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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    A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time


    Charles Dickens

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    Douglas Adams

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    Ray Bradbury

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    J. D. Salinger

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    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Aldous Huxley

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    Frank Galati

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    Mark Twain

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    John Steinbeck

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Joseph Heller

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    Bram Stoker

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    William Shakespeare

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    Jane Austen

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Homer

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    Oscar Wilde

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    The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Mark Twain

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Dante Alighieri

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    Mary Shelley

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    Markus Zusak

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Victor Hugo

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    Charles Dickens

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    Alexandre Dumas

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    Ken Kesey

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    Daniel Defoe

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    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    ranked high on reranks

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Jonathan Swift

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    Robert Louis Stevenson

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    Agatha Christie

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