21 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lives

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

A legendary masterpiece, this book is synonymous with difficult reading, so why not challenge yourself.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

One must always read a novel by this Nobel Prize winning author.

Ulysses by James Joyce

“Joyce’s parallel use of The Odyssey…has the importance of a scientific discovery…” –T. S. Eliot

An incredible book by a beloved writer is a must read.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Most people have seen the epic movie, but have you read the book?

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

Known as one of Salman Rushdie’s greatest works, this book is definitely on the To Be Read list.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

It’s no surprise that one of the best books of all time should be read.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Go on an adventure this year with this thrilling fantasy tale.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

If this wasn’t already required reading in your school, it’s about time you’ve read it.

1984 by George Orwell

We were pretty certain you’ve read one of the best books of all time, but in case you haven’t, now’s your chance.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner is a 21st century classic. If you’ve read this brilliant book, read it again.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Because you need to know Meg, Beth, Jo, and Amy.

The Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Another adaptation you’ll want to read to visualize in 2016.

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

A groundbreaking novel that everyone should read at least once.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

For those who were deprived Oscar Wilde as required reading for school.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Poignant novels that are also funny are a must-read rarity.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This powerful book is beautiful, moving, and hilarious: an essential.

The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr

“The essential American story … a beauty.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

Either you’ve read it, or you pretend you’ve read it.

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

At least one Pynchon novel should be on everyone’s TBR list.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Same goes for Margaret Atwood, and The Handmaid’s Tale is definitely a classic.