The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time Books

The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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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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    + 758
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    George Orwell

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    William Golding

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Charles Dickens

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    Ray Bradbury

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    Douglas Adams

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    Aldous Huxley

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Frank Galati

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    Mark Twain

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    John Steinbeck

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Joseph Heller

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    Bram Stoker

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    William Shakespeare

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    Jane Austen

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    Homer

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Mark Twain

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Dante Alighieri

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    Markus Zusak

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    Mary Shelley

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Victor Hugo

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Charles Dickens

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    Alexandre Dumas

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    - 101


    Ken Kesey

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Leo Tolstoy

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    - 57


    Daniel Defoe

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    - 12

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    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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    - 69

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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    - 106


    Kurt Vonnegut

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    - 60


    Jonathan Swift

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    - 49

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    Charles Dickens

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    + 191
    - 86


    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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