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Friday, December 3, 2010

2011 Stephen King Reading Challenge - FAILED

Can you believe I have yet to read a single Stephen King novel? The man intimidates me, really, he does. Most of his novels are 700+ pages long and from what I’ve heard they’re pretty detailed and intense too. So when I saw that Carolyn from Book Chick City was hosting a Stephen King reading challenge, I knew I had to jump on board. I actually have several of his novels that have been sitting on my shelves for well over a year (I wasn’t kidding when I said I’m intimidated by the man) so this challenge should give me the push I need.

Challenge Details

  • Timeline: 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2011
  • Rules - There are two levels: Read either SIX (6) or TWELVE (12) Stephen King novels in 2011 (6 is the minimum but you can read more than 12 if you wish!)
  • You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  • You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.
  • At the beginning of Jan 2011, I will add a link so you can add your reviews.
  • You don't have to have a blog to join in.
  • Go HERE to sign up.

My goal is to read SIX Stephen King novels.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to read any Stephen King novels this year. I would like to read at least one in 2012.

17 People had something to say:

  1. e-QuillsDec 3, 2010 10:54 AM
    I agree with the fact that Stephen King can be intimidating. Some years ago I went through a stage of reading some of his novels, and managed (in several bite-sized chunks) to chomp through Carrie, Needful Things, Salems Lot and Pet Sematary. I attempted IT, but simply could not get into it. However I truly loved Needful Things and to this day it holds a place amongst my favourite reads.

    Good luck with the challenge!

  2. Page (One Book At A Time)Dec 3, 2010 12:46 PM
    This challenge intrigues me, but I'm not sure how much I want to reread Stephen King. I have almost his entire works except his a few of his short story collections and the Gunslinger series.
  3. D.L.Dec 3, 2010 12:53 PM
    Good for you for taking that on then :)

    I agree with you Stephen King is really intimidating, but for me it's not just the length of his books but how many books he's written. It's just unnatural! I don't think I could handle being in the same room as him, I'd be too much in awe.
  4. ComaCalmDec 3, 2010 02:05 PM
    For a newbie Stephen King reader I would recommend Just After Sunset (collection of short stories) or Carrie. You've chosen some pretty heavy books (I heard IT has a pre-pubescent sex-scene in it) but good luck! I'll join in, I have about 20 of his books I could do with reading.
  5. The Book VixenDec 3, 2010 02:59 PM
    e-Quills - I'm not sure if It is for me. I might pass on that one. I definitely want to read Needful Things - very interesting premise.

    Page - I'm going to email you. I need to pick your brain :)

    D.L. - I know! The man has written how many books? 50?

    ComaCalm - Oh man. I'm rethinking my list now. I definitely want to read the first 3 on the list. I'm rethinking It now.
  6. Teacher/LearnerDec 3, 2010 03:08 PM
    Whoa, awesome challenge! I'm very much in (and that would make 6 challenges for me in 2011--yikes!). Taking on both Under the Dome & The Stand, Stephen King's two 1000+ page opuses, in the same year is very ambitious...best of luck!
  7. ComaCalmDec 3, 2010 03:28 PM
    Okay if it's any help, here's the books I'd recommend to a newbie:

    1. Just After Sunset - Short stories, so easy to dip in and out of.
    2. Carrie - His first novel and very short.
    3. Different Seasons - Four stories, including the story that became Shawshank Redemption, and The Body, which became the movie 'Stand by Me'

    Books I'd avoid:
    1. Full Dark, No Stars - I hated this one.
    2. Something HUGE, like Under the Dome or It.
    3. The Dead Zone - I read the first chapter of this and wanted to burn the book. It was horrible. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
  8. Book Chick CityDec 4, 2010 02:35 AM
    Welcome to my 2011 Stephen King challenge BV! I think I'm going to go for The Dome as one of my books too! Thanks for signing up! :)
  9. I have not read any of these but I watched The Shining while in high school and it still scares the s*&t out of me...I don't think I'll be joining this challenge. I'd have to keep putting his books in the freezer like Joey on Friends.
  10. The Book VixenDec 4, 2010 07:20 AM
    Teacher/Learner - Yeah, I'm diving right into the deep end with this challenge. Grabbing the bull by its horns. LOL

    ComaCalm - Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look into them. What did you not like about Full Dark, No Stars? I'm going to try Under the Dome because I have the book sitting on my shelf but I think I'm going to pass on It. Have you read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon? What did you think of it?
  11. ComaCalmDec 4, 2010 08:44 AM
    Full Dark, No stars was one of the most boring books I've read. In the first story a guy kills his wife and then everything just gets steadily more depressing from there. The second one a woman gets raped and goes slightly insane... Check out my blog for the review if you like. I forgot about The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, it's my favourite Stephen King book! Definitely recommended. >.<
  12. The Book VixenDec 4, 2010 09:26 AM
    ComaCalm - I'll definitely check out your review. Good to know about The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. You've been really helpful with my list!
  13. Under the Dome is freaky!!
  14. LesleyDec 6, 2010 08:29 PM
    you need to add Misery. One of the best books I've ever read, much better than the movie and worth every single second. :)
  15. *lynne*Dec 25, 2010 06:25 AM
    Hi! I just signed up for the 2011 Stephen King Challenge too (I'm #68!), and am dropping by to visit other participants. Looking forward to your choice of reads, and reviews.

    Since you've not really dig into King's works before, as some others have suggested, maybe go for the shorter works... I would point you to The Gunslinger, it's relatively short, but if you're interested in what is presented, you can go on to the rest of teh Dark Tower series (7 books in all, and yes some are friggin' thick/long, but once you're hooked, you're hooked.. IMO anyway!)

  16. nymfauxJan 12, 2011 07:41 PM
    Oooh!!! This looks like fun!!!

    I didn't read any of his books until I was in college, and though some it can be really intense, there are also a lot of really human touches that he brings to his stories--Two of my favorites are Misery and The Green Mile. I would absolutely recommend them!!!
  17. lovenpeaceeApr 2, 2011 07:11 AM
    I've read only a few of his novels, I'm excited to read more. I'm late on starting this challenge but I'm ready :D

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