Now Reading: It by Stephen King

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It is highly unusual for me to read three books in two weeks. I don’t remember going through that much fiction since my final board exams in college – ten years ago!

I guess I’ve had a good couple of weeks. Lucky even, to have discovered some amazing reads like The Boy who could see Demons and Elenor & Park (review coming soon).

I said to myself, you know, it’s good to have turned so many pages so fast. Why not take on something a little more ambitious, classic even!

I have wanted to read It by Stephen King for years but I haven’t really had the courage. Partly because I remember snippets from the movie I peek-a-boo’d though my fingers as a child. But also because, and I’m ashamed to admit this, I haven’t had the best luck with Stephen King novels in the past. The stories sound fascinating on the jacket, but once I hit the pages, I just find myself lost, in my own imagination no less, spacing out.

But given the few weeks I’ve had, I feel really confident that I can take this little monster on. It’s also my last book for 2014 so I’m hoping the mammoth size or the wooly section of my brain doesn’t discourage me from finishing it. Or at least giving it a good, honest attempt at a start.

Here goes!

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Now Reading — A book I can’t stop reading

IMG_20140526_115806“…There are plenty of people who, you know — people who still like the smell of books.”

“The smell!” Penumbra repeats. “You know you are finished when people start talking about the smell.” He smiles at that – then something occurs to him, and he narrows his eyes. “I do not suppose you have a… Kindle?”

From Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

It’s been a while since I’ve discovered a book I just can’t stop reading… on the bus. Before bed. On my lap in office while feigning a headache. And everywhere in between. Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore reminds me of one of those books mentioned in Harry Potter. You know, the sort you just can’t stop reading? Seems I’ve discovered one of those books, doing my chores in between the lines. I wonder though, if Mr Penumbra would mind that I’m reading this story on a Kindle instead of a hardback. Ah well. From the way things are progressing right now (I’m 45% through) I’m pretty sure he won’t mind.

Review coming soon!