1.12.2015

musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• I’m currently reading…
• Up next I think I’ll read…
• I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
• I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I can’t wait to get a copy of…
• I wish I could read ___, but…
• I blogged about ____ this past week…

This week’s random question: Has any author ever had a huge influence on your reading? Who, and why?

I'd have to say that Stephen King was an influential author on my reading. I especially remember as a middle school student NOT being allowed to include his works on my 8th grade reading lists because my teacher thought they were too... too... I don't know what he thought they were too much of for me as an 8th grade reader. So I read every King book I could get my hands on, even those under pseudonyms. When I was in college, King was on campus and I was his campus student-liaison and got to assist in his talks and book signings. He was very gracious and funny, very kind to a scared Freshman in college. He even invited me to his annual Halloween party when he discovered my birthday was just a few days before. His non-fiction, writing books have influenced my teaching of writing in the Social Studies content area. I admit I'm behind on the newer books--I'm a couple behind, but I believe I've read everything of his up to Joyland.


2 comments:

Paula Kaye said...

How exciting to get to actually meet Stephen King. I have read quite a few of his books. Most of them I really liked. After I finished reading IT I kind of stopped reading him. I'm not sure why. Those books just don't much interest me anymore.

The Gal Herself said...

So wonderful that you had a good interaction with one of your heroes!

I think it's fascinating that King writes such compelling female characters. I'm thinking especially of poor Carrie and Delores Claiborne and Annie Wilkes. (Yes, Annie was scary as shit, but she sure felt real.)