Books from the Backlog: Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf or e-reader unread. If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link at Carole’s Random Life in Books, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.



This week's neglected book:

Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Hardcover, First Edition, 529 pages
Published September 22nd, 1998 by Scribner Book Company

Stephen King's most gripping and unforgettable novel, Bag of Bones, is a story of grief and a lost love's enduring bonds, of a new love haunted by the secrets of the past, of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.

Set in the Maine territory King has made mythic, Bag of Bones recounts the plight of forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who is unable to stop grieving even four years after the sudden death of his wife, Jo, and who can no longer bear to face the blank screen of his word processor.

Now his nights are plagued by vivid nightmares of the house by the lake. Despite these dreams, or perhaps because of them, Mike finally returns to Sara Laughs, the Noonans' isolated summer home.

He finds his beloved Yankee town familiar on its surface, but much changed underneath -- held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, who twists the very fabric of the community to his purpose: to take his three-year-old granddaughter away from her widowed young mother. As Mike is drawn into their struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here -- and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

As vivid and enthralling as King's most enduring works, Bag of Bones resonates with what Amy Tan calls "the witty and obsessive voice of King's powerful imagination." It's no secret that King is our most mesmerizing storyteller. In Bag of Bones -- described by Gloria Naylor as "a love story about the dark places within us all" -- he proves to be one of our most moving.

Why did I add Bag of Bones to my bookshelf?

It’s Stephen King, was only 50 cents, and a standalone novel. I picked this up in Cheyenne at Meals on Wheels thrift store. All the money they collect from their thrift store goes back into the Meals on Wheels program. A program that delivers hot meals in person to the elderly, disabled, the ill and the at-risk homebound. When I get a chance, I make sure to stop in and donate.

Last year in 2017, I read my first Stephen King novel, 'Salem's Lot. I would like to read more of his novels and I tend to pick them up when I happened to find them reasonably priced.


What are your thoughts? Have you read Bag of Bones or any books by Stephen King? Would you recommend this book to others?

Happy Reading! -Jovita


10 comments:

  1. I came really close to picking this book up during an Audible sale not that long ago. I haven't read a lot of King but am trying to pick up his earlier works when the price is right like you. I love finding thrift stores where the proceeds go to a good cause.

    PS: I ended up buying the book you showcased last week because I was intrigued by it. This feature might be dangerous some weeks :)

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    1. If I can donate to a good cause while purchasing books I'm all for that.

      That's fabulous Carole that you found S, maybe we should do a buddy read ;) Yes, this features isn't helping my bookshelves from filling up, lol. I already purchased a few books since I've been participating.

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  2. Neat about the Meals on Wheels. They do it locally, but they must do something else to raise funds. I like donating my books for things like that which is why they generally go to the library for their sales.
    I am too much of a wuss for most Stephen King books, but yay for you to get one you will like.

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    1. I do enjoy the library sales, especially members early sale. I think all of the libraries here in town have their own store within the library, it's always nice to pick up a few books and to donate at the same time.

      I've only read two books by King, I think the movies are bit more creepy. Have a lovely day Sophia.

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  3. Not totally relevant to your post, but one of the libraries in my county has started a partnership with Meals on Wheels to deliver and pick up books, DVDs and CDs for their clients! 😀

    I have only read two King books a long time ago: It and Salem's Lot, and I need to read more. I was going to read Dr. Sleep because I was told I could read it with only having watched The Shining, not having read the book, but more people have said, NO, I must read the book! Ha ha. I might look for a standalone like this one, first. 👍✨

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    1. That is a wonderful for them to pick up items from the library, I'm sure it's very difficult for some clients to leave the house.

      I watch The Shining every Winter and I hope to read the book the at sometime in the future. I had no idea that Dr. Sleep was book two of The Shining. Now I may have to pick up both books! Have a wonderful day.

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  4. I don't think I've ever read a Stephen King novel. I imagine that they will be far too scary for me and I won't be able to sleep!!

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    1. I don't think I would want to read anything scary if I was sleeping at camp grounds in an RV, lol. Every noise in the night or strange shadow would keep me awake. So far, the two books that I've read by him did give me a scare.

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  5. I tend to avoid Stephen King books, because I dislike being scared! I feel like it's worse when you're reading a scary book, because everything is left to the reader's imagination (mine is very vivid!). Movies show you one scenario, while my brain can come up with hundreds. I've read a few Dean Koontz books, but that was years ago! My father-in-law loves King books, though.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I can understand how the readers imagination could make books seem scarier. Intensity by Dean Koontz is one of my favorite books, and my imagination does run wild when I read it. I like being scared in books, but not so much with movies. :)

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