10 Books That You Must Read Once in Your Life

No matter how many books you have read, there are always more amazing books to read. But knowing which ones to read is not always easy. That is why we made a list of the 10 books that you should read once in your life. Keep reading to find out which books made our list!

These 10 books that we chose because are the best of the best. All of them are classics and while a book doesn’t have to be a classic to make this list, they are amazing works of fiction that should be read at least ionce.

Whether you like sci-fi, comedy, or horror; has something for you here. This is a short list that does not begin to capt. re all of the amazing books out there. But it is a start. You can see the full list below!

10 Books That You Must Read Once in Your Life


1984 book cover
1984 book review

The first novel on the list is 1984 by George Orwell. It is a dystopian novel that imagines a totalitarianism world where mass surveillance is the norm and people’s freedom is limited. It was a cautionary tale by Orwell and when parts of the novel became reality, people said Orwell was right.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Not every novel has to be a heavy read. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a sci-fi comedy that will have you laughing throughout the series. The writing is brilliant, the plot is wild, and you will forget everything else. Books like this one remind you how fun reading can be.


A novel that everyone should read once is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Many people have heard of it but few have actually picked it up and read it. It is considered to be the first sci-fi book written. The novel has elements of philosophy and makes the reader ask questions that are not easy to answer.

One of the novels on the list is the classic sci-fi novel is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. You may have watched the movie that was based off the novel called Bladerunner. The novel follows protagonist Rick Deckard as he must kill six androids who rebelled that resemble humans.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee book cover
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Like most readers, I first read To Kill a Mockingbird in school and couldn’t put the novel down. The story is told by the viewpoint of Jean Louise Finch and tells the story of Atticus Finch defending Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman in Maycomb Alabama.

The novel was an instant success and went on to win a Pulitzer prize the following year. It is considered one of the best works of fiction. The writing, plot, characters, and storytelling make this a must read and a story unlike any other.

The Catcher in the Rye

Another novel taught in schools is The Catcher in the Rye. This novel also tackles the loss of innocence like To Kill a Mockingbird in its own way. Holden Caulfield has been suspended from school and instead of going home, he stays in a hotel in New York City and navigates the city as he meets old and new acquaintances.

There are a lot of themes in this novel that Salinger explores that many readers relate to. The novel was intended for adults but ended up being consumed mostly by adolescents. It is also considered one of the best novels of all time.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

When thinking about novels that I think about often to this day, it is hard not to include The Grapes of Wrath. The novel takes place during the Great Depression and follows the Joads, a poor family that has to leave their home because of a multitude of reasons. Like thousands of other people, they head to California for jobs and a future. 

Steinbeck’s novel captured an important moment in history that gives us a vivid look at what millions of people who experienced the Great Depression. The novel went on to win the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo book cover
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Considered as one of the best adventure novels of all time, The Count of Monte Cristo is a story about betrayal and revenge. While the premise is simple, the writing, attention to detail, set of characters, and the setting make this a wonderful read. The themes of the novel may be why it has stayed relevant even centuries later.


A powerful novel that everyone should read is Beloved. It is a story of a former Kentucky slave that is haunted by her past life. The novel went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It is considered one of the best works of fiction and there is no other novel like it.

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings trilogy book series
The Lord of the Rings Series book order

An adventure nove that is considered the best by many is  The Lord of the Rings . A Hobbit namrd Frodo Baggins inherits a ring of power and is tasked with destroying the ring. The plot is simple but what makes the series fun is the epic worldbuilding and lore. If you like fantasy novels, then you have definitely have read books that were influenced by this series


These are the 10 books that you must read once in your life. Once you give them a read, you will understand why they appear on every other list. How many have you read aon this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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13 thoughts on “10 Books That You Must Read Once in Your Life

    1. Anonymous says:

      1 The Bible 2 Photius Mystagogy of the Holy Spirit 3 Gregory Palamas Apodictic treatises on the procession of the Holy Spirit 4 Dostoyevsky Brothers Karamazov 5 Plato Republic 6 Tolkien Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and Silmarillion 7 Orwell 1984 8 Kierkegaard Works of Love 9 Wittgenstein Tractatus Logico‐Philosophicus and Philosophical Investigations 10 Aquinas Contra Errores Graecorum and Summa Theologiae

    1. Anonymous says:

      Book lists of “greatest, best, must read” with one token woman: check.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I keep saying it Middlemarch by George Eliot is a story everyone should read at least once. It encapsulates a period in history from the industrial revolution to political changes. It’s wonderful and unfortunately frequently forgotten.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Huckleberry Finn should also be up there in this lust. We are still dealing with racism in the U.S. and not doing a particularly very good job of it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Was the text in this article written using AI? So many grammatical mistakes and other errors, or does that very fact point to a human. If so no offence, auto correct can be so annoying.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Really hope I haven’t offended…..neat list some quality on there!


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