Book fifty-eight in 2012 – “11-22-63” – Stephen King

I often times have a book going on iTunes that I’ve read before. I’ll play it when I’m eating mostly, so in places on my list that have an asterisk next to the number, I’ve probably had the book going for weeks at a time, listening in short bursts. I can’t remember exactly when I started “11-22-63” again but I read through it a lot faster than I expected since I’m under doctor’s orders to rest while trying to kick this stupid virus.

I first read this book last year. It was my first Audible purchase and I knew at the time that I would read it again one day. This is by far my all-time favorite Stephen King book. If I had read it for the first time this year it would be on my top ten list, no question, but alas, it’s disqualified. Silly self imposed rules!

In “11-22-63” Jake Epping, a thirty-five year-old teacher in 2011 has the misfortune of knowing a man who discovers a “rabbit hole” into the past. The man has decided he can go back and stop the assassination of John f. Kennedy, since the rabbit hole leads to 1958. Unfortunately, the man has become sick and looks to Jake to take his place. Will Jake go through the rabbit hole and wait five years in the past to stop the assassination and change history?

I think Stephen King outdid himself with this book, I really do. The first time I read it I couldn’t put it down. I wish I had kept a record last year so I would know how fast I flew through it. Reading it this time through, I had this very strange sense. I knew what was going to happen, just like you would if you went back in time. I kept expecting things to change, just ever so slightly. There were things I couldn’t quite remember so at several points, it was like reading the book again for the first time.

The research King had to do to write this book must have been exhaustive, as King himself admits at the end in his afterward. I learned a lot about that time that I never learned in school, in fact it was reading the Area 51 book that made me want to read this one again. It worked out perfect since I’ve had to rest the last few days, so pretty much all I’ve done is crochet and listen to this book.

If you read nothing else next year, do yourself a favor and read this! After you do, ask yourself what about your future might change if you went back and changed something, even something subtle. This book gets you thinking, that’s for sure. Long time readers of King will also notice nods to past characters and places.

I love this book! I wonder if I’ll be reading it at some point this time next year. Maybe just writing that sentence influenced my future…

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Harry Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Harry Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Harry Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

12.** “Uglies” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/9/12

13.** “Pretties” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 4/15/12

14. “The Last Coyote” (Harry Bosch #4) – Michael Connelly – Finished 4/20/12

15. “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – Seth Grahame-Smith – Finished 4/25/12

16. “Zero Day” – David Baldacci – Finished 5/1/12

17** “Specials” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/7/12

18.** “Extras” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 5/13/12

19. “77 Shadow Street” – Dean Koontz – Finished 5/21/12

20. “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)” – Jenny Lawson – Finished 5/25/12

21. “Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars” – Paul Ingrassia Finished 6/1/12

22. “The Glory of Their Times: The Story Of The Early Days Of Baseball Told By The Men Who Played It” – Lawrence Ritter – Finished 6/3/12

23. “The Given Day” – Dennis Lehane – Finished 6/17/12

24. “Trunk Music” (Harry Bosch #5) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/22/12

25. “The Lincoln Lawyer” (Mickey Haller #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 6/29/12

26. “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science” – Norman Doidge – Finished 7/6/12

27. “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans” – W. Bruce Cameron – Finished 7/11/12

28. “The Potato Factory” (The Australian Trilogy Part One) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 7/25/12

29. “Tommo and Hawk” (The Australian Trilogy Part Two) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/8/12

30.* “Fifty Shades of Grey” (Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E. L. James – Finished 8/11/12

31. “Fifty Shades Darker” (Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E.L. James – Finished 8/16/12

32. “Solomon’s Song” (The Australian Trilogy Part Three) – Bryce Courtenay – Finished 8/22/12

33. “Fifty Shades Freed” (Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy) – E.L. James – Finished 8/25/12

34. “The Poet” (Jack McEvoy #1) – Michael Connelly Finished – 829/12

35. “13 Things That Don’t Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time” – Michael Brooks – Finished 9/4/12

36. “Angels Flight” (Harry Bosch #6) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/8/12

37. “The Scarecrow” (Jack McEvoy #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/13/12

38. “Blood Work” (Terry McCaleb #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/20/12

39. “A Darkness More Than Night” (Terry McCaleb #2, Harry Bosch #7) – Michael Connelly – Finished 9/25/12

40. “City of Bones” (Harry Bosch #8) – Michael Connelly – Finished 101/12

41.* “Defending Jacob” – William Landay – Finished 10/7/12

42. “The Next Right Thing” – Dan Barden – Finished 10/13/12

43. “Lost Light” (Harry Bosch #9) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/17/12

44. “The Narrows” (Harry Bosch #10) – Michael Connelly – finished 10/21/12

45. “Gone Girl” – Gillian Flynn – finished 10/25/12

46. “The Closers” (Harry Bosch #11) – Michael Connelly – Finished 10/27/12

47. “Echo Park: (Harry Bosch #12) -Finished – 10/31/12

48. “The Overlook” (Harry Bosch #13) – Michael Connelly – Finished 11/4/12

49. “The Hunger Games” (Book One of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/9/12

50. “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Margaret Atwood – Finished 11/13/12

51. “Catching Fire” (Book Two of The Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/18/12

52. “Mocking Jay” (Book Three of the Hunger Games Trilogy) – Suzanne Collins – Finished 11/23/12

53. “The Brass Verdict” (Harry Bosch #14, Mickey Haller #2) – Michael Connelly – finished 11/28/12

54. “The Art of Fielding” – Chad Harbach – Finished 12/2/12

55. “Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base” – Annie Jacobsen – Finished 12/11/12

56. “Nine Dragons” (Harry Bosch #15) – Michael Connelly – finished 12/15/12

{First audio book I’ve ever not finished, half of “Nano” – Robin Cook – Gave up on 12/18/12}

57. “The Reversal” (Mickey Haller #3, Harry Bosch #16) – Michael Connelly – Finished 12/23/12

58.* “11-22-63” – Stephen King – finished 12/24/12

*Audio book previously listened to.

** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.

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