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100 Best Books of All Time

Reader's Digest Logo By Leandra Beabout of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 100: From the best fiction books to the best nonfiction books, there are so many excellent titles collected in libraries and bookstores around the world. So how do you know when one belongs among the best books of all time? Well, we believe the best books open our minds to new characters, points of view, and worlds. They stay with us long after the last page is read. They make us want to share them with everyone. That's true of all the tomes on our list of the best books of all time. To land in the top 100, a book needed to truly stand out in the stacks. We considered best sellers, award winners, and books that are highly rated by readers and critics alike. Many have been made into blockbuster movies. Many are taught in schools today. Many have snagged spots on other "best of" lists published by the likes of the New York Times, The Guardian, NPR, PBS, Time magazine, and more. And most have had profound impacts on literature, culture, or the world in general. Our list includes everything from classics to new favorites, the best biographies to the best children's books. Ready? Let's dive in! For more book trivia and inside info on authors and book news, follow the Reader's Digest Select Editions page on Facebook.

Books everyone should read

From the best fiction books to the best nonfiction books, there are so many excellent titles collected in libraries and bookstores around the world. So how do you know when one belongs among the best books of all time? Well, we believe the best books open our minds to new characters, points of view, and worlds. They stay with us long after the last page is read. They make us want to share them with everyone.

That's true of all the tomes on our list of the best books of all time. To land in the top 100, a book needed to truly stand out in the stacks. We considered best sellers, award winners, and books that are highly rated by readers and critics alike. Many have been made into blockbuster movies. Many are taught in schools today. Many have snagged spots on other "best of" lists published by the likes of the New York TimesThe Guardian, NPR, PBS, Time magazine, and more. And most have had profound impacts on literature, culture, or the world in general. Our list includes everything from classics to new favorites, the best biographies to the best children's books. Ready? Let's dive in!

For more book trivia and inside info on authors and book news, follow the Reader's Digest Select Editions page on Facebook.

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