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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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2,172 276
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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2,026 351
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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1,997 358
Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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1,984 358
Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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1,165 325
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Hannibal Thomas Harris

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975 287
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

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735 295
Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Ghost Story Peter Straub

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775 322
Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt

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747 318
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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539 274
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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484 266
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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475 293
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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442 278
As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner

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450 290
The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver

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340 239
The Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Body Snatchers Jack Finney

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359 260
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Hocus Pocus Kurt Vonnegut

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354 280
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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269 285
The Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Beach Alex Garland

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262 293
The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The English Patient Michael Ondaatje

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248 273
The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx

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222 260
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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211 255
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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201 249
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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205 259
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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191 240
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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152 236
The Crossing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Crossing Cormac McCarthy

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152 239
Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Brideshead Revisited Evelyn Waugh

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154 245
Smilla's Sense of Snow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Smilla's Sense of Snow Peter H√łeg

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144 237
The Poet is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Poet Michael Connelly

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147 244
Gravity is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Gravity Tess Gerritsen

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129 214
Dead Man's Walk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Dead Man's Walk Larry McMurtry

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131 224
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Underworld Don DeLillo

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118 207
The illusionist is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Illusionist Dinitia Smith

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115 206
Zombie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Zombie Joyce Carol Oates

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116 220
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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95 198
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Survivor Tabitha King

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101 214
One True Thing is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
One True Thing Anna Quindlen

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103 222
The Liars' Club is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Liars' Club Mary Karr

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88 184
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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95 209
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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84 182
Reservation Road is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Reservation Road John Burnham Schwartz

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89 198
A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King

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78 196
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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76 192
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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72 194
Where I'm Calling From is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Where I'm Calling From Raymond Carver

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63 173
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

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55 162
The Tooth Fairy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Tooth Fairy Graham Joyce

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59 175
Freedomland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
Freedomland Richard Price

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60 180
The Sheltering Sky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 102 Books Recommended by Stephen King
The Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles