Bookdepository: 95 Best Novels of All Time

They said it couldn’t be done, but we did it; we put together a list of the best books of all time. When we say best books ever, we’re talking top tier stuff; bucket list material, books that you’d save in a fire. But when we published this list, a strange thing happened. You (whisper it quietly) disagreed with us… and sent in your own selection of the greatest novels of all time. Well, we believe in listening to our customers… so here’s your list of the top books of all time, as selected by you.


  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

2. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

5. A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking

6. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

8. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl

9. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

10. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

11. The Iliad by Homer

12. Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy

13. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

14. Fiesta by Ernest Hemingway

15. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

16. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

17. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

18. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

19. Earthsea: The First Four Books by Ursula K. Le Guin

20. Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

21. Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman

22. The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault by Angela Carter

23. Money by Martin Amis

24. Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

25. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

26. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

27. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

28. It by Stephen King

29. Middlemarch by George Eliot

30. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

31. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

32. Therese Raquin by Emile Zola

33. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

34. The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter

35. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

36. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

37. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

38. Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille

39. Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine

40. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

41. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

42. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

43. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

44. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

45. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

46. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

47. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

48. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

49. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

50. Lost Illusions by Honore de Balzac

51. The Red and the Black by Stendhal

52. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

53. Stories by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

54. Republic by Plato

55. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

56. The Stranger by Albert Camus

57. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

58. The Unconscious by Sigmund Freud

59. Grundrisse by Karl Marx

60. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

61. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

62. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

63. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

64. Man & His Symbols by C Jung

65. Candide, or Optimism by Voltaire

66. On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

67. The Path To Power by Robert A. Caro

68. Faust: Part One by J. W. Von Goethe

69. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

70. Beloved by Toni Morrison

71. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving

72. Another Country by James Baldwin

73. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

74. The Good Soldier Svejk by Jaroslav Hasek

75. Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka

76. Watt by Samuel Beckett

77. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

78. Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza

79. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

80. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

81. I, Claudius by Robert Graves

82. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

83. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

84. Goodbye To Berlin by Christopher Isherwood

85. The Complete MAUS by Art Spiegelman

86. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

87. Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change by Robert Hughes

88. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee

89. Orientalism by Edward W. Said

90. Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt

91. The Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith

92. A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman

93. Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West

94. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

95. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank


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