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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 49
    George Orwell More
    97
  3. 3
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    Down 53
    William Golding More
    87
  4. 4
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    George Orwell More
    85
  5. 5
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    Down 97
    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    82
  6. 6
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    82
  7. 7
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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet More
    79
  8. 8
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    Jane Austen More
    77
  9. 9
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    77
  10. 10
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    Ray Bradbury More
    77
  11. 11
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    J. D. Salinger More
    76
  12. 12
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    Douglas Adams More
    76
  13. 13
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    Charles Dickens More
    75
  14. 14
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    John Steinbeck More
    74
  15. 15
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    Aldous Huxley More
    73
  16. 16
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    72
  17. 17
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    Joseph Heller More
    70
  18. 18
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    Oscar Wilde More
    69
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    69
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    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck More
    68
  21. 21
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    68
  22. 22
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    67
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    67
  24. 24
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    Ken Kesey More
    65
  25. 25
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    Homer More
    64
  26. 26
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    64
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  27. 27
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    63
    added by: FlorissaGlen
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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain More
    62
  29. 29
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    62
  30. 30
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    Herman Melville More
    62
  31. 31
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    Miguel de Cervantes More
    62
  32. 32
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    61
  33. 33
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    Markus Zusak More
    61
  34. 34
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    60
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    Jane Eyre

    Charlotte Brontë More
    60
  36. 36
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    Down 14
    Harriet Beecher Stowe More
    60
  37. 37
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    Charles Dickens More
    59
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    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Mark Twain More
    59
  39. 39
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    Down 4
    Lewis Carroll More
    58
  40. 40
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    Bram Stoker More
    57
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    On the Road

    Jack Kerouac More
    57
  42. 42
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    Khaled Hosseini More
    56
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Prince

    Niccolò Machiavelli More
    56
  44. 44
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    Slaughterhouse-Five

    Kurt Vonnegut More
    55
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    The Divine Comedy

    Dante Alighieri More
    55
    added by: Skojare
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    Arabian Nights

    55
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Outsiders

    S. E. Hinton More
    55
  48. 48
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    Emily Brontë More
    54
  49. 49
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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis More
    54
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Trial

    Franz Kafka More
    53
    added by: TeresaMcMains
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