Literature 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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2,923 288
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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2,476 339
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
William Golding

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2,379 409
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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2,312 409
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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2,312 414
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King

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1,310 382
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Thomas Harris

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1,128 331
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Charles Dickens

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935 368
Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Frank McCourt

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878 357
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Joseph Conrad

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847 339
Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Peter Straub

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632 309
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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565 295
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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570 322
Into Thin Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Jon Krakauer

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544 332
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Barbara Kingsolver

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497 310
As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
William Faulkner

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415 286
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Kurt Vonnegut

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435 309
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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387 265
The Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Jack Finney

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319 303
The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
E. Annie Proulx

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317 313
The Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Alex Garland

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311 329
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Michael Ondaatje

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260 289
Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Christopher Buckley

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253 288
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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242 273
The Secret History is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Donna Tartt

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242 279
A Widow for One Year is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
John Irving