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

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

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

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

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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

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Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

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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

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

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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

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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

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Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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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

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The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Hamlet William Shakespeare

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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

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

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Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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

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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

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The Little Prince is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Odyssey Homer

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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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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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The Book Thief is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Book Thief Markus Zusak

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Old Man and The Sea Ernest Hemingway

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

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Grimm's Fairy Tales is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Grimm's Fairy Tales Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm

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Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

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Oliver Twist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss

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20,000 leagues under the sea is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne, Pauline Francis

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The Divine Comedy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Divine Comedy Dante Alighieri

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The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

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Robinson Crusoe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

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The Three Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas