What are Stephen King’s Best Books?

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When it comes to the novels written by Stephen King there is not much dispute that each and every novel he has written has done well.  Personally I have enjoyed every novel I have read (which is all of them to the present) but there are a few that really stand out in my mind as his greatest works.  Below I have listed the five books that I consider to be his best works.  Books are not in any particular order so number one doesn’t mean best overall.

The Shining

All time favorite book by King.  Scared me to death when I read it as a small boy especially with the “redrum” word being repeated over and over again.  In my opinion, the book is still tenfolds better than the movie. 

The Stand 

Awesome book.  Classic story of good over evil but a apocalyptic scene with the devil and God make it a King story for sure.  Some people thought the book was too long, I on the other hand thought it was appropriate length to get full story without questions at the end.


 When I was a kid this movie actually gave me a fear of dogs for a spell.  Incredible book with awesome storytelling only King can provide.

Pet Cemetery

 Another book which gave me nightmares as a kid but at the same time I could not put it down each night.  This was my favorite book growing up.

The Green Mile 

Started as a short story and then was adapted into a full novel along with a movie release.  This is one of my all time favorite books and is an incredible read.  When originally released in paperback, book came out in 6 different installments keeping you in suspense each month until the next part came out……loved it!

Well, there you have it – my picks for the best five Stephen King novels.  When it comes down to King, I know that you could honestly list out almost any of his books for the best so I will be curious to hear other takes on favorites so feel free to comment. 


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