Stephen King’s IT Read-a-Long 2011

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Anna and I have talked about reading Stephen King’s IT together for a long while, so we decided this would be the year.  I haven’t read this novel since I was about 10 years old, which is probably why I had nightmares at the time.  I think its time to read it again.

We’ve come up with a schedule, and we’re announcing it early so that other people can join us.

The read-a-long will run from August through December, and we’ll be reading one part per month, plus the immediate interlude following each part.

For example, in August, we’ll be reading Part 1:  The Shadow Before and Derry:  The First Interlude.

We’ve also set up a posting schedule for our discussions:

August 24: Discussion of part 1 on Savvy Verse & Wit

Sept. 28:  Discussion of part 2 on Diary of an Eccentric

Oct. 31:  Discussion of part 3 on Savvy Verse & Wit

Nov. 30:  Discussion of part 4 on Diary of an Eccentric

Dec. 21:  Discussion of part 5 on Savvy Verse & Wit

We welcome anyone who wishes to join us.

You can visit the our blogs on the appointed dates for the discussions or if you prefer right up your thoughts on your own blog and post a link to your post on the day of the discussions.


  1. cool idea! my cousin and i have been reading this book together every summer since 1994. while we don’t do it at the same pace, we both make sure to be finished by the time summer is done. it feels like the only “right” time to be reading it, since the losers club is fighting their battle against IT during that summer of ’58. long live the losers club!!!

  2. First, you are so darn cool. Second, you read IT at age 10? I read it at age 16 or 17 and I was terrified. It was such an intense book–I had to work both my jobs the day I started it, but managed to read the whole book in 24 hours. I literally could not stop reading it.

    I’d tell you that I’d love to join in and reread this beast of a great book, but I’d be a liar. I will try to come back in August to follow the discussion, as I’ve been begging my stepdaughter to finish reading this book.

    FYI, I love the look and layout of your blog–well done!

    • Thanks for stopping by and checking out the read-a-long. I haven’t read this book in more than 20 years. It will be interesting to see what I think of it now. Yes, I read it at about 10 and had nightmares…that’s what happens when you let me loose in the library alone…and without supervision. I got sick of the children’s area and went upstairs. 🙂

      Maybe your step-daughter should join the read-a-long.

      Thanks for the compliment on the layout. I broke down and hired someone since I’m rubbish with HTML

  3. Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books says

    I’ll tell you the same thing I told Anna — I’m going to have nightmares just from reading your post and seeing that button!

    Have fun with the readalong!

  4. Seriously, the movie based on this book scared the heck outta me when I was younger. I think it’s because of it that I’ve NEVER read a Stephen King (with the exception of ON WRITING) book!! Someday…..

  5. I have never read this book, but I remember the movie scaring the wits out of me. I may have to break down and read this one with you gals! It’s been ages since I read a Stephen King book.

    • You haven’t read this book…but you’ve read other King books? The movie didn’t scare me as much as the book, though granted I shouldn’t have been reading the book when I was. LOL

      It would be great if you could join us. I’ll probably post another reminder in July.

  6. I love the button, but it sure does creep me out. I have no idea how you talked me into reading a book with a creepy clown…maybe because you bought me the book and told me I HAD to read it. LOL This should be fun, but I’m doing all my reading of this book during the day!

  7. King was one of my admirers when I was reading psychological thriller. I loved Needful Things, and Salem’s Lot. I also loved Insomnia. I haven’t as yet read IT. If I get a copy of this book early enough I would join in.

    • It would be great if you joined us. I’ve linked to the copy that Anna and I have in the post. It would be great to see what others think of this book. I can’t wait to see if it is as creepy as I remember it.

  8. This sounds like a great idea! It’ s one of my favorite Stephen King books. I might just join you guys. =)