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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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3,463 808
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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2
2,813 573
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
2,585 647
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
2,561 851
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

5
2,215 761
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Lord of the Flies William Golding

6
2,260 790
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

7
1,895 532
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

8
2,070 561
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

9
1,612 760
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

10
2,006 780
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Catcher In The Rye J. D. Salinger

11
1,673 500
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

12
1,682 516
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

13
1,824 383
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

14
2,055 316
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

15
1,655 318
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Skojare added Hamlet William Shakespeare

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2,251 572
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

17
1,211 517
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

18
2,114 397
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

19
919 563
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

20
1,371 528
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

21
1,405 556
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

22
1,926 512
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

23
1,199 516
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

24
976 543
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

25
1,282 430
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Dracula Bram Stoker

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1,372 364
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Odyssey Homer

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1,634 476
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

28
763 555
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Skojare added War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

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1,589 451
The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
FlorissaGlen added The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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1,533 429
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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1,758 279
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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1,293 373
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

33
1,141 552
The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Book Thief Markus Zusak

34
814 540
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

35
1,308 523
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Old Man and The Sea Ernest Hemingway

36
1,209 348
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

37
716 466
The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Skojare added The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

38
857 343
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Riot18 added The Time Machine H. G. Wells

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1,137 385
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

40
972 413
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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1,302 199
Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
but chickens double d added Grimm's Fairy Tales Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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1,126 339
Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

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564 575
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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874 406
20,000 leagues under the sea is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

45
844 342
The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas

46
998 334
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

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911 325
Robinson Crusoe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe

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853 293
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

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1,742 154
The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
but chickens double d added The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss

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1,115 356
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë