Elizabeth Entenman
April 06, 2017 12:41 pm
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There are just some books that everyone should read at least once in their lives. Some are beloved books from childhood, like Green Eggs and Ham and The Giving Tree. Some are introduced in the classroom, like A Tale of Two Cities and The Great Gatsby. And some are simply classics, like Gone with the Wind and The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Goodreads users have compiled a list of “Books That Everyone Should Read at Least Once,” and we’re feeling inspired to make up for lost time on the titles we haven’t read yet.

Note that this list was created by the Goodreads community, and contains a few repeats. (For example, Fahrenheit 451 appears on the list twice — once in English and once in Spanish.) But it’s a solid list that’ll have you reminiscing about your favorite books and adding even more titles to your to-read list.

How many of Goodreads’ “Books That Everyone Should Read at Least Once” have you read?

Bantam / Riverhead Books / Arthur A. Levine Books

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
3. 1984 by George Orwell
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
11. The Lord of the Rings #1-3 by J.R.R. Tolkien
12. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
13. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
14. The Chronicles of Narnia #1-7 by C.S. Lewis
15. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
16. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
17. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
18. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
19. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
20. The Giver by Lois Lowry
21. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
22. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
23. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
24. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
25. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Vintage / HarperCollins / Penguin Classics

26. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
27. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
28. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
29. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
30. Night by Elie Wiesel
31. Holy Bible: King James Version
32. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
33. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
34. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
35. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
36. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
37. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
38. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
39. Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
40. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
41. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
42. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
43. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
44. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
45. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
46. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
47. The Odyssey by Homer
48. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
49. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
50. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Mariner Books / Washington Square Press / Harper

51. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
52. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
53. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
54. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
55. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
56. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
57. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
58. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
59. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
60. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
61. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
62. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
63. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
64. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
65. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
66. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
67. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
68. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
69. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
70. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
71. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
72. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
73. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
74. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
75. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Anchor Books / Bantam / Harper Collins

76. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
77. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
78. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
79. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
80. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
81. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
82. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
83. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
84. The Stranger by Albert Camus
85. The Little House Collection #1-9 by Laura Ingalls Wilder
86. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
87. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
88. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
89. The Stand by Stephen King
90. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
91. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
92. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
93. The Qur’an
94. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
95. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
96. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville
97. The Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
98. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
99. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
100. The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom by Corrie Ten Boom

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