Monday, November 12, 2007


Last night I finished the 200th book I have read so far this year. Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill. That’s one scary, scary book. It is scary in ways that Stephen King seldom has been, and touches on some of that other worldy creepiness of some of the recent imported Japanese horror flicks. It’s one hell of a debut novel.

I may reach 225 books on the year, but I think 250 is out of reach.


Greyweather said...

With that much reading I don't know how you find time to blog at all.

Joe King said...

Or eat.

WendyD said...

How do you do it? Is there a speed-reading course you recommend? I'm still trying to make it to 50 books in a year once in my life and I used to think I read a lot. I can't believe how fast you read Stephen King novels. I've had The Stand taunting me from my bookshelf for months, but I've been putting it off to try and read shorter things to try and get to 50 this year.

Though I did finish watching all the Oscar-winning films earlier this year which significantly cut into my reading time for a month or two.

There is simply not enough time to read and watch everything I want to.

Anonymous said...

I didn't think Heart-Shaped Box was all that scary. Specially considering it's the first horror book that I can remember reading. I would have thought that I'd be scared shiftless on my first book. I wasn't.

Joe said...

I know I read a little fast, but it is just something I do every day. Every night after work I read (now that I'm caught up with the last season of Gilmore Girls), and I read over lunches at work. Dunno. Maybe it is also because I'm reading multiple books at once and the slower ones are pushed to the side if something great comes along.

And...if I start something that is punishing me I stop reading it. I didn't always do that.

Wendy: King reads easy for me, for some reason. His writing style is so loose and open that I can fly through him, even Lisey's Story. The Stand was an at work only book, but I still got through about a hundred pages a day (my lunches were a little long...).

My movie watching, on the other hand, has decreased. I've had less patience for two hours of movie lately.

Amanda said...

I guess I should be glad this isn't the year I finally went for it. hahaha!