[Book Review] The Shining by Stephen King

the shining

Stephen King is a novelist known worldwide, but The Shining was my first real introduction to his writing.

Following the story of Jack, Wendy and Danny, The Shining takes place at the Overlook hotel, where Jack finds a job as the winter caretaker.

Following their arrival at the Overlook, strange events begin to take place, there’s a lady in the bathtub, a mysterious ballroom party taking place at night, the elevator operates by itself.

The novel certainly promises anticipation in all the right places.

What was most surprising for me, as someone who had previously seen the film but not read the book was the more psychological element of the novel. The novel deals heavily with alcoholism, going in depth with Jack’s struggle, his guilt over hitting Danny fighting against his desire to just drink one more time. I found this perhaps one of the best parts of the novel, watching Jack sink into madness as the ghosts of the Overlook finally took over and he caved into drinking.

Overall, I thought the novel was good, it built anticipation in all the right places and dealt with a lot of issues throughout the course of the novel. Stephen King left no stone untouched, and I did not leave the novel thinking that I’d wished something had been tied up.

Initially, I had expected to be terrified out of my mind, but that did not happen. There were a few moment where I got anxious, particularly the scene with Danny and the fire extinguisher at the beginning. But, it was not the terrified I had been expecting. I find that I did not mind that so much, as I had a lot of enjoyment out of other sections of the novel.

One Week In!

How’s everyone’s progress on the Practical Magic so far?

I haven’t managed to get through as much of it as I’d hoped to be able to so far this month. But it’s been quite intriguing what I’ve read so far! I’m not entirely sure what to expect yet, as I feel like it’s a book that could surprise me.

How are you guys finding it?

Don’t forget you can suggest our book for next month here!

June Suggestions!

Is there a book you’ve been itching to read, but never gotten around to?

Now’s your chance to get your suggestions in!

The genre can be anything you want, from historical nonfiction to high fantasy.

Have you written your own book? Suggest it!

Suggestions will be put in a poll towards the middle of the month.

If by some trick of fate we get more than 10 suggestions, I will take the first ten. Unless more than one suggestion is put forward by one person, then it’ll go to the first ten people.

Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the start of our first book club month! I hope you’re all as excited as I am! It’s certainly going to be an adventure!

If you don’t know what book we’re reading, you can find the link to the post here.

Just as a small post, if you would like to have your discussion posted, you can send your discussion to me on longreadersbookclub@gmail.com

You’re discussion should be about 100-300 words, so it doesn’t have to be lengthy, but if you have a lot to talk about, then please go ahead!

Remember to include your social media pages, too!

Happy Reading, everyone! I hope everyone enjoys the book, and we have a nice discussion around it.

Your Favourite Novel

It’s possible to believe that everyone has a favourite novel, or at least a novel they look back and think, ‘I adored that’. It doesn’t matter what kind of novel it is, it’s a novel that makes you happy.

Throughout my life, there’s always been one novel (Technically!) that stands out for me, and a novel that I’ve always thought back to with a smile because that novel has taken me through a lot of places.

That novel for me is Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I loved that novel to the point of writing my undergrad dissertation on it. It opened up a new world of folklore, myths, legends, and things I would be studying further into my education. It inspired me to look at the folklore of my own country, and since then inspired my Masters dissertation (on the Welsh stories ‘The Mabinogion’).

What’s your favourite novel(s)?

Don’t forget to vote in our May book poll here!

Reading Habits

What are your reading habits?

In our ever increasingly busy lives, finding time to sit down and to actually read something is getting harder and harder.

I find now more than ever, I squeeze reading in bite sized chunks. With my kindle, I can read on anything anywhere. I usually tend to either read books on my phone or on my kindle at home. So, I try to sneak in a chapter or two on breaks in work, or when I find a spare five minutes in my day.

Does anyone else do this? Do you have any other interesting ways of reading? I’d love to hear them!

Our May book club suggestions can be found here if you’d like to suggest a book 🙂