Culture Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again  

Bailey Brown
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List Rules Vote up the undeniable classics you're fine with never reading again.

Avid readers often have at least one or two books they've cracked open more than a couple of times. These stories are important because they offer a sense of connection for their readers and challenge them to think outside of their immediate experience. That said, just because one person can read The Secret Garden over and over doesn't mean the children's novel is valuable to everyone who lays eyes on it. And just because a title is ranked among the best books of all time doesn't mean everyone wants to reread it over and over. 

Kurt Vonnegurt's Slaughterhouse-Five, George Orwell's 1984, Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, and J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye are some of the best-selling books of all time, and rightfully so. They give readers the opportunity to think differently about a particular situation and often offer insights you won't catch on the first read. Still, classic books like these no longer connect with their audiences, so they're stories you likely don't need to read more than once. Keep in mind, however, that just because one person ranks The Giver as a classic book you never need to read again doesn't mean there isn't still some value to the dystopian depths of Jonas's colorful adventure. 

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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
William Golding
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Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
John Steinbeck
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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Herman Melville
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The Iliad ; and, the Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
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The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Nathaniel Hawthorne
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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Leo Tolstoy
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Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Joseph Conrad
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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
J. D. Salinger
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Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Adventures of Huckleberry ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn S.E. Paces
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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Charles Dickens
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Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
James Joyce
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The Beekeeper's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
The Beekeeper's Daughter Santa Montefiore
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Lord Jim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Joseph Conrad
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Tess of the d'Urbervilles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
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The Kite Runner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Khaled Hosseini
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The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Arthur Miller
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nes... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
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Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Richard Adams
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To the Lighthouse is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Virginia Woolf
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Inferno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Dante Alighieri
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Clarissa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Samuel Richardson
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A Midsummer Night's Dream is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
William Shakespeare
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Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Classic Books You Never Need To Read Again
Joseph Heller