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Step into a book store or peruse Amazon for a new read and you’ll find that paralysis by analysis is very, very real. There are a lot of great, influential books out there for you to consume. So where do you start? BBC Culture asked writers around the globe to select the stories that changed society and endured the test of time, all in an effort to compose a master list of 100 books for you to tackle. Included are captivating stories, perspective-altering reads, and novels that speak to something deep inside each of us. Here are the top 10 books mentioned:

10. The Iliad (Homer) – $16

9. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) – $13

8. Hamlet (William Shakespeare) – $6

7. Don Quixote (Miguel de Cervantes) – $12

6. One Thousand and One Nights (Various) – $12

5. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe) – $15

4. Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell) – $6

3. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) – $6

2. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe) – $7

  1. The Odyssey (Homer) – $15

See the full list at BBC Culture

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