Books from the Backlog #255

Posted March 2, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 9 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #255Misery by Stephen King
Published by Viking on June 8, 1987
Genres: Fiction / Horror
Pages: 310
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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The #1 New York Times bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage in a remote location by his “number one fan.” One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA TODAY).

Bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon thinks he’s finally free of Misery Chastain. In a controversial career move, he’s just killed off the popular protagonist of his beloved romance series in favor of expanding his creative horizons. But such a change doesn’t come without consequences. After a near-fatal car accident in rural Colorado leaves his body broken, Paul finds himself at the mercy of the terrifying rescuer who’s nursing him back to health—his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes. Annie is very upset over what Paul did to Misery and demands that he find a way to bring her back by writing a new novel—his best yet, and one that’s all for her. After all, Paul has all the time in the world to do so as a prisoner in her isolated house...and Annie has some very persuasive and violent methods to get exactly what she wants...

“King at his best…a winner!” —The New York Times
“Unadulteratedly terrifying…frightening.” —Publishers Weekly
“Classic King…full of twists and turns and mounting suspense.” —The Boston Globe

Why did I add Misery to my bookshelf?

I have had this book on my shelf for several years. I am pretty sure that I picked up my hardcover copy at one of the book fairs in my area. I have seen the movie and remember liking it so I really want to read the book because the book is always better, right? Chances are that I will end up listening to the audiobook since it is easier to fit into my reading schedule and has excellent reviews. I hope to mark this one off of my tbr before the month of March is over.

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

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9 responses to “Books from the Backlog #255

  1. I never did read much Stephen King. Guess because the one or two movies I saw based off his books scared me too much! The only ones I did like were Secret Window, Secret Garden. Thinking back…I think I liked the movie just a tad better as it ended differently if memory recalled! Like totally different!

  2. Yay for a Stephen King. Not really my type of author though haha but so many love his stuff. I do love that he gets quite a good number of adaptations for his work.

  3. Misery is one of my favorite King novels. It is crazy how much suspense he’s able to make within such a small setting. When you do decide to finally read it, it won’t take you long!

  4. I’ve seen the movie and the play form and loved both versions. I’m not sure how much I would enjoy it in book form though. The main character is so terrifying!

  5. I have to say, that’s pretty short for a Stephen King book. Is it like a King novella? I know you have a great track record with his books, so hope the streak continues.