It is said that to be a writer you must do two things: write and read. The first one seems pretty obvious and the second one is as important as the first. If you’ve read Stephen King’s On Writing you know he subscribes to the writers must read philosophy–although I suspect most writers would still be big readers even if they didn’t write.
How about a novel featuring a man who’s always late? Thinking of calling it GO SET YOUR WATCH, MAN.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 1, 2015
If you’ve already made your way through the list of books at the end of On Writing and aren’t already following Stephen King on Twitter, you should. Not only do you get book jokes, he also recommends books. I’ve wrangled them together here going all the way back to April– in case you meant to read one but then forgot what the title was and haven’t had the time to scroll through countless tweets. I scrolled. I scrolled.
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS, by Paul Tremblay: Scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 20, 2015
Last Words by Michael Koryta
On the subject of great summer reads: LAST WORDS, by Michael Koryta. You can’t put this baby down.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 17, 2015
Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King, Mark Jude Poirier, and Nancy Ahn
INTRO TO ALIEN INVASION, by Owen King and Mark Jude Poirier, coming next month. Great stuff. Not yet saying that because Owen King’s my son. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 16, 2015
Bad Country by CB McKenzie
BAD COUNTRY, by CB McKenzie: Terrific crime/suspense/mystery novel, but the real revelation is his fresh and original voice.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 18, 2015
THE POWER OF THE DOG and THE CARTEL, by Don Winslow: I’m totally swept up. You can’t ask more for emotionally moving entertainment. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 9, 2015
Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge
I am going to order that novel, EENY MEENIE.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 8, 2015
World Gone By Dennis Lehane
Dennis Lehane’s WORLD GONE BY is the best gangster novel since THE GODFATHER. Terrific story, shattering conclusion. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 29, 2015
Wish Joe Hill a happy birthday! And if you buy one of his books today, YOU get the present!
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 4, 2015
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
If you liked MISERY, you’re probably going to like FINDERS KEEPERS. Some fans are just cockadoodie brats. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 22, 2015
Hyacinth Girls by Lauren Frankel
While on the subject of books: HYACINTH GIRLS, by Lauren Frankel. Haven’t read it, but I’m going to. Looks great.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 12, 2015
Day Four by Sarah Lotz
The new Sarah Lotz novel,DAY FOUR, is really good. USA edition comes out June 15. It’s the cruise ship from hell. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) May 11, 2015
The Border by Robert McCammon
THE BORDER, by Robert McCammon: Rip-roaring, old-school SF. Mean aliens, heroic earthlings. Subterranean Press. Late May. I dug it.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 28, 2015
Are you more inclined to read a book recommended by an author you love?