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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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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    William Golding

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    ranked low on reranks Arthur Conan Doyle

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Jane Austen

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Douglas Adams

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    Ray Bradbury

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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Miguel de Cervantes

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    Lewis Carroll

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    ranked low on reranks John Steinbeck

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Homer

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Ken Kesey

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    Charles Dickens

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Markus Zusak

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    Bram Stoker

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Joseph Heller

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    added by Skojare Leo Tolstoy

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Herman Melville

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    added by Skojare Dante Alighieri

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Mary Shelley

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Kerouac

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    added by Skojare William Shakespeare

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    ranked low on reranks S. E. Hinton

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    Joseph Conrad

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    Victor Hugo

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    Arabian Nights

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