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The Top Must-Read Books of All Time

Updated January 21, 2020 503.4k votes 22.3k voters 738.3k views331 items

List RulesMust-Read Books everyone should read

Need a good read? Take a look at this list of the best must-read books of all time, suitable for every one of all ages, creeds and color. Featuring the newest YA novels reviewed by popular literary channels on YouTube, 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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    1,615
    Nineteen Eighty-Four, sometimes published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author...  more
  • 2
    6,080
    1,693

    Animal Farm

    George Orwell
    Animal Farm is an allegorical and dystopian novella by George Orwell, first published in...  more
  • 3
    4,635
    1,109

    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck
    Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize–winning author John Steinbeck. Published...  more
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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along...  more
  • 6
    3,280
    746

    Grimm's Fairy Tales

    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm
    Children's and Household Tales is a collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812...  more
  • 7
    3,138
    950

    Odyssey

    Homer
    The Odyssey is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer. It is, in part,...  more
  • 8
    3,850
    1,136

    Romeo and Juliet

    William Shakespeare
    Romeo and Juliet is a play by William Shakespeare....  more
  • 9
    2,754
    765

    Macbeth

    William Shakespeare
    Macbeth is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and is considered one of his darkest and...  more
  • 10
    3,090
    970

    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley
    Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley...  more
  • 11
    3,845
    1,237

    Hamlet

    William Shakespeare
    The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by...  more
  • 12
    4,422
    1,434

    A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens
    A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall...  more
  • 13
    2,088
    629
    The Call of the Wild is a novel by Jack London published in 1903. The story is set in the...  more
  • 14
    4,708
    1,112
    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom...  more
  • 15
    3,670
    1,361
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories written by Arthur Conan...  more
  • 16
    4,267
    1,420

    Fahrenheit 451

    Ray Bradbury
    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one...  more
  • 17
    7,769
    2,050
    To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately...  more
  • 18
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis,...  more
  • 19
    2,143
    713

    Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a...  more
  • 20
    2,939
    1,013

    Dracula

    Bram Stoker
    Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the...  more
  • 21
    1,856
    671

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    William Shakespeare
    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been...  more
  • 22
    2,142
    646
    The Diary of a Young Girl is a book of the writings from the Dutch language diary kept by Anne...  more
  • 23
    3,082
    1,133

    The Scarlet Letter

    Nathaniel Hawthorne
    The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 romantic work of fiction in a historical setting, written by...  more
  • 24
    3,615
    1,359
    Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story...  more
  • 25
    1,666
    622

    Iliad

    Homer
    The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to...  more