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Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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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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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    George Orwell

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    William Golding

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Jane Austen

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Douglas Adams

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    ranked low on reranks Ray Bradbury

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    John Steinbeck

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    Charles Dickens

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Aldous Huxley

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    added by FlorissaGlen Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    ranked low on reranks John Steinbeck

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Lewis Carroll

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    Homer

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Ken Kesey

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    Charles Dickens

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Markus Zusak

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Bram Stoker

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    Joseph Heller

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    added by Skojare Leo Tolstoy

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Herman Melville

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    added by Skojare Dante Alighieri

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Mary Shelley

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Kerouac

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Skojare William Shakespeare

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Joseph Conrad

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    S. E. Hinton

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    Victor Hugo

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    Arabian Nights

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