Novels 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King  

Jacoby Bancroft
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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 Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... 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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The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

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As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner

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A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson

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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Hocus Pocus Kurt Vonnegut

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The Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Body Snatchers Jack Finney

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The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx

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306 309
The Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Beach Alex Garland

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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The English Patient Michael Ondaatje

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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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The Secret History is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Secret History Donna Tartt

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A Head Full of Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay

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Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh

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Smilla's Sense of Snow is listed (or ranked) 28 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) 29 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Poet Michael Connelly

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The Crossing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Crossing Cormac McCarthy

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Gravity is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Gravity Tess Gerritsen

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Underworld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Underworld Don DeLillo

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Dead Man's Walk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Dead Man's Walk Larry McMurtry

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Zombie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Zombie Joyce Carol Oates

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The illusionist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Illusionist Dinitia Smith

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The Liars' Club is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Liars' Club Mary Karr

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The Gold Coast is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Gold Coast Nelson DeMille

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125 239
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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112 228
In the Lake of the Woods is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Reservation Road is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Reservation Road John Burnham Schwartz

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Survivor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Survivor Tabitha King

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Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Men in Black Scott Spencer

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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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Our Man in Havana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Our Man in Havana Graham Greene

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Where I'm Calling From is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Where I'm Calling From Raymond Carver

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Plainsong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Plainsong Kent Haruf

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The church of dead girls is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Church of Dead Girls Stephen Dobyns

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The Sheltering Sky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
The Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles