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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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    ranked low on reranks 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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    Charles Dickens

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    John Steinbeck

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Douglas Adams

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    Aldous Huxley

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    ranked low on reranks John Steinbeck

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Joseph Heller

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Miguel de Cervantes

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    ranked low on reranks Homer

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    added by FlorissaGlen Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Charles Dickens

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    Ken Kesey

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    added by Skojare Leo Tolstoy

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Markus Zusak

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    Lewis Carroll

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    Herman Melville

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    ranked low on reranks Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Twain

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    Bram Stoker

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jack Kerouac

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    Khaled Hosseini

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Skojare Dante Alighieri

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Niccolò Machiavelli

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    ranked low on reranks Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Joseph Conrad

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    Mary Shelley

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    Emily Brontë

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    S. E. Hinton

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