Okay, so since you are reading here, I’m just going to assume that you’re human and live on planet earth and
know have read adore love worship Stephen King. If you don’t, you need to take a good, long look in the mirror and ask yourself what you’re doing with your life. And then commit to making a change. On the off chance you haven’t read Stephen King, you’re in luck. I have. And as a book blogger, I’m semi-qualified to make the semi-accurate assumption that if you do pick up Stephen King, you’ll love him. You’ll want to do this sooner rather than later, so that when everyone else finally recognizes the lasting genius of SK, you can say you were ahead of the curve.
Maybe you don’t know where to start. Given the incredible length of his backlist, this is understandable. However, I can help. This week’s top ten list (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is dedicated to “Top Ten Books I’d Give To Readers Who Have Never Read “X””. And x is equal to Stephen King. In the interest of variety, I’m going to consider Stephen King a genre and recommend five Stephen King novels for the novices among you and five Stephen King-esque books for the established fans.
Stephen King virgins:
10. 11/22/63. A SK novels for those who think they hate SK.
09. Bag of Bones. A haunted love story.
08. The Stand. The best flu apocalypse novel. Ever.
07. The Mist. A lovely little novella for those of you bothered by the sheer size of the aforementioned books.
06. Pet Sematary. For those of you looking to be a little scared – perfect right around October.
Bonus: Misery. Good book. Good movie.
Casual Stephen King fans:
05. Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy. Okay literary snobs, this one’s for you. It could also be known as when the Western met Gothic horror.
04. The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum. In a word: Disturbing.
03. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. Some might consider this cheating, as Joe Hill is his son. But this novel is a great ghost story.
02. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Another case of good book, good movie. I would also highly recommend Harbor by the same author.
01. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons. Stand by Me meets classic horror.
So…to read Stephen King? Or not? That is the question.
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