The Stephen King Challenge

Having read a fair amount of Stephen King books over the past ten years or so, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered this reading challenge and decided to take part in it. I had already started on 11/22/63, the latest King novel, which found its way under my Christmas tree last month, and so far it’s been an amazing read. I’m nearly halfway through and enjoying every page so far.

Here are the rules:

The Stephen King Project Overview

1. This will run from January through December 2012
2. Anyone can join. But you should have a blog OR an account with Goodreads, Shelfari, etc., so you can write your reviews and we can visit via the link at The Stephen King Project.
3. The Project will be hosted at The Stephen King Project. Participants should link their reviews to the Linky there.
4. Audiobooks count.
5. E-books count.

What Are the Commitment Levels?

* A King Novice: 1 book
* A Lil Bit of King: 3 books
* A King to Balance It All: 6 books
* A King Legend: 9 books
* A King for All Seasons: 12+ books

What About the Movies?

Hell. YEAH. Same rules from the above apply, except…
* You can mix and match but you should have more books than films in your end-of-year total tally.

What Should You Do Now?

1. Write an announcement post on your blog.
2. You don’t have to put a list of books together in your announcement post. Or you can.
3. Use one of the blog buttons from the sidebar.
4. Enter the link to your announcement post here at The Stephen King Project at the appropriate post.
5. Every time you write a review, enter the link to it for the appropriate month at the review site. (On the 1st of each month, a new entry will be posted at the review site, and you can link up your reviews there).
6. At the end of each month, one participant from that month will be selected via and will win a book from either Kathleen or I (or we may both have a book to give you). The book may or may not be King-related.
7. At the end of the year, one participant from the year will win a $50 gift card!

Maybe you’d like to join and be a part of the reading adventure. If you’ve read any King before you’ll love it. If not, now’s a good time to start. For more information, click here:

The Stephen King Project

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13 Responses to The Stephen King Challenge

  1. I am also doing the challenge. I love Stephen King so this is a new years resolution I can definitely keep! I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts about 11/22/63. I couldn’t put it down!

    • Delia says:

      Hi Donna,
      It’s nice to meet another King fan. 🙂 He’s my favorite author, I love the way he can create a story and make the reader live in it.
      I’ve often complained about the size of 11/22/63 but I have a feeling I’ll be sorry when it ends.
      Thanks for visiting and for your comment.

  2. Vishy says:

    This looks like a wonderful reading challenge, Delia! I thought you were hosting it when I read your post. I am tempted to join! I have to think and make a list of Stephen King books I want to read. I have ‘The Green Mile’ and ‘The Cell’ on my bookshelf waiting for me to pick them up. I would like to think and add a few others too. Which of Stephen King’s books would you recommend?

    • Vishy says:

      Forgot to add one more thing. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on 11/22/63!

    • Delia says:

      The two blogs who are hosting the challenge are listed on the blog button, so it’s not me. When I saw that, I couldn’t pass it up, especially since I was reading a book by King (I’m more than halfway done, by the way). I must have read around 30 of his books – I’d better make a list as I am not sure… I’ve seen the movie made after Green Mile (haven’t read the book) and I read the Cell when it came out.
      I recommend Needful Things, Salem’s Lot, The Shining and The Stand. Also Pet Cematary is very, very good and so is Misery.
      And once you’ve read a few of his novels, you can read The Dark Tower series (there are 7 books). I hear a new book that’s supposed to be a part of the series is coming out this spring so I’ll add that to the challenge as well.
      Come and join us Vishy, you have a whole year to read at least one of his books! 🙂

      • Vishy says:

        Thanks for the recommendations, Delia 🙂 I will add all your recommendations to my ‘TBR’ list. ‘Needful Things’ looks like an interesting title for a Stephen King novel. I can’t wait to find out what it is about. I have also seen the movie version of ‘The Green Mile’ and I liked it so much that I want to read the book now. I have also seen the movie version of ‘The Shining’ – it was extremely scary. Have you seen this?

        Happy Reading! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on 11/22/63!

        • Delia says:

          I don’t think I’ve watched The Shining… I will look for it. There’s a band called ‘Thirty Seconds to Mars’ who made a video based on The Shining. It’s called The Kill, you can find it on youtube. Great music. 😉
          Coming soon, I hope.

  3. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a great challenge. Stephen King is a phenomenal writer. And who could forget Kathy Bates’ performance in Misery.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Delia I am so glad you are joining us for the challenge. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on what you read. I’m sure you all will inspire me in my own reading for the challenge!

    • Delia says:

      I am very excited to take part in it. My first challenge. 🙂
      I have a few movies made after Stephen King’s books and I’m looking forward to watching them.

  5. Well, I’m not a King fan so I won’t be joining up but I do love the three movies made from his collection of 4 novellas titles Different seasons. The movies as I’m sure you know are The Shawshank redemption, Apt pupil and Stand by me. If I read King, this is what I’d read – oh, and his book, On writing.

  6. Delia says:

    I’ve read Different Seasons and liked it, the movies, too, though I’m not sure I watched Stand by Me… One movie I really enjoyed watching was Dreamcatcher but I haven’t read the book…
    On Writing is really good, I hope you’ll decide to read it some day.

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