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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2,486 343
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
William Golding
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2,395 410
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
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2,324 410
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
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2,324 415
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
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1,318 385
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Thomas Harris
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1,130 332
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Charles Dickens
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941 369
Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Frank McCourt
9
880 358
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Joseph Conrad
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852 342
Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Peter Straub
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636 310
At the Mountains of Madness is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
H. P. Lovecraft
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566 297
A River Runs Through It is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Norman Maclean
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570 323
Into Thin Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Jon Krakauer
14
546 333
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Barbara Kingsolver
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500 310
As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
William Faulkner
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416 287
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Kurt Vonnegut
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437 311
A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Bill Bryson
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390 266
The Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Jack Finney
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321 304
The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
E. Annie Proulx
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318 314
The Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Alex Garland
21
312 330
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Michael Ondaatje
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260 291
Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Christopher Buckley
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247 275
The Secret History is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Donna Tartt
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254 289
A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Walter M. Miller, Jr.
25
244 280
A Widow for One Year is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
John Irving