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44 books everyone should read in their lifetime

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  An easy way to become a well-rounded person is to
  read
  lots of books across subjects and genres.
  
  Some books may be out of your comfort zone, but you can learn
  a lot if you stretch yourself.
  
  Must-read books include "To Kill A Mockingbird," "A Brief
  History of Time," "Americanah," and "How To Win Friends And
  Influence People."
  
  
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  Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a
  little bit about everything? There's an easy way to do it: Read
  everything.

  You can stick to the mystery novels, anthologies, or biographies
  you've grown partial to. But if you really want to become a more
  well-rounded person, you'll need to force yourself out of your
  comfort zone at the bookstore or library.

  Here are 40 timeless books on all different topics - politics,
  science, history, culture, and more - to read in your lifetime
  that can help you become the well-rounded person you strive to
  be.

  Jacquelyn Smith, Natalie Walters, and Catherine Rice
  contributed to a previous version of this article.

  • An easy way to become a well-rounded person is to read lots of books across subjects and genres.
  • Some books may be out of your comfort zone, but you can learn a lot if you stretch yourself.
  • Must-read books include "To Kill A Mockingbird," "A Brief History of Time," "Americanah," and "How To Win Friends And Influence People."

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything? There's an easy way to do it: Read everything.

You can stick to the mystery novels, anthologies, or biographies you've grown partial to. But if you really want to become a more well-rounded person, you'll need to force yourself out of your comfort zone at the bookstore or library.

Here are 40 timeless books on all different topics—politics, science, history, culture, and more—to read in your lifetime that can help you become the well-rounded person you strive to be. 

Jacquelyn Smith, Natalie Walters, and Catherine Rice contributed to a previous version of this article.

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