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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  3. 3
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    - 332


    George Orwell

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    - 382


    William Golding

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    - 318


    Douglas Adams

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  8. 8
    + 769
    - 231


    Charles Dickens

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  9. 9
    + 842
    - 237


    Ray Bradbury

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  10. 10
    + 997
    - 415


    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  11. 11
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    J. D. Salinger

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    Mark Twain

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    John Steinbeck

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    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Aldous Huxley

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    John Steinbeck

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    Joseph Heller

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    William Shakespeare

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    Bram Stoker

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Jane Austen

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Homer

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Mark Twain

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    - 138


    Mary Shelley

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    - 246


    Markus Zusak

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Dante Alighieri

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    - 79

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    H. G. Wells

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    - 135


    Victor Hugo

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    + 430
    - 127


    Charles Dickens

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  45. 45
    + 335
    - 100


    Alexandre Dumas

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    + 559
    - 159


    Ken Kesey

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    + 407
    - 124


    Charles Dickens

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    Dr. Seuss

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    + 361
    - 127


    Jonathan Swift

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    + 332
    - 120


    Daniel Defoe

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