Celebrity Picks: Stephen King's Favorite Reads of 2018

Adrian Liang on December 03, 2018
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StephenKingSelfie_225.jpgReaders 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.

This year King brings 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. We named Elevation as one of the best books of 2018.

King's passion for books is loud and clear in his wide-ranging book picks below—and through his picture here with a copy of Kate Atkinson's Transcription.


Stephen King's favorite reads of 2018

Burmese Days by George Orwell

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.

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

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.

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

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!


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