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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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    Harper Lee

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    George Orwell

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  3. 3
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    George Orwell

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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  5. 5
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    William Golding

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    Ray Bradbury

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    Charles Dickens

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  10. 10
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    Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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    J. D. Salinger

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

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    Douglas Adams

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    Aldous Huxley

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    John Steinbeck

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    Mark Twain

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    Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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    John Steinbeck

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    Jane Austen

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Joseph Heller

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    Miguel de Cervantes

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    William Shakespeare

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    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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    Homer

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Bram Stoker

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    Oscar Wilde

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Ernest Hemingway

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    Arthur Conan Doyle

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    Dante Alighieri

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    Markus Zusak

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    Mark Twain

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    Charlotte Brontë

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    Charles Dickens

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    Ken Kesey

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    Victor Hugo

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    Leo Tolstoy

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    Mary Shelley

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    Daniel Defoe

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    Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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    Alexandre Dumas

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Jonathan Swift

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    Charles Dickens

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Joseph Conrad

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    Charles Dickens

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