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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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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
William Golding
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
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Harry Potter and the Philosoph... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
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Harry Potter and the Chamber o... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
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Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Charles Dickens
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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Thomas Harris
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Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Frank McCourt
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Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Joseph Conrad
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Ghost Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Peter Straub
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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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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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Into Thin Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Jon Krakauer
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The Poisonwood Bible is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Barbara Kingsolver
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As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
William Faulkner
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The Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Jack Finney
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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Kurt Vonnegut
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A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Bill Bryson
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The Shipping News is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
E. Annie Proulx
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The Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Alex Garland
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The English Patient is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Michael Ondaatje
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The Secret History is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Donna Tartt
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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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Thank You for Smoking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
Christopher Buckley
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A Widow for One Year is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 102 Books Recommended By Stephen King
John Irving