Books: My Favorite Stephen King Novels

Okay, so one of the groups I'm a member of is currently debating whether Stephen King's Revival was great or terrible. Of course, it's all a matter of opinion, but as people started writing that it was in the "bottom 10%" of his books or whatever, I began to think about which of Uncle Stevie's books are my favorites. (BTW, you can find my review of Revival here.)

Now, I've read a lot of King but not nearly all. So I can only rank what I've read. And I also sort of see Uncle Stevie's work in two parts: pre-Bag of Bones and post-Bag of Bones. So I'm going to rank them in two "eras" accordingly. And I'm only looking at novels, not anthologies.

Pre-Bag of Bones Favorites

  1. 'Salem's Lot
  2. The Dead Zone
  3. The Dark Half
  4. Misery
  5. The Shining
  6. Pet Sematary
  7. It
  8. Needful Things
  9. The Green Mile
  10. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
  11. The Stand
  12. The Tommyknockers
  13. Insomnia*

*I didn't actually finish this one, but I'm grateful to it for introducing me to the work of Stephen Dobyns.

You'll see I never read beyond the first Dark Tower book. And there's a lot more I haven't read, too, and might never get around to.

I used the press conference scene in The Dead Zone for a dramatic interp piece once. I had to do a lot of different voices!

Post-Bag of Bones Favorites

  1. Duma Key
  2. Bag of Bones
  3. Lisey's Story
  4. Revival
  5. Dreamcatcher

I really, really disliked Dreamcatcher. I started both Under the Dome and Finders Keepers but never finished either of them. Cell, meanwhile, is one I really want to read but—dare I say it—I'm a little frightened to!

'Salem's Lot, The Dead Zone, and Bag of Bones are the only Stephen King books I've read more than once. I'd definitely re-read Duma Key, though, too. In fact, there are a lot of books on this list that I find myself periodically wanting to go re-read, but then other books are stacked and waiting and I never quite get back around to old favorites.

Do you read Stephen King? If so, which of his books are your favorites?


Roland D. Yeomans said...

'Salem's Lot chilled and depressed me so that I swore off Mr. King until the first TV series of THE STAND made me return to him. His DUMA KEY I so enjoyed that I bought the audio book of it to listen to on my blood runs -- which I have done more than once: it was a truly outstanding narrative performance by the voice actor. :-)

Christine Rains said...

It, The Tommyknockers, and The Stand are ones that stand out a lot in my mind. I enjoyed the Dark Tower series. Most of his newer ones have blurred together in my mind, so I'm not remembering which is which when I recall specific characters or scenes.