Monday, December 21, 2009

Stephen King's favorite books

by Jim

Consistently my favorite listmaker in pop culture, Stephen King has names his ten favorite books of 2009.  What I love about Mr. King is that he never seems to care about convention or what others will make of his choices. He’ll include popular commercial fiction (hey, John Sandford), dense literary fiction (hi there, Roberto Bolano), and even books that came out decades ago (isn’t Richard Yates dead?).

I’ve only read two of the books on the list—the weighty Drood and the weightier 2666—and disliked both. But he’s Stephen King! I’d still take the rest of his recommendations seriously.


  1. I'm a huge fan of Mr. King but haven't read a single one of his 2009 faves. I've heard Revolutionary Road is brilliant but depressing as hell. After finishing The Book Thief over the weekend, which was beautiful but heart-breaking, all I can handle right now is something involving puppies and butterflies. It didn't look like any of Mr. King's picks covered those topics so I'll keep searching :)

  2. I have always been a fan of Stephen King, my fave story of all is "The Man in The Black Suit" from "Everything's Eventual". I wonder if Mr. King ever reads YA and what his faves there would be.
    I am curious if you finish books you don't like?
    I have put more than one down, with very little to finish it, when something in it is just plain dumb and totally unbelievable.

  3. I've only read one on the list and it is in my All Time Top Ten Favorites - Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. It took three false starts before I finally got into it, but boy, was I glad I perservered. I wholeheartedly agree with Stephen King on this one.