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Folks Are Sharing The Books They Believe Everyone Should Read — How Many Have You Read?

"Loved it as a kid, still love it as an adult."

One of the (very few) things the internet is truly good at is providing a wealth of excellent book recommendations. And that was made immediately clear while scrolling through the responses to a recent question posed by redditor u/ZeusMoiragetes to the bibliophiles of AskReddit: "What book do you think every person should read at least once?" Here are 14 of their suggestions. Let's find how many you've read so far, and how much time you'll be spending at the library in the near future.

Responses may have been edited for length and/or clarity. 

1. "Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. I absolutely loved it. It’s one of my favorite books. I recommend tissues while reading it, though."

"Before the Coffee Gets Cold"

2. "They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. Literally changed my perspective on life and mortality, and it's overall just an amazing book."

"They Both Die at the End"

3. "Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. Poetic writing and a twisted story. Absolute perfection."

"Geek Love"

4. "Please read A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. This book based on a very long hike with two very different men will tug at your heartstrings, make you want to move, and most important, have you laugh your ass off."

"A Walk in the Woods"

5. "The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Burn the patriarchy to the ground."

"The Handmaid's Tale"

6. "The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. It's funny as hell but also makes you think, and it has a book-within-the-book. Also, there is a talking demon cat who loves arson."

"The Master and Margarita"

7. "The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A beautiful book with beautiful life themes in it. Love, loss, and friendship."

"The Little Prince"

8. "Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. You are doing yourself a disservice by not reading it."

"Parable of the Sower"

9. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Easy and fun read."

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

10. "The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Loved it as a kid, still love it as an adult."

"The Phantom Tollbooth"

11. "Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Very powerful book that helped shape my childhood that I will always remember. The movie is also incredible."

"Of Mice and Men"

12. "Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. This influenced my core developmental years so much."


13. "Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. It is a complete and total mind-fuck. Nothing like the movies."


14. "Every person should read Shakespeare's Hamlet if for no other reason than to know how often it is referred to, and why. (Or, King Lear, Macbeth, or Othello.)"