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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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    George Orwell

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Ray Bradbury

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    Aldous Huxley

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    Charles Dickens

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    John Steinbeck

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    Joseph Heller

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    John Steinbeck

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    William Shakespeare

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Mark Twain

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Bram Stoker

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    Dante Alighieri

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    Markus Zusak

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Charles Dickens

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Mark Twain

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    Daniel Defoe

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Mary Shelley

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    Joseph Conrad

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    Herman Melville

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    Charles Dickens

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