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Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

List Criteria: Must-Read Books everyone should read

List of the best must-read books of all time - aka books everyone should read. 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 and best obscure books on this list - 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.

It is meant for the hoi polloi who ought to have a sampling (25) of what other worlds are out there IF one reads a book.

"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

These books I wouldn't mind reading again and again . . .

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. - ~Francis Bacon

Nota Bene
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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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    George Orwell More
    96
  3. 3
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    George Orwell More
    87
  4. 4
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    William Golding More
    84
  5. 5
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    79
  6. 6
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    Douglas Adams More
    77
  7. 7
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    76
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck More
    76
  9. 9
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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet More
    76
  10. 10
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    Jane Austen More
    73
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    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury More
    73
  12. 12
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    J. D. Salinger More
    73
  13. 13
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    Joseph Heller More
    72
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    The Hobbit

    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    71
  15. 15
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    Charles Dickens More
    71
  16. 16
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    Oscar Wilde More
    70
  17. 17
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    Aldous Huxley More
    70
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    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck More
    69
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    67
  20. 20
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    Ken Kesey More
    65
  21. 21
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    65
  22. 22
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    65
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    64
    added by: FlorissaGlen
  24. 24
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    64
    added by: Skojare
  25. 25
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    63
  26. 26
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    63
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Idiot

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    62
  28. 28
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    Miguel de Cervantes More
    62
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    Anna Karenina

    Leo Tolstoy More
    61
  30. 30
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    Charlotte Brontë More
    61
  31. 31
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    Mark Twain More
    60
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    Herman Melville More
    59
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    No image
    Homer More
    59
  34. 34
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    Jack Kerouac More
    58
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    Khaled Hosseini More
    58
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    57
  37. 37
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    The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak More
    57
  38. 38
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    Harriet Beecher Stowe More
    57
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    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Kurt Vonnegut More
    55
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Oliver Twist

    Charles Dickens More
    55
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    The Outsiders

    S. E. Hinton More
    54
  42. 42
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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis More
    54
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    Arabian Nights

    54
  44. 44
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    Mark Twain More
    53
  45. 45
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    Shel Silverstein More
    52
  46. 46
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    Bram Stoker More
    52
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    Emily Brontë More
    52
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    Mary Shelley More
    52
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    Niccolò Machiavelli More
    51
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Trial

    Franz Kafka More
    51
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