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    Stephanie Stone
    Written on October 17, 2018
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      Don Quixote
      Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes is considered the first modern novel. It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. It is about a rich man who went crazy after reading chivalry tales and traveled around the world. 
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      Justin Fields
      Written on June 2, 2017
      "Its important when selecting this book to get the translation that you desire. There are multiple translations throughout numerous years, some are held higher than others."
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      Justin Fields
      Written on June 2, 2017
      "Its important when selecting this book to get the translation that you desire. There are multiple translations throughout numerous years, some are held higher than others."
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      Anna Ray
      Written on June 6, 2017
      "Lots of people never read the classics. Don Quixote, tale of the intrepid knight, is a good choice if you want to start."
    2. 14
      The Odyssey

      After enduring the Trojan War, Odysseus begins the treacherous journey home to Ithaca. Homer's The Odyssey was composed around 700 BC and is one of the earliest epics in existence, remaining as one of the most influential works of literature today.

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      Divya Verma
      Written on February 1, 2017
      "I have a kindle and some books are available to me for free. This book was one of them I decided to download because of the good reviews. People say it's a classic. I kind..."
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      Divya Verma
      Written on February 1, 2017
      "I have a kindle and some books are available to me for free. This book was one of them I decided to download because of the good reviews. People say it's a classic. I kind of agree."
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      Jack Sims
      Written on July 2, 2017
      "To me the Odyssey is one of the best works of literature of all time. I thoroughly enjoyed the arch of events and the development of Odysseus as a man. Everyone should read this book."
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      One Hundred Years of Solitude

      One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.

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      Devansh Banerjee
      Written on April 21, 2017
      "I love to read and re-read this book when I have a quiet, peaceful, relaxing space that is free from distractions. I find it's easy to get totally lost in this dream-like..."
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      Devansh Banerjee
      Written on April 21, 2017
      "I love to read and re-read this book when I have a quiet, peaceful, relaxing space that is free from distractions. I find it's easy to get totally lost in this dream-like story, losing track of time and forgetting the noisy world outside. Always takes me to a place of comfort and peace."
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      Shana Wang
      Written on January 13, 2017
      "I have read One Hundred Years of Solitude countless times. It is a classic that I honestly believe everyone should read. Hands down one of my all time favorites."
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      Edward Cooper
      Written on April 8, 2017
      "One Hundred Years of Solitude is one of the most famous novels of our time. Very easy to read and has an amazing storyline as well."
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      War and Peace
      Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is considered one of the finest novels ever written. The story chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia during the early 19th century.
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      Brittany Watkins
      Written on April 6, 2017
      "When searching around to find some of the most well respected books of all time, I came across this listing of "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy. Looking at the books'..."
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      Brittany Watkins
      Written on April 6, 2017
      "When searching around to find some of the most well respected books of all time, I came across this listing of "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy. Looking at the books' description and reviews have made me excited to begin reading. I am very much expecting to enjoy my time with this book as many others have expressed they have."
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      Paul Pena
      Written on February 25, 2017
      "War and Peace is a book that holds great historical significance. It chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia in the early 19th century and all of the brutal gore and strategic musings are intelligently expressed."
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      Kimberly Obrien
      Written on January 31, 2017
      "War and Peace is a classic for a reason. It is such an engrossing read that holds up so many years after it was written. Highly recommend for all readers!"
    2. 9
      The Divine Comedy
      Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy tells of the poet's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed, he will learn the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness.
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      Kimberly Schultz
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "One of a handful of classics that open the mind, in my opinion. Quite frankly, this should be required reading regardless of background. This classic was one of the building..."
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      Kimberly Schultz
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "One of a handful of classics that open the mind, in my opinion. Quite frankly, this should be required reading regardless of background. This classic was one of the building blocks of my learning to love literature. The world would do well to offer this as a must-read in any literature course."
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      Pranav Nair
      Written on June 17, 2017
      "When reading a list of the all time best books, The Divine Comedy is amongst them. Discussing all things afterlife like Hell, Paradise, and Purgatory, Dante Aligheri's search for meaning is detailed in great specifics. This book will grab your attention and harness it in until the very end."
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      Austin Perez
      Written on March 19, 2017
      "Best books of all time, we hear that a lot, but are they actually good? Well, The Divine Comedy is pretty darn good. I was laughing the entire way and was amazed by the clever writing. A+ book in my book!"
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      Pride and Prejudice

      Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows Elizabeth Bennet as she navigates British society and is confronted with how people regard things like upbringing, education, manners, morality, and marriage.

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      Peter Schultz
      Written on October 4, 2017
      "The British classic tale of upper-class life in 19th century Great Britain told thru the perspective of Elizabeth Bennet. For a trip back in time to a far different era, Pride..."
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      Peter Schultz
      Written on October 4, 2017
      "The British classic tale of upper-class life in 19th century Great Britain told thru the perspective of Elizabeth Bennet. For a trip back in time to a far different era, Pride and Prejudice is a wonderfully written story that will engage you from start to finish."
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      Rose Campbell
      Written on May 21, 2017
      "This novel is an absolute classic. Instead of dealing with problems exclusive to the time, the characters deal with issues that are actually still applicable to today. Combined with witty writing and characters, it is joy to read."
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      Kevin Mitchell
      Written on April 25, 2017
      "It's very possible to real a lot of great books but never read one from a woman author. That's a shame. Everyone should read Pride and Prejudice - and not just for gender diversity in authorship. It's truly a special book."
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      Ulysses
      Considered one of the greatest 20th-century novels written in English, James Joyce's Ulysses pulls from Greek Mythology to create a modern version staring Ulysses as he journeys through 20th century Ireland. 
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      Aaron Bishop
      Written on April 28, 2017
      "Wanting to increase my knowledge of certain books, I picked up Ulysses. This has been rated as one of the greatest books ever. I started to read it and I was blown away. James..."
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      Aaron Bishop
      Written on April 28, 2017
      "Wanting to increase my knowledge of certain books, I picked up Ulysses. This has been rated as one of the greatest books ever. I started to read it and I was blown away. James Joyce hit a home run out of the park with this, as I was able to encapsulate myself in Greek mythology."
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      Harold Ramos
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "This book is an all time favorite of mine! It's such a good book, the story was so interesting and i could not put it down!"
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      Scott Johnson
      Written on August 15, 2017
      "this seems relevant because it is a classic"
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      The Secret Garden

      The Secret Garden is a novel about Mary Lennox, a spoiled and alone child who is sent to his grieving uncle after her parent's death. She found out about that there is a forgotten garden there and she visited it to know its mysteries.

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      Julie Hill
      Written on March 3, 2018
      "The Secret Garden is a lovely book for children that takes place when England still held India as a colony. It is well written and you become extremely involved with the..."
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      Julie Hill
      Written on March 3, 2018
      "The Secret Garden is a lovely book for children that takes place when England still held India as a colony. It is well written and you become extremely involved with the characters, even Mary Lennox who starts off as a quite contrary child. She feels alone in a strange mansion and searches to find a secret garden that has been hidden for ages on the property. This is a classic and is a perfect book for a elementary school reader."
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      The Little Prince

      The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 

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      Adam Howard
      Written on May 29, 2017
      "I'm not sure if you're looking for an adult book or a children's book, but The Little Prince is an exceptionally well written story for children and young adults. It's been..."
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      Adam Howard
      Written on May 29, 2017
      "I'm not sure if you're looking for an adult book or a children's book, but The Little Prince is an exceptionally well written story for children and young adults. It's been translated into tons of languages, and it's got a great story. I think everyone should read it at least once."
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      Albert Coleman
      Written on January 8, 2017
      "I wanted to read a well renown book of all time. After some searching I stumbled upon "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and couldn't have been more happy. The book is a classic tale that stands up to the test of time and is an experience I can share with my children."
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      José Guadalupe Hurtado
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "The solution does not talk about why this specific book is one of the best of all times, it just offers an opinion on it. This does not support the solution at all, and in order for it to be a better solution, it needs to talk about why its one of the best books of all time."
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      Ruth Rice
      Written on October 19, 2017
      "How is this a great book of all time. I have never even heard of it till. And let me tell you it will easily disappoint you. Great? More like late."
    7. 2
      Moby Dick
      Moby Dick is a novel by American author Herman Melville. It is the story of captain Ahab’s quest for revenge against Moby Dick, the whale that destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg at the knee on a previous voyage.Originally, the novel was a failure but in the 20th century it was rediscover and recognized as work of literary genius.
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      Crystal Ruiz
      Written on July 16, 2017
      "Moby Dick is one of the most famous novels in American history. It should be required reading for all. It is the tale of an epic quest to find the whale that ruined captain..."
      CR
      Crystal Ruiz
      Written on July 16, 2017
      "Moby Dick is one of the most famous novels in American history. It should be required reading for all. It is the tale of an epic quest to find the whale that ruined captain Ahab's life. This audio book makes for a thrilling experience."
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      Jeffrey Walters
      Written on February 9, 2017
      "I am so glad I finally got around to reading this classic novel. Not only is it an immensely entertaining story, but I now understand modern day references to it that used to go right over my head."
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      Bruce Price
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "Subjective. Some may love Moby Dick and some may dislike it."
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      Meditations

      Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes and ideas on Stoic philosophy. These writings take the form of quotations varying in length, from only one sentence, to long paragraphs. 

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      stefania.rosca
      Written on August 9, 2017
      "It's one of the best books every! Read it and you'll find out why :)"
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      stefania.rosca
      Written on August 9, 2017
      "It's one of the best books every! Read it and you'll find out why :)"
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      Jack Henderson
      Written on June 15, 2017
      "The description to be solved is a paraphrase of the Amazon.com summary of a famous work of classical Roman literature. The "solution" links directly to the Amazon.com URL of the most-popular modern edtiion of the Meditations. It seems fine, but only one source? And there surely would be more detailed summaries of the work on other sites besides Amazon."
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      Russell Jones
      Written on January 5, 2018
      "Meditations is one of the earliest in a long line of philosophical writings with no basis in logic, reasoning, or science. It's just the ramblings of a man who considered himself a divine-adjacent source of inspiration and knowledge. Interesting only as a study of intellectual history."
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      Nicole Watson
      Written on October 2, 2017
      "This is a must-read book. But it is hard to say whether this book is the best one of all time."
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      Romeo and Juliet

      Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

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      Kathleen Jones
      Written on September 30, 2017
      "I really don't see what the big deal is about Shakespeare. I've never seen anything by him that was even remotely interesting. Okay I get it, Romeo and Juliet was the original..."
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      Kathleen Jones
      Written on September 30, 2017
      "I really don't see what the big deal is about Shakespeare. I've never seen anything by him that was even remotely interesting. Okay I get it, Romeo and Juliet was the original romance novel, but there are so many better stories these days!"
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      Juan Ortiz
      Written on April 28, 2018
      "You can ask so many english professors, poets, teachers, and enthusiasts, and almost all of them would put this book in the top 3. This truly is a classic, and will never fail to show its true colors among even the most well written newer books."
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      Democracy in America

      Democracy in America is a book by Alexis De Tocqueville published in two volumes, the first in 1835 and the second in 1840. In the book, Tocqueville examines the democratic revolution that he believed had been occurring over the previous seven hundred years.

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      Amy May
      Written on October 2, 2017
      "This book looks very informative. It is a decent length and there are a lot of favorable reviews. I am positive it is a great book for those interested in the subject matter...."
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      Amy May
      Written on October 2, 2017
      "This book looks very informative. It is a decent length and there are a lot of favorable reviews. I am positive it is a great book for those interested in the subject matter. I would not go as far as calling it the best book however as there have been less than 500 reviews on it."
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      Sun Su
      Written on October 10, 2017
      "I am not sure its the best book of all time but its an old book that seems to be very popular when it comes to the subject matter."
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      Terry Coleman
      Written on October 5, 2017
      "I was intrigued by the premise of this book and how old it was. It made for a very interesting and compelling read."
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      Treasure Island

      Treasure Island is a children's historical novel by Robert Louis Stevenson that tells the story of Jim Hawkins as he sets off on an expedition in search of Captain Flint's buried treasure. Along the way, he endures mutiny and pirate attacks. 

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      Jose Soto
      Written on November 10, 2017
      "I love reading books in general. I have made it a goal to read what people consider to be the best books of all time. After following several suggestions by readers on what..."
      JS
      Jose Soto
      Written on November 10, 2017
      "I love reading books in general. I have made it a goal to read what people consider to be the best books of all time. After following several suggestions by readers on what are the best books to read, I think I was able to find what I thought was the best for me. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is the best book I have ever read in my life."
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      David Johnson
      Written on October 24, 2017
      "Treasure Island ranks as one of the best books of all time for me. I remember reading this as a you teenager and being transported to that island alongside Jim Hawkins."
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      Romeo and Juliet

      Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

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      The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

      The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is a novel about a girl who escaped her wedding to a guy she does not like. In order to live and earn, she worked as a maid on one of the suitors that she rejected. Realizations will happen and a change of heart.

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      Rachel Ruiz
      Written on February 13, 2018
      "Has become one of my favorite books, I love it. Couldn't put it down."
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      Rachel Ruiz
      Written on February 13, 2018
      "Has become one of my favorite books, I love it. Couldn't put it down."
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      The Moving Finger

      The Moving Finger is another novel with Miss Marple as the main character. She will find out why and how Mrs. Symmington committed suicide because of a hate mail. It is her duty to find out if it's real suicide or not.

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      $8.99

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      Ignacio Tovar
      Written on February 20, 2018
      "Although I personally love Agatha Christie and find all of her books to be extremely readable, I wouldn't put any of them on a list of the best books of all time. They're very..."
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      Ignacio Tovar
      Written on February 20, 2018
      "Although I personally love Agatha Christie and find all of her books to be extremely readable, I wouldn't put any of them on a list of the best books of all time. They're very entertaining but not much more than that."
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      A Bend in the Road

      A Bend in the Road is a novel about a widowed man whose wife was killed in a hit-and-run accident. He then met another woman and fell for her, but as things are getting serious, they will discover something about his past wife that will make his present relationship complicated. 

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      Andrea Nichols
      Written on February 7, 2018
      "It's hard to talk about this book without giving anything away. It is a deep and complex relationship that gets flipped upside down for reasons other than what you might..."
      AN
      Andrea Nichols
      Written on February 7, 2018
      "It's hard to talk about this book without giving anything away. It is a deep and complex relationship that gets flipped upside down for reasons other than what you might think."
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      Nights in Rodanthe
      Nights in Rodanthe is a novel about the divorced woman named Adrienne Willis. She is left to raise her daughter and take care of her sick father, without anyone to help her. She will find herself in Rodanthe island and will meet a guy who is about to change her life. 
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      Jonathan Larson
      Written on February 10, 2018
      "I loved this book so much! It's got a great plot and I was hooked all the way through and couldn't put it down!"
      JL
      Jonathan Larson
      Written on February 10, 2018
      "I loved this book so much! It's got a great plot and I was hooked all the way through and couldn't put it down!"
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      True Believer
      True believer is a novel about Jeremy Marsh, a science journalist and columnist in Scientific American who explains the science behind supernatural happenings. He is now set to know the real reason behind North Carolina's ghostly apparitions. 
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      Patricia Gardner
      Written on March 8, 2018
      "While I enjoy Nicholas Sparks, I do not think a romance novel should be placed in "best books of all time". This should be great classics."
      PG
      Patricia Gardner
      Written on March 8, 2018
      "While I enjoy Nicholas Sparks, I do not think a romance novel should be placed in "best books of all time". This should be great classics."
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      Three Weeks with My Brother

      Three Weeks with My Brother is a novel written by Nicholas Sparks from the memoir of his three week travel with his brother. He described their journey around the world, not with a romantic lover but with his blood-brother. 

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      Larry Pena
      Written on February 8, 2018
      "Choosing one book to be considered "the best books of all time" can be rather difficult. But this book here by Nicholas Sparks has a down to earth feel to it. Nicholas Sparks..."
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      Larry Pena
      Written on February 8, 2018
      "Choosing one book to be considered "the best books of all time" can be rather difficult. But this book here by Nicholas Sparks has a down to earth feel to it. Nicholas Sparks is an all time award winning author. He has published over 20 books. He describes his adventurous journey in the world in this all time favorite novel!"
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      Debra Diaz
      Written on February 10, 2018
      "The best books of all time was what I wanted. I found Three Weeks with My Brother written by Nicholas Sparks. It is a three week memoir on travelling with his brother around the world. A well written and fun novel to read."
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      Clear and Present Danger (Jack Ryan Universe)

      Clear and Present Danger is a novel about the assassinations of the U.S. ambassador and the prevention of a Colombian drug cartel. The event caused a big political scandal that sparked many issues and it is Jack Ryan's job to expose it. 

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      Hannah Evans
      Written on February 12, 2018
      "Clear and Present Danger is a political thriller by Tom Clancy. It's worth considering."
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      Hannah Evans
      Written on February 12, 2018
      "Clear and Present Danger is a political thriller by Tom Clancy. It's worth considering."
    20. 0
      Cinderella

      Cinderella is a book about an orphan girl that is mistreated by her step-mother and step-sisters. She serves as a maid to them but when the Prince invited all the girls to a ball, her fate is about to change. 

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      Jennifer Watkins
      Written on February 7, 2018
      "You know, the art is amazing. There's no doubt that Kveta Pacovsa is an amazing artist. Each illustration is so rich and full of imagery. But. But. Instead of normal aged..."
      JW
      Jennifer Watkins
      Written on February 7, 2018
      "You know, the art is amazing. There's no doubt that Kveta Pacovsa is an amazing artist. Each illustration is so rich and full of imagery. But. But. Instead of normal aged characters in this story it's all little children! I guess they figured it'd connect more to the kids' imagination. I just have a really hard time with seeing kids in obviously grow up situations. Eh. Not for me."
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      Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

      Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. It welcomed the readers to Harry's magical world and his discovery of his true self where adventure and danger await him as he entered Hogwarts. 

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      Matthew Henderson
      Written on February 3, 2018
      "Fans of the Harry Potter series have some differing ideas about how the works rank - it seems like most fans tend to rank this particular one somewhere in the middle. Some..."
      MH
      Matthew Henderson
      Written on February 3, 2018
      "Fans of the Harry Potter series have some differing ideas about how the works rank - it seems like most fans tend to rank this particular one somewhere in the middle. Some trends seem to prevail in terms of how the author developed her writing style, but this decision mostly comes down to one's personal tastes, and none of the books are leaps and bounds ahead of or behind the others. I'd say this is probably not the best book in the series, objectively, but would still recommend it to someone trying to answer this question for themselves."
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      The Catcher in the Rye

      The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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      Cynthia Grant
      Written on March 26, 2017
      "I think that The Cather in the Rye is a great book with deep symbolism and beauty, but I'm not sure that it's really one of the greatest books of all time. There are many..."
      CG
      Cynthia Grant
      Written on March 26, 2017
      "I think that The Cather in the Rye is a great book with deep symbolism and beauty, but I'm not sure that it's really one of the greatest books of all time. There are many other books that outshine this one, and I'm not sure that it's really accessible to most teens today."
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      Sharon Russell
      Written on September 18, 2017
      "There are tons of good books out there that have been written over the last hundred years but a lot of people agree on some of the classics. At the top of a lot of lists is The Catcher in the Rye. This book embodies a lot of elements that classics are judged on."
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      Cynthia Foster
      Written on June 24, 2017
      "Catcher in the Rye is a classic beyond reproach, and a glimpse of the world of young adults that is both timeless and a product of it's time at once. I highly recommend it as one of the greatest books of all time."
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      Catherine Grant
      Written on October 9, 2017
      "This is probably an unpopular opinion but I really don't get why people love this dang book so much. Like it is super boring as all get out. Where's the real action? This thing is a snooze fest!"

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    1 Don Quixote Books 21 Free
    2 The Odyssey Books 14 Free
    3 One Hundred Years of Solitude Books 12 Paid
    4 War and Peace Books 10 Paid
    5 The Divine Comedy Books 9 Free
    6 Pride and Prejudice Books 5 Paid
    7 Ulysses Books 4 Free
    8 The Secret Garden Books 2 Paid
    9 The Little Prince Books 2 Paid
    10 Moby Dick Books 2 Paid
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