For those who don't know, today is World Book Day! Well actually, it's the first of two World Book Days this year. The other is on April 23rd, so make a note in your diary. Why two? Well, it doesn't really matter why. After all, EVERY day should be World Book Day!


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To celebrate this awesome occasion we've decided to come up with a list of books to read before you're 30. Some of them can be read in one sitting, others are sprawling epics, but whether long or short, they all have one thing in common: they're all masterpieces of literature. Don't see your favorite in the list? Then feel free to share your own, and don't forget to comment!

#1 The Little Prince By Antoine De Saint-Exupery

The Little Prince By Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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SusannaVesna 6 months ago

Was forced to read it by my mum- hated it! Never force your kids into anything!

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#2 The Lord Of The Rings By J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord Of The Rings By J.R.R. Tolkien

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#3 To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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PriyankaJatan 6 months ago

What ages would you recommend?

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#4 Animal Farm By George Orwell

Animal Farm By George Orwell

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Riukkuyo 6 months ago

Read this for school even watched the movie that was made.

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#5 1984 By George Orwell

1984 By George Orwell

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DariaB 6 months ago

Had read this one before 20. ☻

#6 The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

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JerieRagsac 6 months ago

I love this! And the movie!

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#7 This Booked Has Been Banned In Some Schools... It's An Amazing Read

This Booked Has Been Banned In Some Schools... It's An Amazing Read

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MarcoAndreas 6 months ago

how ironic that it's banned in some schools, this makes the book even better ...

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#8 The Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

The Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

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SusannaVesna 6 months ago

Read it in 7th grade! Loved it! Had to skip some never-ending philosophical conversations between Dorian and his friend Lord Henry :P

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#9 Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

Lord Of The Flies By William Golding

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Wynk2u 6 months ago

This book scarred me. So disturbing.

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#10 The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

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Berkeley 3 months ago

Great book

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#11 Hamlet By William Shakespeare

Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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DariaB 6 months ago

This one was obligatory in high school...

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#12 The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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AnimeAnimal 6 months ago

❤❤❤❤

#13 Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

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CassidyHoward 6 months ago

Oh my gosh, love this book and the film

#14 The Catcher In The Rye By J.D. Salinger

The Catcher In The Rye By J.D. Salinger

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#15 War And Peace By Leo Tolstoy

War And Peace By Leo Tolstoy

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Lisa-MarieSaunders 6 months ago

Anyone who can get through the entirety of this book is amazing!

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#16 Jonathan Livingston Seagull By Richard Bach

Jonathan Livingston Seagull By Richard Bach

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DariaB 6 months ago

This one was obligatory at mid school.

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#17 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

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Lisa-MarieSaunders 6 months ago

Why isn't this higher up the list?!

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#18 The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

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RichWillson 6 months ago

I hated this book when I read it but now years later I hold a deep appreciation..

#19 The Art Of War By Sun Tzu

The Art Of War By Sun Tzu

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MaryMarty 6 months ago

Please! You have to be retired to have the bandwidth to read this book.

#20 The Republic By Plato

The Republic By Plato

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#21 A Clockwork Orange By Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange By Anthony Burgess

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#22 Anna Karenina By Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina By Leo Tolstoy

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SusannaVesna 6 months ago

All the shitty Hollywood adaptations discouraged me from coming close to this book!

#23 The Complete Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi

The Complete Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi

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#24 The Myth Of Sisyphus By Albert Camus

The Myth Of Sisyphus By Albert Camus

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#25 Persuasion By Jane Austen

Persuasion By Jane Austen

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#26 Lolita By Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita By Vladimir Nabokov

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NatashaKotova 6 months ago

By the way Nabokov never wanted the book to be printed with any images on it and it was said directly when the book was published first. This is what he never wanted to start: the "nymphette" cult. I have read this one in Russian although the original one was in English. And I feel very sorry that this book created so much mess around 12 year olds "asking for it" in this world full of sexual violence that even girls of such young age face all over the world. :( Makes me sad...

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#27 Cloud Atlas By David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas By David Mitchell

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JerieRagsac 6 months ago

I have this too! I love this, too!

#28 Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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YuliaFilin 6 months ago

One of my favourite books!

#29 On The Road By Jack Kerouac

On The Road By Jack Kerouac

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DariaB 6 months ago

This one also I've read before 20. ☻

#30 All Quiet On The Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet On The Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque

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RichWillson 6 months ago

The definitive book regarding war and its futility..