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I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books then a king who did not love reading. ― J.B Macaulay

The best companion you can ever ask for is a book. They provide you with knowledge and entertainment at the same time. You can spend hours devouring book upon book, and never be able to satisfy your hunger for more. There may be millions written and published by various authors around the world and among them are the best of the best. Some become an instant best seller, and some find very few takers. However, each opens up a different world and each page takes you on an interesting journey. Some of them not only enrich you with the wealth of knowledge but also entertain you in the most unusual way. It's like a teacher, forever by your side, guiding you when you need enlightenment the most.

There are many greatest books of all time that are a must read. But of these many, we have compiled a list of best ones ever written. This list may seem biased to you. The ones mentioned in this list are based on our personal preferences. Just go through it with a pinch of salt. You may find your favorites listed or missed in the following list.

Books That You Should Read

Some of the classic books everyone should read from authors, like Jane Austen to Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens to William Makepeace Thackeray have been covered in the following list. Go through the list (in alphabetical order) and find your favorite ones making an entry in the list. Maybe you find a few that you have still not relished and need to go through them soon.
  1. 1984 ― George Orwell
  2. Atonement ― Ian McEwan
  3. A Bend in the River ― V. S. Naipaul
  4. A Clockwork Orange ― Anthony Burgess
  5. A Handful of Dust ― Evelyn Waugh
  6. A House for Mr. Biswas ― V.S. Naipaul
  7. A Passage to India ― E.M. Forster
  8. A Tale of Two Cities ― Charles Dickens
  9. Absalom, Absalom! ― William Faulkner
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ― Mark Twain
  11. All Quiet on the Western Front ― Erich Maria Remarque
  12. Animal Farm ― George Orwell
  13. Anna Karenina ― Leo Tolstoy
  14. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl ― Anne Frank
  15. Battlefeild Earth ― L. Ron Hubbard
  16. Beloved ― Toni Morrison
  17. Birdsong ― Sebastian Faulks
  18. Bone ― Jeff Smith
  19. Bridget Jones's Diary ― Helen Fielding
  20. Catch-22 ― Joseph Heller
  21. Charlotte's Web ― E. B. White
  22. Cold Mountain ― Charles Frazier
  23. Dangerous Liaisons ― Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
  24. David Copperfield ― Charles Dickens
  25. Dead Souls ― Nikolai Gogol
  26. Don Quixote ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  27. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ― Robert Louis Stevenson
  28. Dracula ― Bram Stoker
  29. East of Eden ― John Steinbeck
  30. Emma ― Jane Austen
  31. Fahrenheit 451 ― Ray Bradbury
  32. Falconer ― John Cheever
  33. Fight Club ― Chuck Palahniuk
  34. Frankenstein ― Mary Shelley
  35. Go Tell it on the Mountain ― James Baldwinist
  36. Gone With the Wind ― Margaret Mitchell
  37. Hamlet ― William Shakespeare
  38. Haroun and the Sea of Stories ― Salman Rushdie
  39. Housekeeping ― Marilynne Robinson
  40. I, Claudius ― Robert Graves
  41. Invisible Man ― Ralph Ellison
  42. La Confidential ― James Ellroy
  43. Les Miserables ― Victor Hugo
  44. Lolita ― Vladimir Nabokov
  45. Lord of the Flies ― William Golding
  46. Love in the Time of Cholera ― Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  47. Lucky Jim ― Kingsley Amis
  48. Madame Bovary ― Gustave Flaubert
  49. Memoirs of a Geisha ― Arthur Golden
  50. Men Without Women ― Ernest Hemingway
  51. Midnight's Children ― Salman Rushdie
  52. Moby Dick ― Herman Melville
  53. Money ― Martin Amis
  54. Oblomov ― Ivan Goncharov
  55. Of Mice and Men ― John Steinbeck
  56. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ― Ken Kesey
  57. One Hundred Years of Solitude ― Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  58. Pilgrim's Progress ― John Bunyan
  59. Pride and Prejudice ― Jane Austen,
  60. Robinson Crusoe ― Daniel Defoe
  61. Romeo and Juliet ― William Shakespeare
  62. Sense and Sensibility ― Jane Austen
  63. Siddhartha ― Hermann Hesse
  64. Slaughterhouse Five ― Kurt Vonnegut
  65. Song of Solomon Toni Morrison
  66. The Alchemist ― Paulo Coelho
  67. The Brothers Karamazov ― Fyodor Dostoevsky
  68. The Catcher in the Rye ― J.D. Salinger
  69. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ― Mark Haddon
  70. The Da Vinci Code ― Dan Brown
  71. The Fountainhead ― Ayn Rand
  72. The French Lieutenant's Woman ― John Fowles
  73. The Grapes of Wrath ― John Steinbeck
  74. The Great Gatsby ― F. Scott Fitzgerald
  75. The Heart is A Lonely Hunter ― Carson McCullers
  76. The Heart of the Matter ― Graham Greene
  77. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ― Douglas Adams
  78. The Hobbit ― J.R.R. Tolkien
  79. The Idiot ― Fyodor Dostoevsky
  80. The Iliad ― Homer
  81. The Kite Runner ― Khaled Hosseini
  82. The Odyssey ― Homer
  83. The Old Man and the Sea ― Ernest Hemingway
  84. The Picture of Dorian Gray ― Oscar Wilde
  85. The Pillars Of The Earth ― Ken Follett
  86. The Poisonwood Bible ― Barbara Kingsolver
  87. The Riddle of the Sands ― Erskine Childers
  88. The Three Musketeers ― Alexandre Dumas
  89. The Time Traveler's Wife ― Audrey Niffenegger
  90. The Trial ― Franz Kafka
  91. The Twilight Saga ― Stephenie Meyer
  92. The Wind in the Willows― Kenneth Grahame
  93. To Kill A Mockingbird ― Harper Lee
  94. To The Lighthouse ― Virginia Woolf
  95. Tropic of Cancer― Henry Miller
  96. USA ― John Dos Passos
  97. Vanity Fair ― William Makepeace Thackeray
  98. War and Peace ― Leo Tolstoy
  99. White Noise ― Don DeLillo
  100. Wuthering Heights ― Emily Brontë
Books That Children Should Read

We have all enjoyed some of the following books for children at some point or the other in our lives. These classic books for kids are enjoyed not only by kids, but there parents as well.
  1. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters ― Lenore Look
  2. A Light in the Attic ― Shel Silverstein
  3. A Wrinkle in Time ― Madeleine L'Engle
  4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day ― Judith Viorst
  5. Amazing Grace ― Mary Hoffman
  6. Amelia Bedelia ― Peggy Parish
  7. Anne of Green Gables ― Lucy Maud Montgomery
  8. Are You My Mother? ― Philip D. Eastman
  9. Arthur series ― Marc Tolon Brown
  10. Basil of Baker Street ― Eve Titus
  11. Bridge to Terabithia ― Katherine Paterson
  12. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? ― Bill Martin, Jr.
  13. Caps for Sale ― Esphyr Slobodkina
  14. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ― Roald Dahl
  15. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ― John Archambault
  16. Clifford, the Big Red Dog ― Norman Bridwell
  17. Corduroy ― Don Freeman
  18. Curious George ― Hans Augusto Rey
  19. Diary of a Wimpy Kid ― Jeff Kinney
  20. Goodnight Moon ― Margaret Wise Brown
  21. Green Eggs and Ham ― Dr. Seuss
  22. Guess How Much I Love You ― Sam McBratney
  23. Harriet the Spy ― Louise Fitzhugh
  24. Hatchet ― Gary Paulsen
  25. Heidi ― Johanna Spyri
  26. Horton Hatches the Egg ― Dr. Seuss
  27. How the Grinch Stole Christmas ― Dr. Seuss
  28. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie ― Laura Joffe Numeroff
  29. Island of the Blue Dolphins ― Scott O'Dell
  30. James and the Giant Peach: A Children's Story ― Roald Dahl
  31. Jumanji ― Chris Van Allsburg
  32. Harry Potter Series ― J.K Rowling
  33. Lionboy ― Zizou Corde
  34. Little House books ― Laura Ingalls Wilder - Laura Ingalls Wilder Webquest
  35. Little House in the Big Woods ― Laura Ingalls Wilder
  36. Little House on the Prairie ― Laura Ingalls Wilder
  37. Little Women ― Louisa May Alcott
  38. Love You Forever ― Robert N. Munsch
  39. Maniac Magee ― Jerry Spinelli
  40. Math Curse ― Jon Scieszka
  41. Matilda ― Roald Dahl
  42. Mr. Popper's Penguins ― Richard Atwater
  43. Mrs. Fris― and the Rats of Nimh ― Robert C. O'Brien
  44. My Family and Other Animals ― Gerald Durrell
  45. My Father's Dragon ― Ruth Stiles Gannett
  46. Number the Stars ― Lois Lowry
  47. Oh, The Places You'll Go ― Dr. Seuss
  48. Ramona Quim―, Age 8 ― Beverly Cleary
  49. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry ― Mildred D. Taylor
  50. Sarah, Plain and Tall ― Patricia MacLachlan
  51. Shiloh ― Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  52. Sideways Stories from Wayside School ― Louis Sachar
  53. Spy Dog ― Andrew Cope
  54. Stellaluna ― Janell Cannon
  55. Stone Fox ― John Reynolds Gardiner
  56. Strega Nona ― Tomie De Paola
  57. Stuart Little ― E. B. White
  58. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble ― William Steig
  59. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing ― Judy Blume
  60. The Art Lesson ― Tomie De Paola
  61. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever ― Barbara Robinson
  62. The BFG ― Roald Dahl
  63. The Boxcar Children ― Gertrude Chandler Warner
  64. The Cat in the Hat ― Dr. Seuss
  65. The Chronicles of Narnia ― C. S. Lewis
  66. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh ― A. A. Milne
  67. The Family From One End Street ― Eve Garnett The Giver ― Lois Lowry
  68. The Giving Tree ― Shel Silverstein
  69. The Great Gilly Hopkins ― Katherine Paterson
  70. The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog ― Jeremy Strong
  71. The Indian in the Cupboard ― Lynne Reid Banks
  72. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe ― C. S. Lewis
  73. The Little Engine That Could ― Watty Piper
  74. The Little House ― Virginia Lee Burton
  75. The Lorax ― Dr. Seuss
  76. The Magician's Elephant ― Kate DiCamillo
  77. The Mitten ― Jan Brett
  78. The Napping House ― Audrey Wood
  79. The Paper Bag Princess ― Robert N. Munsch
  80. The Polar Express ― Chris Van Allsburg
  81. The Rainbow Fish ― Marcus Pfister
  82. The Runaway Bunny ― Margaret Wise
  83. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole ― Sue Townsend
  84. The Secret Garden ― Frances Hodgson Burnett
  85. The Sheep-Pig ― Dick King-Smith
  86. The Snowy Day ― Ezra Jack Keats
  87. The Tale of Peter Rabbit ― Beatrix Potter
  88. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs ― Jon Scieszka
  89. The Trumpet of the Swan ― E. B. White
  90. The Twits ― Roald Dahl
  91. The Velveteen Rabbit ― Margery Williams
  92. The Very Hungry Caterpillar ― Eric Carle
  93. The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 ― Christopher Paul Curtis
  94. The Witch of Blackbird Pond ― Elizabeth George Speare
  95. The Wizard of Oz ― L. Frank Baum
  96. Tuck Everlasting ― Natalie Babbitt
  97. Walk Two Moons ― Sharon Creech
  98. Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein ― Shel Silverstein
  99. Where the Wild Things Are ― Maurice Sendak
  100. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge ― Mem Fox
Books are a very thoughtful gift for someone you truly care about. They are treasure troves of knowledge, fun, entertainment, emotions, guidance, and many more things. They are our never-failing friends and everyone will find one that is suits ones needs. The ones mentioned above are some of the gems of the rich world of books. You may find some missing from the list. As we have already mentioned this is our personal view. You may keep adding some more, that you feel need to be mentioned as the best books of all time.

My never failing friends are they,
With whom I converse day by day,
With them I take delight in weal,
And seek relief in woe.