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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AgnesAuxiliatrix 1 year ago

This book definitely isn't my childhood, but I wish it was. It would've saved my ass when I was a moody elementary brat

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#4 Animal Farm By George Orwell

Animal Farm By George Orwell

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Riukkuyo 1 year 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 1 year ago

Had read this one before 20. ☻

#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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

This book scarred me. So disturbing.

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#11 Hamlet By William Shakespeare

Hamlet By William Shakespeare

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DariaB 1 year ago

This one was obligatory in high school...

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#13 Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

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CassidyHoward 1 year ago

Oh my gosh, love this book and the film

#15 War And Peace By Leo Tolstoy

War And Peace By Leo Tolstoy

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Lisa-MarieSaunders 1 year 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 1 year ago

This one was obligatory at mid school.

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#18 The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

The Metamorphosis By Franz Kafka

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RichWillson 1 year 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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Ted Borgerding 7 months ago

It requires objectivity and maturity -- probably a good exercise for younger readers.

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#22 Anna Karenina By Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina By Leo Tolstoy

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SusannaVesna 1 year ago

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

#26 Lolita By Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita By Vladimir Nabokov

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NatashaKotova 1 year 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 1 year ago

I have this too! I love this, too!

#29 On The Road By Jack Kerouac

On The Road By Jack Kerouac

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DariaB 1 year 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 1 year ago

The definitive book regarding war and its futility..