Wisdom of Kammbia 3.35: The Book by a Popular Author That Surprised You

by | Jul 5, 2014 | Wisdom From Kammbia Column | 0 comments


I have a question:  What is the book by a popular or well-known author that surprised you in a good way?

The Bag of Bones by Stephen King is my answer to this question. For years, I had refused to read Stephen King. I don’t have a good reason why.  I was a bookseller for several years in my 20’s and every time a new King novel was released I had decided in my mind not to read it.

A couple of years ago, I asked my readers to choose a novel for me to read and review in order to get me out of my comfort zone.  You guessed it….Bag of Bones by Stephen King got the most votes.

Well, I had to hold up my end of the bargain and finally read a Stephen King novel.  I must admit it was excellent. I was pleasantly surprised at King’s gifts as a storyteller and creating excellent characters.

Here’s my review for Bag of Bones.

What I have learned from this reading experience is to never prejudge a popular author until I have exactly read their work and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone helps to create a broader reader experience.  And that’s what being a life-long reader is all about.

What is that book for you?



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