The best books have the potential to stick with you long after you’ve finished them. Some can even affect how you look at the world.

We’ve put together a list of 25 such books—taking inspiration from Amazon’s list of 100 books to read in your lifetime, recommendations from Goodreads users, as well as some of our own personal favorites.

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These books’ exploration of politics, history, and the human condition are so insightful, they’ve withstood the test of time. The next time you’re looking for a riveting read, consider picking up one of these 25 mind-blowing books.

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1. 1984 by George Orwell