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These Are The 100 ‘Best Books Ever’ According To Goodreads

How many have you read?

If you’re a bibliophile or member of a book club, you’re probably starting to curate your summer reading list. But since you devour books so fast, you might be having a hard time finding good ones that you haven’t already read.

To help, Goodreads has compiled a list of the 100 “best books ever.” The list was compiled based on votes from the general Goodreads community, so keep that in mind as you read through. (We’re guessing your favorite literature professor wouldn’t put “Twilight” above “Jane Eyre.”)

Chances are you voracious readers have already read a good deal of the books on this list. But perhaps it can help point you to a new favorite or remind you to revisit a classic. For some more inspiration, you can check out other Goodreads lists. Ones we especially like for summer: “Light But Not (Too) Dumb” and “Most Anticipated May 2017 New Releases.”

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Without further ado, here are the 100 best books, as determined by Goodreads readers. How would you rearrange the list?

1. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

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2. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling

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3. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

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4. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

5. “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer

6. “The Chronicles of Narnia #1-7” by C.S. Lewis

7. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

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8. “Animal Farm” by George Orwell

9. “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell

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10. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams

11. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

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12. “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

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13. “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” series by J.R.R. Tolkien

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14. “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë

15. “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown

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16. “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden

17. “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll

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18. “Les Misérables” by Victor Hugo

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19. “Divergent” by Veronica Roth

20. “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare

21. “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde

22. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

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23. “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë

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24. “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

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25. “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card

26. “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

27. “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare

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28. “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger

29. “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White

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30. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky

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31. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

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32. “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery

33. “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck

34. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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35. “Dracula” by Bram Stoker

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36. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

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37. “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez

38. “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman

39. “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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40. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle

41. “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini

42. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

43. “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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44. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain

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45. “The Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold

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46. “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

47. “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss

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48. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury (Editor’s note: This book appears twice on the GoodReads list. Here, at No. 48, and again at No. 90. It’s unclear how the title was added to the list twice, but we just assume the GoodReads community really loves this book!)

49. “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel

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50. “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen

51. “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens

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52. “A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin

53. “The Odyssey” by Homer

54. “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan

55. “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton

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56. “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov

57. “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

58. “Catch-22” by Joseph Heller

59. “Dune” by Frank Herbert

60. “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett

61. “Frankenstein” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

62. “The Stand” by Stephen King

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63. “Watership Down” by Richard Adams

64. “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

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65. “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle

66. “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult

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67. “The Giver” by Lois Lowry

68. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” by Ken Kesey

69. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood

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70. “The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath

71. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling

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72. “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon

73. “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy

74. “Rebecca” by Daphne du Maurier

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75. “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith

76. “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker

77. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

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78. “Angela’s Ashes” by Frank McCourt

79. “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy

80. “Matilda” by Roald Dahl

81. “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess

82. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

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83. “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

84. “Vampire Academy” by Richelle Mead

85. “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver

86. “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkien

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87. “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse

88. “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand

89. “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes

90. “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury (Editor’s note: This book appears twice on the GoodReads list. Here, at No. 90, and again at No. 48. It’s unclear how the title was added to the list twice, but we just assume the GoodReads community really loves this book!)

91. “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman

92. “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks

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93. “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway

94. “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens

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95. “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving

96. “The Complete Stories and Poems” by Edgar Allan Poe

97. “Moby-Dick; or, The Whale” by Herman Melville

98. “Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice

99. “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne

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100. “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamant

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