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message 1: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) Emily! A girl after my own heart! :D

I suggested something quite similar last year (http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...), and am doing a kind of modified version this year.

I'm reading a Stephen King book for every non-King book that I read this year. No particular order though.

One of these years, I will do the chronological order straight King read-through though.

I hope you keep up with your progress. I have a 2010_Stephen-King shelf so that I can track what I've read.

I've skipped a few (I'm trying to read one in between each book), so I'll have a big stretch of nothing but Stephen King for a while when I get to it! :)


message 2: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) So far this year, I've read:
January:
1. On Writing
2. The Stephen King Illustrated Companion (which isn't technically authored by King, but I'm counting because much of the insert stuff IS authored by him, and previously unread)
3. The Shining

February:
4. Dreamcatcher


message 3: by Tom (new)

Tom Mueller | 305 comments You guys have great goals. I've more or less read all SK as they came out - starting with Carrie (I'm nearly Uncle Stevie's age) - but spread out that way, I'm sure I did miss tons of connections.
I have so many books on my growing TBR list, I find it hard to go back and re-read anything.


message 4: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) I can always make time for King re-reads. :) They are my comfort reads, you know?


message 5: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) I have that same book acquisition habit. :) I just can't help it.


message 6: by Apokripos (last edited Feb 21, 2010 05:27PM) (new)

Apokripos (apokalypse) | 54 comments Emily that's what I have been trying to do ever since I got a kick in the shins when I've realized that I haven't read any King books. I just started collecting his book in Hardcover first edition whenever I can. Yes, it set me back financially but I think hunting for his books are definitely rewarding--as well as reading them. As of now the only thing I've read was The Dead Zone. Haven't found a copy of Carrie yet, though I do like to have copy of that one and it's kinda hard to find right now. The book's older than me; I'm just in my early 20s...

Anyway, as much I can avoided watching movies based on his work and reading some of the reviews and book synopses of his novels. I want to feel the pure feel of fear his works evokes. I haven't keep up with my schedule though my second book would be The Stand.

Well then, good luck to all of us... ^_^


message 7: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) I have to admit, IT is a very distant 2nd to The Stand in my heart. But, I read The Stand long, long before I ever got around to reading IT, so I had many years to read and re-read and just generally fall in booklove with The Stand, so when I did get around to IT, it just felt OK, not amazspectabulous like The Stand. :P


message 8: by Kandice (last edited Feb 22, 2010 08:18AM) (new)

Kandice | 3777 comments I am doing quite a few re-reads of King this year too. Like Becky, King is my comfort read material. When I am stumped about what to read next, a King ALWAYS fits the bill. Since joining GRs I haven't let myself do a whole lot of re-reading so this year I am.

Like Tom, I've read most of King's as they came out, so I am sure that many of the connections were either overlooked or forgotten. I am so excited, now that I've finished the DT, to re-visit all those tying threads.


message 9: by Becky (new)

Becky (beckyofthe19and9) K, I'm putting off reading the DT series again until you're ready so that we can read them together back to back. :D

Just let me know!


message 10: by Kandice (new)

Kandice | 3777 comments I think I want to get through Insomnia, Desperation and Regulators before I do DT again. Maybe even a few others. I know it's not completely neccesary, but I want the biggest connections fresh in my mind. Salem's Lot, I've read so many times I don't really need to re-read for freshness;)


message 11: by Tom (new)

Tom Mueller | 305 comments Kandice wrote: "I think I want to get through Insomnia, Desperation and Regulators before I do DT again. Maybe even a few others. I know it's not completely neccesary, but I want the biggest connections fresh in m..."

IMHO, reading Hearts in Atlantis will add greatly to your appreciation of the DT series.


message 12: by Kandice (new)

Kandice | 3777 comments Oh yeah, I wanted to re-read that one too, Tom! Pretty soon the list will get so long I'll end up reading DT in, oh...2015!


message 13: by Tom (new)

Tom Mueller | 305 comments Kandice wrote: "Oh yeah, I wanted to re-read that one too, Tom! Pretty soon the list will get so long I'll end up reading DT in, oh...2015!"

lol
well, better late than never :)


message 14: by Katarina (new)

Katarina (katarinaw) | 62 comments Emily wrote: "At the beginning of the year, almost on a whim, I decided it was time to try to read, in order, everything King has written"

Emily,

I'm really curious to know how it's going? Have you had time to read what you planned to? What are you reading now?

I gave myself a similar task some years ago, but I only got as far as Carrie... ;)


message 15: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) | 665 comments I would love to do this. But first I want to finish reading those that I haven't read yet. Maybe next year. It's a great idea.


message 16: by Jaime (new)

Jaime (jaimehobbes) | 104 comments How'd it go? Did you succeed? I admire this goal. I am a rereader, especially King novels. Drives my husband crazy!!


message 17: by Kathy (new)

Kathy (bookgoddess1969) | 665 comments Not yet, Jaime. Soon, I've promised myself, soon! :)

There's nothing like rereading. It's live visiting an old friend!


message 18: by Roxanne (new)

Roxanne Portugal (book_worm_mommy) | 5 comments I read them chronologically years ago! (from my collection, I own most of his books, but not all) & it was so fun! By the time I was done though, to be honest, I didn't pick up a SK book for a year! It was draining a little. I like the idea of reading a SK book, in between your other books, but it'll take a really long time to finish! Good luck!


message 19: by David (new)

David jones | 166 comments I love King. I havent finished any of his books this year, but I am working through the DT series. And hopefully I can finally get into The Stand (a book I have only gotten part way into before giving up).


message 20: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Behling (MattyKB) | 109 comments I had read a few Stephen King books throughout the years, but 6 months ago I decided I would try to read them all. I chose not to go the chronological route though, as I like to jump back and forth between old and new King. I'm also not attempting a time limit (i.e. a year, 18 months) as I want to savor and enjoy each book and not feel like I have to rush through them. So far in the last 6 months I've read (or in some cases, re-read) the following (in no particular order):

Carrie
Rage
The Long Walk
The Shining
The Stand
Night Shift
The Dead Zone
Pet Sematary
It
The Tommyknockers
The Running Man
Thinner
Misery
Four Past Midnight
Rose Madder
Cell
Just After Sunset
Lisey's Story
Under The Dome
Full Dark, No Stars

I'm halfway through a re-read of Everything's Eventual right now, and I've got 11/22/63 and Duma Key sitting near me waiting to be read.


message 21: by Edith (new)

Edith | 3 comments I don't really buy that many books.
As soon as the library gets a copy of a Stephen King book, I borrow it.
So I read quite a lot of them, but not in a particular order, or in a particular time-span.
Must say that I read almost all of them through the years, though ...


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