TTT: My Favorite Stephen King Stories


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  There is a new topic each week for bloggers to join in with their own top ten. If you’re looking for some new or different book blogs to read, hop on over to her site and check out some of the links.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday subject is a freebie.  A Halloween freebie to be more specific.  Since I can’t recall reading a lot of Halloween themed books (although I’m sure I could come up with plenty of children’s books with Halloween themes) I decided to do a list of books from one of my all-time favorite authors.  He’s even known as the King of Horror even though I personally don’t view the majority of his stories as horror.  Yep, it’s Stephen King.

I’ve been reading Stephen King books since I was far too young to be reading his stories.  It may seem strange to those of you who know me as more of a romance reader, but I have almost every book Stephen King has written in both hardcover and paperback.

I’ll be quite honest and tell you that this list can change on a whim.  Of course I like some of his books more than others, but I’m hard pressed to pick a top ten.  So I picked a top 20 and put them in some semblance of order. I’m listing them from least 20 to 1 as well as giving some brief insight for the top 5, so be sure to read until the end.

20. Cycle of the Werewolf   19. 11/22/63   18. Needful Things   17. Cell   16. The Mist

15. Cujo   14. The Shining   13. Misery   12. It   11. Under the Dome

10. Desperation   9. The Green Mile   8. Lisey’s Story

7. The Dark Tower: Drawing of the Three   6. The Eyes of the Dragon



5. Insomnia

I’ve read this one multiple times and even got my Stephen King-adverse aunt to read it for book club in the past.  In my opinion, this is a good book to introduce to those who say they don’t like King or they don’t like “horror”. It really shows his understanding of humans and our world.





4. The Talisman

Like The Eyes of the Dragon (#6), I consider this more of a fantasy story than anything else. A dark fantasy, but still a fantasy.  Plus, a beautiful coming of age story.






3. The Long Walk

This story was originally published under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman and it’s so, so good.  I look at it as the original YA dystopian story…in a good way.






2. Different Seasons

You guys, you HAVE to read this book.  If you are not familiar with Stephen King’s books you may not realize how many amazing stories are in this one book.  Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemptions (made into the movie Shawshank Redemption), Apt Pupil (movie of the same name), The Breathing Method, and….drum roll…The Body (aka the movie Stand By Me). Do yourself a favor and read this book!




1. The Stand

This story has it all.  Intrigue, drama, love, paranormal events, politics, action, friendship, and moral lessons.  Yes, it’s long. No, that shouldn’t keep you from reading this book.  I really feel I need to do another re-read soon.  I used to read it every year, but it’s been a while.



I feel, after listing all of these books, I have to have a disclaimer.  So many of these books have been adapted to the big and small screen.  Some with wonderful success (Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption) and some that barely hold a resemblance to the book (The Mist, Under the Dome) and some that are classic movies but don’t follow the true story (The Shining, The Green Mile).  Do yourself a favor and don’t judge Stephen King books by their movies.  You know as well as I do the book is always better.  And, in some cases, the book is actually a whole different story.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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10 Responses to TTT: My Favorite Stephen King Stories

  1. Lauren Becker says:

    I think I’ve only read Misery from your list. I’ve read a few Stephen King books, but not many. I’m curious about some of his newer titles.


    • Cheri says:

      I haven’t read anything he put out the last few years, I need to get on that. I’ve found the older he gets the more thoughtful and deep his stories are.

  2. lydiaschoch says:

    Stephen King has written so many deliciously scary stories. You did a good job with your list this week.

    My TTT.

    • Cheri says:

      Thank you. It got actually got me realizing how much I miss reading his tales. I’m somehow going to fit Stephen King in as one of my goals for next year’s reading.

  3. Excellent! I’m definitely taking into consideration your favourites. I’m making it a point to read more Stephen King from this year forward, haha. (I’ve read a handful, now, but obviously that’s barely making a dent in his impressive backlist.)

  4. I love Stephen King, too! I’ve read most of these. The Stand, Different Seasons, Needful Things, The Long Walk, and The Green Mile are probably my favorites.

  5. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer says:

    The Long Walk was my first Stephen King, and it was thrilling! I’ve read “The Body” from Different Seasons, but none of the others yet. “The Body” was so so good. Also, I think, a great one for those who don’t like it to be too scary. Then I read 11/22/63 which I really enjoyed. I just finished The Shining on Halloween and while I thought it was really good, I didn’t realize it was so different from the film version. I kept waiting for twin ghosts to show up. Ha! Great post! I’ll be adding some more King to my tbr thanks to you. 🙂

    My TTT

    • Cheri says:

      I absolutely agree 11/22/63 is a great non-scary choice when it comes to King. And, in case you aren’t aware, there was a Shining made-for-tv type movie made that followed the book more closely. From everything I’ve ever heard, Stephen King was not happy with the first movie.

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