Books from the Backlog #247

Posted January 5, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 20 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #247Carrie by Stephen King
Narrator: Sissy Spacek
Published by Random House Audio on August 7, 2012
Genres: Fiction / Horror
Length: 7 hours 24 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Stephen King's legendary debut, the bestselling smash hit that put him on the map as one of America's favorite writers

"Gory and horrifying. . . . You can't put it down." —Chicago Tribune

Unpopular at school and subjected to her mother's religious fanaticism at home, Carrie White does not have it easy. But while she may be picked on by her classmates, she has a gift she's kept secret since she was a little girl: she can move things with her mind. Doors lock. Candles fall. Her ability has been both a power and a problem. And when she finds herself the recipient of a sudden act of kindness, Carrie feels like she's finally been given a chance to be normal. She hopes that the nightmare of her classmates' vicious taunts is over . . . but an unexpected and cruel prank turns her gift into a weapon of horror so destructive that the town may never recover.

Why did I add Carrie to my bookshelf?

I actually have a very large collection of Stephen King’s books but I have been so focused on reading the books that I have received for review that I haven’t had the chance to read many of them. This year I hope to read one of his books every month and I thought that I would start with his first book, Carrie. It is a short book so I shouldn’t have too much trouble fitting it in. I have owned the audiobook for around 2 1/2 years and am looking forward to finally reading it!

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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20 responses to “Books from the Backlog #247

    • I have liked every Stephen King book that I have read, which admittedly isn’t all that many. I am excited to read this one!

  1. Ooh that’s a cool cover for Carrie! There have been so many over the years! Lol. I only ever read one or two novellas from Stephen King. Despite my love of paranormal, I didn’t really like it in the horror format! Weird, I know! Lol.

    • I have read a handful of King’s work and most of what I have read I wouldn’t consider horror. He does write horror but that is not all that he writes.

  2. oooh a Stephen King! I just love that. I hope you get a chance to pick this one up soon though. Sometimes my TBR gets neglected as I get too focused on ARC’s or new releases.

    • I have spent the past couple of years so focused on cleaning up my past-due books that I haven’t had much time for anything else. I am excited to start reading some of what I own.

  3. I’d forgotten this was his debut. There have been SO many! I read it a million years ago and remember being appropriately surprised. I read 4 Stephen King books last year, his newer ones, including Fairy Tale, and liked them all quite a bit. There’s less overt horror in the 4 I read this year, which I appreciate. Enjoy the journey this year!

    • I wouldn’t even consider some of the books written by King that I have read to be horror at all. Fairy Tale is on this year’s tbr and I cannot wait!

  4. I have the print version around here somewhere I would like to read. Stephen King’s books are hit and miss with me, but I am really curious how this compares with the move versions I’ve seen. I hope you enjoy it when you read it!

    • I don’t think that I have ever sat down and watched any of the movies that have been based on this book. I think that I may have seen parts but never the whole movie. I love that Sissy Spacek narrates the audiobook.

    • I have read several of his newer books which really weren’t horror in my opinion. I know a lot of his books do fall in that genre though.

        • I have seen a few but for some reason, my parents were very strict with what movies I was allowed to watch. I am pretty sure that I am still not allowed to watch rated R movies. I still saw plenty of R rated movies as a teen/young adult but I don’t remember watching a lot that were based on King’s books. It could also be that now that I am older my memory is simply failing me.

  5. One a month is a good, doable plan. I find that a good rate when I’m working through a series or an author’s books on my shelf.

    • I got caught up on 9 different series/trilogies last year by reading one book per month so it seems to be working for me. I am looking forward to reading more of these books that I bought.

  6. I read a novella by King and really enjoyed it but haven’t gotten enough courage to read his full length books. I hope you really enjoy it when you read it!

    • Funny story – When I was a teenager, I read one of King’s short stories and hated it. I decided that I didn’t like his writing and never picked up any of his books until about 10 years ago when I randomly grabbed Revival off the library shelf. I loved it! Now I have a lot of catching up to do!