novels 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King  

Jacoby Bancroft
46k votes 4.5k voters 107.8k views 102 items Embed

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.
list ordered by

1
2,618 253
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

2
2,259 292
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Lord of the Flies William Golding

3
2,127 362
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

4
2,090 368
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

5
2,082 367
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

6
1,203 343
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Hannibal Thomas Harris

7
1,024 300
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

8
820 336
Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt

9
773 312
Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Ghost Story Peter Straub

10
785 329
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad

11
563 286
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

12
503 276
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

13
502 302
Into Thin Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer

14
473 305
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

Famous Schizophrenics

15
455 290
As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner

16
375 268
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Hocus Pocus Kurt Vonnegut

17
353 251
The Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Body Snatchers Jack Finney

18
373 289
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

19
279 298
The Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Beach Alex Garland

20
280 303
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The English Patient Michael Ondaatje

21
266 284
The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx

The Most Messed Up And Nauseating Sexual Horror Scenes Stephen King Has Ever Written

22
235 270
Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Thank You for Smoking Christopher Buckley

23
217 266
A Head Full of Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
A Head Full of Ghosts Paul Tremblay

24
212 258
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

25
214 269
A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller, Jr.

26
202 250
The Secret History is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Secret History Donna Tartt

27
165 253
Smilla's Sense of Snow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Smilla's Sense of Snow Peter H√łeg

28
161 246
Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh

18 Pictures of Young Stephen King

29
160 244
The Crossing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Crossing Cormac McCarthy

30
159 242
The Poet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Poet Michael Connelly

31
154 251
Gravity is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Gravity Tess Gerritsen

32
139 234
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Underworld Don DeLillo

33
132 222
Dead Man's Walk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Dead Man's Walk Larry McMurtry

34
123 214
The illusionist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Illusionist Dinitia Smith

35
121 212
Zombie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Zombie Joyce Carol Oates

The 25 Sexiest (Famous) Girls with Tattoos

36
121 228
The Gold Coast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Gold Coast Nelson DeMille

37
112 220
One True Thing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
One True Thing Anna Quindlen

38
111 228
The Liars' Club is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Liars' Club Mary Karr

39
99 205
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Survivor Tabitha King

40
91 190
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Men in Black Scott Spencer

41
100 216
In the Lake of the Woods is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
In the Lake of the Woods Tim O'Brien - Tim O'Brien

42
86 188
Reservation Road is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Reservation Road John Burnham Schwartz

Books You Remember Fondly From High School That Just Don't Hold Up

43
91 204
A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

44
81 202
A perfect crime is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
A Perfect Crime Peter Abrahams

45
79 198
Cities of the Plain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Cities of the Plain Cormac McCarthy

46
64 172
Our Man in Havana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Our Man in Havana Graham Greene

47
66 179
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

48
73 201
Where I'm Calling From is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Where I'm Calling From Raymond Carver

49
62 171
Plainsong is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Plainsong Kent Haruf

50
66 186
The Sheltering Sky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles