The Best Books of All Time: 42 Can’t Miss Titles for Every Genre

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. 

From novels penned by great American authors to books that broke boundaries and made a cultural impact, here are the top seven best fiction books of all time that you should 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. Holden spends three days wandering Manhattan, attempting to distance himself from superficial peers and the consequences of his expulsion from school. 

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. 

1984 by George Orwell

Although the “future” of 1984 has passed, the themes of this book still resonate over 70 years later. The threats of violation of free speech, constant surveillance, and the condemnation of free-thinking are still omnipresent in today's society. 

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