reading recommendation: 11/22/63

 11/22/63 by Stephen King

I had never picked up a Stephen King novel before, so this was a new one for me! I also haven't read many time travel books over the years since they're usually over the top and whatnot. However, the fact that this book was centered around the JFK assassination drew me in and did not disappoint (history nerd!). As far as time travel goes, I think this was the most realistic way to approach a story and I actually ended up loved the switches between modern day and the 1960s. The only downside to this novel is that it's pretty long and could have been condensed to 500 pages or so.

(The second half of the story takes place in a small Texas town where people eat pie at local diners while catching up with their neighbors. I desperately want to experience that. ;)

Goodreads summary: Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away...but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke... Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten...and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

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