102 Books Recommended by Stephen King Books

102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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List Criteria: Vote up the best books recommended by Stephen King in On Writing and Danse Macabre.

What books does Stephen King recommend? You don't become one of the most prolific writers of all time without reading a few books. In his book, On Writing, Stephen King stresses the importance of constantly reading new books. He tries to read every single day, which is no easy task given his schedule, but King feels it is important to stay educated. So if you want to pick up a book and start reading, where do you start? There are a gazillion books out there, how do you narrow it down? Well, again, it's Stephen King to the rescue.

In the back of On Writing, there's a list of books recommended by Stephen King himself and it's a great list for anyone looking to start writing their own novels, or just enjoy a great story. King also recommends a plethora of titles in Danse Macabre, his rather in-depth tome on the horror genre. Check out the list below for all the books Stephen King recommends and vote up the ones you think are the best reads.
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    William Golding

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  3. 3
    + 1,948
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  4. 4
    + 1,926
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    + 1,909
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  6. 6
    + 1,109
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    Thomas Harris

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  7. 7
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    Charles Dickens

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  8. 8
    + 740
    - 310

    Frank McCourt

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  9. 9
    + 687
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    Peter Straub

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  10. 10
    + 710
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    Joseph Conrad

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  11. 11
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  12. 12
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    A River Runs Through It is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
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    Into Thin Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

    Jon Krakauer

  14. 14
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    William Faulkner

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    Barbara Kingsolver

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    The Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
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    Alex Garland

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    Michael Ondaatje

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    E. Annie Proulx

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    Christopher Buckley

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    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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    A Head Full of Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
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  26. 26
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  27. 27
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    Cormac McCarthy

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  28. 28
    + 142
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  29. 29
    + 141
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    Gravity is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

    Tess Gerritsen

  30. 30
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  31. 31
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    Michael Connelly

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    Dead Man's Walk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

    Larry McMurtry

  33. 33
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    Don DeLillo

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    The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

    Dinitia Smith

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    - 199

    Joyce Carol Oates

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    The Gold Coast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

    Nelson DeMille

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  38. 38
    + 96
    - 205

    Anna Quindlen

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    + 88
    - 187
    Survivor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

    Tabitha King

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    Tim O'Brien Tim O'Brien

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    Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

    Scott Spencer

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    - 174

    John Burnham Schwartz

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    - 187
    A Perfect Crime is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

    Peter Abrahams

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    - 182

    Cormac McCarthy

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    - 184
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    - 165
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    Richard Price

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    - 170

    W. Somerset Maugham

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    - 171
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