What are the best must-have books for your bookshelf?

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    #1The Alchemist

    The Alchemist

    The Alchemist is an inspirational fable written by the famous Brazilian author Paolo Coelho. The book gave Coelho the Guinness World Record for the most translations of the same book in 2009. It was originally published in 1993.

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    Tang Tang
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Alchemist is one of those books that stay with you for life. At different stages of your life you can pick it up. It helps you to find your way and see where you have come and where you are going. I often think about this book in my life."
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    #2Harry 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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    Zhu Foo
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "An absolute must-read! Great characters and plot."
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    #3Hamlet

    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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    Carolyn Little
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is a classic! It's full of both poetry and truth. Even though it can be considered required literature in some places, on it's own it 's a great book for school reading. This book is a timeless and classic story. "
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    #4Animal 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 Simmons
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I recently read this book for a college course and was surprised by how many references there are to events in history and politics. I really enjoyed the satire offered by the book and would read it again!"
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    #5Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

    Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
    Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix is the fifth installment in the seven books of Harry Potter Series. The book is about the challenges that Harry Potter faced in his fifth year at Hogwarts and how he overcome everything.
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    #6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh book in the Harry Potter Series. Harry and his friends is already on their last year at Hogwarts but the adventure still continues. The battle will begin and many lives will be lost. 
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    Claudia Zapata
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I loved this book and thought it was a great continuing of the story. I think these books are just as adult friendly and engaging as they are for kids. Great family read. "
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    #7Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The third installment in Harry Potter book series. The story revolves around the adventures of Harry Potter. He also discovered all about Sirius Balck and his parents. 

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    Marilyn Green
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is one of the best books of all time. An easy read that you will want to start over again the second you finish."
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    #8Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter Series. Harry is on his second year at Hogwarts and more exciting but dangerous things are yet to come. 

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    Micaela Suárez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is one of the best books to have on your bookshelf. It's a good book for all ages. This is one of the better Harry Potter books in my opinion. You get to see the friendships become deeper. Definitely fits on the best must-have books on your bookshelf list."
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    #9Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry potter series. The story revolves around how Harry get past through Lord Voldemort once again. The quidditch cup is also happening and Harry will make sure he will see it. 
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    George Henderson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I am a huge fan of Harry Potter. I have read every book and seen every movie. By far, my favorite in the series is this one. I can read it over and over and never get bored. It is one of my highest recommendations!"
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    #10Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables

    Anne of Green Gables is about two old siblings who are still unmarried. They are too old to handle their farm so they decide to adopt a girl that shocked the whole town. The girl has imaginary friends and will encounter problems growing up.

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    Carl Hansen
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a wonderful book that I think anyone should have on their shelves I was a bit hesitant on picking this book up but It was an amazing read. The stories have such polarizing characters and you get hooked into the story really fast, it's a great book."
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    #11The 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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    Gregory Henderson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is an excellent book, a legendary series that contains likable characters and an amazing sense of scale. I could not stop reading when I started. The book really sucks you into the Lord of the Rings world. It is definitely a must own for anyone."
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    #12To 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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    Peter Barrett
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Harper Lee does a marvelous job of revealing what small town Southern life was truly like in this Pulitzer prize winning novel about justice. The character development is what truly brings this book to life and ensures that it will remain a classic. Social complications are revealed through innocence with the deceptively simplistic narration of a young girl. This is a book about morality and integrity that is probably more important today than when it was originally written."
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    #13Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The story revolves around Harry Potter's sixth year in Hogwarts. Their class learned to apparate and Harry found a book that helped him in his potions class. More adventures and mysteries await him.
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    Jean Parker
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet . . . as with all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Harry receives some extraordinary help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. And with Dumbledore's guidance, he seeks out the full, complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -- and thus finds what may be his only vulnerability."
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    #14The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 

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    Carl Murray
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "What a riveting book. This isn't one I want to throw away after I am done, this is one that will sit on bookshelf, and I will check in with from time to time. It touched my soul deeper than I expected, as I heavily identified with the main character."
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    #15White Jacket

    White Jacket

    White Jacket is a Classics, Adventure, Travel, Literature, Fiction novel written by Herman Melville. It was published November 1, 2006 by Aegypan.

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    Megan Thompson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I've never read this, but it sounds really good."
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    #16Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is widely regarded as one of the best books ever written. The eponymous Anna renounces her marriage in favor of an affair and a more meaningful existence, all the while struggling with societal norms, religion, and morality.

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    Emily Jacobs
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Anna Karenina is one of the books that you simply must add to your book collection. It is one of the most memorable stories that I have ever read. Once you read it, you will want to read it again. Best to have a copy available from the get go."

Summary

Best What are the best must-have books for your bookshelf
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The AlchemistBooks 48 Paid
2Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneBooks 44 Paid
3HamletBooks 39 Paid
4Animal FarmBooks 37 Paid
5Harry Potter And The Order Of The PhoenixBooks 34 Paid
6Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsBooks 31 Paid
7Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanBooks 27 Paid
8Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsBooks 26 Paid
9Harry Potter And The Goblet Of FireBooks 22 Paid
10Anne of Green GablesBooks 19 Paid
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