The Top Must-Read Books of All Time

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Must-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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  • Charlotte's Web
    1
    E. B. White
    • First Published: 1952
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Green Eggs and Ham
    2
    • First Published: 1960
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature
    • Original Language: English Language
  • The Cat in the Hat
    3
    • First Published: 1957-12-22
    • Subjects: Cat, Anthropomorphism
    • Genres (Book): Picture book, Children's literature
    • Original Language: English Language
    • First Published: 1957-11-24
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Where the Wild Things Are
    5
    • First Published: 1963
    • Subjects: Education, Games, Classics, Adventure, Children's film
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Picture book, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Winnie-the-Pooh
    6
    A. A. Milne
    • First Published: 1926-10-14
    • Subjects: Literature, Classics, Friendship, Animal, Performing arts
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
    • First Published: 1997-06-26
    • Subjects: Wizards, Education, Adventure, Friendship, Schools
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
    • First Published: 1950
    • Subjects: Evacuations of civilians in Britain during World War II
    • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fantasy
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
    9
    • First Published: 1949-06-08
    • Subjects: Brainwashing, Literature, Classics, English Language, English Literature
    • Genres (Book): Utopian and dystopian fiction, Social science fiction, Political fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales
    10
    Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm
    • First Published: 1812
    • Subjects: Fairy tales
    • Genres (Book): Fairy tale
    • Original Language: German Language
    • First Published: 1960
    • Genres (Book): Children's literature
    • Original Language: English Language
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    12
    • First Published: 1884-12
    • Subjects: Popular literature, Education, 19th century, Slavery, Mississippi River
    • Genres (Book): Humour, Satire, Children's literature, Fiction, Adventure fiction
    • Original Language: English Language
    • Horton Hears a Who!
      14
      • First Published: 1954-08
      • Subjects: Internationalism
      • Genres (Book): Children's literature
      • Original Language: English Language
    • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
      15
      • First Published: 1876
      • Subjects: Education, Linguistics, 19th century, Mississippi River, Men
      • Genres (Book): Bildungsroman, Children's literature, Fiction, Reference
      • Original Language: English Language
    • Of Mice and Men
      16
      John Steinbeck
      • First Published: 1937
      • Subjects: California, Drama
      • Genres (Book): Novella
      • Original Language: English Language
    • To Kill A Mockingbird
      17
      • First Published: 1960-07-11
      • Subjects: Monarch, Literary, Literature, Classics, Drama
      • Genres (Book): Fiction
      • Original Language: English Language
    • Little Women
      18
      Louisa May Alcott
      • First Published: 1868
      • Subjects: Literary, Adolescence, New England, Women, 19th century
      • Genres (Book): Coming of age, Fiction, Novel
      • Original Language: English Language
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
      19
      • First Published: 1969-06-03
      • Subjects: Education, Animal, English Literature, Language
      • Genres (Book): Picture book, Children's literature, Fiction
      • First Published: 1964
      • Subjects: Chocolate, Classics, Adventure, Family, Folklore
      • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy
      • Original Language: Welsh Language, English Language
    • Animal Farm
      21
      George Orwell
      • First Published: 1945-08-17
      • Subjects: Monarch, Literary, Literature, Classics, Drama
      • Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Roman à clef, Satire, Children's literature, Fiction
      • Original Language: English Language
    • Aesop's Fables
      22
      • Genres (Book): Anthology, Fiction
      • Original Language: Ancient Greek
    • The Lorax
      23
      Dr. Seuss
      • First Published: 1971-08-12
      • Subjects: Consumerism, Ecology, Knitting, Environmentalism
      • Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction
      • Original Language: English Language
    • The Giving Tree
      24
      Shel Silverstein
      • First Published: 1964-10-07
      • Subjects: Trees, Classics
      • Genres (Book): Picture book, Children's literature, Fiction
      • Original Language: English Language
    • Macbeth
      25
      William Shakespeare
      • Subjects: 11th Century Scotland
      • Genres (Book): Tragedy
      • Original Language: English Language