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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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Harper Lee

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    + 562
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    George Orwell

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    George Orwell

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    ) open
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    William Golding

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Ray Bradbury

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    Aldous Huxley

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Charles Dickens

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    John Steinbeck

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    John Steinbeck

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Mark Twain

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    Joseph Heller

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    Lewis Carroll

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Charles Dickens

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Bram Stoker

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    Mark Twain

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    Dante Alighieri

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    William Shakespeare

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Markus Zusak

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    Victor Hugo

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    Herman Melville

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Mary Shelley

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    S. E. Hinton

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    + 185
    - 76


    Kurt Vonnegut

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    + 102
    - 93

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jack Kerouac

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    + 113
    - 29


    Charles Dickens

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    + 177
    - 100


    Khaled Hosseini

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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