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100 Novels Every Book Lover Must Read

September 14, 2017

While the amount of books a person has read is not an indication of how intelligent they are or how rich of a life they have lived, books no doubt offer a keen bit of education. But it is those essential books that can really offer something special for the reader. They can give insight into a world you’ve never known, it can provide you with context to an event in history, or it can simply be an escape within the world and characters the author has created. So while books don’t define our lives, they can certainly enrich them and you don’t want to miss out on some of the greatest literary pieces of all-time. Take a look at our list of the 100 novels ever book lover should read at some point in their lives.

1984 by George Orwell

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Alice’s Adventure’s In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger

Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dune by Frank Herbert

For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

Invisible Man by H.G Wells

It by Stephen King

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Life Of Pi by Yann Martel

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Maus by Art Spiegelman

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass

Necromancer by William Gibson

No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

On The Road by Jack Kerouac

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The 39 Steps by John Buchan

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Call Of The Wild by Jack London

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Friends Of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavell

The Shining by Stephen King

The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by Milan Kundera

Things Fall Apart by Milan Kundera

Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Treasure Island by  Robert Louis Stevenson

True Grit by Charles Portis

Ulysses by James Joyce

War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Watchmen by Alan Moore

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

World War Z by Max Brooks

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


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