What are the best books to read before you die?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Jessica Taylor
    Written on November 6, 2018
    "Definitely an undisputed classic book! Tbh i have heard so much about this book but i just read this because it was a requirement on my class to read this and make a book review. I am really surprised that i liked it. Lee has did a great job on this. "
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    #2Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    Randy Ramos
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "Dark. Adventurous. Had gotten me hooked as i started reading it. But let me just say that i knew nothing about this when i read this so this really took me by surpirse. "
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    #3Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha is Arthur Gold's best-selling novel, which tells the story of Nitta Sayuri as she overcomes loss at a young age and learns the art of becoming a geisha. It is a story of loss and pain, hope, and love.


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    Rosario Álvarez
    Written on November 6, 2018
    "So i recently just saw the film of Memoirs of Geisha. After i watched the film i said to myself that i will read the book so i did. The book is so much better than the film (well, that's how it is books are better than the film adaptation) This book is so heartbreaking, intriguying and entertaining. "
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    #4Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment
    Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature by Fyodor Dostoyevsky published in 1866. It tells the story of ex-student Rodion Raskolnikov who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker to liberate himself from poverty.


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    Christina Murphy
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I have gone back and started reading the classics. Crime and Punishment is one classic I had read in high school and I have just finished reading it again. I must say that I enjoyed it much more this time around. This is a dark story but it is one of the best books you must read before you die. "
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    #5The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams. It depicts Arthur Dent's road trip with his alien friend Ford Prefect after his house and the Earth was demolished to create a way for a hyperspace express route. 


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    Kathleen Jordan
    Written on February 26, 2018
    "Douglas Adams' classic novel is just as good as ever. Imagine you are carrying on with your life on a perfectly normal day... and then the world disappears because of alien attack. THEN you learn your best friend is one of them! This hilarious book is well worth the read for anyone over the age of 16. "
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    #6The 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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    Eugene Owens
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "Obviously an American classic, which oddly enough, took me nearly 20 years to get around to. It's not really my favorite (I find most of Twain's work to be a little to self-aware to be really believable) but this edition is good enough, and manufactured well too."
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    #7Animal 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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    Kimberly Hill
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Absolutely a best book to read before you die. It is a timeless classic, every american should read this book before they die. Indeed very insightful. Like how we believe that everything around us is moving forward but there will always be someone/something that we cannot get rid off"
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    #8Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice is a book written by Jane Austen with an introduction from Anna Quindlen, which follows the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet as they venture into a series of courtship in the 18th century. 

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    Jane Arnold
    Written on November 6, 2018
    "Found out about this book in my English Lit class when i was in high school. Until now i never get tired of reading this book. I like how the story is greatly detailed and the characters are drawn in depth. Definitely the best classic romance book out there. That made me think that i also want a Mr. Darcy in my life "
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    #9Les Misérables

    Les Misérables
    Les Misérables is a French historical tale by Victor Hugo, which was published first in 1862. This novel follows the lives of several characters, especially that of Jean Valjean during the June Rebellion in Paris. 

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    David Hawkins
    Written on February 12, 2018
    "Before getting to the novel itself, one should be aware that this book has been translated from the original French many, many times since it was first published, and not all translations are equal. That said, the book is hefty, epic and absorbing. The characters come to life in and the setting of 19th century France is rendered vividly. The range of emotions are large, and the best and worst of humanity are given full reign. "
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    #10The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 

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    Sharon Lane
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I wanted to write a list of books I want to read before I die. I found out about The Count of Monte Cristo. My best friend is always raving about this book. I never understood the hype until I read it this week. Wow! Amazing book! It's old, but a major classic and holds up great today. It's all about a man wanting revenge on the person that framed and jailed him for a crime he didn't commit. It's such a somber and fascinating story. Highly recommended!"
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    #11Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written by Leo Tolstoy, which was first published in 1878. This follows the story of Countess Anna Karenina and her affair with Count Vronsky.


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    Annie Xu
    Written on November 6, 2018
    "if i am not mistaken it has already been more than a year since my last read of Anna Karenina...Before i just found this book meh but after re-reading it i have appreacitaed this more. But i gotta be honest the only thing i liked with this were Kostia and Katya. I hated Anna so much eh"
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    #12The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book written by Oscar Wilde, which is about Dorian Gray whose painted portrait of himself done by Basil Hallward ages instead of him as he commits sins and vile acts. 


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    Michelle Dean
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This book was very surprising in everything I read. The plot was mystifying and original for what I read. It has a lot of ideas to think of before you die."
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    #13The 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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    David Carter
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is definitely a book that everybody needs to read before they die. It's not that great, but at least you can say that you read it. It also plays a big part in the Mel Gibson movie, Conspiracy Theory. That's why I read it. "
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    #14The 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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    Tiffany Wan
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "It's been a long time since I've read this particular book. It is a good book however adding it to a list of books i should read before I die is not something i would do. This book is a children's book. It's well priced, has a good story line that can educate children but I again, wouldn't add this to this particular list. "
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    #15The 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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    Douglas Bishop
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Hobbit is a wonderful piece of literature and well worth reading again and again. I personally have worn out more than a couple copies reliving the fantastic tale of Bilbo and his epic journey through dangerous lands to recover a lost kingdom. This is one book you should not overlook!"
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    #16The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 


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    Kimberly Vasquez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This Is definitely up there with my all time favorites. I have to admit, I was a skeptic. At first I was annoyed and thought the story was a bit hard to follow. The more I read, the more it sucked me in. By the end I was so enthralled I had nearly forgotten about the world around me. I finished this book in only a few days and, upon closing the last page, called a friend and shouted "Brilliant! This was Brilliant!" "
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    #17The 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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    Christina Fisher
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The classic book. Read before you see the movies. There's so much more to the story than in the films."
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    Dracula is a Gothic horror book written by Irish author Bram Stoker, which was first published in 1897. It follows the story of the vampire Dracula attempting to move from Transylvania to England to find new blood and spread his curse.


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    Judith Richards
    Written on November 6, 2018
    "Well, generally i am not a fan of vampire stories so when i read this book i did not expect that i would like this one. I am torn about giving this four or five stars but i have settled with four because it drove me crazy that Dracula keeps on getting more people eh. "
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    #19The Quran and its Commentary Books

    The Quran and its Commentary Books

    The Quran and its Commentary Books is a book which is translated in the English language. Available on PDF format, it contains not just the teaching of the Holy Quran but also its commentary. 



    الفارس - Al Fares
    Written on November 14, 2018
    "Because death is the end of life, do not take anything with you to the grave, but one thing is worship, I do not oblige you to read this great book, but try to read it and you will know why I gave it to you, really will be dazzled."


Best What are the best books to read before you die
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 49 Paid
2Lord of the FliesBooks 43 Paid
3Memoirs of a GeishaBooks 41 Paid
4Crime and PunishmentBooks 37 Paid
5The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBooks 34 Paid
6The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 32 Free
7Animal FarmBooks 31 Paid
8Pride and PrejudiceBooks 22 Free
9Les MisérablesBooks 21 Paid
10The Count of Monte CristoBooks 15 Free

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