So many forget about The Green Mile & Stand By Me.
The name of the movie was Stand by Me. King's novella was entitled "The Body" and was one of the stories in Different Seasons published back in the early 80s. The collection also included another of King's best works, "The Shawshenk Redemption".
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The Eagle and the Raven is also on a 2-year cycle, along with various Sharon Kay Penman books.
I tend to pick up a Caedfael mystery now and then and re-read it for brain candy. I still want to write like Ellis Peters. I never will. I use too many words.
There is a lot of nonfiction I read on nearly a yearly basis. Most notable is Allison Weir's Six Wives of Henry VIII and Princes in the Tower. I acquired Lady in the Tower (Anne Boleyn) last year and I think I'm adding that to the rotation.
John Kennedy Toole's "A Confederacy of Dunces." Brilliant book, and funny as hell.
I've read the Anne Perry mysteries (Pitt and Monk) a couple of times through.
"The Complete Sherlock Holmes." I used to read it in college every November. Now I read it probably once every year or two. I got my first copy as a present from my parents one Christmas - probably between 5th & 6th grades. I wore that hardback out, have bought 2 new copies since then.
2 DSs, ages 8 and 6
I read it as a 12 year old, and, to this day (48 years later), it still moves me to tears.
I searched and searched and finally found an old paperback edition. It is a treasured book.
I also reread my Agatha Christie mysteries. Again, I began collecting them as a 12 year old -- on vacation in Asbury Park, NJ. I have original paperbacks from the 1920s, and have a complete collection of her books.
I've read Bridge to Terebithia so many times I've lost count. Fight Club a number of times. As I Lay Dying a number of times.
And, I calculated with my kids the other day that I've read Cat in the Hat AT LEAST 500 times - no exaggerating.
OMG-- I also love Dr. Seuss! I have both the Cat in the Hat books on the shelf in my office even now! And Green Eggs and Ham. . . One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish!
OK--I'll stop now
I love Larry McMurtry's Moving On. It's the first in the Terms of Endearment series, and often overlooked; it was not published until after Terms of Endearment became popular. Something about the book really speaks to me. And it usually leads to me re-reading other parts of the series. I also really like his Last Picture Show series. And I've read the Lonesome Dove series more than once, too. These books are what made my son realize that reading is a worthwhile recreational activity; he devoured them in record time.
IMO, he's one of the best storytellers alive.
As a writer, I read and re-read Stephen King's On Writing. It's a brilliant guide, and very engaging. I've never been a writing rule-follower, but his common-sense approach (combined with a liberal dose of memoir) is really terrific. I think it should be required reading for all high school and college students.
Spiritually, I've gained a great deal from Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning. I read it first in a college psych class, and have read it many, many times since. It has helped me through many, many crises.
I love Steinbeck's East of Eden, too. Something about the imagery really sticks with me. I love Steinbeck, in general---even when grim, his writing is breathtaking.
I have a beautiful illustrated book of the child's story Stone Soup displayed in my living room---the art is just gorgeous. I pick it up often; I like the message a great deal. I am not sure why it's still out; my kids are 15 and 23, and their other books are packed up. But this one, I think, reminds me that when people come together, great things can be made from "nothing." Some of my best parties have happened when I've provided the fire and the proverbial soup pot and stone, and everyone else has contributed their ingredients. I really love the story.
When I saw HP up there I immediately thought Lovecraft and spaced out thinking how awesome it would be if Guillermo del Toro did a movie for Shadow out of Time or something.
I just got Fire the other day so haven't read it yet. I read Witch and Wizard yesterday and started The Gift.
The series is about a brother and sister who are magical but don't know it (a la Harry Potter in the beginning), they're arrested by the new government, the New Order (a totalitarian state) for being "deviants" and therefore dangerous to the new order. So far it chronicles their arrest and discovery of their powers and their joining the Resistance against the regime.
On and BTW, they're the object of intense interest by the head of the government since they're the subject of a prophecy.
So far, a good read. Not Pulitzer material to be sure but good for an afternoon's diversion.
All affairs are variations on a theme. No one has 'Beethoven's 5th' to everyone else's 'Chopsticks'.
Read LOTR trilogy a couple of times.
All the Dr Seuss books, I taught my kids their ABC's by Dr Seuss's ABC book. I can recite it page by page without the book now (one of my many talents).
Read The Call of the Wild 3 or 8 times.....
Also Clan of the Cave Bear series, like every five years or so I will go thru those again, and yes, for the history and what it may have been like to live back then, fascinating!
The Celestine Prophecy, The Sociopath Next Door, any Far Side Books (I have them all and will reread them every so often and they always kill me!), the Flowers in the Attic series, Dave Barry's books, Stephen King's works, Jonathan Livingston Seagull (it is so inspirational to me), there are more....
(Oh, and The Eye of the Dragon was actually the book that introduced me to Stephen King, and it is my fav also!)
I have also read Anne McCaffery's Dragonriders of Pern series many times. You see that thing above my head? It's my dork flag flying.
The Hunger Games trilogy
Witch & Wizard series
Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit
Nicholas Sparks' books
Vampire Academy series
House of Night series
Wheel of Time series
Eyes of God trilogy
A Song of Ice and Fire series
Chronicles of Narnia
A Child Called It
Nine Lives of Chloe King trilogy
The Omen Machine, Debt of Bones, && The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind
Hush, Hush saga
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
... I think that's it. I read A LOT and those listed I've read at least a dozen times each, most more than that.
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