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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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5,203 1,326
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and ...more

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4,334 947
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
George Orwell
Nineteen Eighty-Four, sometimes published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English author George Orwell published in 1949. The novel is set in Airstrip One, a province of the superstate Oceania ...more

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3,936 1,057
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
George Orwell
Animal Farm is an allegorical and dystopian novella by George Orwell, first published in England on 17 August 1945. According to Orwell, the book reflects events leading up to the Russian ...more

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3,941 1,364
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings is an epic high-fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, but eventually developed ...more

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2,550 1,231
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction "trilogy" by Douglas Adams. The novel is an adaptation of ...more

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2,912 1,287
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
J. D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage ...more

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2,855 869
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and ...more

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3,252 1,195
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
William Golding
Lord of the Flies is a 1954 dystopian novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with ...more

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2,476 807
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective, and illustrated by Sidney Paget.

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3,301 1,248
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer ...more

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3,020 845
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. Carol tells the ...more

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3,428 917
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
J. R. R. Tolkien
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel and children's book by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for ...more

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2,395 888
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. The book won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited ...more

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2,983 573
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885. Commonly named among the Great American ...more

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2,684 680
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a ...more

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2,045 849
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet
The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas completed in 1844. It is one of the author's most popular works, along with The Three Musketeers. Like many of ...more

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3,063 696
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men is a novella written by Nobel Prize–winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, ...more

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2,547 555
Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Skojare added William Shakespeare
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet, is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the ...more

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1,720 889
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Joseph Heller
Catch-22 is a satirical novel by the American author Joseph Heller. He began writing it in 1953; the novel was first published in 1961. It is frequently cited as one of the greatest literary ...more

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2,020 872
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Aldous Huxley
Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Set in London of AD 2540, the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, ...more

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1,945 701
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Bram Stoker
Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move from ...more

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1,298 931
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Miguel de Cervantes
Don Quixote, fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It follows the adventures of a nameless hidalgo who reads so many ...more

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1,782 814
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray is an 1891 philosophical novel by writer and playwright Oscar Wilde. First published as a complete story in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, the ...more

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1,414 868
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was ...more

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2,752 793
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time
Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, ...more