Top Ten Stephen King Books

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1
It
Please don't judge this book by the movie. "It" is from start to finish one of the creepiest, coolest, scariest and most intriguing books you'll ever read. Even though it is 1,300 pages and I only read it before going to sleep at night, I finished it in under two weeks because I couldn't put it down at night until I reached a part where I thought I'd be able to sleep without nightmares.
I honestly think that the miniseries adaptation of this is good, but the book is amazing! This was one of the few Stephen King books that I felt as if I had a connection with the characters. King wonderfully sculpted the characters as kids and as adults. I couldn't put this book down. It's very scary and has tons of moments when my jaw dropped.
Where to even begin.. The third person omniscient writing, seamless transition between the years 1958 & 1985 alternating chapters in last third of book- those who have read know. Main characters who almost everyone can relate too, the "apocalyptic rock fight" chapter, the awesome back stories/histories of the town of Derry. It.. Pennywise.. The Deadlights.. Bob Gray- ultimate villan! The movie although not bad simply didn't do it justice. I'm just sad I never read this when younger. My favorite book of all.. You could read this book every other summer easily. Lastly Dark Tower fans should enjoy the subtle references.
[Newest]Reading it right now and it so amazing. I love how descriptive it is

2The Shining
Until Stephen King brings out a second book, I won't stop reading this, It is so scary and intense
YAY! Doctor Sleep is here. Or at least it has been for the past 2 years.

GaretTheCarrot

This is the first king book I read. It's so scary and intense. I stayed up late reading every night, trembling in my bed.
It, The green mile, the stand, carrie, misery, The body, Shawshank and 'Salem's lot are great but this is awesome
[Newest]With an awesome plot like able characters how can't this in your top 5 favorite books?

3The Stand
Such a well-written novel with an intense storyline and in-depth characters that keeps the pages turning. This is a book that will keep you thinking long after you've finished it.
This in my view is the best book of Stephen King. Not as scary as Shinning or It but this book kind of gets into your skin.
This book is very very long over a thousand pages but is the book is by far his best book because of the depth of how it gets to the readers
[Newest]This is the book of my childhood (summer on the beach, Italy (read it in one month it was amazing)

4The Green Mile
It was just awesome and just because it is Stephen King doesn't mean it has to be all horror and that's why I think this book should be in the top ten!!
This book has great character development and a fantastic story line. It makes the reader realise that capital punishment has no place in modern society.
"It" and "The Shining" are both great, but I have to land on "The Green Mile". It's just so sad.

5Misery
This book is great and, along with the Shining, had the best film adaption. Stephen King is definitely the best horror writer of all time.
This book is just plain fantastic... 5/5 stars!

jprg12

Crazy old lady! Crazy!
[Newest]The ending scared the daylights out of me...


6'Salem's Lot
This and pet cemetery are my favorites from King, a great horror story that gradually builds in creepiness and intensity, until you are engrossed in the darkness of Salem's lot, get the illustrated edition if you can as it has some great bonus story's.
This book is so scary! it should be #1!

fireinside96


7Pet Sematary
This is literally the best Stephen King book I've ever read! I couldn't put it down, and the ending was so unexpected and incredible! A lot of people think that The Stand is his best, but I think it's boring, probably because I'm 12, but this was my favourite. I haven't watched the movie, but I heard it's bad, so don't judge the book by the movie. This book almost made me cry, and I was literally chanting Louis not to do what he did. It wasn't really scary until the last 30 pages, and in those 30 pages, I was trembling. This book was close to Misery, but I think this is better, please read it. My favourite book by Stephen King. I've only read 6 and 1/2 f his books, but so far, this is my favourite!
This novel is just plain creepy. It deals with religious, belief issues, with which about anyone can relate. It is definitely worth reading, just not right before bedtime. Wink.
His most underrated book. Various horrific side stories make that tie to the main story make this a must read.
[Newest]This book is really, really creepy. Stephen King is a genius. The movie and the book are closely aligned, but the book is much more satisfying.

811/22/63
Perfect from start to finish. I hesitated buying it originally having heard it wasn't his typical format. Didn't I feel stupid! I made the mistake of "typecasting" one of the greatest story tellers of my generation. 11/22/63 = edge of your seat, heart wrenching, and thought provoking ride you will not want to get off of.
One of the most thought-provoking books. I couldn't put it down. It's not the typical horror story you would expect of Stephen King but it had its own unique twist. It's definitely one book you wouldn't forget.
I loved every minute of this book. It took me back to when I was young and innocent. This innocence is the same feeling I get with Jake/George and Sadie. By the way, best ending to a book, ever!
[Newest]Kennedy was assassinated in my senior year, so I could really relate to the story. Great novel

9Under the Dome
This book is horror
This book is great. I think it's a newer book of his.

ruJILLous


10Carrie
Why is this not in the top 7 at least, it really tells me how the world is today when it was made in the 70s, it taught me 2 things, 1, you can only push someone so far, 2, it's always the quiet ones that you need to worry about
A novel about a friendless girl with telekinesis who takes her final revenge upon the world. Stephen King's first book!

TuckNasty

I have been bullied and this book really helped me with it (I didn't kill anyone) it just showed me I wasn't alone.

The Contenders

11The Dead Zone
The first Stephen King book I ever read, and possibly my pick for the best for sentimental reasons. I love "It" and "The Stand" and so many others, but there is a true tragic arc to this novel that makes the reader truly care about what happens, even though it's practically foreordained.
It is a great book and it really made me think. I think it should be at least top 10

12Needful Things
Getting into the book now. I'm really into. It has a great plot and great characters.
Loved the book... Couldn't put it down...

13Cujo
This book should be under the top 2! It's the best book I have ever read!
Best book I've read in his collection.

14The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger
I can't believe TDT I is 12. It's the beginning of a legend, it should be, at least, at 5, or even 1. The Gunsliger introduce us to the most amazing adventures of our lifes, and more important than that, introduce us to our beloved Roland Deschain, the guy that we all want to have as a friend. It's awesome, it's perfect.
The Gunslinger has to be higher. I'm only sixteen, and I've read all seven dark tower books. I have to say that the first is the best. Nothing can beat that end palaver between Roland and Walter. The entire book is just so enlightening.
My first Stephen King and I absolutely love it.

15The Long Walk
It's a bloody shame that more people don't know about this masterpiece. This book will leave you thinking long after you've finished the last page. Though she may not admit it, the author of the Hunger Games took inspiration from this book (as well as King's "The Running Man" and the notorious, but incredible, "Battle Royale"). It makes me wonder why the Hunger Games is so poorly written. But I digress. This book is an incredible psychological thriller. The characters were flawless. My favorites were Stebbins and McVries. Best of all is the inherent knowledge that no matter how much the boys try to socialize and hide from the truth, they are essentially competing for their lives, and 99 of them will inevitably die. This factor adds so much tension. Please, even if you are not a fan of Mr. King's works, give the Long Walk a chance. It has made me a more insightful person and I hope that it will have the same effect on you.
Seriously underrated. One of my top three favorite king novels. It really made me think and feel for all the characters and even though death was inevitable it shocked and saddened me when another would die. This book keeps you thinking. Don't knock it till you try it, I really is amazing. And like the previous comment I also felt the hunger games was a cheaper warped version of the long walk and battle Royale
This book is ridiculously underrated. The character development is top-notch and this plays a key role in the story. The plot is also kept a secret until about 15% into the book, which builds suspense. LOVE this book!

16The Tommyknockers
I admit this story is strange, but it's also different and interesting. Stephen King is creative and definitely deserves the title " Master of Horror".

17Christine
This was the first King book I ever read. My favorite King trait is that he makes you fall in love with one of his characters and then they die.
Come on who doesn't love cars? The movie is so much different from the book it's ironic.
I would have chosen Christine above Leigh too...
[Newest]It's sad that Arnie dies at the end. This would have never happened if it wasn't for Christine.

18Dreamcatcher
Please don't judge by the film this book is incredible! The friendship side (which king is a master of writing) the horror of being taken over by a strange being, bravery on all levels! First king book I ever read and I still go back to reading it all the time.
This is the only Stephen King book that I didn't like. It didn't make sense, and I stopped reading 100 before the end because I stopped caring about the story line. This happens very rarely for me.
Ridiculously underrated, don't judge it on the awful film. Duddits has to be one of King's best characters, along with Beaver. Funny, disturbing, gripping and genuinely bizarre and original. Couldn't ask for more! Brilliant writing.

19The Talisman
One of the scariest books I ever read!
I loved this book and the depth of the characters. King takes you to another world that somehow feels familiar. I read this many years ago and still feel it drawing me back.
The best fantasy book I have ever read. King's description of food in the territories rivals Dickens. I am thunderstruck that this book isn't further up the list.

20Firestarter
A novel about a corrupt government agency and its pursuit of an unwilling family.

TuckNasty


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