38 Of Your Favorite Western Books

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This giveaway is sponsored by Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman.

A Western Novel For Every Occasion: Vengeance Road by Erin BowmanWhen Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Red Rose Gang for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.




Grit. Dust. Horse sweat. Hot sun. Long journeys. Stories of the West evoke an atmosphere of desolation and self-reliance, with violence simmering just below the surface. It’s a setting that can witness epic love stories, cultural clashes, revenge quests, and more without ever changing. So we wanted to know: what are your favorite western-set books?

Here’s a look at the 38 books about the west you like most:

Appaloosa series by Robert Parker 

The Big Sky by A.B. Guthrie

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Buffalo Girls by Larry McMurtry

Bugles in the Afternoon by Ernest Haycox

Butcher’s Crossing by John Edward Williams

Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner

Centennial by James Michener

City of the Saints by D.J. Butler

Close Range by Annie Proulx

The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Doc by Mary Doria Russell

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Haints Stay by Colin Winnette

This House of Sky by Ivan Doig

Lily by Cindy Bonner

The Living by Annie Dillard

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Longmire series by Craig Johnson

Marry Me by Jo Goodman

The Maverick by Lori Copeland

The Native Star by M.K. Hobson

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey

Shane by Jack Schaefer

Tending the Wild by Kat Anderson

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

The Six-Gun Tarot (Golgotha #1) by R.S. Belcher

The Son by Philipp Meyer

True Grit by Charles Portis

Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Upstairs Girls: Prostitution in the American West by Michael Rutter

Vermillion by Molly Tanzer

Welcome To Hard Times by E.L. Doctorow