Best Books of the Decade: 1900’s


The Edwardian era (1901–1910)

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1. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) by L.M. Montgomery

First Published in 1908, 4.23 Average Rating, 502,247 Ratings, 14,041 Text Reviews, 1314 Editions


2. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)by L. Frank Baum, W.W. Denslow

First Published in 1900, 3.98 Average Rating, 247,521 Ratings, 8,866 Text Reviews, 1474 Editions


3. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

First Published in 1903, 3.83 Average Rating, 223,932 Ratings, 6,770 Text Reviews, 1384 Editions


4. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Nancy Bond

First Published in 1905, 4.2 Average Rating, 199,872 Ratings, 5,128 Text Reviews, 11 Editions


5. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, Michael Hague

First Published in 1904, 4.1 Average Rating, 169,306 Ratings, 7,464 Text Reviews, 1416 Editions


6. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle, Anne Perry

First Published in 1902, 4.09 Average Rating, 154,517 Ratings, 5,421 Text Reviews, 1717 Editions


7. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

First Published in 1901, 4.17 Average Rating, 162,373 Ratings, 1,404 Text Reviews, 1 Editions


8. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, Alexander Teixeira de Mattos

First Published in 1909, 3.97 Average Rating, 141,110 Ratings, 4,590 Text Reviews, 782 Editions


9. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Gillian Avery

First Published in 1908, 3.98 Average Rating, 124,612 Ratings, 4,057 Text Reviews, 1150 Editions


10. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

First Published in 1908, 3.91 Average Rating, 109,994 Ratings, 3,969 Text Reviews, 557 Editions


11. White Fang by Jack London

First Published in 1906, 3.94 Average Rating, 100,223 Ratings, 3,017 Text Reviews, 1085 Editions


12. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

First Published in 1902, 4.07 Average Rating, 107,313 Ratings, 1,683 Text Reviews, 298 Editions


13. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, Earl Lee, Kathleen DeGrave

First Published in 1906, 3.72 Average Rating, 97,468 Ratings, 4,750 Text Reviews, 534 Editions


14. Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2) by L.M. Montgomery

First Published in 1909, 4.21 Average Rating, 99,918 Ratings, 3,004 Text Reviews, 203 Editions


15. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy

First Published in 1905, 4.06 Average Rating, 93,217 Ratings, 5,087 Text Reviews, 427 Editions


16. The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set (Anne of Green Gables, #1–8)by L.M. Montgomery

First Published in 1908, 4.42 Average Rating, 92,142 Ratings, 1,438 Text Reviews, 40 Editions


17. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, Lisbeth Zwerger

First Published in 1905, 4.07 Average Rating, 66,537 Ratings, 1,253 Text Reviews, 2 Editions


18. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, Nina Bawden

First Published in 1905, 3.94 Average Rating, 60,611 Ratings, 3,489 Text Reviews, 602 Editions


19. The Call of the Wild/White Fang by Jack London

First Published in 1906, 4.08 Average Rating, 61,126 Ratings, 483 Text Reviews, 148 Editions


20. Holy Bible: New International Version by Anonymous

First Published in 1909, 4.61 Average Rating, 40,430 Ratings, 1,804 Text Reviews, 1101 Editions


21. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit

First Published in 1906, 3.99 Average Rating, 35,196 Ratings, 973 Text Reviews, 407 Editions


22. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

First Published in 1902, 4.09 Average Rating, 35,708 Ratings, 1,020 Text Reviews, 598 Editions


23. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

First Published in 1905, 4.3 Average Rating, 31,572 Ratings, 961 Text Reviews, 680 Editions


24. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

First Published in 1902, 4.29 Average Rating, 29,122 Ratings, 1,830 Text Reviews, 532 Editions


25. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

First Published in 1900, 3.72 Average Rating, 27,401 Ratings, 1,149 Text Reviews, 354 Editions


26. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

First Published in 1903, 3.85 Average Rating, 27,831 Ratings, 529 Text Reviews, 252 Editions


27. Kim by Rudyard Kipling, Edward Said

First Published in 1901, 3.72 Average Rating, 23,349 Ratings, 1,329 Text Reviews, 659 Editions


28. Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

First Published in 1900, 4.36 Average Rating, 23,027 Ratings, 489 Text Reviews, 61 Editions


29. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois, Donald B. Gibson, Monica W. Elbert

First Published in 1903, 4.24 Average Rating, 20,355 Ratings, 849 Text Reviews, 387 Editions


30. The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmareby G.K. Chesterton, Jonathan Lethem

First Published in 1908, 3.85 Average Rating, 17,481 Ratings, 2,269 Text Reviews, 548 Editions


31. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, Tom Murphy

First Published in 1904, 3.68 Average Rating, 18,914 Ratings, 684 Text Reviews, 240 Editions


32. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

First Published in 1900, 3.61 Average Rating, 19,113 Ratings, 1,002 Text Reviews, 604 Editions


33. Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton

First Published in 1908, 4.23 Average Rating, 18,303 Ratings, 1,176 Text Reviews, 430 Editions


34. The Sea Wolf by Jack London

First Published in 1904, 4.01 Average Rating, 16,488 Ratings, 992 Text Reviews, 594 Editions


35. The Monkey’s Paw (Oxford Bookworms) by Diane Mowat, W.W. Jacobs

First Published in 1902, 3.85 Average Rating, 18,113 Ratings, 204 Text Reviews, 9 Editions


36. Five Children and It (Five Children, #1) by E. Nesbit

First Published in 1902, 3.88 Average Rating, 16,059 Ratings, 748 Text Reviews, 278 Editions


37. Complete Works of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland

First Published in 1908, 4.45 Average Rating, 10,835 Ratings, 320 Text Reviews, 260 Editions


38. Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington, Ishmael Reed

First Published in 1900, 4.09 Average Rating, 15,038 Ratings, 840 Text Reviews, 337 Editions


39. The Call of the Wild, White Fang and Other Stories by Jack London

First Published in 1906, 3.97 Average Rating, 16,717 Ratings, 234 Text Reviews, 21 Editions


40. Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3) by L. Frank Baum

First Published in 1907, 3.97 Average Rating, 14,829 Ratings, 777 Text Reviews, 262 Editions


41. A Girl of the Limberlost (Limberlost, #2) by Gene Stratton-Porter

First Published in 1909, 4.14 Average Rating, 13,071 Ratings, 1,242 Text Reviews, 213 Editions


42. Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family by Thomas Mann, John E. Woods, T.J. Reed

First Published in 1901, 4.13 Average Rating, 12,049 Ratings, 674 Text Reviews, 233 Editions


43. Martin Eden by Jack London, Andrew Sinclair

First Published in 1909, 4.39 Average Rating, 12,744 Ratings, 741 Text Reviews, 398 Editions


44. The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2) by L. Frank Baum, David McKee

First Published in 1904, 3.82 Average Rating, 11,402 Ratings, 1,098 Text Reviews, 316 Editions


45. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad

First Published in 1907, 3.59 Average Rating, 11,590 Ratings, 943 Text Reviews, 525 Editions


46. The Wings of the Dove by Henry James, Amy Bloom, Pierre A. Walker

First Published in 1901, 3.81 Average Rating, 12,812 Ratings, 456 Text Reviews, 230 Editions


47. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter

First Published in 1905, 4.19 Average Rating, 12,873 Ratings, 188 Text Reviews, 120 Editions


48. Nostromo by Joseph Conrad

First Published in 1904, 3.81 Average Rating, 11,478 Ratings, 463 Text Reviews, 373 Editions


49. To Build a Fire by Jack London

First Published in 1903, 3.92 Average Rating, 12,133 Ratings, 441 Text Reviews, 78 Editions


50. The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

First Published in 1900, 3.76 Average Rating, 10,688 Ratings, 364 Text Reviews, 173 Editions


51. Streams in the Desert by Lettie B. Cowman, James Reimann

First Published in 1904, 4.39 Average Rating, 5,953 Ratings, 219 Text Reviews, 68 Editions