Friday, September 30, 2016

Review: The Shining

Title:  The Shining
Author:  Stephen King
Rating:  5/5


Past horrors and evil lurk in Colorado's Overlook Hotel, threatening winter season caretakers Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their young son, Danny. Gifted with the shining, a clairvoyant Danny must battle the darkest evil in the remote hotel in an attempt to save his family from its influence.


Holy hell this book.  Can I start off by saying it's not only the first book I've finished in well over a month, but the longest book I've read this year at 683 pages?

It was amazing!

I had seen the movie some months ago and was like "ehh, not sure why this is a classic horror movie, but that hedge maze was kinda cool."  Then I read the book and was like "why the hell did they put that stupid hedge maze in the movie?  These hedge animals are way creepy!"

Also, the twins:

Yeah, sorry, they don't exist in the book as something Danny ever sees.  But the dog man makes up for the creepy factor by far!

Also, the movie never went into exactly what "the shining" ability that Danny had exactly was.  In the book that's the main focus, obviously!  He would have a good career in ghost hunting with those abilities honestly, or as a human lie detector.

Only Stephen King can write 200 pages worth of background before a story really kicks off and keep me on the edge of my seat.  He also writes this in a way that follows usual human thought, which means it diverges unexpectedly into a character's thoughts or feelings with no warning.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes horror books.  And if you've never read Stephen King before (like I hadn't) this is a great book to start with.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top Ten Books on my Fall To Be Read List

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

I forever have a million books on my TBR list!  But there are a few specific ones I'm looking forward to in the near future.

1.  Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

2.  Freedom: My Book of Firsts by Jaycee Dugard

3. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

4. Wicked by Gregory Maguire

5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

6. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
7. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

8. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

9. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

10. Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Banned Book Week 2016

I LOVE banned book week!  I love that there are banned books.  Why?  Because that means we're all human and different and there is adversity that should be explored!

Now, I don't have time to do a read-a-thon of any type for it this year because my new job takes up all my time and brain power.  So, I have decided to highlight five of my favorite banned books I've read in the past.

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Reasons for being banned:  Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Reasons for being banned:  Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Reasons for being banned:  Offensive language; racism

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Reasons for being banned:  Occult/Satanism

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Reasons for being banned:  Language and sexual references

Happy reading!