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What books should one read to feel well-read? Answer by Cristina Hartmannwriter who abandoned a career in law, on Quora :. For anyone who wants to attain the vaunted title of "being well-read," it's more about breadth than depth. As for feeling well-read, read the postscript. To "feel" well-read in literature, it's all about thenot the books themselves. Read a few books in a few different genres, time periods, points of views.


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Contemporary or classic novels, plays, poem and short story anthologies, that any serious reader should read at least ones in his or her life. Harper Lee. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. George Orwell. Hermann Hesse.

Jane Austen. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Rainer Maria Rilke. Robert Musil. William Shakespeare. Scott Fitzgerald. Ray Bradbury. John Steinbeck.

William Golding. Charles Dickens. Mark Twain.

Oscar Wilde. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Nathaniel Hawthorne. Leo Tolstoy. Herman Melville. Helmut Glavar. Bram Stoker. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Alexandre Dumas. Geoffrey Chaucer. Lewis Carroll. Aldous Huxley. James Fenimore Cooper. Albert Camus. Joseph Heller.

Books you need to read to be considered well-read

Vladimir Nabokov. Louisa May Alcott. Ernest Hemingway. Elie Wiesel. Daniel Defoe. Margaret Mitchell. Erich Maria Remarque. Victor Hugo. Alice Walker. Toni Morrison. Gustave Flaubert. Ken Kesey.

Douglas Adams. Dante Alighieri. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Paulo Coelho Goodre Author. Marcel Proust. Chinua Achebe. Daniel Keyes. Arthur Conan Doyle.

Frances Goodrich. Kenneth Grahame. Robert Louis Stevenson. Sylvia Plath. Walt Whitman.

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Frances Hodgson Burnett. Jacob Grimm. Lorraine Hansberry. Rudyard Kipling. Madeleine L'Engle.

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Kate Chopin. Maya Angelou. Truman Capote. Margery Williams Bianco. Pearl S. Ayn Rand. Edgar Allan Poe. Flagging a list will send it to the Goodre Customer Care team for review. We take abuse seriously in our book lists. Only flag lists that clearly need our attention. As a general rule we do not censor any content on the site.

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Benjamin books 0 friends. Hweeps books 34 friends. Carrie books 60 friends. Post a comment ». Sep 16, PM. Why the hell is "To Kill a Mockingbird" at 1 and "Ulysses", the very definition of "literature", only And no "Molloy" either? Feb 07, PM. I take huge issue with Animal Farm being 4.

That book is boring as hell and would be considered simplistic by a 3rd grader. It's practically condescending.

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Thinking about this recently sucked me into a little thought-experiment: say someone had never read any literature and wanted to be well-read.