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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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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    To Kill A Mockingbird*

    Harper Lee More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 48
    George Orwell More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 185
    Down 51
    William Golding More
    89
  4. 4
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    Down 59
    George Orwell More
    87
  5. 5
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    84
  6. 6
    Up 175
    Down 46
    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet More
    80
  7. 7
    Up 305
    Down 96
    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    80
  8. 8
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    Down 50
    Jane Austen More
    79
  9. 9
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    Down 80
    J. D. Salinger More
    78
  10. 10
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    Down 25
    Ray Bradbury More
    78
  11. 11
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    Douglas Adams More
    77
  12. 12
    Up 135
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    Charles Dickens More
    76
  13. 13
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    Down 57
    John Steinbeck More
    76
  14. 14
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    75
  15. 15
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    Aldous Huxley More
    74
  16. 16
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    Oscar Wilde More
    71
  17. 17
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    Joseph Heller More
    71
  18. 18
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    70
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    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck More
    69
  20. 20
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    69
  21. 21
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    69
  22. 22
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    69
  23. 23
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    68
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Ken Kesey More
    67
  25. 25
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    66
    added by: Skojare
  26. 26
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    Homer More
    65
  27. 27
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    65
    added by: FlorissaGlen
  28. 28
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    Herman Melville More
    64
  29. 29
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    63
  30. 30
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    Miguel de Cervantes More
    63
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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain More
    63
  32. 32
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    often listed
    Anna Karenina

    Leo Tolstoy More
    62
  33. 33
    Up 59
    Down 13
    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    62
  34. 34
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    Down 26
    Charlotte Brontë More
    62
  35. 35
    Up 36
    Down 14
    Harriet Beecher Stowe More
    61
  36. 36
    Up 25
    Down 5
    Charles Dickens More
    60
  37. 37
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    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain More
    59
  38. 38
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    Khaled Hosseini More
    58
  39. 39
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    Markus Zusak More
    58
  40. 40
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    On the Road

    Jack Kerouac More
    58
  41. 41
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Prince

    Niccolò Machiavelli More
    57
  42. 42
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Divine Comedy

    Dante Alighieri More
    57
    added by: Skojare
  43. 43
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    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Kurt Vonnegut More
    57
  44. 44
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    Down 23

    Arabian Nights

    56
  45. 45
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    The Outsiders

    S. E. Hinton More
    56
  46. 46
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    Down 15
    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis More
    55
  47. 47
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    Down 4
    Emily Brontë More
    55
  48. 48
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    Bram Stoker More
    55
  49. 49
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Trial

    Franz Kafka More
    54
    added by: TeresaMcMains
  50. 50
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    Lewis Carroll More
    54
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