So sorry I haven’t been able to update my #Reading Journal as frequently as I promised… my mind was pretty much preoccupied with reading and work!
I’ll talk more about it later, but now that I got a big book out of the way, I hope I can catch up on blogging.
So, I finally finished The Shining by Stephen King which I was buddy-reading with my friends on the night of the 10th. Simply put, I loved it sooooo much!!!
Well, it took me 10 days to finish this book and the reason is, I went back to the beginning on Saturday night – the 6th – because I couldn’t get rid of my niggling feeling of “missing out.”
I had been reading this book with audio but Stephen King’s writing is super descriptive and when he has his characters self-analyze their feelings and emotions, it can be quite philosophical and abstract, like slipping down into a downward spiral. It was when I started having that ‘I could have missed something’ feeling that I don’t particularly relish. I went along with it for a while but I decided to go back to the beginning and start it over without audio. I ended up spending almost the entire Sunday (the 7th) and reached Chapter 20 to 25 (I already forgot) by the time I went to bed.
In the meantime, I kept listening to The Lilac Bouquet by Carolyn Brown and I am 83% into the book right now.
I like the story and the relationship between the characters and how the secrets involving the three main characters – Tandy, Seth, and Jessie – get unraveled and further involves their grandson/daughter, Logan and Emmy Jo. Some characters are really unlikable and I was totally put off by how narrow-minded and unforgiving townspeople can be, I felt the cons of close-knit communities are much more prominent than the pros in this book, but as the plot thickens and as the town’s recluse, Seth opens up to Emmy Jo, it got more and more interesting and engrossing. It’s a sweet and heartwarming story and I absolutely adore it.
That said though, I’ve decided to put this aside for now – probably till the later this month because, having finished The Shining, I just can’t get myself in the mood for books like this. I am so in the horror mood right now.
So much so, I picked up another Stephen King book, Carrie.
I’m 26 pages in the book right now and I already love it! Although I sometimes get confused whenever the inserts (from a book or articles?) come in which insinuates Carrie’s power and what she is capable of, I’m really enjoying Stephen King’s writing. It’s powerful, visceral as usual. I am so liking his books thus I’m even thinking of turning this month into Stephen King Month! Haha.
There you have it; these are my current reads!
How about you? How’s your reading going lately?
Thank you so much for visiting and reading as always, I will see you all in my next update!