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List Rules 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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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Lord of the Flies William Golding

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Hannibal Thomas Harris

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Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

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Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt

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Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Ghost Story Peter Straub

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Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad

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At the Mountains of Madness is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
At the Mountains of Madness H. P. Lovecraft

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A River Runs Through It is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
A River Runs Through It Norman Maclean

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Into Thin Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer

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As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner

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The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Hocus Pocus Kurt Vonnegut

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

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A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson

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The Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Beach Alex Garland

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The English Patient Michael Ondaatje

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The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx

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Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Thank You for Smoking Christopher Buckley

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A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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A Widow for One Year is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
A Widow for One Year John Irving

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A Head Full of Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay

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The Secret History is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Secret History Donna Tartt

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The Crossing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Crossing Cormac McCarthy

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Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh

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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Gravity Tess Gerritsen

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Smilla's Sense of Snow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Smilla's Sense of Snow Peter H√łeg

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The Poet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Poet Michael Connelly

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

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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Underworld Don DeLillo

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

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Zombie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Zombie Joyce Carol Oates

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

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The Liars' Club is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Liars' Club Mary Karr

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One True Thing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
One True Thing Anna Quindlen

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Survivor Tabitha King

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In the Lake of the Woods is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
In the Lake of the Woods 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
Men in Black Scott Spencer

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Reservation Road is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Reservation Road John Burnham Schwartz

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A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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A perfect crime is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
A Perfect Crime Peter Abrahams

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Cities of the Plain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Cities of the Plain Cormac McCarthy

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Where I'm Calling From is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Where I'm Calling From Raymond Carver

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The church of dead girls is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Church of Dead Girls Stephen Dobyns

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Freedomland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Freedomland Richard Price

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The Sheltering Sky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles

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The Moon and Sixpence is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham