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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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3,546 820
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
2,877 587
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
2,645 661
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
2,619 875
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

5
2,262 776
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
2,308 813
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
1,945 547
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

8
2,118 568
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
1,650 780
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

10
2,048 796
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
1,715 510
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

12
1,725 528
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
1,865 394
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
2,104 324
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

15
1,694 324
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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2,304 585
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
1,239 534
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

18
2,164 409
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
935 576
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

20
1,395 545
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
1,428 568
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
1,224 525
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

23
1,965 523
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

24
993 554
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
1,307 441
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Dracula Bram Stoker

26
1,399 377
Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Odyssey Homer

27
1,668 487
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
777 568
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

29
1,616 463
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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1,553 441
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

31
1,790 287
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

32
1,318 383
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

33
1,168 564
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
831 550
Anna Karenina is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

35
1,332 532
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
1,237 358
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

37
730 476
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
869 355
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

39
1,167 393
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
996 421
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

41
1,334 203
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

42
1,151 347
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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573 585
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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891 414
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
865 350
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
1,010 344
Gulliver's Travels is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift

47
873 298
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

48
926 332
Robinson Crusoe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe

49
1,795 158
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

50
1,143 363
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë