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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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3,428 800
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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2
2,791 565
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
2,560 637
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
2,537 841
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

5
2,193 749
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Lord of the Flies William Golding

6
2,241 782
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

7
1,874 528
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

8
2,045 557
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

9
1,599 751
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

10
1,987 770
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Catcher In The Rye J. D. Salinger

11
1,657 495
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

12
1,664 513
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

13
1,807 377
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

14
2,037 314
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

15
1,642 311
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Skojare added Hamlet William Shakespeare

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16
2,228 567
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

17
1,198 512
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

18
2,095 394
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

19
913 557
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

20
1,357 523
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

21
1,392 552
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

22
1,195 510
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

23
1,910 505
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

24
970 536
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

25
1,274 425
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Dracula Bram Stoker

26
1,360 358
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Odyssey Homer

27
1,617 470
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

28
760 546
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Skojare added War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

29
1,574 447
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
FlorissaGlen added The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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30
1,515 427
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

31
1,738 277
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

32
1,280 368
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

33
1,129 548
The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Book Thief Markus Zusak

34
808 532
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

35
1,290 517
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Old Man and The Sea Ernest Hemingway

36
710 459
The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Skojare added The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

37
851 338
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Riot18 added The Time Machine H. G. Wells

38
1,196 345
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

39
964 407
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

40
1,124 380
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

41
1,285 198
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
but chickens double d added Grimm's Fairy Tales Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

42
562 568
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

43
1,117 333
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

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865 402
20,000 leagues under the sea is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

45
834 339
The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas

46
985 330
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

47
845 289
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

48
899 323
Robinson Crusoe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe

49
1,102 350
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

50
1,717 153
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
but chickens double d added The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss