Stephen King's Booklist from "On Writing"

In the second afterword of "On Writing", Stephen King provides a list of recommended books for aspiring authors.

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92 books · 39 voters · list created November 4th, 2010 by Jason (votes) .
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Kirk 361 books
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) The complete list:

Abrahams, Peter: A Perfect Crime
Abrahams, Peter: Lights Out
Abrahams, Peter: Pressure Drop
Abrahams, Peter: Revolution #9
Agee, James: A Death in the Family
Bakis, Kirsten: Lives of the Monster Dogs
Barker, Pat: Regeneration
Barker, Pat: The Eye in the Door
Barker, Pat: The Ghost Road
Bausch, Richard: In the Night Season
Blauner, Peter: The Intruder
Bowles, Paul: The Sheltering Sky
Boyle, T.C.: The Tortilla Curtain
Bryson, Bill: A Walk in the Woods
Buckley, Christopher: Thank You for Smoking
Carver, Raymond: Where I'm Calling From
Chabon, Michael: Werewolfs in Their Youth
Chorlton, Windsor: Latitude Zero
Connelly, Michael: The Poet
Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness
Constantine, K.C.: Family Values
DeLillo, Don: Underworld
DeMille, Nelson: Cathedral
DeMille, Nelson: The Gold Coast
Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist
Dobbyns, Stephen: Common Carnage
Dobbyns, Stephen: The Church of Dead Girls
Doyle, Roddy: The Woman Who Walked into Doors
Elkin, Stanley: The Dick Gibson Show
Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying
Garland, Alex: The Beach
George, Elizabeth: Deception on His Mind
Gerritsen, Tess: Gravity
Golding, William: Lord of the Flies
Gray, Muriel: Furnace
Greene, Graham: A Gun for Sale (aka This Gun for Hire)
Greene, Graham: Our Man in Havana
Halberstam, David: The Fifties
Hamill, Pete: Why Sinatra Matters
Harris, Thomas: Hannibal
Haruf, Kent: Plainsong
Hoeg, Peter: Smilla's Sense for Snow
Hunter, Stephen: Dirty White Boys
Ignatius, David: A Firing Offense
Irving, John: A Widow for One Year
Joyce, Graham: The Tooth Fairy
Judd, Alan: The Devil's Own Work
Kahn, Roger: Good Enough to Dream
Karr, Mary: The Liars' Club
Ketchum, Jack: Right to Life
King, Tabitha: Survivor
King, Tabitha: The Sky in the Water (unpublished)
Kingsolver, Barbara: The Poisonwood Bible
Krakauer, Jon: Into Thin Air
Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
Lefkowitz, Bernard: Our Guys
Little, Bentley: The Ignored
Maclean, Norman: A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
Maugham, W. Somerset: The Moon and Sixpence
McCarthy, Cormac: Cities of the Plain
McCarthy, Cormac: The Crossing
McCourt, Frank: Angela's Ashes
McDermott, Alice: Charming Billy
McDevitt, Jack: Ancient Shores
McEwan, Ian: Enduring Love
McEwan, Ian: The Cement Garden
McMurtry, Larry: Dead Man's Walk
McMurtry, Larry, and Diana Ossana: Zeke and Ned
Miller, Walter M.: A Canticle for Leibowitz
Oates, Joyce Carol: Zombie
O'Brien, Tim: In the Lake of the Woods
O'Nan, Stewart: The Speed Queen
Ondaatje, Michael: The English Patient
Patterson, Richard North: No Safe Place
Price, Richard: Freedomland
Proulx, Annie: Close Range -- Wyoming Stories
Proulx, Annie: The Shipping News
Quindlen, Anna: One True Thing
Rendell, Ruth: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Robinson, Frank M.: Waiting
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban
Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Russo, Richard: Mohawk
Schwartz, John Burnham: Reservation Road
Seth, Vikram: A Suitable Boy
Shaw, Irwin: The Young Lions
Slotkin, Richard: The Crater
Smith, Dinita: The Illusionist
Spencer, Scott: Men in Black
Stegner, Wallace: Joe Hill
Tarr, Donna: The Secret History
Tyler, Anne: A Patchwork Planet
Vonnegut, Kurt: Hocus Pocus
Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited
Westlake, Donald E.: The Ax


message 2: by Jason (new)

Jason Thanks for posting the full list. I plan to some day come back and complete the Goodreads list.

- jason

Themis-Athena wrote: "The complete list:

Abrahams, Peter: A Perfect Crime
Abrahams, Peter: Lights Out
Abrahams, Peter: Pressure Drop
Abrahams, Peter: Revolution #9
Agee, James: A Death in the Family
Bakis, Kirsten: Liv..."



message 3: by Debra (last edited Sep 04, 2011 08:43AM) (new)

Debra If anyone is interested, I've got over 500 books from various sources (including those on this list) on my "sai-king-recommends" bookshelf at:
sai-king-recommends bookshelf

I also have a group to read and discuss them at:
Books Stephen King Recommends

Happy reading!
Debra


message 4: by Josephine (last edited Jan 24, 2013 03:22PM) (new)

Josephine (biblioseph) 1 Abrahams, Peter: A Perfect Crime
2 Abrahams, Peter: Lights Out
3 Abrahams, Peter: Pressure Drop
4 Abrahams, Peter: Revolution 9
5 Agee, James: A Death in the Family
6 Bakis, Kirsten: Lives of the Monster Dogs
7 Barker, Pat: Regeneration
8 Barker, Pat: The Eye in the Door
9 Barker, Pat: The Ghost Road
10 Bausch, Richard: In the Night Season
11 Blauner, Peter: The Intruder
12 Bowles, Paul: The Sheltering Sky
13 Boyle, T.C.: The Tortilla Curtain
14 Bryson, Bill: A Walk in the Woods
15 Buckley, Christopher: Thank You for Smoking
16 Carver, Raymond: Where I'm Calling From
17 Chabon, Michael: Werewolves in Their Youth
18 Chorlton, Windsor: Latitude Zero
19 Connelly, Michael: The Poet
20 Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness
21 Constantine, K.C.: Family Values
22 DeLillo, Don: Underworld
23 DeMille, Nelson: Cathedral
24 DeMille, Nelson: The Gold Coast
25 Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist
26 Dobbyns, Stephen: Common Carnage
27 Dobbyns, Stephen: The Church of Dead Girls
28 Doyle, Roddy: The Woman Who Walked into Doors
29 Elkin, Stanley: The Dick Gibson Show
30 Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying
31 Garland, Alex: The Beach
32 George, Elizabeth: Deception on His Mind
33 Gerritsen, Tess: Gravity
34 Golding, William: Lord of the Flies
35 Gray, Muriel: Furnace
36 Greene, Graham: A Gun for Sale aka This Gun for Hire
37 Greene, Graham: Our Man in Havana
38 Halberstam, David: The Fifties
39 Hamill, Pete: Why Sinatra Matters
40 Harris, Thomas: Hannibal
41 Haruf, Kent: Plainsong
42 Hoeg, Peter: Smilla's Sense of Snow
43 Hunter, Stephen: Dirty White Boys
44 Ignatius, David: A Firing Offense
45 Irving, John: A Widow for One Year
46 Joyce, Graham: The Tooth Fairy
47 Judd, Alan: The Devil's Own Work
48 Kahn, Roger: Good Enough to Dream
49 Karr, Mary: The Liars' Club
50 Ketchum, Jack: Right to Life
51 King, Tabitha: Survivor
52 King, Tabitha: The Sky in the Water (un-published)
53 Kingsolver, Barbara: The Poisonwood Bible
54 Krakauer, Jon: Into Thin Air
55 Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
56 Lefkowitz, Bernard: Our Guys
57 Little, Bentley: The Ignored
58 Maclean, Norman: A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
59 Maugham, W. Somerset: The Moon and Sixpence
60 McCarthy, Cormac: Cities of the Plain
61 McCarthy, Cormac: The Crossing
62 McCourt, Frank: Angela's Ashes
63 McDermott, Alice: Charming Billy
64 McDevitt, Jack: Ancient Shores
65 McEwan, Ian: Enduring Love
66 McEwan, Ian: The Cement Garden
67 McMurtry, Larry: Dead Man's Walk
68 McMurtry, Larry, and Diana Ossana: Zeke and Ned
69 Miller, Walter M.: A Canticle for Leibowitz
70 Oates, Joyce Carol: Zombie
71 O'Brien, Tim: In the Lake of the Woods
72 O'Nan, Stewart: The Speed Queen
73 Ondaatje, Michael: The English Patient
74 Patterson, Richard North: No Safe Place
75 Price, Richard: Freedomland
76 Proulx, Annie: Close Range: Wyoming Stories
77 Proulx, Annie: The Shipping News
78 Quindlen, Anna: One True Thing
79 Rendell, Ruth: A Sight for Sore Eyes
80 Robinson, Frank M.: Waiting
81 Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
82 Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
83 Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
84 Russo, Richard: Mohawk
85 Schwartz, John Burnham: Reservation Road
86 Seth, Vikram: A Suitable Boy
87 Shaw, Irwin: The Young Lions
88 Slotkin, Richard: The Crater
89 Smith, Dinita: The Illusionist
90 Spencer, Scott: Men in Black
91 Stegner, Wallace: Joe Hill
92 Tartt, Donna: The Secret History
93 Tyler, Anne: A Patchwork Planet
94 Vonnegut, Kurt: Hocus Pocus
95 Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited
96 Westlake, Donald E.: The Ax


message 5: by Mutaal (new)

Mutaal Hi, Can any one post booklist from 'On Writing - 10th anniversary edition' ? This booklist has books read by Stephen King from 2001 till 2009 - Thanks.


message 6: by S (last edited Jan 19, 2015 09:28AM) (new)

S Thanks to the list maker, Jason, for your work on this! I was looking for this exact list and was hoping someone actually made one. There are a few missing titles, which you mentioned was the case, so I went ahead and mentioned them below just for informational purposes. Just trying to make my own list complete, not nitpicking on purpose. :) [I chose not to add these to the list itself, as I feel that's imposing upon the original list maker.]

For those interested in knowing which five books from SK's list are missing here (as of 1/19/15), looking at the book itself and the list above, there are five titles missing and one that's that's not part of SK's On Writing list. The five missing are by Constantine, Kahn, Karr, Ketchum and King (Tabitha). Tabitha King's The Sky in the Water is listed in the book as being unpublished.

The book that's listed here that I do not see on SK's list is Liliana by Neva Squires-Rodriguez. You can refer to Josephine's list in the comment above for the missing titles and their links.

If any information I've given here is incorrect, please correct me. I have compared the physical copy of the 2000 edition of On Writing to the Listopia list given here and found those to be their differences. I hope it's been helpful.

Thanks again to Jason! :)


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