There are book lists like this all over the net and for good reason. Everyone’s list of “must-read” books differs and through reading through others’ lists, we can maybe open ourselves up to reading more diverse literature that we might have normally overlooked. By no means are the following books in any specific order, however they all possess a charm and influence that marks their spot on the list.

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1. 1984 by George Orwell

2. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

3. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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6. Watership Down by Richard Adams

7. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

8. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

9. The Vegetarian by Han Kang

10. The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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11. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

12. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

13. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

14. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

15. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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16. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

17. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

18. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

19. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

20. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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21. Animal Farm by George Orwell

22. Atonement by Ian McEwan

23. Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler

24. The Beetle by Richard Marsh

25. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

26. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

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27. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

28. The Giver by Lois Lowry

29. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

30. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

31. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

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32. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

33. Catch-22 Joseph Heller

34. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

35. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

36. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

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37. City of Thieves by David Benioff

38. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

39. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

40. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

41. Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes

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42. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

43. Dracula by Bram Stoker

44. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

45. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

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What are a few novels and stories that you think should be on a lifetime book list?

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