Mini Reviews: Alexander Hamilton and 11/22/63

My biggest accomplishment as of late is finishing not one, but two 800+ page books! I finished 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow over the weekend. I'd been working my way through the Hamilton biography since July 8--reading a bit here and there. I finished 11/22/63 on audio in 3 weeks--as it was a library loan. I decided to do one blog post for both of these books today. 

Yes, I see the irony of the mini reviews for the giant books :)

Both of these were five star reads for me!

5647399I read Alexander Hamilton  (click the title for link to Goodreads and synopsis)by Ron Chernow after watching the Hamilton musical on Disney Plus.  It was such a fantastic read that I'm sad I wasn't motivated to read it before! Despite being 800+ pages, it didn't feel like it was dragging at all--Chernow did so much research and provided so much information that it stayed interesting throughout the whole book. I had to read it in small chunks because it was a lot of information but it certainly wasn't boring. It was also fun coming across passages that were direct quotes that Lin Manuel Miranda put into the musical, as well as see the real history in relation to the artistic changes Lin chose to make. Honestly, I was sad when the book ended and just wanted it to keep going on through history! I highly recommend this book!

12530184I listened to  11/22/63 by Stephen King on audio (click the title for the link to Goodreads and synopsis). It was narrated by Craig Wasson and he did an absolutely fantastic job.  This was my first Stephen King novel--to be honest, I'd never had any interest in reading any King novels because I generally stay away from the horror genre, but this year I've really branched out. This was a definite "bookstagram made me do it" read--many friends recommended this book for firs time King readers. While it did have some blood and gore, this book was SO MUCH more than that. The plot and time travel/butterfly effect aspect that was explored in this book was fascinating and kept me hooked all the way through, despite the length. I loved the characters and rooted for Jake the whole way through the book. There was even a bit of romance! I was literally on the edge of my seat until the last minute of this book. I'm still thinking about this book, even days after I finished it. I highly recommend it, and if you're wary of blood and gore as I am--it's not as bad as I expected it to be. I am sad I waited this long to read a Stephen King novel!

Both of these books were a good lesson in reading outside your comfort zone and trying new genres! I'm planning on reading Chernow's biography of George Washington next--thinking it will be my winter reading project.

What books have you read outside your comfort zone and liked lately?