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Book Review: Carrie by Stephen King

Carrie

Screen shot 2014-10-13 at 21.01.13There’s a Carrie White in every high school. A girl born into the wrong class. The butt of everyone’s joke’s. The scapegoat to everyone’s problems. Poor Carrie White. She never had a chance. 

To get your first period at 17, showering after gym, has got to be the worst. Having an overly religious mother who borders on the brink of insanity? Carrie White had the recipe for disaster. 

But Carrie White was special. As she is welcomed into womanhood, so are her truth powers freed. Carrie White just wanted to be left alone, to live her life with her mother. What started as a gesture to counterbalance the guilt from fellow high school student, Sue Snell, turns into a night of terror their little town has never seen. Who is to blame? Carrie White? Or her tormentors? 

A tight engaging tale told from Carrie’s point of view and epistolary format, this is a perfect quick Halloween read. There’s a lot of background to Carrie, and I must say I loved the ending a lot more than the movie version. Yes, it’s a bit dated, but this story is simple and pure at the same time. Even though everyone knows how it ends, you’ll race to see just what kind of destruction Carrie wrecks, and dare I say it? Cheer her on. (Maybe not the whole time, but certainly for two teens that deserved to be reckoned with Carrie.)

I love King’s first published novel. I wish I had read it earlier. He writes women so well, and although it reeks of the 70s, the story is still timeless. Most girls look forward to their senior prom. Pray yours never ends up like Carrie White’s. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

I know The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten lists are on Tuesday, but I do my posts on Wednesday, so I’m mixing it up! I love this list! I love Halloween! It’s almost here! Here are my top ten spooky books to get into the thrilling spirit of All Hallow’s Eve!

1. The Shining by Stephen King

The ShiningI want to start with an epic classic. However, I personally feel that The Shining the book is VERY different, almost completely from the movie. They’re kind of like Harry Potter, both mediums should be experienced separately. I love both of them in different ways. The frightening psychological suspense is fantastic.

2. It by Stephen King

ITRead this when I was in 7th grade. I’m also afraid of spiders. Perfect for bringing back all your childhood fears to relive them now that you’re an adult.

3. Hell House by Alison Rattle and Allison Vale

Hell HouseThis short story collection has creepy tales from all over the world! I love it! Balancing different cultures with a perfect blend of truth, this book is not to be missed if you can find it.

4. Carrie by Stephen King

CarrieYes, I have a strong affection for King. I just recently finished Carrie and it is so much better than the movie! It’s like the Titanic, you know how it ends but you keep turning the pages hoping it might be different.

5. The Greywalker novels by Kat Richardson

GreywalkerYay my city! Spooky Seattle! What’s not to love? Richardson’s research and ability to blend local history and folklore is standout! I’m so sad she’s ending the series next year, but it’s been a great run!

6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

RansomA frighting combination of prose and real photos, Riggs is brilliant at making Wales come alive in a paranormal way. Full of mystery with a hero you pull for each page, this debut is essential for October.

7. Goosebumps by R. L. Stine

H234_SCH_GB11Haunted_0.tifSelf explanatory. I wish these were just as scary as when I first read them.

8. The Legend of Spookiley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano

SpookilyFor personal reasons. A fantastic picture book that has a great moral that’s perfect for Halloween!

9. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp ObjectsFlynn’s debut that is harsh, dark and looming, it’s my favorite of her books! For a traditional mystery, this book has an ending that is horrific and spine tingling!

10. Doll Bones by Holly Black

Doll BonesThis is the only book I haven’t read on the list, but I’ve heard really good things and this cover alone makes it a must read for this month. I hope to read it eventually, but for now I’ll enjoy the beautifully spooky cover!

What are your favorite reads during October? Any special books that scream Halloween??

 

June Purchases

June purchases has arrived!

This month I bought a book as a High School Graduation gift:

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It’s the notorious Flowers in the Attic by the beloved V. C. Andrews (original, not the ghost writer).

Why? Because I told the graduate, “There’s a time and place for everything, and it’s called college!”

I really, really hope her mum doesn’t judge me too harshly, but she’s eighteen! 

My other purchase was in support of a local bookstore in Yakima during a weekend visit:(Stay tuned as it’s one of the bookstores on my Washington Bookstore tour!)

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As I have friends that worked on the marketing in London and I do ever so love Stephen, it’s such a a natural choice to go for his latest horror novel. I’m hoping to get to it next month. 

Hail to the book! 

Later,

Ashleyisee

xx

June Reads

June Reads

Goals this month are to read some adult fiction! Long awaited grown up books that I would STILL have have patience to be published in the UK. My reviews for the following will be on my Goodreads account

11//22/63 by Steven King

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse mystery #13)

Seawitch by Kat Richardson (Greywalker #7)

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevailer

I’m still working through my huge pile of YA from last month’s library haul but I also have been approved for the following:

The Island by Jen Minkman (ARC)

Demonic Dora – The Demon Diaries by Claire Chilton (ARC)

Happy Birthday to Me by Brian Rowe (ARC)

Skin by Donna Jo Napoli (ARC)

I wish I could read faster, every time I go to the library all I want to do is check out more books. Sigh, how the time will come! 

What is one book that you’re reading this month?

The Long Walk by Stephen King – Vintage YA

People love to complain that Battle Royale was the original of The Hunger Games. True, both of the stories have similarities: Teenagers being forced to kill each other until one stands as the living victor within a secluded ‘battleground’. BA was published in 1999, HG was published in 2008. However, there is a book that was written before either of these dystopian realities. 20 years prior, Stephen King under the pen name Michael Bachman wrote The Long Walk that was published in 1979. 

The Long Walk

Every May there is a lottery where boys enter their names. 100 are selected to embark on a walking contest until one of them remains. This last survivor is crowned the winner. The winner of the contest receives whatever he wants for the rest of his life.

There are similarities to BR and HG: it’s set in a futuristic time period, technology is used to determine that the boys are walking more than 4 mph at all times and if they try to leave the road they get shot.

Thrilling and horrific, The Long Walk precedes these books that have rocked the world with their cruelty and grief. King, the master of terror has paved the way with this book that was before it’s time. Can King write YA? With this book I think the proof is more than exceptional.

Day 24 – 30 Day Book Challenge

King is a brilliant writer and not just in horror fiction. Writing is more than just creating stories. It’s about communicating and King is well, a king of doing just that. Anyone that loves to read or write should give this piece of Stephen King a chance.