What are the best books that everyone should read?

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    #1The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 

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    Victoria Salazar
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I found this to be a wonderful book for children. The author of this book is a good poet. I really like the characters and the writing style."
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    #2Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.
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    David Weber
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Gone with the Wind is one of the best books I've read. Its the best selling novel of all time for a reason as well as a Pulitzer Prize winner. If you want to start reading something, pick up this book."
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    #3Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a coming-of-age fiction novel written by Louisa May Alcott. This book follows the story of four teenage sisters living with their mother. The two volumes were consecutively released in 1868 and 1869.

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    #4The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Helen Tran
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Book Thief is a gritty, no-nonsense narrative that will grab your heart and mind and take you on an unforgettable journey. The story will deepen your understanding of a most disturbing time in recent history. Your perceptions will be forever changed. This is a novel that is hard to put down. "
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    #5Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. It welcomed the readers to Harry's magical world and his discovery of his true self where adventure and danger await him as he entered Hogwarts. 

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    #6Night

    Night
    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.
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    Joy Zhao
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I decided to buy the book and it opened my eyes to the horrors that afflicted so many during the Holocaust. My understanding of the human spirit is all the greater for having read this book"
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    #7Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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    Shirley Garza
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is one of the best books that everyone should read. Such a stunning insight into the fear and terror of a young girl and her family hiding for their lives from the Nazi regime. Shocking and breathtaking in its scope, it should be required reading material."
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    #8The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings is written by J.R.R. Tolkien which is the sequel to the 1937 novel The Hobbit. This follows the course of the War of the Ring after the Dark Lord Sauron created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power. 

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    #9The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.
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    Emma West
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic work of American literature. Lately, it has been getting a bad rap, because it discusses slavery. Sadly, it has been removed from many libraries and schools. Please remember when reading that this is a social commentary on slavery, published in 1884. If you try to obliterate history, it will repeat itself. Great book that everyone should read at least once. The electronic version is free on many sites, including Amazon, so you have nothing to lose."
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    #10The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.
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    Samuel Larson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Good read. It's a little hard to get behind some of the characters, because of the nature of the time this was written about, but everyone seems real enough, which is a great start for a good read. I enjoyed it enough, though I didn't find it to be the blockbuster everyone else said it was. "
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    #11The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

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    Aarav Balasubramanium
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "All time best of classics. Definitely a good match for the topic. Every child should read these books as a rite of passage."
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    #12The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.

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    Amber Scott
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "The hobbit is a great story and is always a good read about fun and adventure. However, it may not be a book for everyone to rain. Not everyone may be into the fantasy genre."
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    #13Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.

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    Nicholas Russell
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I have heard so much about this book and wanted to read it. I love futuristic dystopian type novels and this didn't disappoint. It's also going to be a movie soon so I wanted to make sure I read it before it came out."
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    #14The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book by Oscar Wilde that tells the story of Dorian Gray's thirst for everlasting beauty and the curse over his portrait. This novel is first published in 1890.

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    Arnav Das
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "Oscar Wilde is not much a master of plot. But he is a master prose stylist. And this story has entered cultural myth as an allegory of how art hides the sins of the creator or subject. It's definitely a book to be read in your lifetime. "
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    #15The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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    Donna Tucker
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I read this book many years ago and enjoyed it so I bought it again. I love it. I can't say enough about it. The author's writing is impeccable, the story and the character building is amazing. You feel as though you are a character in the book. You feel their emotions, you feel as though you are on the journey with them. The print was a little small in the book so it took me longer to read but I enjoyed every minute of it!"
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    #16Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    Janet Martinez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Animal Farms by George Orwell is a timeless classic and a cautionary tale about the consequences of socialism. I honestly forgot how much I enjoyed this book back in high school. Recently, when I reread it again, it struck me as prophetic, given that our current and past political misfortunes are eerily reflected in the animal characters of this book. It is a must read for everyone."
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    #17Hamlet

    Hamlet
    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 
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    Daniel Fox
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I remember reading this story in high school. This is a must read for anybody that likes a good story."
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    #18Charlotte's Web

    Charlotte's Web
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
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    George Richardson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Charlotte is a spider who befriends Wilbur the pig. It's rare to find such elegant prose in children's literature. "

Summary

Best What are the best books that everyone should read
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Little PrinceBooks 37 Paid
2Gone with the Wind Books 33 Paid
3Little WomenBooks 32 Paid
4The Book ThiefBooks 30 Paid
5Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneBooks 28 Paid
6NightBooks 25 Paid
7Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 23 Paid
8The Lord of the RingsBooks 22 Paid
9The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 19 Free
10The HelpBooks 17 Paid
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