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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2,897 286
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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2,455 333
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
William Golding

3
2,357 406
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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2,292 405
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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2,293 410
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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1,294 379
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Thomas Harris

7
1,117 326
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Charles Dickens

8
920 365
Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Frank McCourt

9
869 353
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Joseph Conrad

10
838 336
Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Peter Straub

11
625 305
At the Mountains of Madness is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
H. P. Lovecraft

12
558 294
A River Runs Through It is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Norman Maclean

13
558 321
Into Thin Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Jon Krakauer

14
534 329
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Barbara Kingsolver

15
489 309
As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
William Faulkner

16
409 285
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Kurt Vonnegut

17
427 306
A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Bill Bryson

18
382 262
The Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Jack Finney

19
312 300
The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
E. Annie Proulx

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310 311
The Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Alex Garland

21
306 326
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Michael Ondaatje

22
257 285
Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Christopher Buckley

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249 285
A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Walter M. Miller, Jr.

24
239 276
A Widow for One Year is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
John Irving

25
235 270
The Secret History is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Donna Tartt

26
231 283
A Head Full of Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Paul Tremblay

27
188 260
Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Evelyn Waugh

28
193 270
Smilla's Sense of Snow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Peter H√łeg

29
175 255
The Poet is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Michael Connelly

30
176 259
The Crossing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Cormac McCarthy

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163 266
Gravity is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Tess Gerritsen

32
150 246
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Don DeLillo

33
143 234
Dead Man's Walk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Larry McMurtry

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131 224
Zombie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Joyce Carol Oates

35
131 227
The illusionist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Dinitia Smith

36
131 244
The Gold Coast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Nelson DeMille

37
128 239
The Liars' Club is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Mary Karr

38
126 242
One True Thing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Anna Quindlen

39
114 228
In the Lake of the Woods is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Tim O'Brien - Tim O'Brien

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99 200
Reservation Road is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
John Burnham Schwartz

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106 222
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Tabitha King

42
96 203
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Scott Spencer

43
99 216
A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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88 213
A perfect crime is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Peter Abrahams

45
85 210
Cities of the Plain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Cormac McCarthy

46
76 185
Our Man in Havana is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Graham Greene

47
84 211
Where I'm Calling From is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Raymond Carver

48
72 183
Plainsong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Kent Haruf

49
72 190
The church of dead girls is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Stephen Dobyns

50
73 199
The Sheltering Sky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Paul Bowles