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Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

List Criteria: Must-Read Books everyone should read

List of the best must-read books of all time - aka books everyone should read. 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 and best obscure books on this list - 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.

It is meant for the hoi polloi who ought to have a sampling (25) of what other worlds are out there IF one reads a book.

"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

These books I wouldn't mind reading again and again . . .

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. - ~Francis Bacon

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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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    George Orwell More
    98
  3. 3
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    George Orwell More
    90
  4. 4
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    William Golding More
    84
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck More
    80
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    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    79
  7. 7
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    Douglas Adams More
    78
  8. 8
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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet More
    77
  9. 9
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    77
  10. 10
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    Aldous Huxley More
    75
  11. 11
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    75
  12. 12
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    Ray Bradbury More
    75
  13. 13
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    Jane Austen More
    74
  14. 14
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    John Steinbeck More
    74
  15. 15
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    J. D. Salinger More
    74
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    Joseph Heller More
    73
  17. 17
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    Oscar Wilde More
    71
  18. 18
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    Charles Dickens More
    71
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    70
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    69
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  21. 21
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    69
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    Ken Kesey More
    69
  23. 23
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    67
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    Homer More
    66
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    The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    66
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    66
  27. 27
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    65
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    64
  29. 29
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    64
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    Miguel de Cervantes More
    64
  31. 31
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    64
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    Khaled Hosseini More
    64
  33. 33
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    Markus Zusak More
    63
  34. 34
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    Charlotte Brontë More
    62
  35. 35
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    Mark Twain More
    61
  36. 36
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    Herman Melville More
    61
  37. 37
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    Arabian Nights

    61
  38. 38
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    S. E. Hinton More
    60
  39. 39
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    Shel Silverstein More
    60
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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis More
    60
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    On the Road

    Jack Kerouac More
    60
  42. 42
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    Mark Twain More
    60
  43. 43
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    59
  44. 44
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    Harriet Beecher Stowe More
    59
  45. 45
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    Anthony Burgess More
    58
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    Niccolò Machiavelli More
    58
  47. 47
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    Charles Dickens More
    56
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    Truman Capote More
    56
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    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov More
    56
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    Dante Alighieri More
    54
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