Lisey’s Story

I heartily acknowledge that I am a Stephen King fan-girl. No, I haven’t read the Dark Tower series (I tried about 15 years ago, at the encouragement of my father–also a King fan–but just.couldn’t.do.it. I promise to try again sometime soon), but I have read about 97% of his other works.

My favorite King books are his short story collections, but of his novels The Shining and  The Dead Zone are my favorites. I’m the child of a recovered alcoholic, so The Shining hits home on a lot of levels–and terrifies me for more than the haunted house (er, hotel) aspect. My heart aches for Jack Torrance through that entire damn novel. The Dead Zone is just beautifully written, and appeals to me on a more emotional level than King’s scary-paranormal stories. Again, my heart aches for Johnny Smith the whole time.

So I just re-read Lisey’s Story, and while I don’t think it’s up there with my favorites, I think it’s pretty damn close. Continue reading

Cleaning off the bookshelf

Oh, my posting here is atrociously sporadic.

Today I’m cleaning off my bookshelves and trying to trade-in some books at my local Buy-Trade bookshop.

On the list to trade:

Good Omens

The Dark Half

Pet Sematary

Skeleton Crew

The Hot Zone

The Heaven Series (subject of an upcoming post on IFMiB)

The Looking Glass Wars

The Great Husband Hunt

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

I enjoyed most of these books, but they’re not the sort that I want to read over and over and over again. I mean, I love me some Stephen King, but I’ve read the three King books on my list enough. And some of these are books that I have multiple copies of and no one to gift them to.

Hopefully I’ll find some super-awesome books to get (and hopefully most of these will trade!). Whoooooooooo trading books!