Stephen King lists his top 10 favorite books

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To celebrate the launch of Stephen King’s novel The Outsider scheduled for bookshelves May 22 (you can pre-order it on Amazon), Goodreads asked Stephen King to list out his top 10 favorite books of all time.

The voracious reader and prolific writer never felt satisfied with his final selections but he played along anyway.

“Of course, any list like this is slightly ridiculous. On another day, ten different titles might come to mind, like The Exorcist, or All the Pretty Horses in place of Blood Meridian. On another day I’d be sure to include Light in August or Scott Smith’s superb A Simple Plan. The Sea, the Sea, by Iris Murdoch. But what the hell, I stand by these.”

King took a breath and then continued:

“Although Anthony Powell’s novels should probably be here, especially the sublimely titled Casanova’s Chinese Restaurant and Books Do Furnish a Room. And Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet. And at least six novels by Patricia Highsmith. What about Patrick O’Brian? See how hard this is to let go?”

Stephen King’s Top 10 Favorite Books


Lord of the Flies by William Golding


Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter


Watership Down (Watership Down, #1) by Richard Adams


The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson


The Hair of Harold Roux by Thomas Williams


Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison


Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy


1984 by George Orwell


American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1) by Philip Roth


The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

(h/t Open Culture)

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2 thoughts on “Stephen King lists his top 10 favorite books”

  1. I saw that Stephen King rated The Orphan Master’s Son as one of his favorites one year, so I went and read it. Blew me away! I just added a couple of these I haven’t read. Looking forward to reading them!

    1. Same was excited about his recommendations. Obviously a bit difficult for him to narrow it down but we’ll take it from here 😉

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