Some background: I was talking with my boyfriend one night when we made a joke about whether or not I could read the entirety (or most, rather) of Stephen King’s bibliography before George R.R. Martin finished the Song of Ice and Fire series. We had a good little laugh about it before I genuinely gave it some thought and decided, ya know, I might as well give it a shot.
Essentially, my plan is to just read the entirety of King’s bibliography to the best of my ability. Meaning that I’m going to focus on his books, short story collections, and non-fiction works. There is another category called “other”, but it looks like it’s mostly short stories and other collections that were already collected in previous collections. If that makes sense.
And so, like a good noodle, and with the help of a handy Wikipedia page, I did my research and compiled a nifty little spreadsheet to help guide me along on my journey to beat the bibliography and win nothing but bragging rights and a sense of accomplishment.
So you wanna beat a bibliography?
According to my research I have about 76 works to read. It breaks down to 61 novels, 10 short story collections, and 5 non-fiction works. And, while I did sort the bibliography by publication year, it was pretty much just a way to make sure I documented all the books rather than an actual plan. Besides, plans can be overrated.
So, am I gonna wing it, and maybe have some semblance of order that’s really mostly to make myself feel better? Perhaps.
Point is that I’m not too worried about how I beat the bibliography, and more just setting a personal challenge for myself.
While the initial joke was doing it within a certain time frame, I’m actually going to be very relaxed about it. I’ve been meaning to read Stephen King for a while now and now I have no excuse.
Now, the idea of reading the entirety of King’s bibliography isn’t exactly a novel idea. It’s definitely been done before and I pretty much just decided that I also wanted to do it. If I’m successful, I may branch out and try it out with other authors with intimidating bibliographies.
If you’re on a quest to beat King’s bibliography, or even just wanna read one of his books, let me know! I’m always up for a buddy read, and it’ll make it all the more fun.
Also, I titled this “Beat/Beating the Bibliography” because I liked the alliterative title. If this is, or is similar to, another blogger’s series, please let me know.
Thanks for reading!