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

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
$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

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

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
$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

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

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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George Orwell
$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

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

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

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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Joseph Heller

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
$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
$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
$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

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
$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
$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

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

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Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
$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

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

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

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
$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

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

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

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

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

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Toni Morrison
$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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Kurt Vonnegut
$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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