Do you have a book that you love more than life itself? Do you read this book a thousand times like I do with this Stephen King novel? No? You’re a crazy person then!
Okay maybe I’m the crazy person and I have accepted that. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I first read The Stand – Stephen King, but it was definitely in high school. More specifically, when I was 16. I think….it was when we went to Hawaii in February 2004. Because what’s more relaxing than reading a 1153 page apocalyptic fight between good and evil whilst sitting on a beach?
Nothing. That’s what.
I used to have three copies of the book, but now I’m down to two. Why the need for more than one copy? Because! Reasons! I’m not sure how I started collecting them…actually that’s a lie. I got my second one because I thought I had lost my first one through a move of apartments, so, someone bought it for me for Christmas only for me to find the first one not too long afterwards.
The third one, however, I have no explanation. It’s just…here. And now I don’t know where the first one went again. I probably threw it out because I do remember it having pages holding on to dear life and the spine being out of whack.
Anyways. There’s an unnecessary history of crap no one cares about.
I fell SO hard for this book. At the time, I was dealing with a lot of personal crap and life had turned to absolute shit. She says after mentioning she was in Hawaii. I know, I’m the fucking worst. And whilst Buffy the Vampire Slayer and listening to Weezer were a helpful escape, I needed a book to make me feel good too.
Enter a plague wiping out 99% of the population and I’m in my happy place!
It’s officially become a book that I don’t know how to go a year without reading. Even with a never ending list of books I need to read, this one trumps them all. I could be halfway through another book and be like NOPE TIME FOR THE STAND BYE FELICIA. And it’s not like this is a book I can get through in a weekend. This bitch takes me a couple months to finish.
The first time I read it, I devoured it over a 2 week vacation, which was easy to do. But now that I have Things To Do on the regular like, work, it’s a slow process. Also, when You Know Who is killed off, I just…need a moment.
Yes, I know what’s coming, yes I’ve memorized the plot, yes it’s all repetitive af, but it’s become like a piece of me. I know the characters; I have them down to a freaking science. I know what everyone looks like, what the landscapes look like, how the places smell, and it’s confirmed that I’m insane and I love it.
At around 9:30pm last night, I was texting with my friend Jess about how I wanted to read it again to which she accurately said “God don’t do it, what a fucking roller coaster AHHH NOW I WANT TO TOO.”
It was decided 2 minutes later that I was starting it up again.
my second copy is getting rusty.
Upon opening this copy, the bookmark stuck in here was a piece of paper with details about my college graduation ceremony….back in 2010.
So, do you have a book that you can’t stop reading? What is it?
I want to judge you and/or agree with you.
If you’re looking for a kick ass book that isn’t the fastest read but will hurt your entire soul, probably make you ugly cry, and want to punch things, congratulations!
The Stand is here to destroy you.