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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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    the people's #1 & most listed Harper Lee

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    George Orwell

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    William Golding

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    George Orwell

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Jane Austen

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Ray Bradbury

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Douglas Adams

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    Charles Dickens

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    John Steinbeck

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    Aldous Huxley

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Joseph Heller

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    ranked low on reranks John Steinbeck

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Homer

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    Ken Kesey

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    Mark Twain

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    added by Skojare Leo Tolstoy

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    added by FlorissaGlen Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    Herman Melville

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Charles Dickens

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    Markus Zusak

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    Lewis Carroll

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    Bram Stoker

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    ranked high on reranks Khaled Hosseini

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Niccolò Machiavelli

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    ranked low on reranks Kurt Vonnegut

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Skojare Dante Alighieri

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Kerouac

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Arabian Nights

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ThomZ Charles Dickens

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    ranked low on reranks S. E. Hinton

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    Emily Brontë

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