food is one of the sexiest, most glorious pleasures that can possibly be had. I happen to love preparing it, I love eating it, I love sharing it. I cannot stand cookbooks that don’t have pictures. You want to have evidence that this is going to be delicious. I love Giorgio’s book because where there’s a recipe, there’s a picture of it. It’s full of his love of food, the various taste sensations he’s experienced throughout his life, recipes, and pages of ingredients. I actually know this family, but that aside, this genuinely is one of my favorite books. Giorgio talks you through the stages of making something in a way that’s incredibly coherent and easy to follow.” – Kate Winslet
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
“Frank and April Wheeler meet in New York. He has bohemian ideas; she is a woman who believed that she was going to be something special among a group of special people. After they move to the suburbs, you see quite clearly the isolation they feel once severed from the city. In the moments when the two are happy, you see how happiness can be reignited in a relationship that’s starting to go sour, but they insist on seeing themselves as a kind of golden couple, destined for a more glamorous life. It’s really a story about disappointment—and how that can destroy one’s soul.” – Kate Winslet
Boost Your Child’s Immune System by Lucy Burney
“My copy is covered in splotches and coffee rings—it literally goes everywhere with me. I found it through my sister, whose son is two months younger than my daughter. He had allergies that manifested in chronic eczema, and Burney helped her figure out what he might be intolerant of. Then my daughter got whooping cough, even though she’d been vaccinated. So I thought, Hang on, I need to know more. I think every parent has a different theory about parenting, and we live in a world where one day pomegranate juice is said to be good for you, and one day it’s blueberry juice. We all want to do the right thing for our children, and I have found this book an incredible way to help mine have a healthy life.” – Kate Winslet
The Waterline by Joseph Olshan
“This novel begins with two young boys playing at the edge of a lake, and one drowns. That event influences everything to come for the survivor—his relationships, his fear of love, his failure to trust. I read the book a long time ago, but one thing has stayed with me: the way a trauma in childhood—though the memory is so blurred and disjointed—can affect us deeply without our even realizing it.” – Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet’s five favorite books are foreign to me so I can’t add much. That is why I am glad the Winslet commented on her selections. Have you read any of these books or plan to? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, happy reading!