Goodreads Monday – 11/22/63

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Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

My Random Pick

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11/22/63

By Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN13: 9781451627282
Pages: 849
Genre: Historical Fiction/Sci Fi

Blurb:

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

It is kind of a no-brainer that if Stephen King’s name is on it, I will eventually buy and read it. He is an auto author for me. He has been since I very first picked up The Shining many years ago at my poor mother’s forbidding. I smuggled it out of the local library and kept it stashed away underneath my mattress only to read each night and drift away into some of the craziest nightmares. Yet I could not stop. It has been true love ever since.

King is not only a man of horror though. He has written countless titles over the years. Some that make me think, some that make me cry (The Green Mile), and some that just blow me away. One thing remains consistent, he never fails to impress me. He occupies multiples shelves on my bookcases, and I will never be able to read them all. But none the less, 11/22/63 is on my list. Have you read this? If so, what genre would you say this title best falls into?

What’s on your TBR?

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73 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday – 11/22/63

  1. There was a book by Stephen king that I wanted to read, but it’s been taken or of production 😱 I can’t even remember what it was called though, all I know was that it was about a school shooting and that it was taken or of production because school shooters have cited the book as their inspiration! Which is crazy! Not sure if this is something I would read, but I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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  2. This is the only Stephen King book I’ve read and it really frustrated me in parts. I loved the historical setting and the whole portal scenario, but I felt that there was too much waffle to keep more attention. It’s not horror more historical fiction with a time travel magic realism slant, if that make sense? 😕

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  3. Great pick Danielle, I’ve read this and LOVED it! I’m featuring it on my TBT meme in a couple weeks actually. It’s hard to put this in a genre actually, maybe part historical fiction, part thriller/suspense? I agree with you though, Stephen King doesn’t disappoint and what I also love about his writing is how he changes things up, you just never what type of story you’re getting but you know it will be worth reading:) Have you tried his Mr Mercedes trilogy? Also SO good!

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  4. I have yet to pop my King Cherry Lol! but it’s def on my list of to do’s in 2017. Gretchen gifted me the 1st book in the Bill Hodges trilogy since she knows i’m a punk for the scarier books so I will start there & work my way up. 11/23/63 first came to my attention through the hulu show based off this book. I watch the first 3 episodes which were pretty good but can’t remember what happened to stop me from finishing…may just be the creation of this blog lol. Great pick this week Danielle 🙂

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    1. Thinks Lilly! I have to admit that I cannot believe you have not read anything of his!!! You little slacker haha. I look forward to how you feel about his writing when you get around to it. As far as dropping shows.. I think the creation of my own blog has done the same to me several times ❤

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  5. Here we go again. I was going to say, “Nah, not interested” only to find that it has been sitting on my TBR since Sept. 2015. This happened last week with Renee’s TBT. What concerns me is how quickly I can say not interested when at some point I was intrigued enough to put it on my list. I may have to go through my TBR again to make sure I still want to read what’s on there. Thank you, Danielle 🙂

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  6. I’m very picky with King’s work. I can’t do horror I just don’t have the stomach for it, although when I was much younger I read through many of his horror novels! I do love a number of his books though and this is one I wouldn’t mind giving a go.

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  7. I’ve still yet to read a Stephen King novel even though I want to so bad! I’ve seen a lot of the movie adaptations of his books though 🙈. I actually tried to read The Shining for my Halloween read last year but it was during that horrible reading slump I went through so I only made it through the first few chapters. I’m going to try again this year though! And I will definitely be adding this one to my TBR. 😊

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  8. ‘The Eyes of the Dragon’ is the only Stephen King book I’ve liked. I tried to read The Dark Tower series, but got bogged down in The Wolves of the Calla and never finished it. I’ve never read The Shining, though. I might have to give it a try someday.

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    1. The Shining is a favorite of mine. I may be slightly biased as it was my first reading experience of his. I am excited to see that you enjoyed The Eyes of the Dragon! I have it here to read. I have never known of anyone else to read it. So bonus points for you mentioning it!

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  9. This is one of my favorite books! I’ve read it twice. Believe it or not, and I feel awful for saying this, this is the only Stephen King book I’ve read! After reading this one I really wanted more, but I couldn’t decide what to try next.

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  10. I have yet to read this! Excluding ‘Doctor Sleep’, I haven’t actually read much of his newer work. Just out of curiosity, how old were you when you read ‘The Shining’? I was 12 and it got me hooked on horror from that moment onward!

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      1. I think my favorite thing about that book is the sense of closure both Danny and I got. I felt he got closure at the end of the book and I got closure by just knowing he turned out okay in the end!

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  11. I have this in my TBR! Well…. every book by King is in my mental TBR after thoroughly enjoying The Gunslinger (Goodreads would be overwhelmed if I started to put add them all). I don’t know if anyone else mentioned it, but did you know this book has been adapted into a TV series starring James Franco? I’ve actually only heard good things about it, but because it’s a Hulu original, I don’t think it got as much recognition as it could’ve! 😀

    – Lashaan

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    1. I have seen the trailers and have been tempted to watch! But I am such a “book first” kind of reader 😉 And it will be a while before I tackle this. I actually just ordered ‘It’ to read before the release of the new film. I must be insane.. huge!

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    1. I am so trying to avoid the show until I read.. sigh. I just purchased ‘It’ which is massive and will most likely take me until the movie releases haha. I bought a new book light haha because I do not have faith my old one will survive the duration 😉

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    1. I think you could definitely segue from the film The Shining into Doctor Sleep, but ‘The Shining’ is one of my favorite books of his so I recommend reading 😉 Tidbit that popped in my head with this brief discussion – I believe King was unhappy with the film. I personally enjoyed it.

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