The 30 Best Books of All Time

How many have you checked off your list?

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Is there anything more relaxing than curling up in your favorite chair with a good novel? This list of the best books ever promises to keep your reading list very interesting, with tales of love, magic, death, and even more twists and turns on every page.

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Moby Dick
Herman Melville amazon.com
$12.11

Join Ishmael as he recounts the adventures of Ahab, a ship captain seeking revenge on a legendary whale. 

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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald amazon.com
$17.00
$10.11 (41% off)

Though both incredibly opulent and heartbreaking, The Great Gatsby will no doubt leave you with a new outlook on love and life.

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The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway amazon.com
$14.40

The legendary author explores the generation following World War I and touches on love, morality, and more. 

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Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë amazon.com
$9.99

The themes of jealousy and revenge in Emily Brontë's first and only published novel will have you hooked until the end.

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The Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger amazon.com
$8.99
$7.19 (20% off)

Holden Caulfield and his teenage angst will leave readers feeling nostalgic, whether it's your first or fifteenth time reading. 

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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen amazon.com
$9.99

Arguably the most famous of Jane Austen's work, few can forget the relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. 

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Anna Karenina
Leo Tolstoy amazon.com
$15.59

Many authors claim this is the greatest piece of literature ever written, and after picking up a copy you'll see why.

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1984
George Orwell amazon.com
$9.99
$7.49 (25% off)

Big Brother is watching! This haunting story somehow continues to remain relevant, even though it's been nearly 70 years since it was published.

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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens amazon.com
$10.63

Orphan Pip is the star of this coming-of-age tale, which happens to be the author's 13th novel, and second to be written entirely in the first person.  

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Gulliver's Travels
Jonathan Swift amazon.com
$6.00

Children and adults will delight over Lemuel Gulliver's many adventures to other worlds with men both great and small. 

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A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess amazon.com
$14.36

A terrifying dystopian future shows 15-year-old Alex, whom the state has decided to "redeem" in a world where criminals rule after dark.

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Catch-22
Joseph Heller amazon.com
$15.30

The darkly funny Yossarian brings readers along on his journey as a bombardier in World War II.

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The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck amazon.com
$18.00
$11.70 (35% off)

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel recounts the tale of one Oklahoma family as they navigate the Great Depression. 

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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee amazon.com
$14.99
$8.99 (40% off)

Harper Lee transports you back to the 1930s South, where you'll join Scout as she watches her father battle for justice. 

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'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings'
J. R. R. Tolkien amazon.com
$35.96
$26.49 (26% off)

Frodo, Gandalf, Gollum—all your favorite characters await in the epic series that inspired the hit movies. 

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Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell amazon.com
$17.99

Scarlett O'Hara will enchant you (and surprise you) as she struggles to navigate life during and after the Civil War. 

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The Color Purple
Alice Walker amazon.com
$14.95
$10.50 (30% off)

This story of two sisters living in very different worlds will make an emotional impact you'll never forget.

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Lord of the Flies
William Golding amazon.com
$9.99
$7.59 (24% off)

A group of schoolboys think they've hit the jackpot when they find themselves stranded on an island. But their freedom soon turns to terror as they slip farther away from the world they knew.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain amazon.com
$6.00

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are Mark Twain's most famous characters. 

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Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison amazon.com
$16.00
$12.79 (20% off)

A nameless narrator looks back upon his life growing up in a black community, from his childhood in the South to his life as an adult in a confusing and violent era. 

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The Sound and the Fury
William Faulkner amazon.com
$19.31

Meet the Compsons: an aristocratic family in the 20th century. Told from four points of view—three of which are the sons', the fourth is the domestic servant's—the various perspectives of their moral decline will make every page even more interesting than the last. 

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)
C.S. Lewis amazon.com
$1.34

Fall under Narnia's spell in the C.S. Lewis series that's served as inspiration for adults and children alike for years.

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The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne amazon.com
$7.69

Few can forget Hester Prynne, who was scorned by her community after conceiving a daughter out of wedlock. 

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Brave New World
Aldous Huxley amazon.com
$15.99
$12.23 (24% off)

Freedom is a thing of the past in this futuristic tale where humans are genetically bred to ensure a flawless society for an authoritarian ruler.

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Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe amazon.com
$10.73

Join Okonkwo, a wealthy warrior in Africa during the 1800s, as he watches a European society overtake his culture.

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Animal Farm
George Orwell amazon.com
$18.00

This political allegory follows a group of farm animals who band together to take down their human master—only to find themselves turning on each other later. 

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ken Kesey amazon.com
$8.99

Randle Patrick McMurphy's adventures (and struggles with the powerful Nurse Ratched) at a mental hospital are both comical and painfully tragic.

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Charlotte's Web
E.B. White amazon.com
$7.99

You're never too old (or young!) to follow the story of Wilbur and his barn animal friends.

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Beloved
Toni Morrison amazon.com
$16.00
$10.87 (32% off)

Toni Morrison's novel about slavery and Sethe, the woman who lived through terrors on the farm she grew up on, will leave a lasting impact on any reader.

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Slaughterhouse-Five
Kurt Vonnegut amazon.com
$17.00
$13.39 (21% off)

Billy Pilgrim and his outlook on war, specifically the firebombing of Dresden, have remained the reason why this novel has stood the test of time.

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