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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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  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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    Down 47
    George Orwell More
    96
  3. 3
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    Down 57
    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
    78
  7. 7
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck More
    76
  8. 8
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    76
  9. 9
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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet More
    75
  10. 10
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    Jane Austen More
    74
  11. 11
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    J. D. Salinger More
    73
  12. 12
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    Ray Bradbury More
    73
  13. 13
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    Joseph Heller More
    71
  14. 14
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    Charles Dickens More
    71
  15. 15
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    Oscar Wilde More
    71
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    71
  17. 17
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    Aldous Huxley More
    70
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    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck More
    68
  19. 19
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    67
  20. 20
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    Ken Kesey More
    66
  21. 21
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    65
  22. 22
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    65
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  23. 23
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    64
  24. 24
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    64
    added by: FlorissaGlen
  25. 25
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    63
  26. 26
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    63
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    62
  28. 28
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    Miguel de Cervantes More
    62
  29. 29
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    62
  30. 30
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    Charlotte Brontë More
    61
  31. 31
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    Mark Twain More
    61
  32. 32
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    Homer More
    60
  33. 33
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    Herman Melville More
    58
  34. 34
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    Khaled Hosseini More
    58
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    On the Road

    Jack Kerouac More
    58
  36. 36
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak More
    57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe More
    57
  38. 38
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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    57
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    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Kurt Vonnegut More
    55
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    The Outsiders

    S. E. Hinton More
    55
  41. 41
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    Charles Dickens More
    55
  42. 42
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    Arabian Nights

    55
  43. 43
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    Down 12
    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis More
    54
  44. 44
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    Down 8
    Mark Twain More
    53
  45. 45
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    Down 4
    Bram Stoker More
    53
  46. 46
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    Down 3
    Emily Brontë More
    52
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Trial

    Franz Kafka More
    52
    added by: TeresaMcMains
  48. 48
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    Shel Silverstein More
    52
  49. 49
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    Dante Alighieri More
    52
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    Niccolò Machiavelli More
    52
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