Stephen King

Quote from "Upton and the Army" that reads, "Men, your friends at home and your country expect every man to do his duty on this occasion. Some of us have got to die, but remember you are going to heaven." Quote from "Upton and the Army" that reads, "Men, your friends at home and your country expect every man to do his duty on this occasion. Some of us have got to die, but remember you are going to heaven."

Upton and the Army by Stephen E. Ambrose came to us before we met the Band of Brothers or learned about Undaunted Courage. Ambrose’s first book, Upton and the Army was published in 1963. This was before Watergate and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, assassination. And it was before the country knew it had in Ambrose…

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Image of the quote from Blood Meridian, "If God meant to interfere in the degeneracy of mankind would he not have done so by now?". Image of the quote from Blood Meridian, "If God meant to interfere in the degeneracy of mankind would he not have done so by now?".

Not long into reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy you realize there’s something stuck in your teeth: grit. Yes, the grit and sand covering the land and characters of Blood Meridian are all over you, too. It’s on your tongue, in your pores, and coating your clothes. You don’t read Blood Meridian. You experience it, every…

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"38 Books to Read in 2017" written above 38 book icons. "38 Books to Read in 2017" written above 38 book icons.

At first, my books to read in 2017 list wasn’t for you. It was for me. But of course, a reading list is a great way to discover your next book. After all, we glom over Stephen King’s reading list. A popular book blog regularly publishes reading lists. Another blog, Brain Pickings, highlights notable folks’ reading recommendations. And…

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I hadn’t been asleep long when it happened. A noise, like skin slapping wood, jolted me awake. “Nick awoke with a fright,” my internal monolog said. Quickly I realized the noise was innocuous. Then I returned to the sentence that ran through my mind as I was roused: “Nick awoke with a fright.” Where did…

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Photo of an open book on a wooden table below the words "30+ Books to Read in 2017." Photo of an open book on a wooden table below the words "30+ Books to Read in 2017."

Update: Four books have been added to the 2017 reading list. Find out what it’s included in the 38 books to read in 2017 list. Tis the season for new endeavors and an annual reading list fits the bill. Below is my 2017 reading list. Maybe you’ve always kept a yearly list of books you want to…

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Photo of an open book on a table with eyeglasses resting on the book. Below the book are the words, "30 books read in 2016." Photo of an open book on a table with eyeglasses resting on the book. Below the book are the words, "30 books read in 2016."

There were classics and there were new books. There were two weeks in China in which books about China accompanied me. There were authors newly discovered and previously read authors revisited. More than anything, 2016 was the year in which I rededicated myself to reading. Halfway through 2016, I realized my folly. Actually, Stephen King helped…

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