Celebrity picks: Stephen King’s favorite recent reads

Adrian Liang on August 05, 2019

Readers of Stephen King know he’s always going to surprise you. Sometimes those surprises ooze out of the dark corners of the mind or from a sewer; sometimes those surprises move the soul.

Recently Stephen King brought his readers back to Castle Rock, Maine, in a short novel that reads almost like a parable about self and community and the strange ways they intersect. The Amazon Books editors named Elevation as one of the best books of 2018.

In September 2019, King delivers a new novel about kids confronting evil. In The Institute, young Luke Ellis is one of many children with strange powers who have been brought together so their supernatural talents can be harvested.

Read on for Stephen King’s book picks.


Stephen King’s favorite recent reads

^^ASIN##B003WJQ6RW^^HEADLINE##Orwell’s novel of colonial Burma^^SUMMARY##“A ripping good yarn.” —Stephen King^^AWARD##King’s pick^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

“If you don’t think we’ve come a long way in dealing with racial discrimination, this novel—set on a British outpost in Burma during the early ’30s—will give you an eye-opening history lesson. It’s also a ripping good yarn in which one man finds the courage to stand up against deeply ingrained prejudice.”

^^ASIN##B07F9N27MH^^HEADLINE##A labyrinthine thriller from J.K. Rowling’s alter ego^^SUMMARY##“The mystery here is complex and beautifully textured.” —Stephen King^^AWARD##King’s pick^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

“Galbraith is, as the world now knows, J.K. Rowling, and she’s capable of writing engrossing mystery fiction as well as fantasy. The mystery here is complex and beautifully textured. Plus, it’s great to have Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott back for a fourth adventure.”

^^ASIN##B078W646XC^^HEADLINE##The latest from the author of “Life After Life”^^SUMMARY##“Atkinson writes with wit and verve, bringing London in 1940 to vibrant life.” —Stephen King^^AWARD##King’s pick^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

“Juliet Armstrong, the heroine of this engrossing tale of wartime espionage, has a sharp tongue and a brave heart. She turns out to need both. Atkinson writes with wit and verve, bringing London in 1940 to vibrant life. I’ve got 40 pages left, so don’t tell me how it ends!”

This article was originally published on December 3, 2018, on the Amazon Book Review.


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