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Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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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    William Golding

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    George Orwell

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Jane Austen

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Ray Bradbury

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    Douglas Adams

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    Charles Dickens

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    John Steinbeck

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Aldous Huxley

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Joseph Heller

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    ranked low on reranks John Steinbeck

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Homer

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    Ken Kesey

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    added by FlorissaGlen Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    added by Skojare Leo Tolstoy

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Herman Melville

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Markus Zusak

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Lewis Carroll

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    Charles Dickens

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    Bram Stoker

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Khaled Hosseini

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    added by Skojare Dante Alighieri

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    Arabian Nights

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Kerouac

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Niccolò Machiavelli

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    ranked low on reranks S. E. Hinton

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    Emily Brontë

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    Mary Shelley

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