Misery by Stephen King


Title: Misery

Author: Stephen King

Pages: 369

Format: Paperback

Source: Bought at a library book sale

My Rating: 4.5 stars


Novelist Paul Sheldon has plans to make the difficult transition from writing historical romances featuring heroine Misery Chastain to publishing literary fiction. Annie Wilkes, Sheldon’s number one fan, rescues the author from the scene of a car accident. The former nurse takes care of him in her remote house, but becomes irate when she discovers that the author has killed Misery off in his latest book. Annie keeps Sheldon prisoner while forcing him to write a book that brings Misery back to life.

My Thoughts

If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I haven’t read very many Stephen King books. I’ve only read 2 not including Misery and those were The Shining and It. Honestly after getting through both of those I was about ready to give up on King books but I am so glad I came across Janel’s post about her readalong of this book called #oneweekofmisery on Instagram and decided to join in because I really enjoyed it.

I remember watching the movie for this a long time ago but I couldn’t remember exactly what happened so it was like I was experiencing it for the first time.

I will say I still found King to be overly descriptive and I felt like a good bit of stuff could have been left out because to me it felt like a bunch of filler. There was this whole book within a book thing that was annoying to me as well and it would actually take me out of the story a little when I got to those parts but I couldn’t bring myself to skim through them because I was afraid I would miss something important. Also there was one aspect of the book that I felt was completely out of place. There were a few instances where King would be explaining something and he would “compare” what ever it was to some sort of sexual reference. Y’all know I am not a prude and I understand he was trying to make a point I totally get that but I felt like the sexual references were totally out of place. It was like he threw in those references just so “sex” could be mentioned.

I know I am making it sound like I didn’t like this book but that’s not the case at all because I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is my favorite King book which I know isn’t saying much since I’ve only read 3 of his books so far. I was so into it and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. At one point I was apparently making weird faces while I was reading (because it’s very graphic and detailed which in this case is a good thing) and my husband happened to look at me and was like what’s wrong with you?

I definitely recommend you give this book a go especially if you are struggling to get into Kings books. This book is violent and bloody and will definitely have you on the edge of your seats.


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