Book review: It by Stephen King

Book review It by Stephen King

Language: Swedish

Publisher: Albert Bonniers Förlag

Pages: 1340

My overall rating for this book: 5 stars

The story and triggers warnings

The story revolves around the friendship of the Losers Club in Derry. The club is formed by Bill, Mike, Beverly, Ben, Eddie, Stan and Richie. They find each other and find comfort in the fact that they are all in some way social outcasts or losers. The story begins with Bills younger brother being found brutally murdered by the creature It. And Bill is determined to have his revenge on the creature.

And in some way all of the members of Losers Club have seen It, and they know they have to stop what’s haunting the town Derry. Because no one else will. We follow the kids on their journey, as well as adults when they return to finish what they started 27 years earlier.

The book contains heaps of racist and homophobic slurs, which in its way is disturbing and hard to read. However, King makes a good use of it. The point of it is to show that we, humans, are in a way the real monsters.

Other triggers one should be aware of before picking this book up is, child abuse, abuse in general, countless mentions of blood and gore and also graphic sex scenes.

What did I like/dislike about the book?

I liked the fact that the book revolved around the unlikely friendship of the Losers Club, and also the reunion of the gang 27 years later. And I loved the fact that a lot of the book centered around the evil of man as well as the evil created by It. It makes you think, who are the real monster?

Despite the book being 1300+ pages it was not dull, at times it fast paced which made me just keep turning the pages.But the last 200 pages of he book was sluggish and it felt at times like the story wasn’t moving forward at all. However, I don’t feel like I want to lower my rating for the book despite the slow paced end.

Since I read the translated version in Swedish, so I can’t really review Kings language use. But the translation work over all was good. Even though I was surprised that the Swedish translator hadn’t kept Pennywise as the name of the clown.

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Big Book TBR

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Since I’ve already been talking a bit about my big book year, let’s dive in a bit further. I earlier said that my goal was to read 20 books with over 600 pages, well, I’ve changed that to 500 pages and above. Because a lot of the books over 600 pages I’ve seen is like 1000 pages and more. And that’s A LOT.

But I still have a bit of chunky books on my TBR for this year. These are the ones I have so far ordered in number of most pages:

IT – Stephen King (currently reading when this post goes up), 1340 pages.

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman, 1102 pages.

Don Quijote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, 935 pages.

Anna Karenina – Lev Tolstoj, 926 pages.

Drums of Autumn – Diana Gabaldon, 908 pages.

The Bronze Horseman – Paulina Simons, 810 pages.

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt, 771 pages.

The Secret History – Donna Tartt, 659 pages.

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel, 647 pages.

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss, 622 pages.

American Gods – Neil Gaiman, 592 pages.

And now that I’m looking back on this list, every book except American Gods are above 600 pages, haha. And I have a great deal of other books that I want to read that is not included in this list. But I’ll keep you updated on what I read and when  I read it!
I haven’t yet decided the order in which I’m reading this books. But I’ll guess I’ll read Wolf Hall soon because I’ve borrowed that from my local library. So I have to finish that one this summer (before August).

 

Please leave some chunky book recs in the comments! Or tell me your opinion on the books I’ve listed if you’ve read any of them.
Have a great day!

My reading goal 2018

Hello friends!

As you may have noticed, I’m not the best blogger (at least when it comes to continuously). My plan is from now on, to at least write on blog post per week, and maybe I’ll post shorter posts if I get a feeling!

So, this post is about my reading goal this year (you’ve been spoiled by the title already). Last year, my goodreads reading goal was 100 books, which i miraculously reached! Wow, yay me!
But this year, I’m doing it a bit different! My goodreads goal is set to 20 books. However, I will change it as the year progresses. My plan is to focus on BIG BOOKS this year. That means 20 book with 500 pages (or more).
At the moment I’ve read 4 books over 500 pages, I blame my university courses because I’ve just not had the time to invest in long chunky books. But now the semester has ended so I have all the time I need to read!
Right now I’m about 350 pages into IT by Stephen King,  it’s so good. I bet it’s not a coincidence that I’ve had nightmares for the last three nights, haha.

After I’m done with it, I’m going to start Anna Karenina (which has been on my TBR forever). I have a few books planned for reading. But do you guys have any recommendations? Please let me know in the comments!

And even though I’m focusing on big books this year, I will for sure read shorter books as well! So don’t you worry, I’ll probably post reviews for shorter books on here as well!

Have a nice day!

April Wrap up!

Hello!

April was kind of hectic for me, with a lot of mandatory reading for school. But, I was lucky enough to squeeze in two reads for pleasure!

The first one was Obsidio – J. Kristoff and A. Kaufmann. It was a wonderful read, and I’m sad to se the series end. I wish there were more books coming out regarding the Illuminae Files.

The second one and final one was Still Me – Jojo Moyes. Which is the third book in the trilogy Me Before You. I actually didn’t like it, but then again I didn’t like After You either.
I really liked Me Before You, even if it had it’s issues. But the other two books following it fell flat for me. There were no emotional connection for me in the series any more. And Louisa felt whiny and it felt like Will was only dragged into the story at times to remind us of what had been. Even though in the third book, Louisa had clearly moved on in her life.

** SPOILERS **

And her New York boyfriend?! What was all that about! I feel like Moyes is better than to write in a look a like as a romantic interest.
And, the fact that she forgave Sam and took him back was even more baffling to me. I always thought of Louisa as stronger than that.

** NO MORE SPOILERS* 

As you can see, I clearly had a lot of feelings about Still Me, I’m actually quite frustrerad with it to be honest.

Who is the girl behind all the book piles and coffee?

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I’m Annie, 26 years old and I live in the north of Sweden. For about 3 years I’ve been working as a social media manager, and now I’m not. Instead I’m pursuing my dream to make a living of books, in my case being a librarian. Right now I’m waiting to hear back about my recent application for university. Besides this, I’m enrolled in two online classes in youth literature right now.

When I’m not studying you can find me snuggling with my cats or curled up somewhere with a book. Last year I read 100 books (did I hear a YAY?!)! And this year my goal is to read 20 book, all these with over 600 pages. So, it’s gonna be a big book year for me.

Right now I’m reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. Which I’m super excited about since I’ve never had the pleasure to read Maas earlier. And I know what you’re thinking “Wait a minute, ACTOR isn’t over 600 pages…”. And no, it’s not. But I think it’s important to read what you’re in the mood for! And I’ve been putting of this book for a while now.
I’m only a few chapters in right now, but it seems very promising and I already love it!

 

 

Welcome to my book-blog!

IMG_1238.JPGAlmost two weeks ago I took a huge step (for me) and created a new instagram account for my books. I was so excited and it felt good to be a part of bookstagram finally! And the community is so warm and nice, it’s such a great place!

So, why not get a blog to accompany my instagram I thought to myself. And here we are!

My hope is to mainly post book reviews here, and other longer post which do not fit my instagram account due to the length. We’ll see how it goes, maybe this blog will just collect dust in a forgotten part of the Internet, maybe not!

So, who am I? I’m Annie, 26 years old and I live in north Sweden. My main hobby is to read. I’m soon unemployed from my job as a social media manager  and is aspiring to be a librarian, so maybe I’ll blog about that (if I get accepted to the university program)! And right now I study two youth literature courses, which take up quite a bit of time.
I have two cats, Sergeant Leftover (Leffe for short, also the cat in the picture!) and Socks. I bet they will be featured here in the future.

Feel free to join me on this adventure!

PS. You can find my instagram account here DS.