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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
    89
  4. 4
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    William Golding More
    82
  5. 5
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Grapes of Wrath

    John Steinbeck More
    78
  6. 6
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald More
    77
  7. 7
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    Douglas Adams More
    75
  8. 8
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    73
  9. 9
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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet More
    73
  10. 10
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    J. R. R. Tolkien More
    72
  11. 11
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    Aldous Huxley More
    71
  12. 12
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    Jane Austen More
    71
  13. 13
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    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury More
    70
  14. 14
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    J. D. Salinger More
    70
  15. 15
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    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck More
    70
  16. 16
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    Joseph Heller More
    69
  17. 17
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    Charles Dickens More
    68
  18. 18
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    Oscar Wilde More
    68
  19. 19
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    Ernest Hemingway More
    66
  20. 20
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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry More
    66
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  21. 21
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    64
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne More
    63
  23. 23
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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Ken Kesey More
    62
  24. 24
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    62
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  25. 25
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    61
  26. 26
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    60
  27. 27
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    Homer More
    60
  28. 28
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    Miguel de Cervantes More
    60
  29. 29
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    Leo Tolstoy More
    59
  30. 30
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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky More
    59
  31. 31
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    Khaled Hosseini More
    59
  32. 32
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    The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak More
    58
  33. 33
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    Jane Eyre

    Charlotte Brontë More
    58
  34. 34
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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    Mark Twain More
    58
  35. 35
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    Herman Melville More
    56
  36. 36
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    Kurt Vonnegut More
    56
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    On the Road

    Jack Kerouac More
    55
  38. 38
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    Arabian Nights

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    The Outsiders

    S. E. Hinton More
    55
  40. 40
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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis More
    55
  41. 41
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    Harriet Beecher Stowe More
    54
  42. 42
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    Arthur Conan Doyle More
    54
  43. 43
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    Mark Twain More
    53
  44. 44
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    Charles Dickens More
    53
  45. 45
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    Shel Silverstein More
    53
  46. 46
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    Niccolò Machiavelli More
    52
  47. 47
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    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov More
    52
  48. 48
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    Anthony Burgess More
    50
  49. 49
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    Bram Stoker More
    49
  50. 50
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    Mary Shelley More
    49
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