This year I debated whether or not to include The Shinning in my RIPVIII stack.... I read it so long ago I've since forgotten the details and have been looking for a reason to reread. Well, I was loving on Tif's instagram pic of her RIPVIII book stack and mentioned how I'd enjoy reading The Shining... and then she told me that she is hosting a Shinealong! Obviously I have to join in the fun!!! While I'm at it, I gotta get back to actual blogging for FUN. If I was actually blogging and not just reviewing, I'd have known about the Shinealong! Ugh. Silly me.

Anywho.... the deets:

The Shining Read-along is hoested by Tif at Tif Talks Books and Charleen from Cheap Thrills.

It runs from Sept 2 - 23 with the following checkpoints:

- September 2: KICKOFF!
- September 9: Discussion through chapter 16
- September 16: Discussion through chapter 33
- September 23: Wrap-up

For the kick-off, a few introductory questions have been posed to us shinealong-ers.

1. Will this be a reread or a first-time read?
This is a reread for me, but like Tif, I read this ages ago so I am a bit fuzzy on the details. I remember the big stuff, but I read this back in high school and pretty much everything else is foggy.

2. Have you seen the movies?
I have seen both... Stanley Kubrick is amazing and The Shinning is one of my favorite movies to date. The made-for-TV version was enjoyable, and I would love to get my hands on it to watch again... anyone know where to find it?

3. What are your thoughts from your previous reads/watches?
No thoughts from my first read, since I can't recall much. I do know that I enjoyed it and liked it much more than other King novels (I went through a hardcore King phase in high school where that was pretty much all I read).
Like I said above, The Shining is one of my favorite movies. It is such a classic. I own it and have watched it countless times.

4. Why are you joining the readalong and what do you hope to get out of it?
I'm joining because I haven't revisisted The Shining in over 10 years. It also falls at a perfect time of year, both seasonally (yay Fall!) and during RIPVIII. Plus, with a huge stack of books to read, joining in readalongs help me to stay on track with my reading goals!
Also, I totally love the hashtag #shinealong -- that's reason enough, right?

So what are you waiting for?! Go grab your copy of The Shining and join in the fun!

ps: Doctor Sleep comes out September 24th, so immediately following The Shinealong, join in the Sleepalong and read the sequel together!! Eeeps!

write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow


  1. I am so excited that you are joining in!! I just started the book today, but have only made it to the end of the first chapter so far. I already have some memories coming back to me!

    When I watched the made-for-TV version, I found a copy at my local library I think. I'm tempted to see if I can get my hands on both versions again and I will be checking with my libraries. I will keep you posted if I can find them! Maybe we can even watch them together?!?

  2. I'm glad you're joining us, and I hope the book is just as great as you remember!