The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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List Criteria: Must-Read Books everyone should read

A list of the best must-read books of all time, suitable for every one of all ages, creeds and color. These are the novels, autobiographies, and short books that you should consider when you ask yourself, "What book should I read next?" If you somehow made it through school without reading the classic - or you're still in school - be sure to check them out to expand your literary horizons.

An eclectic mix that does not cater solely to the sensibilities of the literati, culturati, illuminati or even paparazzi. With some hidden gems in here, it's a great list to consider when looking for something to read next.  

"Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what you reread' - François Mauriac. Give fellow voters the best tips you can on the top books of all time that they must read by voting on your personal favorites and downvoting those you didn't enjoy.


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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Harper Lee

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    George Orwell

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    George Orwell

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    William Golding

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Ray Bradbury

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    Douglas Adams

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    Charles Dickens

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Aldous Huxley

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    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Mark Twain

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    Frank Galati

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    John Steinbeck

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    William Shakespeare

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    Joseph Heller

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    Jane Austen

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    Bram Stoker

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Homer

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Mark Twain

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    - 120


    Charlotte Brontë

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    - 82


    Mary Shelley

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    - 88


    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Dante Alighieri

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Markus Zusak

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Victor Hugo

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    - 167

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Charles Dickens

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    Alexandre Dumas

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    - 131

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    - 112


    Ken Kesey

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    - 20

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    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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    + 213
    - 65


    Daniel Defoe

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    + 183
    - 78

    ranked high on reranks

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    + 316
    - 116


    Kurt Vonnegut

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    - 70


    Jonathan Swift

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    + 183
    - 43


    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    - 48

    often listed & added by ThomZ
    Agatha Christie

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