The Ten Meaningful Books Challenge: Day Nine

The Dark Tower Series by Steven King (Published 1982 to 2004)

I breathe a deep sigh as I look at the screen. There’s so much to say about this series which is comprised of seven volumes: The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, The Waste Lands, Wizard and Glass, Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah and The Dark Tower. There’s so much to say that I don’t know what to say, so this may be my shortest post in this challenge.

Rather than try to tell you anything about the books themselves, I’ll just tell you why they have meaning to me. That’s simple – the series is just a great read! I love picking up The Gunslinger and reading that first line, “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” … and I’m off! Off on this literary journey into a land that is at once so foreign and so familiar that I feel right at home while, at the same time, I can’t wait to see what’s around the next corner.

I’ve read these books probably ten times, usually picking them up and reading through them once a summer. You wouldn’t think there would be any surprises left in the story, but I am as excited to fall into the story every single time as I was the first time and I can’t read one book without reading all of them.

It’s a great series of books to choose when we’re making a connection of books to music because Stephen King has packed a lot of musical references into these novels. Somebody took the time to make a list of every song (all I had to do was google it) and without counting carefully, it looks like there’s somewhere between 90 and 100.

Hey Jude by the Beatles came to mind immediately … turns out it’s mentioned in the first 29 pages, but the number 19 has significance throughout the whole story so I’m going to go with “Hey 19” by Steely Dan.