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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2,912 288
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

2
2,467 336
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
William Golding

3
2,370 406
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

4
2,304 405
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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2,304 410
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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1,305 380
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Thomas Harris

7
1,123 329
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Charles Dickens

8
928 367
Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Frank McCourt

9
875 356
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Joseph Conrad

10
844 338
Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Peter Straub

11
628 308
At the Mountains of Madness is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
H. P. Lovecraft

12
563 294
A River Runs Through It is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Norman Maclean

13
566 321
Into Thin Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Jon Krakauer

14
541 331
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Barbara Kingsolver

15
496 310
As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
William Faulkner

16
414 285
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Kurt Vonnegut

17
433 308
A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Bill Bryson

18
386 264
The Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Jack Finney

19
317 302
The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
E. Annie Proulx

20
316 312
The Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Alex Garland

21
309 328
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Michael Ondaatje

22
260 288
Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Christopher Buckley

23
253 287
A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Walter M. Miller, Jr.

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241 272
The Secret History is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Donna Tartt

25
241 278
A Widow for One Year is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
John Irving

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232 285
A Head Full of Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Paul Tremblay

27
199 271
Smilla's Sense of Snow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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192 262
Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Evelyn Waugh

29
180 260
The Crossing is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Cormac McCarthy

30
178 257
The Poet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Michael Connelly

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166 267
Gravity is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Tess Gerritsen

32
148 235
Dead Man's Walk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Larry McMurtry

33
152 247
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Don DeLillo

34
133 225
Zombie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Joyce Carol Oates

35
132 229
The illusionist is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Dinitia Smith

36
136 244
The Gold Coast is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Nelson DeMille

37
129 241
The Liars' Club is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Mary Karr

38
127 245
One True Thing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Anna Quindlen

39
118 229
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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103 202
Reservation Road is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
John Burnham Schwartz

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109 223
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Tabitha King

42
98 204
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Scott Spencer

43
100 218
A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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80 186
Our Man in Havana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Graham Greene

45
90 214
A perfect crime is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Peter Abrahams

46
86 211
Cities of the Plain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Cormac McCarthy

47
86 212
Where I'm Calling From is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Raymond Carver

48
76 184
Plainsong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Kent Haruf

49
74 192
The church of dead girls is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Stephen Dobyns

50
73 195
The Moon and Sixpence is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
W. Somerset Maugham