R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VIII Ends 10/31/13

(Images by Artists Jennifer Gordan and Roman Sirotin, used with permission.)

This challenge is hosted at Stainless Steel Droppings.

I’m a little late in posting this, but I managed to read four books for the challenge.

  1. September 8, 2013 – read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – thriller
  2. October 3, 2013 – read Doctor Sleep by Stephen King – thriller
  3. October 12, 2013 – read Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez – paranormal
  4. October 14, 2013 – listened to Fade Away by Harlan Coben – mystery thriller

Doctor Sleep Read-Along

Monday, September 30:  Kick-Off Discussion
Monday, October 7:  Discussion #1 (Chapter 1-6)
Monday, October 14:  Discussion #2 (Chapter 7-13)
Monday, October 21:  Wrap-up Discussion (Chapter 14-End)

Doctor Sleep Read-along: Chapters 1-6

Doctor Sleep picks up not long after the closing of The Shining.  For those who have recently read The Shining, do you think it proves to be helpful in diving into the sequel?  If you have not recently read The Shining, do you feel you are missing out on some of the details?

I have not recently read The Shining, although it has been one of my favorite books since I was a child.  It’s been quite awhile since I read it, but I still remember most of the story.  I feel the opening chapters of the book serve as a good reminder if the reader has read The Shining.  If not it would be helpful to read The Shining first.

Danny has now become Dan.  In Part One, we watch his transformations from learning to live with the horrors of The Overlook to succumbing to the drink (like his father) to his road to sobriety and earning the title of Doctor Sleep.  What do you think about the journey King has taken Dan on thus far?

Considering the childhood he had; his alcoholic father trying to kill Danny and his mother and dealing with his “Shine” ability, I’m not surprised that he became an alcoholic also.  King did a great job showing his struggling journey from hitting rock bottom and then pulling himself out of that life to what his life is now.

We are also introduced to the True Knot in this first section.  What do you think about this group?

The fact that King has written the True Knot as every day people driving around the country in RV’s is just creepy.  We don’t know all that they are capable of just yet and I think it’s going to get much worse with these people.

Overall, what do you think so far?  Have you completely fallen into the story?  Or, has it taken a bit longer to get back into the life of little Danny Torrance?
At first, the pace of the story is slow.  It’s building the history of Dan’s life and how we got to this point.  It’s completely necessary to the story, but at times it’s a little tedious and it took me longer to fall back into life of Danny Torrance.

Doctor Sleep Read-along: Chapters 7-13

(This discussion will contain spoilers through Chapter Thirteen of Doctor Sleep.)

In Part One, we get to know Abra mostly through her parents or other adults. In Part Two, we get to know her much better. What do you think of this extraordinary girl?

I agree Abra is an extraordinary girl.  She has very powerful abilities that she has not even fully tapped into yet, but on the other hand she has to act like a completely normal girl.  At times she totally shows her age and then she shows her amazing insight and maturity.  She is definitely my favorite character in Doctor Sleep.

Do you have any speculations on what the True Knot are? We know how they sustain themselves, and we’ve seen the way they die. They’re not, as Abra calls them, “ghostie people,” but they aren’t really human either.

Sick, sick, sick!  King calls the True Knot the “empty devils”.  This is definitely accurate.  They will never be done hunting people with the “Shine”, especially children.  King does a very good job in creating this villain.

Considering that Chapter Thirteen is one of the most intense in the book so far, did anyone actually stop reading here? Or could you not wait to race on ahead?

Well, first of all, since I had a rental copy of the book I couldn’t read this at a leisurely pace even if I had wanted to.  Having said that, it took me a few days to get through the first few chapters, but after this point I stayed up way too late reading.  I only had about 100 pages left and couldn’t stay awake any longer so I finished it the next morning.

Doctor Sleep Read-along: Chapters 14-End

Before we started reading, we asked if you had any expectations for Doctor Sleep.  Did you get what you were hoping for out of the book?

Having finished the book, do you think having read The Shining is important for enjoying this one?

I think reading The Shining would be important to really understand the background for Doctor Sleep.   Doctor Sleep could stand on it’s own as a story, but it just wouldn’t be the same without knowing Danny Torrance as a child.

In one word, one phrase, one sentence … describe Doctor Sleep.


Anything else you feel like discussing about the end of the book?  Or, about the book as a whole?

I was really surprised to find out that Dan and Abra were related.  I didn’t see that coming at all.  I loved seeing their relationship unfold throughout the book.

At first I was worried about the members that left the True Knot, but realized they will probably just die off considering they were sick when they left.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Doctor Sleep and would definitely recommend it.

Do you have any final thoughts about Doctor Sleep?  How about Stephen King in general?

Also check out these links for more discussions on the Doctor Sleep Read-Along.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Was Forced To Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.

These are the ten books that I can remember being forced to read in school.

  1. The Catcher in Rye by J. D. Salinger
  2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway – Took me a long time to get through this one.  That’s almost all I remember about it.
  4. Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  5. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  6. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  7. The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  8. The Berenstain Bears by Stan Berenstain
  9. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – One of my favorites.
  10. The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe – I loved this story.

The Catcher in the RyeThe Scarlet LetterFor Whom the Bell TollsRomeo and JulietHamletMoby-Dick; or, The WhaleA Light in the AtticBears on WheelsA Christmas CarolThe Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

Top Ten Tuesday – The Best and Worst Series Enders

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.


The Worst:

  1. Break You (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite #3) by Blake Crouch – I hate it when the author doesn’t tie up the loose ends.  There was a lot left unexplained in this book.  And the stories that he wrote with Jack Kilborn just glossed over these characters.   Otherwise the series was great.
  2. Ominous (Private #13) by Kate Brian – Technically, this is not the last book in the series, but I haven’t read the very last one.  I am disappointed in the direction the last books of the series went.
  3. Seeds of Yesterday (Flowers in the Attic #5) by V. C. Andrews –  I re-read the Flowers in the Attic series because I read the first three books as a teen and never finished.  The series wasn’t bad for being V. C. Andrews, but enough is enough.

Break You (Andrew Z. Thomas/Luther Kite Series - Book 3)Ominous (Private, #13)Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger, #4)

The Best:

  1. The MacGregor’s by Nora Robert –  I loved this whole series.
  2. Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2) – loved the sequel to one of my favorite books.
  3. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins – one of my favorite series.

Three Series That I’m Looking Forward To:

  1. Privilege by Kate Brian
  2. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
  3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare



Weekly Recap – 09/30/13 to 10/06/13

I Read:

I had more time to read this past week and finished four books.  I read two other books also.  With Game of Thrones I am listening to the audio book and reading the eBook.  I hope to finish it this next week.

  • 9/30 – read/listened to 40 pages of Game of Thrones, read  15 pages of Rose Under Fire, read 120 pages of Book of Spells, and read 90 pages of Doctor Sleep
  • 10/1 – read/listened to 32 pages of Game of Thrones, read 107 pages of Rose Under Fire, and 43 pages of Doctor Sleep
  • 10/2 – read 300 pages of Doctor Sleep and finished last 55 pages of Rose Under Fire
  • 10/3 – read last 98 pages of Doctor Sleep and 78 pages of Save Me
  • 10/4 – read 74 pages of Save Me and read/listened to 88 pages of Game of Thrones
  • 10/5 – read 257 pages of Save Me
  • 10/6 – read/listened 80 pages of Fade Away and fnished last 200 pages of Save Me
  • Total pages for the week = 1740

Rose Under FireSave MeThe Book of Spells (Private #0.5)Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

Fade Away (Myron Bolitar, #3)A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

From the Library:

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison


  • I watched this series on Netflix and had to check out the book.  It came this week through the inter-loan system.



Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – 10/04/13

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda’s Voice.    I noticed these memes and thought it would be interesting to do both.  Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week.  This is the book I’m currently reading.

Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2)

Book Beginnings:

On the second day of December in a year when a Georgia peanut farmer was doing business in the White House, one of Colorado ‘s great resort hotels burned to the ground. The Overlook was declared a total loss.

Friday 56:

You don’t have to live this way if you don’t want to.