Despite not really posting about it, except for a few random Instagram thoughts, I participated in Trish‘s #BOBalong last month.
And when Trish asked me how I liked Bag of Bones, I said I’d rate it toward the bottom of the top 1/3 of my favorites for King’s books. And she said she’d be interested to see what my complete list looked like. So here it is…my loose ranking of the one’s I’ve read. (And yes, this is really my wrap-up post for the #BOBalong, because I’m a cheater like that.)
A few notes*: Under the Dome and 11/22/63 are by far my favorites. I want all other King books to be That Good. And the Dark Tower books are by far my least favorite. For more “traditional” King books, Carrie and Rose Madder are definitely my least favorites. But in between those high and lows, the list is more of a rough grouping. The Stand and IT are toward the top probably because of the readalong experiences, but also for the characters. The Shining and Revival are towards the bottom because they were big let-downs. Seriously Big Let-Downs. I really liked Mr. Mercedes and Joyland, but they weren’t as creepy as some of the others, so they could maybe be higher on the list, but aren’t. In fact, Bag of Bones, Mr. Mercedes, Insomnia, Joyland, and ‘Salem’s Lot were all good…they just don’t rate high on the love/hate scale. Bag of Bones edges into love territory simply because of Mike Noonan. Except he’s no Barbie. It’s gonna take a lot to top Barbie.
*Okay, so that was more than a few.
- Under the Dome
- Doctor Sleep
- The Stand
- Bag of Bones
- Mr. Mercedes
- ‘Salem’s Lot
- The Shining
- Rose Madder
- The Dark Tower (book 1)
- The Dark Tower (book 2 – abandoned)
There are still three King books that I really want to read (not that I plan to stop after that, it’s just I really want to see how these will fit into this list): Lisey’s Story, Pet Sematary, and The Tommyknockers.
What do you think of my list? Is there anything on there that made you gasp with horror when you saw where I placed it?