What are the best must-read books according to Amazon?

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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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    Yolanda Zúñiga
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I first read this book in high school as "required reading". I found it much more enjoyable the second time around when I could appreciate it for the breathtaking and riveting story that it is. Harper Lee's writing is irresistibly compelling and she draws you in like almost no other. This book is truly gripping and should undoubtedly be on everyone's bucket list."
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    #2The 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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    Donald Curtis
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Phenomenal. An incredible achievement and required reading for anybody with a beating heart. It captures the whole breadth of humanity in all its beauty, terror, love, and hate. One of those books that hit me right in the gut. The feelings it brings up in you are visceral and meaningful."
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    #3The 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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    Carol Medina
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Being told it's a classic isn't enough to sell me on it. But seeing that it won awards has me thinking otherwise."
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    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.


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    Lawrence West
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I wish I was introduced to the novel 1984 earlier in my life. I loved it when I read it in college but if I knew about it in high school, I would have understood so much more about modern society."
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    #5A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

    A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
    A Wrinkle in Time, the first in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet series, is centered on how Meg Murry and her family met an unearthly stranger during a stormy night and was introduced to the tesseract, which is the book's term for a wrinkle in time.

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    Tyler Lucas
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I think overall this book does sound interesting and I feel there are several potential plot twists that could happen here. The feedback is very positive and I noticed this particular novel is in the works of becoming a "Major motion picture", as well. Clearly stating it is also influential. "
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    #6Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens portrays the development of the main character named Pip, who is an orphan. The story focuses on the poverty, prison ships and survival with an influence of the early-mid 19th century setting.


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    Ai Tang
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a very good version for the reader that wants a lot of bells and whistles to go along with the original story. It has chapters that break down info on the characters and gobs of footnotes. As this is one of the most repeated Christmas stories in TV shows, movies, cartoons, and plays I only read the original story and my review is only on the story. How do you give a four star rating to such a beloved classic? It really isn't hard to read, but sometimes (really quite often) the descriptions and language get so flowery that you lose track of the story and have to go back and reread sections. You can't be in a room with a conversation going, the TV on, or music going because it requires undivided attention and I can't block out everything around me. Perhaps it took me a little longer than normal to read, but it was an enjoyable story that I love to hear over and over, and now have read."
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    #7Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Where the Sidewalk Ends is a collection of humorous poetry and illustrations by Shel Silverstein. It presents common childhood issues and amusing stories fit for kids.


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    Randy Hamilton
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "These kinds of books in my opinion are considered timeless classics. I think any parent or teacher will find their children will like to read this book. The older crowd will have feelings of nostalgia when they hear those familiar poems again. This is a must read for anyone."
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    #8The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.


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    Rose Cruz
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Fault in Our Stars is a top rated book and recommended by Amazon. This is a love story between Hazel and August who both have cancer. This novel follow the development of their relationship and the different hardships they encounter."
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    #9Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland is a book by Jane Carruth. It is an adaptation of the original fantasy novel written by Lewis Carol (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). It follows the story of Alice who fell through the rabbit hole.  


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    Anna Lucas
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a must-read--that is if you haven't already read it. nowadays we just watch the movie, but this book is a MUST-READ. I love the way there are notes in this edition to explain the language that was originally used over 160 years ago! this story is not just for children--even though it was just for us growing up :) This story continues to grow with us as we get older and some meanings change. That is what I love about this classic book!"
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    #10Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    Gone Girl is a 2014 psychological thriller by Gillian Flynn. It tells the story of Nick Dunne and his wife Amy, and revolves around whether or not Nick was involved in his wife's disappearance. This is a tale of vengeance and deceit.


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    Harry Price
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Gone girl is a psychological thriller that will keep you engaged o the theme of the book. Vengeance and deceit makes it more interesting and fun to read. I loved the suspense that kept me turning page to page. It is an amazing book."
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    Slaughterhouse-Five is a science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut that tells the story of the time-traveling American soldier Billy Pilgrim, who became devoutly anti-war after witnessing the bombing of Dresden.

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    Anna Soto
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Slaughterhouse-Five was an interesting book, it was series, funny, and had a great story. With that being said, I do not think Amazon should have considered one of their best must-read books. It is a book worth reading, just not a must-read. "
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    #12The 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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    Julio Durán
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye is an all time classic that should be on anyone's must read list. It's a story about Holden Caufield and how he dicsovers a lot about himself. Sometimes painful and sometimes humorous, climb aboard for a trip of soul searching. "
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    #13Anne 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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    Jane Bennett
    Written on May 4, 2018
    " First, I want to say that I absolutely believe that this book should still be included in school curriculum. The only thing 'new' about it is that pages and passages were added. Nothing was taken out and the translation was not changed. Reports that the book is so different that it's nothing like the original are false. Reports that the story is different are false. There is no reason for the edited version to still be used because children read Anne Frank's diary around ages 11-14 years old which was around age when Anne herself was writing the diary. Anything that could be seen as supposedly "inappropriate" can be seen on daytime television with a PG or maybe PG-13 rating. Especially these days, there's definitely nothing in there that is beyond the norm for the average tween-teen. I think that continuing to use an edited version is insulting to Anne Frank's memory. Not only that, but it provides valuable information about the time period and gives more relateability to the diary."
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    #14Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Based on real-life experiences of Laura Ingalls, the Little House on the Prairie is the third book of the award-winning Little House series, that captivated generations of American and worldwide readers. 


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    Cheshta Tambe
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book was an interesting glimpse into life for a rural family. It's a must-read for young people, I remember enjoying this quite a bit in elementary school. Young girls especially will get a kick out of this story told through the eyes of a young girl."
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    #15Charlotte'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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    Vibhore Bhatnagar
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Charlotte's Web is one of my favorite stories, there is nothing better than stories about talking animals to me. I always enjoyed books like this and I think it is just as entertaining today as when it originally came out."
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    #16The 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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    Jason Peterson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a must read book by anyone that likes reading. If you haven't read it go read it now."


Best What are the best must-read books according to Amazon
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 39 Paid
2The Book ThiefBooks 34 Paid
3The Great GatsbyBooks 32 Paid
41984Books 32 Paid
5A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)Books 29 Paid
6Great ExpectationsBooks 27 Paid
7Where the Sidewalk EndsBooks 25 Paid
8The Fault in Our StarsBooks 23 Paid
9Alice in WonderlandBooks 22 Paid
10Gone GirlBooks 20 Paid

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