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49 Books Everyone Should Read in a Lifetime

So many books, so little time! If you're looking for a master list of the books that everyone should read in their lifetime, this list is a great place to start. Featuring iconic classics, timeless bestsellers, and life-changing nonfiction, these are the books that stay with you.
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To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
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1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
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The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
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Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
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Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
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The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
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Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451
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Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
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The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
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The Alchemist
The Alchemist
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The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
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Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse)
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The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
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Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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21
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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The Little Prince
The Little Prince
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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
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The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone
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Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
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The Left Hand of Darkness
The Left Hand of Darkness
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Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)
Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)
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Braving the Wilderness (Brene Brown)
Braving the Wilderness (Brene Brown)
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Tuesdays With Morrie
Tuesdays With Morrie
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The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle
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Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
Walden (Henry David Thoreau)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
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Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer)
Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer)
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The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl
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A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods
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A Return to Love
A Return to Love
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Year of Yes (Shonda Rhimes)
Year of Yes (Shonda Rhimes)
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On the Road
On the Road
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When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
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