Book Review #6

The Shining by Stephen King
Danny is only five years old but in words of the old Mr Hallorann he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control.

As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedge shaped like animals seem so alive?
Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel- and that too is beginning to shine…
I read this book way back in January, so my memory of this book won’t be crystal clear about every tiny detail, but the one thing I can definitely tell you is that this book was not my cup of tea.
I just didn’t enjoy this book but I really wanted to. I’ve always wanted to read this book, so when I finally got back into reading this is one of the first books I was dying to get my hands on. I heard that the film was terrifying so I just assumed that the book would be too, if not scarier. I wanted this book to scare me. As a person I am the type that gets scared over anything abnormal or just a little weird, I expected so much from the 497 pages but I was massively disappointed.
I’m not sure if its the language, writing style or the story all together that I disliked, maybe all of them. I tried so hard to like this book, I tried thinking of all the parts I enjoyed, there’s very few but if I were to choose my favourite part it would have to be where Mr Hallorann and Danny connect and speak to each other telepathically.
This book took me 17 days to start and complete, normally a nearly 500 pages book would take me around 3-5 days. I just wasn’t in the mood or interested. Finishing the last 200 or so pages was down to one thing and one thing only, music. I’ve you’ve read my last blog post about reading music you may understand a lot more, I needed more than the Arctic Monkeys to finish this book.
Regardless of the disappointment of this book, I still went on to read the sequel, Doctor Sleep, that and the fact that I owned it and i knew that if I didn’t read it then, I probably never will. I enjoyed it a little more than The Shining but it still didn’t impress in the slightest. I’m starting to think that Stephen King isn’t my type of author. Although I haven’t read any more Stephen King books since these two, i’m considering checking out some others from the library, but i’m in no hurry. These book still remain a part of my book collection as i’m hoping that I may be feel the need to reread them in years to come.
I gave The Shining 1/5 Stars.

I gave Doctor Sleep 2/5 Stars.
Please let me know your thoughts and opinions on this book. 🙂

Reading Music.

When I pick up a book and decide to read I like to be in control of the volume around me, so I tend to venture off to my room for some piece and quiet. 
If I were to read downstairs, where all of my family usually are, the volume and noise wont be under my control and I feel like I wont concentrate and fully appreciate the book.
I recently experimented to see if i would be able you read while listening to music, two of my favourite things in the whole word.
Music makes up the majority of my day, along with books, food and instagram.  
I discovered that I was able to listen to music, but only certain music. Some of my favourites that I can listen to are; Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, Fleetwood Mac, Paramore, certain My Chemical Romance songs, Led Zeppelin, Ed Sheeran and Mayday Parade. I listen to these bands on a daily basis so I was very pleases to know that I can enjoy them whilst reading. Unfortunately there are a lot of bands that I am unable to listen to whilst reading such as Pierce The Veil, Bring Me The Horizon, certain My Chemical Romance songs, and a lot more of my favourite bands and artists. I feel I can get too caught up in the music I’d have to read the same page 5 times and i’ll still have no idea what it says. 
Obviously everyone is different when it comes to reading. If I tend to dislike a book that i’m reading I tend to listen to a little music to keep me interested and help me get through the book. 
Just a few songs from my Reading Playlist; 
The Only Exception by Paramore

Lithium by Nirvana

Seven Wonders by Fleetwood Mac
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
As Long As You Follow by Fleetwood Mac
Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
No.1 Party Anthem by Arctic Monkeys
When You See My Friends by Mayday Parade 

Mardy Bum by Arctic Monkeys 
I Don’t Love You by My Chemical Romance 
Terrible Things by Mayday Parade 
Fake Your Death by My Chemical Romance 

Fluorescent Adolescent by Arctic Monkeys 
Knee Socks by Arctic Monkeys 
Stay by Mayday Parade
Decode by Paramore

Going To California by Led Zeppelin 
Take Me To Church by Hozier
Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran

If you were to actually see my full Reading Playlist, there would be a lot more Fleetwood Mac, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Nirvana, a few Oasis songs here and there and a hell of a lot more Arctic Monkeys.
Not my photo, i just googled music and books.👍🏻

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