November 24, 2018

Hail to the King 2019 Stephen King Reading Challenge

by Ryan

The Hail to the King 2019 Challenge has ended.

Here's something just for fun: You're invited to join me in a chilling reading challenge for 2019—Hail to the King 2019.

The challenge itself is simple: Read a Stephen King book each month in 2019 and share your thoughts on the book. Whether that's on your blog, social media, Goodreads, or Amazon reviews—share your thoughts. I'll be posting my thoughts here on the blog and I hope you'll join me with comments and discussion on each post.

I've created a free PDF with the titles selected for each month. Pop your name into the box below to join my Reader's group, Readinary and download the PDF. You're welcome to unsubscribe at any time, but I hope you'll stick around.


Early Start Bonus—The Tommyknockers

I plan to kick off the challenge with an early bonus book for December—The Tommyknockers.

The challenge is a mix of titles I want to reread and titles I haven't read yet. It's also a mix of short story collections and novels. After I put together the list I realized there was one title that I hadn't included that I wanted to reread—The Tommyknockers. It has been a long time since I last read the book and I wanted to revisit it. So it gets to be an early release title for the challenge.


Why Stephen King?

Stephen King is a superb storyteller and one of my favorite writers. Reading King's stories inspires me and teaches me to be a better storyteller. Plus they're just so damn good.

Why a book each month? Why not try to read all of Stephen King's books in a year?

Tempting. If I did that, I wouldn't have time to read much else. It would take reading more than one book each week—I read just about two books per week, so it would take up most of my reading time. I figured that's probably true for other people too. A book a month seems a more reasonable challenge and also creates the possibility to do the challenge again each year with a new mix of titles.

Do we have to follow the calendar you created? What if I don't want to read a particular title?

I'll send Annie Wilkes to pay you a visit, you dirty bird!

No, read what you want. It's all just fun. No one is grading you.

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Ryan M. Williams lives a double life as a full-time career librarian and a multi-genre writer with over twenty books. He writes across a range of genres including science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, mystery, horror, and romance. He earned a Master of Arts degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose University. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies from Pocket Books, WMG Publishing, and in On Spec Magazine.

Ryan M. Williams

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