Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten Stephen King books I need to read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is: Genre Freebie (pick a genre and build a list around it! i.e., best/worst romances, non-fiction for travelers, memoirs for foodies, classics that feel timeless, romance novel kisses, science fiction that feels too real for comfort, women’s fiction for newbies, etc.)

I was thinking about horror — fitting for these days, right? — and mind naturally went to Stephen King, and how even though I think of myself as having read a lot of his books, there are still plenty more to get to. So, without too much fuss or bother, I thought I’d share the ten Stephen King books that are highest on my Stephen King TBR list!

Note: While putting together this list, I realized that I’ve already read ALL of SK’s releases since 2009. Go, me! And I’m only include one Dark Tower book on my list, even though I actually have four from the series still to read. Because if I never get around to reading the next one (#4), why bother listing the ones that come later? I also realized that the reference list I was using for Stephen King books didn’t include his Richard Bachman books, so actually, there are even more SK works for me to get to! In any case, here are my ten priorities… for now.

1. The Dead Zone (1979)
2. Firestarter (1980)
3. Needful Things (1991)
4. Dolores Claiborne (1993)
5. The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass (1997)
6. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999)
7. The Green Mile (2000)
8. Dreamcatcher (2001)
9. Lisey’s Story (2006)
10. Duma Key (2008)

If you’ve read any of the above –which one should I read first?

What’s your TTT topic this week? Share your links, and I’ll come check out your top 10!

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top ten Stephen King books I need to read

    • Maybe I’ll read that one first! I’ve never seen the movie, since I wanted to read the book first, but then never got around to the book either. πŸ™‚

  1. I think I’ve only read one Stephenm King book in my life haha! (The long walk I think..)
    There are some that I would be interested in trying out though!

    My post!

  2. I’m currently making my way through all his work. Since Spring of 2018 I’ve been going in order from his first book. I’m currently reading The Stand (the irony of it all!) but before my project started I’ve read a number of his books. I really enjoyed Lisey’s Story, but I need to re-read it because I don’t remember much of it, which I will get to at some point!
    Duma Key was also a good one. I wasn’t a fan of the Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon but at least it was short! I hope you enjoy whichever one you read! πŸ™‚

    • I love the idea of going through all of his work in order! I’ve thought about it, but it’s a pretty daunting project (and I’m not sure I really need to read Christine or Cujo every again.)

      • Oh trust me, it’s a very daunting project! But one that I’m comfortable with because I won’t get burnt out from reading too much at one time, which I’ve done before, and this way I’ll know what I’ve read and haven’t read. Nor do I feel the pressure of having to finish his books too quickly, as I think I’m covered the rest of my lifetime! πŸ˜‚

    • What a fun idea! I read my first SK book, the Stand in grade 8 for a book report and my teacher didn’t believe I read it because it was so long lol! Still one of my favourites.

  3. I collect Stephen King first editions πŸ™‚ He’s my favourite author. I’m currently reading The Outsider and enjoying it a lot. Personally my favourite books are the Bachman books, I find them much more dark and sinister which is exactly why I read horror. Duma Key was so far the only SK book that gave me nightmares, and Wizard and Glass is my fave Dark Tower book so looks like you have some good reading ahead! I named my cat Roland for Roland Deschain.

    • Aw, that’s sweet that your cat is named Roland! I’m really excited to hear about all of the Sk books to look forward to! Which is your favorite Bachman book? The only one I’ve read so far is The Long Walk.

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