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21 Books You’ve Been Meaning To Read

Reading lists begin as a shelf full of hope until the year flies by, and you find yourself flooded with procrastination. Cheers to the books we’ve been meaning to read all these years and should probably start at some point.

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    War and Peace Book Cover Picture

    War and Peace

    by Leo Tolstoy

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    War and Peace Book Cover Picture
    A legendary masterpiece, this book is synonymous with difficult reading, so why not challenge yourshelf.

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    Song of Solomon Book Cover Picture

    Song of Solomon

    by Toni Morrison

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    Song of Solomon Book Cover Picture
    One must always read a novel by this Nobel Prize winning author.

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    Ulysses Book Cover Picture

    Ulysses

    by James Joyce

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    Ulysses Book Cover Picture
    “Joyce’s parallel use of The Odyssey…has the importance of a scientific discovery…” –T. S. Eliot

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    The Shadow of the Wind Book Cover Picture

    The Shadow of the Wind

    by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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    The Shadow of the Wind Book Cover Picture
    An incredible book by a beloved writer is a must read.

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    The Fellowship of the Ring Book Cover Picture

    The Lord of the Rings

    by J.R.R. Tolkien

    The Fellowship of the Ring Book Cover Picture
    The Fellowship of the Ring Book Cover Picture
    Most people have seen the epic movie, but have you read the book?

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    The Satanic Verses Book Cover Picture
    The Satanic Verses Book Cover Picture

    The Satanic Verses

    by Salman Rushdie

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    The Satanic Verses Book Cover Picture
    Known as one of Salman Rushdie’s greatest works, this book is definitely on the TBR list.

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    Don Quixote Book Cover Picture

    Don Quixote

    by Miguel de Cervantes

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    Don Quixote Book Cover Picture
    It’s no surprise that one of the best books of all time should be read.

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    The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Book Cover Picture
    The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Book Cover Picture

    The Golden Compass

    by Philip Pullman

    The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Book Cover Picture
    The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials Book Cover Picture
    Go on an adventure this year with this thrilling fantasy tale.

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    Catch-22 Book Cover Picture

    Catch-22

    by Joseph Heller

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    Catch-22 Book Cover Picture
    If this wasn’t already required reading in your school, it’s about time you’ve read it.

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    1984 Book Cover Picture

    1984

    by George Orwell

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    1984 Book Cover Picture
    We were pretty certain you’ve read one of the best books of all time, but in case you haven’t, now’s your chance.

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    The Kite Runner Book Cover Picture

    The Kite Runner

    by Khaled Hosseini

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    The Kite Runner Book Cover Picture
    The Kite Runner is a 21st century classic. If you’ve read this brilliant book, read it again.

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    Little Women Book Cover Picture

    Little Women

    by Louisa May Alcott

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    Little Women Book Cover Picture
    Because you need to know Meg, Beth, Jo, and Amy.

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    Cloud Atlas Book Cover Picture

    The Cloud Atlas

    by David Mitchell

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    Cloud Atlas Book Cover Picture
    Another adaptation you’ll want to read to visualize in 2016.

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    The Fountainhead (Centennial Edition HC) Book Cover Picture

    The Fountainhead

    by Ayn Rand

    The Fountainhead (Centennial Edition HC) Book Cover Picture
    The Fountainhead (Centennial Edition HC) Book Cover Picture
    A groundbreaking novel that everyone should read at least once.

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    The Picture of Dorian Gray Book Cover Picture

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    by Oscar Wilde

    The Picture of Dorian Gray Book Cover Picture
    The Picture of Dorian Gray Book Cover Picture
    For those who were deprived Oscar Wilde as required reading for school.

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    Lolita Book Cover Picture

    Lolita

    by Vladimir Nabokov

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    Lolita Book Cover Picture
    Poignant novels that are also funny are a must-read rarity.

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    The Help Book Cover Picture

    The Help

    by Kathryn Stockett

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    The Help Book Cover Picture
    This powerful book is beautiful, moving, and hilarious: an essential.

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    The Liars' Club Book Cover Picture

    The Liar’s Club

    by Mary Karr

    The Liars' Club Book Cover Picture
    The Liars' Club Book Cover Picture
    “The essential American story … a beauty.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

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    Moby-Dick

    by Herman Melville

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    Moby-Dick Book Cover Picture
    Either you’ve read it, or you pretend you’ve read it.

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    Gravity's Rainbow (Classics Deluxe Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Gravity's Rainbow (Classics Deluxe Edition) Book Cover Picture

    Gravity’s Rainbow

    by Thomas Pynchon

    Gravity's Rainbow (Classics Deluxe Edition) Book Cover Picture
    Gravity's Rainbow (Classics Deluxe Edition) Book Cover Picture
    At least one Pynchon novel should be on everyone’s TBR list.

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    The Handmaid's Tale Book Cover Picture

    The Handmaid’s Tale

    by Margaret Atwood

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    The Handmaid's Tale Book Cover Picture
    Same goes for Margaret Atwood, and The Handmaid’s Tale is definitely a classic.

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