novels 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King  

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

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2,114 360
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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2,080 368
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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2,070 366
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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1,198 341
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Hannibal Thomas Harris

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1,018 299
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

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813 335
Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt

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769 311
Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Ghost Story Peter Straub

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782 327
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad

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558 285
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

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501 275
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

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498 301
Into Thin Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer

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469 303
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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454 289
As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner

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375 267
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Hocus Pocus Kurt Vonnegut

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352 250
The Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Body Snatchers Jack Finney

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370 288
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

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279 297
The Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Beach Alex Garland

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264 283
The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx

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275 302
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The English Patient Michael Ondaatje

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

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234 269
Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Thank You for Smoking Christopher Buckley

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217 264
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

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212 257
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

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214 267
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.

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

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159 243
The Crossing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Crossing Cormac McCarthy

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163 253
Smilla's Sense of Snow is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Smilla's Sense of Snow Peter H√łeg

Secret Habits That Stephen King Uses to Write All His Books

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Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh

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155 242
The Poet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Poet Michael Connelly

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154 249
Gravity is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Gravity Tess Gerritsen

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138 231
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Underworld Don DeLillo

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132 221
Dead Man's Walk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Dead Man's Walk Larry McMurtry

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122 213
The illusionist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Illusionist Dinitia Smith

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120 211
Zombie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Zombie Joyce Carol Oates

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

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110 219
One True Thing is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
One True Thing Anna Quindlen

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109 227
The Liars' Club is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Liars' Club Mary Karr

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99 204
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Survivor Tabitha King

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91 189
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Men in Black Scott Spencer

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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

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91 203
A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

The Funniest Coffee Table Books Money Can Buy

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Reservation Road is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Reservation Road John Burnham Schwartz

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81 201
A perfect crime is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
A Perfect Crime Peter Abrahams

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79 197
Cities of the Plain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Cities of the Plain Cormac McCarthy

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66 177
The church of dead girls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Church of Dead Girls Stephen Dobyns

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

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62 170
Plainsong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Plainsong Kent Haruf

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62 172
Our Man in Havana is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Our Man in Havana Graham Greene

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66 185
The Sheltering Sky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles