The Dead Zone – Stephen King

After a miraculous recovery from a five year coma following a horrific accident, Johnny Smith discovers he has the ability to read people’s past and even their futures just by touching them. Johnny isn’t sure if it’s a gift or a curse, especially when an encounter with a rapidly rising, amoral politician gives him a nightmare vision of the future. Can he change this and even if he can, should he?

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Revival – Stephen King

Jamie Morton is just six years old when he meets his town’s new Minister, Charles Jacobs. They forge a firm friendship, which is deepened when Jacobs helps save Jamie’s brother’s voice but after a terrible accident sees the death of Jacobs’ wife and young son he leaves the ministry. Jamie doesn’t think he’ll ever see him again and when he stumbles across him years later and their fates become intertwined he may yet wish that he never met him.

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Trouble in the Heartland – Short Story Collection

“Trouble in the Heartland” is a collection of crime fiction short stories each based on the title of a different Bruce Springsteen song.

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SEPTEMBER ROUND UP

How’s everyone getting on? I’m glad we’re now in Autumn and heading to spooky season.

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Circe – Madeline Miller

Circe is the daughter of Titan Sun God, Helios, and Ocean Nymph, Perse, but a twist of fate means she exhibits none of the traits that make them special, instead she has a talent for witchcraft. When that talent threatens the gods themselves she is punished by being exiled to the island of Aiaia. Here she flourishes in her craft until the mortal Odysseus crosses her path and her life changes forever.

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Happy Birthday to the King!!

So, today is Stephen King’s 73rd birthday. This man is one of the reasons I love reading so much. My Dad introduced me to King when I started looking for more adult books to read and I’ve never looked back.

That being said, I was never a big horror fan growing up so dismissed a lot of his books as “not my thing” but as I’ve got older I’ve started to realise they aren’t as scary as I let myself think and I’ve now challenged myself to read his entire body of work by the time I hit 40.

I’ve still got a ways to go and as he keeps adding to it it’s feeling like a pretty big challenge! Pictured here are his two newest books that I read this year, “If It Bleeds” and “The Institute”, and two that I’ve borrowed from my Dad and are on my tbr shelf to get to in the near future.

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The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

Theo Decker’s life is torn apart by the death of his Mother when he’s 13 years old. Alone in New York he is initially taken in by the wealthy family of a school friend. His life takes on some unusual twists and turns as he tries to make sense of a world without his beloved Mother.

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The Book of Two Ways – Jodi Picoult

Dawn is a death doula. She spends her days helping people come to terms with their death and preparing them and their loved ones for the inevitable end but when she’s forced to face her own mortality after surviving a plane crash her thoughts turn to her life as an Egyptologist 15 years before and the man she left behind. As her life splits off in two directions she’s forced to choose between the life she’s built herself with her husband and daughter and the man she left all those years before.

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August Round Up

It’s been another good reading month for me. I finished up “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” before moving on to “Punching the Air”, which used beautifully written verses to tell the story of a young black male in the prison system in America. Next up was a new King book, “The Institute” before some true crime with “The Killer Across the Table”. I’m currently 57% through “The Book of Two Ways”, so that’s going down on this month’s list. I read 1,673 pages this month. Here’s how the books broke down:-

Punching the Air – Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Institute – Stephen King ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

The Killer Across the Table – John E Douglas and Mark Olshaker ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

The Book of Two Ways – Jodi Picoult (just passed the halfway point so review and star rating to follow)

Although I don’t do a monthly tbr I am going to join in with a read what you own challenge over on Instagram so I will only be reading books I already own for the whole of September and am not going to buy any new books in an effort to reduce my tbr list, which is currently at 36. The only one I know for definite I’m going to read is “The Goldfinch”, which I bought at the airport when I went to Cyprus last September but haven’t got round to reading yet!

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The Killer Across the Table – John E Douglas and Mark Olshaker

John Douglas takes us inside the interrogation room as he delves into the lives and crimes of four extremely disturbing killers. Joseph McGowan was a secondary school chemistry teacher, Joseph Kondro was a family friend, Donald Harvey worked in hospitals and Todd Kohlhepp had his own real estate business. Why did these four men become killers? What can be learnt from them to help catch other killers?

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