Thursday, March 24, 2022

One 2022 Goal Accomplished

At the start of the year, I set myself a goal of reading at least five books by Stephen King. Earlier this week, that aim was achieved when I finished The Stand.

Before The Stand, I had read Salem's Lot (very good), The Shining (good, but not as great as I was expecting), Rage (wasn't keen) and Night Shift (I loved it).

The Stand is not just one of the best Stephen King books I have read. It is up there along with some of the best novels I've read in my entire life.

I read the uncut edition which was released in 1990. It included over four hundred pages more than was originally published in 1978.

With us all currently living during a pandemic, I chose the right - or could that be wrong? - time to finally dedicate that time to reading it. 

I'll always remember seeing the brick of a book in the library when I was a teenager and thinking 'no way, that's far too big for me' before picking up Pet Semetary instead.

Next up, is The Long Walk. Ironically, it feels like I've been on a long trek after spending two weeks enthralled by the characters and story within The Stand!

The new aim is to see just how many Stephen King books I can fit into the year. That should give a better idea what to target when I set my goals for 2023.

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