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.
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.
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.
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.