12 Best Stephen King Books You Should Read In Your Lifetime


12 of the Best Stephen King Books

If you're an avid reader, you've likely read a Stephen King novel. He has so many New York Times bestselling novels to choose from, it can seem overwhelming. But as one of the greatest authors of all time, it is imperative you read his work. So get your wallet ready, you'll be adding 12 books to your cart today.

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The Long Walk by Stephen King / Gallery Books

1. The Long Walk

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Readers love it: "It's the ending that has made me read this book 3 times. Once at 20, once at 30, and again in my 40's. This is a book that I can't get out of my head. It's gripping and the ending has an unexpected psychological twist that compels me to revisit the novel over and over...".

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Salem's Lot by Stephen King / Doubleday

2. 'Salem's Lot

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Readers love it: "This is classic Stephen King. I have read this book three times with ten years between each. Salem's Lot is still a good book".

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The Green Mile by Stephen King / Signet Books

3. The Green Mile

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Readers love it: "If you've seen the award-winning movie with Tom Hanks, then by and large, you know exactly what to expect from this book. That's not to say you shouldn't read this book for fear it will be redundant. In fact, I would almost advise you to watch the movie first, then read the book.".

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Under the Dome by Stephen King / Scribner

4. Under the Dome

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Readers love it: "I just read this book, whoa, what a page turner! I was up some nights until 4am because I just couldn't put it down. From the very first chapter, to the last page this book had me sucked in! I will tell you, without giving away any spoilers, that the antagonists of the story are all TERRIBLE, but just keep reading!! You'll want to dive into the book and strangle them, but the end of the book is absolutely worth the whole read!!".

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The Mist by Stephen King / Viking Press

5. The Mist

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Readers love it: "Stephen King has long been one of my favorite authors. Some books are mind boggling, but all are good. This book is one of his best works in my opinion. Thank you Stephen for the entertainment.".

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Gerald's Game by Stephen King / Viking

6. Gerald's Game

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Readers love it: "I can't believe I've let this Stephen King novel pass me by all these years. There's a certain gothic sensibility to "Gerald's Game" and some of King's best, most beautifully descriptive and heart-wrenching writing. I'm really impressed with it. I think it's going to rank as one of my favorites of his-- and I'm a die-hard fan. Pick this up, you won't be disappointed.".

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Different Seasons by Stephen King / Viking Press

7. Different Seasons: Four Novellas

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Readers love it: "I don't usually write reviews (I don't think I have ever written one) but I am compelled to on this book because I can't get the stories out of my head! I keep thinking about them. I have watched both movies "Shawshank Redemption" and "Stand By Me" so I wanted to read those novelettes. I know that Stephen King is more famous for his horror books, but I'm sure I couldn't get thru any of those because I just can't handle those types of stories. However, I had heard he was a very good writer and I wanted to read some of his work. All 4 of these stories were fantastic and had a bit of horrific and disturbing content in them.".

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IT by Stephen King / Viking Press

8. It

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Readers love it: "My favorite book of all time. I've read 14 times and who knows how many more times I'll read it again! King creates a world where you feel the eyes of a being of unimaginable horror on you as you follow the lives of a group of children who come together to face a creature that has haunted their town and hunted it's children for years upon years. You will not find a better book that creates such a electric tingling atmosphere that you will catch yourself reading way past the hour you said you would put it down at.".

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Mr Mercedes by Stephen King / Scribner

9. Mr. Mercedes

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Readers love it: "Great book. One of those books you slow down on, or put off finishing because you don't want it to end. Each character is fleshed out very well so you understand their motivation. But remember...you can't have everything...there is something that happens that you definitely don't want to have happen.".

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11/22/63 by Stephen King / Scribner

10. 22/11/63

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Readers love it: "This is a really good novel, just short of a great one. King has created a fantastic and unique time travel mechanic, which really throws a different spin on what we usually run into in time travel stories, and even has a twist near the end that causes the reader along with the protagonist to change the way they had learned to look at things. The historical content is well-researched, immersive and detailed. King's protagonist is a relatable and interesting character, and many of the other characters are splendidly fleshed-out and memorable.".

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The Shining by Stephen King / Doubleday

11. The Shining

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Readers love it: "His paintbrush for painting scenes always ends up relating characters to the East Coast but his vision of Colorado is a bold and beautiful one. And with that beauty, there is the suspected horror that comes with the package deal of a King novel. The characters in the Shining are well rounded, feasible and just a few degrees away from what real monsters are - drinking problems, anger issues, mental health deterioration and the real world cases of an idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction cabin fever and isolation. What makes this so horrific is the plausibility of these characters - those they gave you life and now want to take it away from you. This is worth a read - and it is read best by kindle-light in the dark.".

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Misery by Stephen King / Viking Press

12. Misery

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Readers love it: "The book is more true to life and detailed in human feeling and experience. King has an uncanny way of getting you into the heads of the characters and their emotions. I was terrified by Annie Wilkes and petrified for Paul Sheldon. It is not a light-hearted book and will have you trapped throughout. The imagery is visceral and the writing crisp. Be ready to be terrified and entertained".