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Best Fiction Books

Looking for good fiction books to read? Below you’ll find a curated list of the best fiction books to read at least once in your life.

This list of best fiction books of all-time are often recommended by famous authors, as well as avid fiction readers. Enjoy!

The 10 Best Fiction Books of All Time


1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Synopsis: The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.


2. 1984 by George Orwell

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Synopsis: Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real.


3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Synopsis: The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.


4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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Synopsis: Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs.


5. Animal Farm by George Orwell

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Synopsis:  A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality.


6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

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Synopsis:  The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.


7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Synopsis: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.


8. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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Synopsis: An ingenious code hidden in the works of Leonardo da Vinci.A desperate race through the cathedrals and castles of Europe. An astonishing truth concealed for centuries . . . unveiled at last.


9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Synopsis:  Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.


10. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Synopsis:  Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart.


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