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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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    George Orwell

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    William Golding

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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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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    ranked low on reranks Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Jane Austen

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    Douglas Adams

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    Ray Bradbury

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Charles Dickens

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    John Steinbeck

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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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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    ranked low on reranks John Steinbeck

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Charles Dickens

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Ken Kesey

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    Lewis Carroll

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Markus Zusak

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    ranked low on reranks Homer

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Joseph Heller

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    added by Skojare Leo Tolstoy

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Bram Stoker

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Herman Melville

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Joseph Conrad

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    ranked low on reranks Kurt Vonnegut

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    added by Skojare Dante Alighieri

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    Victor Hugo

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    S. E. Hinton

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    Mary Shelley

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    added by Skojare William Shakespeare

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    Khaled Hosseini

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