Beating the Bibliography: Stephen King

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!

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ABC Challenge: B

Hello!

I’ve made it a goal to complete the ABC Challenge, where I’m challenged to answer prompts with book titles that start with a corresponding letter of the alphabet. Last week, I did A. Here’s the next post!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Need to Finish

It’s been brought to my attention, by me, of course, that of the series I’ve started, I’ve finished seldom few.

I can count on one hand how many series I can remember finishing: A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games trilogy, and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Yup. That’s right. I start series with every intention of finishing them, but then the release dates of the sequels escape me, or I lose interest and forget about them, or I get so caught up in everything else that I just don’t get around to them. It happens, and it happens to me quite a bit. So, here it goes. A list of all the series I’ve started, but would like to finish….whenever.

The Lord of the Rings; J.R.R. Tolkien

I’m just going to get this one out of the way right away. And yes, I know it’s not technically a series. I know it’s technically one book. I also know that the boxed set I received has it as three separate books and that’s good enough for me. I’m not here to argue semantics, I’m here to read books and enjoy myself. And one day, it most likely won’t be this day, or the next, it might not even be this year, but I will someday finish this series. I did read The Hobbit and enjoyed it, so we’ll have to see how the rest of the series fares.

Villains; V.E. Schwab

I loved, loved, loved Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I read it earlier this month and I absolutely intend to get to the sequel, I’m just not sure when. The characters were enjoyable and I loved the contrasts and similarities between Victor and Eli. I’m eager to see how the story develops in the sequel, Vengeful.

Strange the Dreamer; Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer was one of the most interesting books I think I’ve ever read, and I felt immersed in the world Taylor created. It’s just super unfortunate that I read Strange the Dreamer and just didn’t end up picking up the sequel. I mean, it’s on my shelf. I’ve checked it out from the library, but I just haven’t been in the mood to pick it up. But, hopefully, by the end of the year I’ll finish it.

Cursebreakers; Brigid Kemmerer

I just posted a review of A Curse So Dark and Lonely, and let me tell ya, I couldn’t have loved that book more. It had everything I needed to read at the time and it was such an incredible story. I fell in love with all the characters, and I deeply appreciated how unique they all were. I admired all the care and details that were incorporated into this world and I will absolutely be picking up A Heart So Fierce and Broken when it comes out next year.

Shades of Magic; V.E. Schwab

Much like the Villains duology, I really enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic and just thought the entire concept of the series to be interesting. So, I’m eager to pick up the next two. I’ve heard so many great things about them, so they’ll definitely be on my TBR soon.

Stalking Jack the Ripper; Kerri Maniscalco

So this one should be easy. I’ve read the first two, and will be reading the third come August. I’ve already pre-ordered the fourth book right before I re-enforced my book buying ban, so there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to finish the series before the end of the year. I’m so excited to read the fourth one and I have so many theories about how it’ll unfold.

I’m sure there’s probably a few more on my list, but these are the ones that immediately come to mind. I’m sure I’ll also put together a list of series I need to read, and ones I haven’t finished, but that’s for another time.

Let me know what series you’ve started, but need to finish!

Thanks for reading!

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Beating the Backlist: My TBR Jar

So, sometime earlier this year I decided to finally buckle down and read every book I had on my TBR. While this number is measly compared to others (I think I have roughly 50-55), I wanted that sense of accomplishment when I finally tuck the last book on my TBR back into its spot on the shelf and relax with all the exhilaration of slaying a beast.

With that being said, I knew myself. I knew that I would just scan my shelves and see nothing I really wanted to read and just go to the library and get some books there (I’m also on a partial book buying ban, but that’s a different discussion for a different day).

And so, I started a TBR Jar. I knew the only way to get myself to get it done was to color code my TBR by genre, write each name down on a color-coded piece of construction paper, fold it up and shove it into an old mason jar to be plucked from at a later date. The plan will be to pluck a few books from the jar when I’m putting together my TBR for the month until the jar’s empty.

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I’m hoping to finish the TBR Jar by the end of the year, but I think I’m going to be pretty flexible about it regardless. If I don’t finish all the books by the end of the year, it certainly won’t be the end of the world. My TBR is mostly backlisted books that I’ve had for years and just haven’t read yet. I’m hoping to do a huge unhaul at the end of the year to just really refine my shelves to books I love and want to read again.

Here’s to beating the backlist!

Thanks for reading!

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Book Review | A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

I initially picked this book up because I thought the story sounded interesting and I was eager to see this iteration of a Beauty and the Beast retelling. That, and the title is such a good attention-grabber that I just wanted to read the story and find out what it was all about.

And I am so glad I did.

I read A Curse So Dark and Lonely as part of my quest for the Bookie Grail for The Book Junkie Trial. See my post here about the read-a-thon and the books I’m reading for it.

With that, onto the review!

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ABC Reading Challenge: A

Hello all!

So, I’ve seen a few blogs I follow do this, and was really tempted to give it a whirl, so here we are. I know I’ve seen Whitney at bookswhitme and Lorryn from Reading Parental do it, so I wanna send a huge thank you to these two for the inspiration.

The ABC Reading Challenge, as far as I know, is a weekly post where the idea is to move through each letter of the alphabet and answer prompts with books that start with each letter. I’m hoping to do this once a week, probably on Wednesdays.

A Memorable Book I’ve Read Starting With A

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And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: I absolutely love this book. I’ve read some of Backman’s other work and have also been impressed with how well he covers such important and sensitive topics. This book definitely had me crying and despite how short it is–roughly 97 pages–it packs quite a punch.

And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer is a powerful book about   an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.

 

 

A Book on My TBR Starting With A

AfterlifeThe Afterlife of Holly Chase: Five years ago on Christmas Eve, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish she had become. They tried to convince her to  change her ways. She didn’t. She died.

Now, Holly’s stuck working for a top-secret company called Project Scrooge as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year’s Scrooge is different. This year’s Scrooge might change everything.

I saw this book on Goodreads and when I found it in my local bookstore, I knew I had to grab it. It’ll definitely be on one of my monthly TBRs in the future.

 

A Book I’ve DNF’d Starting With A

I actually don’t think I’ve DNF’d any book starting with A on my shelves, nor do I have a book I’ve disliked (so far) that started with A. So I guess that’s pretty good?

Thanks for reading!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Settings I’d Like to See

I thought this was going to be a tough Top Ten Tuesday for me to write, but apparently I have a lot of things I feel like I haven’t seen nearly as much as I’d like to, or just settings I really enjoy and want to see as much as possible.

Desert settings

I think when I say a desert setting, I’m really talking about a harsh, dry and arid climate. I’m reminded a lot of We Hunt the Flame and how its setting was rooted in Arabia. I read We Hunt the Flame in June and I think part of what I loved so much about it was the setting. I loved how it was set in a setting we don’t often see in fantasy. And maybe I’m just tired of the tried-and-true medieval England-esque settings we see all the time in fantasy novels, but We Hunt the Flame was so refreshing for me to read and I think it’s unique setting was one of the reasons the novel was so great to me. I would love to see more novels set in this setting, especially fantasy novels.

Oceanic settings/Seaside

Gimme a story and put it on a boat. On sea, at sea, under the sea, an island in the middle of the sea, I don’t care. I’ve had a deep love, and respectable fear, of the ocean forever and think there are so many ways stories can be developed in these settings.  While there has been an increase in YA fantasies in this setting (Sea Witch, Seafire, To Kill a Kingdom), I just really love this setting and would love to see even more novels set there. Even if it’s not a fantasy, seaside settings just kind of have a whole different vibe than a lot of other settings.

Tundra Settings

Honestly, at this point I think I’m just naming different types of climates or biomes and calling it a setting. But I feel like a tundra setting could be done so well and so cool (pun intended). I think it’s something I’d really like to see done, or maybe even write myself. Who knows?

The Moon/Planet

Earth’s Moon, Mars’ moons, any moon will do. I really like space settings, especially for horror novels (I really, really wanted to love 127 Hours on the Moon), and I just love it when books are set, specifically, on a moon or a planet. Just as with the oceanic settings, just the broad expanse of the unknown, of the untravelled and unseen just strikes a chord with me as an interesting concept.  While the whole space travel is actually fairly common in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, I’d just really love to see more novels set on specific planets or moons.

So yeah, those are the settings I would really like to see in a novel. It’s a brief, probably very vague list of settings that I think are super interesting and want to see more of in novels. Apparently they all have a running theme of wide-open spaces with incredibly harsh climates, so there’s that.

What are some of the settings you’d like to see more of, or even at all?