Hey guys! Ginger here, and today I’m going to be starting my recommended reads series. Let me know if I should continue doing this!
If you didn’t already know, I love Stephen King and his writing. Almost every book I’ve gotten of his has wowed me and two of them are on my very most favorites list (and on here too of course!) So if you are an avid King reader or looking to get on the bandwagon, these are 7 Stephen King books I would recommend!
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This is actually one of King’s collection’s of short stories, but it is nonetheless a book for your to be read pile. This collection has over 20 stories in its depths, many that still offer the spine-tingling horror that King is so known to create. The first story, Dolan’s Cadillac, is what the book is known for most because it is going to be adapted I believe into a movie, but all of the stories are interesting enough to spend time reading!
Probably is most well known collection of stories, second maybe only to Everything Eventual, Different Seasons has two of some of the best known short stories, and movies, of King’s work. The first is Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, which many may remember the name of because of the wonderful acting by Morgan Freeman in the beloved movie. The story and movie are rather similar, which may be exciting for some people to hear. The other stories include Apt Pupil, a story about a very bright young man with some seriously questionable behavior, The Body which is about four young boys who go searching for a missing kid along a train track (Adapted into the movie Stand By Me), and The Breaking Method which is about a lawyer who join’s a strange club. All of the stories, which are organized also by season, are very interesting reads and the whole collection is highly recommended.
3.) Pet Semetary
If you haven’t heard of this creepy tale where animals come back from the dead, then you’re in for a treat. This plotline is rather creative and interesting to say the least. After a family moves to a new house along a busy road, their house cat soon finds himself at the fate of a tractor trailer. However, after hearing some rumors, the main character and father of the family finds himself burying the cat near an old pet cemetary and from there the story comes to life. A bit creepy but a page turner, this shorter King book is one to read if you want a chilling story.
4.) The Green Mile
One of the only non-horror filled books on the list, The Green Mile follows the story of John Coffey, a man taken into jail for the rape and murder of two young girls. The prison guard who tells the tale, and who is played by Tom Hanks in the famous movie, takes us on the journey from first meeting the man to the end of the line. This emotional, magical tale is one for all ages and would be enjoyed by those wanting to read some Stephen King but aren’t in the mood for a horror story.
5.) The Shining
This book was the one that started it all for me. Back in 7th grade a fellow classmate had recommended this book and I decided to give it a try. There was no going back from there, I was hooked. The Shining follows Jack and his wife and son who go and tend to a hotel in the winter when it is shut down. There are some mysterious happenings going on while the family is there, and perhaps being locked up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. This story is equally creepy and entertaining, and as I read it in a day back in high school, I highly suggest it as a first read to someone who is a new Stephen King reader.
6.) The Stand
Easily one of King’s longest adventure’s, The Stand is the ultimate book of good vs evil. After a variant of the flu wipes out most of the population, the survivors slowly split up into different camps in the United States. The story is told in multiple perspectives throughout the book but the story goes smoothly no matter who is in charge of the chapter. The detail, plot and sheer concept of the book is amazing and this book is one of my all time favorites. The twists, characters, and everything combined makes this book well worth the read, even though the uncut edition is over 1,000 pages. I highly suggest this novel.
Last but not least, we have the ‘creepy clown’ book that has come into the spotlight now with the remake of the movie. But this book is so much more than that. When kids start going missing in Derry, it’s nothing to laugh at. But when a group of kids team up to find out what’s wrong, that’s where the story gets good. After they think they stopped the problem those 27 years ago, they are brought back to their roots as another round of kids begins to disappear. I can hardly find a place to start praising this book. I think what really got me hooked was the characters, who had such a bond and style that I was drawn to be in their group. Reading along, I felt like one of the gang. Put that with the creative plotline and creepy atmosphere and you have an outstanding read that is well worth the time (Again, 1,000+ pages). This is tied for all time favorite Stephen King, so I can’t recommend it enough!!
What do you think of the recommendations? Are there any books you are going to read? Any you have? What’s your all time favorite Stephen King novel?