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The Ultimate Well-Rounded Reading List

A reading list of some of the most influential, important and greatest books of all time spanning thousands of years from ancient texts to modern classics and ranging from fictional plays, poems, short stories and novels to non-fictional topics covering philosophy, mathematics, economics, politics, film and much more.
The list and ordering of it is influenced a lot by the topics I enjoy in books that I have read or want to read, which accounts for some of the more unusual choices.
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The Stranger (Albert Camus)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
2
Man's Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl)
Man's Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl)
3
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
4
The Razors Edge (W. Somerset Maugham)
The Razors Edge (W. Somerset Maugham)
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Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
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2666 (Roberto Bolano)
2666 (Roberto Bolano)
7
1984 (George Orwell)
1984 (George Orwell)
8
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirsig)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (Robert M. Pirsig)
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The Prince (Nicolo Machiavelli)
The Prince (Nicolo Machiavelli)
10
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
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The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
12
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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13
Beyond Good & Evil (Friedrich Nietzsche)
Beyond Good & Evil (Friedrich Nietzsche)
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Candide (Voltaire)
Candide (Voltaire)
15
2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
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The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
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Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)
Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)
18
The World as Will and Representation (Arthur Schopenhauer)
The World as Will and Representation (Arthur Schopenhauer)
19
Metamorphoses (Ovid)
Metamorphoses (Ovid)
20
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
21
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
22
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
23
The Wealth of Nations (Adam Smith)
The Wealth of Nations (Adam Smith)
24
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
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25
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
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The Trial (Franz Kafka)
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
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On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
On the Road (Jack Kerouac)
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War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
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The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
30
On the Origin of Species (Charles Darwin)
On the Origin of Species (Charles Darwin)
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To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
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Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman)
Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman)
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The Castle (Franz Kafka)
The Castle (Franz Kafka)
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Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
35
The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
36
The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri)
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37
The Second Sex (Simone De Beauvoir)
The Second Sex (Simone De Beauvoir)
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The Iliad (Homer)
The Iliad (Homer)
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The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
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The Quran
The Quran
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