Stephen King is one of the most celebrated writers of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. The master of horror has published more than 50 novels, sold over 350 million books, and has written some of the creepiest tales ever put to paper, including the likes of IT, The Stand, The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Dark Tower series. No doubt such a prolific author is also very well read, and no doubt Mr. King has many books he holds close to his heart, but which would he consider to be his top ten?
King recently took to Goodreads where he listed his top ten favourite novels of all time. In no particular order, they are as follows:
King then noted that writing a top ten list like this is always difficult and not always accurate. He wrote: “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?”
It seems King had a pretty tough time compiling his list, and we can’t blame him. He also listed ten of his favourite books back in 2014 and several titles are on both lists such as Lord of the Flies, 1984, and Blood Meridian. King also regularly recommends books on his Twitter feed.
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The interesting folk at Reddit have been discussing bookmarks in r/Showerthoughts after user by brainrokker posted the thought ‘Using a dollar bill as a bookmark is cheaper than buying a bookmark’ .
This sparked a list of things people use or have used, and some more outrageous comments… At first there were the usual comments from people who use sweet wrappers, receipts, and foreign currency left over from a trip abroad, but in amongst those were some quirkier suggestions.
One woman from the UK discovered the perfect response when she was aboard a bus in her city. As the bus was very crowded, tempers were a little frayed, and one man allowed his aggression to get the better of him. Instead of asking the woman to keep her elbows in or tuck her book in a bit to make more room for others, he instead decided it was appropriate to call her a “fucking bitch”.
What book lover Jennifer Cairns did next was fantastically appropriate and a wonderfully gracious- she started reading aloud.