The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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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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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Douglas Adams

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    Charles Dickens

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    Ray Bradbury

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  10. 10
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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Mark Twain

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    John Steinbeck

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    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Aldous Huxley

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    John Steinbeck

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    Joseph Heller

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    William Shakespeare

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    Bram Stoker

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Jane Austen

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Homer

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Mark Twain

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    - 197


    Charlotte Brontë

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    - 137


    Mary Shelley

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    - 245


    Markus Zusak

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Dante Alighieri

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    H. G. Wells

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    - 135


    Victor Hugo

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    - 126


    Charles Dickens

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    + 334
    - 99


    Alexandre Dumas

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    + 559
    - 158


    Ken Kesey

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    + 404
    - 123


    Charles Dickens

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    Dr. Seuss

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    + 332
    - 119


    Daniel Defoe

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    + 359
    - 126


    Jonathan Swift

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