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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

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List Criteria: Must-Read Books everyone should read

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

    Harper Lee More
    100
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    George Orwell More
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    George Orwell More
    90
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    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    81
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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet More
    79
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
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    William Golding More
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck More
    78
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    78
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    Jane Austen More
    77
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    Douglas Adams More
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    John Steinbeck More
    76
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    J. D. Salinger More
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    Aldous Huxley More
    74
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    Ray Bradbury More
    73
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    Oscar Wilde More
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    Joseph Heller More
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    Ken Kesey More
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    70
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    Charles Dickens More
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    Leo Tolstoy More
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    66
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    66
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    Miguel de Cervantes More
    66
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    65
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    64
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    Homer More
    63
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
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    Charlotte Brontë More
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    Khaled Hosseini More
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    Alice in Wonderland

    Lewis Carroll,William Glennon More
    61
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    Arabian Nights

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    Jack Kerouac More
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    Shel Silverstein More
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    Markus Zusak More
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    Anthony Burgess More
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    Mark Twain More
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    Niccolò Machiavelli More
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    Harriet Beecher Stowe More
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    The Outsiders

    S. E. Hinton More
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    Herman Melville More
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    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov More
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    Truman Capote More
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis More
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    Dante Alighieri More
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    Franz Kafka More
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