Stephen King lists his top 10 favorite books

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 answers 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. 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?

How many books on the list have you read?

Stephen King’s Top 10 Favorite Books

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter

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

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The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

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The Hair of Harold Roux by Thomas Williams

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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

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

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1984 by George Orwell

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

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

(h/t Open Culture)

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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