The 52 Must Read Books of All Time

If you are an avid reader, then you know the feeling of looking for your next read. We have made that easier with our list of the 52 must read books of all time. Keep reading to find out which books made our list!

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The 52 Must Read Books of All Time

Lists are meant to start discussions as well as help people find new books to read. This list contains our picks for must read books. You probably have read most of them but there also books here that you may not have gotten around to reading and should do so. You can see the full list below!

The 52 Must Read Books of All Time

Must Read Books

We chose classic novels such as To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, and Jane Eyre to name a few. These classics are books that we believe everyone should read at least once. Even if you not end up considering them your favorites, their message, story, and writing are going to ensure that you are reading some of the best works of fiction.

Not every book on the list is going to change your life. But all of these novels contain stories that may do that. For example, a novel like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of the funniest novels ever written. Some people may end up hating this sense of humor but many have loved it as well as the simple but fun plot.

Our surprise picks are novels such as The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. These are lesser-known novels that are incredible reads. We wanted to highlight recent novels (Yes, I know The Secret History isn’t a recent novel but compared to many classics, it is) and these are the ones that won our hearts.


That is the end of our list of the 52 must read novels of all time. How many of these books have you read? What books should we include in our next list? Let us know in the comments below!

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8 thoughts on “The 52 Must Read Books of All Time

  1. Elizabeth P. White says:

    Come on, list maker, MULTIPLE duplicates! Edit yourself and be accurate, Please!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Read “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Doofus can’t even proofread their own list.

  3. Dylan says:

    Why not make this a Western, English list, since most of the rest of the world is ignored, and the picks are obvious. Tastes are individual, but why Card’s cliched space opera instead of Clarke, Tiptree, or LeGuin, to name a few? Salinger? A boring drone of a book following a spoiled brat around Manhattan while he tries to get laid.

  4. Cesar E. Diaz says:

    I would add “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” by Edgar Allan Poe.


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