Best Books of All Time: 41 Can’t Miss Titles for Every Genre Story

From riveting thrillers to inspiring true-to-life experiences, these best books of all time won the hearts of millions of avid readers and literary critics. 

So much so that some have never been out of print since its first publication. 

There is no shortage of books to read, and for many, that overabundance can turn into a chaotic struggle of finding the next book to read. 

Ulysses by James Joyce

Although not an easy book to read, Ulysses‘ 18 chapters (structured like Homer's Odyssey) and Joyce's complexity to discuss religion, adultery, and nationalism have made this 1920 book a masterpiece and the best novel of the 20th century. 

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye is a coming-of-age story told through the eyes of cynical 16 years old Holden Caulfield. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book chronicles a group of “haves” and “have nots” as they grapple with the American Dream. Fitzgerald portrays Jay's struggles of chasing the past and changing the future within the landscape of America's post-war economic boom.