17 Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once in Their Lives 

We have 17 more books that we believe everyone should read at least once in their lives. Keep reading to find out which books made our list! 

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17 More Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once in Their Lives 

If you haven’t seen the first list, we recommend you do so by clicking here before complaining about a book being left out. With that out of the way, we can focus on the books that were chosen. We read your recommendations as well as going back and seeing which ones we missed. You can see the full list below.  

17 Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once in Their Lives 

Books that Everyone Should Read  

A book that was mentioned a lot in the comments was Catch-22. It may have slipped our minds but we agree that it should have been included on the first list. The same goes for The Count of Monte Cristo. That is an amazing novel that I recommend to everyone that enjoys great works of literature.  

We included amazing novels such as Watership Down and Song of Solomon on this list. Many of these books are books you would read in school and for good reason. When else will these books come across your path again?  

One novel that probably feels out of place would be Donna Tartt’s The Secret History. But once you read it, you will see why we included it on this list. In our opinion, it is a classic and any novel that spawns a new subgenre is worth reading.  


That is all for our list of 17 novels that everyone should read at least once. That is a total of 40 books in total so far. What novels should we include in the next post? Let us know in the comments below! 

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32 thoughts on “17 Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once in Their Lives 

  1. Dkohn says:

    Another sign this is generate by a bot – John Steinbeck wrote East of Eden, not Ernest Hemingway. And it’s Ernest, not Earnest. Or maybe you’re reading too much Oscar Wilde.

    1. kakc says:

      perhaps they meant The Garden of Eden by Hemingway, a better book in my opinion than the Steinbeck (though I think mist readers rate them the other way around)

      1. Derek Lawrence says:

        One and one only: Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Too often missed. Damned shame.

    2. Christine says:

      Gone with the Wind!! Nothing like the movie!!!

    3. Katie says:

      I would have liked if the book links were to used online bookstores or bookshop.org that helps support local bookstores. Amazon does not need the sales but local small business owners do.

    4. Sheila says:

      It is Gulliver’s Travels; not Gulliver Travels.

    5. Sheila Novitz says:

      Also, in just two short sentences the word “book” is used four times. No human who reads would do this. I believe it is AI.

    6. hotlaundress says:

      None of these stupid lists include “A Confederacy of Dunces”, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a fabulous read
      It’s a disgrace that this book is omitted, especially considering that the poor author was ignored during his lifetime. And yet trash like “Watership Down” and Steinbeck’s worse novel are singled out.

  2. Joanie St. Joan says:

    Yep can’t read an article with so many errors.

  3. David Scott Cole says:

    Ditto. Sad to see such an error, Mr. Malaprop.

    1. Mary Ann Parrish says:

      Only ONE book by an African-American author???!!!!!

  4. Samir Mokdad says:

    I very much hope Mr. Ahaqir you will next mention Gibran Kahlil Gibran book “The Prophet”
    As I mentioned to you earlier it is translated into 22 languages and is the most read book world wide after the Bible and the Qur’an.
    Stockholm – Sweden.

  5. Alan M. says:

    Could this have been compiled by AI? When you use CHATGPT, you should always check the facts (and the spelling).

    1. Anonymous says:

      A list with North American writers and the odd Russian, a slightly biased bot

  6. Gloria Grant says:

    All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Western Nights Neues in the original German) should have been listed.

  7. Julie Shapiro says:

    I would definitely add Caste, Sapeiens, and the Warmth of Other Suns

  8. Jesse Dachyshyn says:

    Thank you for including WATERSHIP DOWN on your list! It’s one of my favorite 20th Century British novels (along with Orwell’s 1984 and A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess). Kudos!

    1. Tomclay says:

      What most people need to read “Animal Farm”

  9. Anonymous says:

    Any list of novels everyone should read in their lifetime that doesn’t include Kurt Vonnegut is not worth reading or writing.

  10. Sidney says:

    “The River Why,” by David James Duncan

    I read this in HS, it still resonates today.

  11. Sheila Novitz says:

    “That is a total of 40 books in total so far.” Come on!! “Total” twice in one short sentence? The bot should have its English improved.


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