For the last five years, I’ve thought King’s work was fine. Just fine. Nothing spectacular. I was beginning to think I was no longer the fan I used to be. Maybe I was getting tired of his work. It didn’t help that he spent a large part of those five years writing a trilogy of crime novels, and I just… don’t care about crime novels. I’ve tried to care, because I’m a King fan. But even loving his work, I still didn’t care all that much. I needed him to get back to the things that made me love him in the first place. I needed a novel that felt like classic King.
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (My Rating: 5/5) What do you even say after you’ve gone on a journey like this one? It was a spectacular finale. It revealed a ton of backstory that illuminates the reason this world has become the way it has. It was sincere and emotional with its character arcs. The use of magic and action was stunning, and it makes me more excited to see how they’ll capture it in a possible television series. I have that numb feeling you get when something you’re obsessed with absolutely overloaded you with feelings and information. I know I’ll be thinking about this one for some time to come. Turning it over in my mind, considering new angles, and writing fan fiction in my head about the next steps for this world.
So now that I’ve shared the bingo card and laid out the challenges and so on, it’s time for me to share my projected TBR. I say projected, because my TBRs tend to shift with my mood. But for the moment, this is what I plan to read for this challenge.
It by Stephen King is one of my favorite books of all time. It has stayed in my top five all these years, and it’s actually time for a reread to confirm that it keeps that place. Still, it was a forgone conclusion that I had to see this. I couldn’t let a fresh adaptation go by without a watch, and the reviews were all so positive I knew it was a safe bet. And it absolutely was. But I want to unpack all my feelings about this new film, and that’s going to involve spoilers whether we like it or not. For the new film, the book, and maybe even a little of the 1990 miniseries thrown in.
Kissing the Bee by Kathe Koja (My Rating: 4/5) I don’t read a lot of young adult contemporary, but Koja could convince me to read anything, whether it’s in my comfort zone or not. Her writing is beautiful and poetic. Her grasp on characterization is unique, and her characters always have a profound arc that plays throughout the story. I have yet to read a book by her that’s let me down. I prefer her horror novels from earlier in her career, but after reading this and Buddha Boy, I’m convinced that I need to keep reading her YA contributions. She writes about that feeling of being a teen wracked with emotion, when everything feels like the end of the world, with such incredible impact. It immediately takes me back to that time, conjuring my own memories in the process of reading.
Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This week I’m showcasing my favorite male friendships. Those times when two guys are such best friends it just warms your heart. Or in many cases makes you laugh. There’s a lot of that here, too. So let’s get started.
Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This week’s topic is about the books you read before you started discussing books online. I decided for the bar to be set before I joined Goodreads, since that’s when I started doing star ratings and reviews. These aren’t necessarily my favorite books from before I started sharing my reading online. This is me taking the opportunity to talk about some books I haven’t read in a long time that should be talked about and read more. So let’s do this.
When I heard there was a Labyrinth themed book tag, you better believe that I knew I had to do it. This tag was created by Pages and Pens. Let’s get started!
1. Sarah: A character that found strength without a love interest.
Jessie Burlingame from Gerald’s Game by Stephen King. Her husband was mainly just a problem for her, and the situation she ends up in is because of him. Despite that, she manages to find the strength within herself to escape and face her demons.
Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday! This week, we’re discussing the fitness routines of fictional characters that I’d like to have. I guess in a perfect world I could manage these, but most of them are a fantasy in and of themselves. Let’s take a look at my choices.
After fussing about how bad I am at readathons, I’m trying again. Mainly because this one is just so cute. The idea is that this is a reading quest, RPG style! You can gain XP and level up through reading. You can gain health points. You choose a character class to get your challenges. This is so adorable. I had to do it.