The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time Books

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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    Ray Bradbury

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    often listed
    Douglas Adams

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    Charles Dickens

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Aldous Huxley

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    John Steinbeck

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Frank Galati

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    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    Joseph Heller

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    Mark Twain

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Jane Austen

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    Bram Stoker

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    William Shakespeare

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Homer

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    Markus Zusak

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Mark Twain

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Dante Alighieri

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    Mary Shelley

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    Victor Hugo

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    Ken Kesey

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    - 67


    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Charles Dickens

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    - 38


    Alexandre Dumas

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    + 264
    - 104


    Kurt Vonnegut

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    - 52


    Daniel Defoe

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    + 149
    - 66

    Ranked High on Reranks

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    - 122

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Jack Kerouac

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    - 11

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    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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    - 55

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    Jonathan Swift

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    - 89

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Joseph Conrad

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