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Stephen King’s Reading List: 22 Books Recommended via Twitter

In the afterword of Stephen King’s highly regarded memoir/writing guide book On Writing, the bestselling writer shared a list of 96 books that he’d read while writing the book that he’d enjoyed and had influenced him. When a 10th anniversary of On Writing was released, an updated reading list of 82 books was included.

More recently, King has taken to Twitter to share with his fans and followers some of his favourite recent reads. Since joining the social media site in December 2013, he’s recommended the following 22 books.

1. Red Moon by Benjamin Percy

Stephen King Reading List - Red Moon by Benjamin Percy


 2. The Marauders by Tom Cooper

Stephen King Reading List - The Marauders by Tom Cooper


  3. Dominion by C.J. Sansom Stephen King Reading List - Dominion by CJ Sansom


  4. The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood Stephen King Reading List - The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood


5. Local Souls by Allan Gurganus

Stephen King Reading List - Local Souls by Allan Gurganus


  6. The Secret Place by Tana French Stephen King Reading List - The Secret Place by Tana French


7. The Accident by Chris Pavone

Stephen King Reading List - The Accident by Chris Pavone


  8. Missing You by Harlan Coben Stephen King Reading List - Missing You by Harlan Coben


9. Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons

Stephen King Reading List - Doing Harm by Kelly Parsons


  10 – 12. The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer Stephen King Reading List - Southern Reach Trilogy


13 & 14. Niceville and The Homecoming by Carsten Stroud

Stephen King Reading List - Niceville and The Homecoming by Carsten Stroud


  15 – 20. Gone series by Michael Grant Stephen King Reading List - Gone Series by Michael Grant


21. Joyland by Emily Schultz Stephen King Reading List - Joyland by Emily Schultz

* Emily Schultz recently started a blog called Spending the Stephen King Money. It documents her shopping adventures after receiving a bumper royalty cheque due to many people mistakenly buying the eBook version of her book instead of the book by Stephen King of the same name. After the blog went viral on social media, King told Entertainment Weekly that “I’m delighted for her, and I’m going to order her book.” 

22. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett Stephen King Reading List - State of Wonder by Ann Patchett




  1. 17 July 2014 / 12:49 am

    Not only have I not been able to read a Stephen King novel since “Firestarter,” but I haven’t read any of the books, above, either. Weak stomach. LOL

    • patmanleyPat Manley
      26 June 2018 / 12:25 am

      My two Stephen King favorites are ” Bag of Bones” and “11/22/63”. You may like them, Sally. Both contain minimal horror, but do contain maximum storytelling. I’ve read many of his books and Mr. King is at his best when he tells stories apart from the genre for which he is so famous. I do not suggest he abandon what he loves and what pays the bills, but I have yet to find an author who not only creates good stories, but tells them so effortlessly (from a reader’s perspective). The dialogue between characters seems real and best of all, his writing is consistently good from a technical and style standpoint. Its obvious he was once a high school English teacher.

      • sueploeger
        28 August 2019 / 8:15 am

        You might also consider Duma Key, a non-horror about where creativity comes from. A writer (?) or artist rents a house on Duma Key, and, well, you just gotta read it.

  2. Daniel
    18 July 2014 / 10:37 am

    Figures that there’s nothing noteworthy here. No well known authors.

    • Jason
      19 July 2014 / 11:23 am

      Perhaps that should be a bonus as opposed to a strike against the list. No author is well known before people read them. Try to be on the front of advancing literature instead of showing up only because others are talking about them, or HBO picks them up.

      • 19 July 2014 / 2:18 pm

        There’s a reason why some works of literature are well known, you know? But I guess these are just random books he tweeted, and not some definitive “I really recommend these books” list.

    • 2 January 2015 / 12:12 pm

      How can you say Harlan Cobden is unknown! And what’s wrong with unknown? I don’t want to read the same authors and stories all the time.

    • Erin Denise
      3 July 2015 / 3:39 am

      Nothing noteworthy because you don’t recognize the authors… (face palm) Please stick with, See Spot Run, and leave the big books to the adults.

  3. Erinlee
    8 December 2014 / 8:30 pm

    They are books he enjoyed.. He’s trying to share that joy

  4. 2 January 2015 / 10:55 am

    I looked for what Stephen is reading as I enjoyed many of his books and when I am writing I look for inspiration from other works and maybe other writers do that to. And yes I guess Stephen is sharing his enjoyment.

  5. yumeating
    6 May 2015 / 9:29 am

    The publisher sent me The Accident to review prior to release. I tried twice to get through the first chapter. No go.

  6. 25 April 2016 / 6:14 am

    These are mostly well-known writers, or should be, Tana French, Chris Pavone, Alex Marwood, Harlan Coben.

  7. Samantha Niemi
    7 June 2017 / 12:00 am

    I’ve purchased many books off his recommended list before,and was never disappointed. “The Widow” by Fiona Barton is an excellent starter.

  8. Angel Plas Gillaspie
    12 December 2019 / 4:21 am

    Just because it’s not on Oprah’s Book Club reading list doesn’t mean it’s not good reading.

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