” … you’ve got a large thing in your head, Danny.
You’ll have to do a lot of growin’ yet before you catch up to it, I guess.”
It’s finally here — the official kick off for our read-along of Stephen King’s The Shining!
In case you missed it, Tif (from Tif Talks Books) and I have teamed up to host this “Shine Along.” The upcoming release of the sequel, Doctor Sleep, means this is the perfect time to read — or re-read! — The Shining.
This week, we’re reading Chapters 1-16, with our first check-in post a week from today.
Here’s the full schedule…
- Monday, September 9: Discussion for Chapters 1-16
- Monday, September 16: Discussion for Chapters 17-33
- Monday, September 23: Discussion for Chapters 34-58 (epilogue)
…finishing just in time for the release of Doctor Sleep on the 24th!
And I’m thrilled to announce that Tif and I will be hosting another read-along for the new book! Our “Sleep Along” will start on Monday, September 30, and run through Monday, October 21. So if you can’t get your hands on the book immediately, don’t worry… there’s plenty of time to jump in. (Click here for more information on the upcoming read-along.)
But back to The Shining… we’ve got some quick discussion questions to start:
Will this be a re-read or a first-time read for you?
This will be my second time reading The Shining.
Have you seen the movie(s)?
I saw the movie with Jack Nicholson years before I ever read the book. I remember when the mini-series came out (on ABC if I’m not mistaken) but I never saw it.
What are your thoughts from previous reads/watches? (Or, if you haven’t read or watched any of the above, what do you anticipate for your first experience with The Shining?)
I honestly don’t remember the movie all that well. Considering I’m usually against watching any kind of horror, I don’t even remember why I watched it in the first place. I thought the book was great, though. Not all that scary… but I don’t really get scared by books. I don’t know if I’m broken, or if it’s my imagination protecting me, but whatever the reason, I’m glad that horror books don’t actually scare me, or I’d never read them.
And finally, why are you joining in on the #shinealong? Is there anything specific you’d like to get out of the read-along?
Even though I’ve read the book relatively recently (about a year ago), I wanted to revisit it again before reading the sequel. I’ve gained more of an appreciation for Stephen King in that time, plus I wanted a refresher on what actually happened in the book versus the movie (my own memories of the movie might be lacking, but enough pop culture references through the years are still enough to muddle the details).
That’s why I wanted to re-read the book, but as for the read-along itself, I just thought it would be fun… both in reading with other people and sharing our anticipation about the sequel, as well as a new blog experience in co-hosting it.
If you’re interested in joining us, answer the questions on your own blog (please keep them spoiler-free, or have spoilers clearly marked), and then head over to Tif’s to link up. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your answers in the comments on either of our blogs. And if you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #shinealong to share your thoughts and connect with other readers along the way.
I’m looking forward to a great read-along!