For the past few years, I’ve been doing the reading challenge at GoodReads.com. This year, my challenge is a little
different, and will most likely span more than one year. It’s a bit of an undertaking, to say the least.
As I’ve mentioned in other posts on this blog, Stephen King has had an immense impact on me as a reader and as a person. He was the first “adult author” that I had read, and he opened the gateway to more traditional horror authors like Lovecraft.
My plan, starting in 2022, is to focus on Stephen King. My rules:
- Read books and stories in publication order.
- In the case of series, read the first book, and then the rest immediately after.
- For example, once The Shining is complete, the logical next book would be Doctor Sleep.
- Watch movies, tv episodes, and miniseries associated with the work(s) just read or in-progress.
- Post about the journey on this blog.
- My usual kitschy blog post titles will be put aside, as I want the titles to reflect what I’m reading and my progress in the overall list.
- Movies that Stephen King was associated with, but are not necessarily based on books, will also be included.
Before going further in this post, there are a few small confessions to make.
- I absolutely cannot stand The Dark Tower. I have tried to read the book three times. This time, I’m hell-bent on finishing it, and reading the sequels.
- [see above] I will not be reading The Dark Tower graphic novels. I haven’t decided if that’s going to be an “at all” decision, or if I’m going to collect them later from a local bargain store where I’ve seen them before. Additionally, if I can get them used for cheap, I may reconsider.
- I will be skipping non-fiction books.