20 Books Every Smart Person Should Read, Because Some Classics Just Shouldn't Be Skipped

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Sure, it’s annoying when people start talk like a literary snob, but maybe if you joined the conversation, it might be a little more fun than you expected. First step? Read these books that are sure to make you smarter in one way or another. It's pretty likely that you’ve been asked to read a few of these books along the way, but maybe boredom set in and you gave up too soon. I’m here to tell you that, upon a closer read, these books are important pieces of western civilization. Meaning, ahem, get your brain going with these 20 classics. Surely you will sound a heck of a lot smarter, and hey, you’ll actually be a lot smarter after you dig into these literary treasures.

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