|Nomadic SA Chick||
Introduction *dun dun dun*
A few months ago my IRL book club read The Gunslinger, the first book in Stephen King Dark Tower series. This is a series I had wanted to read for years, and a book I attempted to read numerous times but could never get past the first chapter. Thanks to book club, I finished The Gunslinger and I loved it. If you know me, you know I love just about everything Stephen King writes. He could write a journal of his daily bowel movements and I would probably rave about it. yeah, I'm that person.
After our book club met to discuss the book I got to talking with another member, and fellow King-fanatic about it, and he told me that he was also planning to read the entire series (again). He mentioned that years ago he heard that there is a special way you are supposed to read numerous King books, not just The DT series to get the full picture of Rowland and the Man in Black. That night after I got home I started researching this and I found there are dozens of sites devoted to this. There are so many characters in other novels that connect back to The DT that it makes sense to read them in a special order. Though, from what I gather, if you don't read them like this, you'll be okay. They don't really connect stories, just characters.
To do the full challenge is a HUGE commitment. Like 25 book commitment. Considering The Dark Tower Series is only made up of 7 books plus one prequel and a "between the numbers" book, this is a lot of extra reading. I have decided to do the full 25, but that's just me being an overachiever and completionist. There were several websites I visited before settling on my list in which order to read; some people have differing opinions, so know that what I am about to give you seemed right for me, but may not be correct, perfect, or right for you. I wish I could remember and credit where exactly I found this, but after doing a lengthy search I was unable to track down the site a second time.
As I am giving you this list, I am already 10 books into the challenge, with another 15 to go. I am holding off on doing any DT reviews until I have completed them challenge, but will do reviews for the supporting books as I go. I will also have an overall review of the complete challenge once I finish it.
So, here is my (blatantly stolen) reading list:
Some one who shall remain nameless *she's currently typing this* has left this page to be neglected. Life and work have been busy, but not so busy where I could post at least once a week. 9 months is a long time to put something off. I'm going to start playing catch up this week, so don't be surprised by the sudden influx of posts, especially book reviews. I have read hundreds of books since my last post, Feed, but I won't be posting about every single book, though a lot of them.
I've also got three special reading posts that I am putting together. The first revolves around my reading the Harry Potter series for the first time. Yes, you read that correctly, for the very first time. The second post is going to be about reading Stephen King's Dark Tower series, and all the supporting books that go with it. The third and final special post is going to be about a traveling book club I started with a group of friends. GET EXCITED!!!
I sat down and went through all the books I have finished since Feed, and these are the ones I plan to cover in upcoming posts. I will try to keep them in this order. I will be doubling up posts for some series (read: older series), while separating others out. So without further waiting, here is the lineup :