I’ll be honest, I am probably one of the worst offenders when it comes to making sure I blog consistently. Sometimes I feel guilty about it, but at the same time, I do this for fun and don’t get paid, so I will just do it when I feel like it and call it a day! No harm, no pressure.
Anyway, I wanted to jump on today to write a little story about something that a lot of my followers on bookstagram (@worldswithinpages) already know: I have recently become obsessed with Stephen King. This isn’t just a slight obsession, oh no, this is a full-blown dedication to wanting to now read everything he has ever written. This is a daunting task considering he has written more than 50 books (some of which are 1,000+ pages long), but I am already 4 down, so I am almost 10% of the way there!
I am really not sure how I became suddenly obsessed with Stephen King. Something motivated me so start reading books that would scare me a little bit and King just seemed like the logical answer. I did read Gwendy’s Button Box a year or so ago (super short novella), but until I picked up Pet Semetary, I had never read a full-length Stephen King book. Pet Semetary blew me away, so then it was onto The Shining. From there, Salem’s Lot which I literally finished just minutes before writing this post. Now to decide what is next… Hmm.
The thing about Stephen King books that hooks me the most is that he’s not afraid to “go there” with his writing. I have never in my life read books that contain themes or situations like the ones he creates with such vivid detail. You won’t get the “tiptoe” type of writing that so many authors subscribe to. If something bloody and gory happens in the book, King will give it to you in great detail so you can almost imagine you are there in the room, watching it happen. I also love that he is relentless in his willingness to get to the core of his characters. He truly creates someone new with each novel he writes and each person has a complexity that is unlike characters before/after him/her. I love that, even though I am reading the same author, I will never read the same book about the same people twice.
For the books I am thinking about reading next, I have it narrowed down to the following:
- Needful Things
- Doctor Sleep (the sequel to The Shining)
- The Gunslinger
- Mr. Mercedes
- Lisey’s Story
- Gerald’s Game
As you can see, that is not exactly “narrowed down,” but at least it’s a start haha! I am definitely looking forward to my next King book and I will try and keep you guys updated on what that will be.
I hope you’re all having a wonderful July