We have put together some of the most popular Best Book Lists as available on the internet. Each of these lists has a slightly different slant, but all of them have the same intention: to introduce readers to some of the best books ever written.
1. Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century
Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels list is pretty hefty but quite accurate. With the inclusion of classics ranging from The Great Gatsby to Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, this is a great list for any devoted book lover.
2. Radcliffe’s Rival 100 Best Novels List
Radcliffe’s rival list as available at Modern Library is a little more balanced in terms of inclusion of children’s books and books by female authors. Although it shares quite a few titles with Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels, Radcliffe’s rival list offers a few more good additions.
3. TIME’s All-Time 100 Novels
TIME’s list of the All-Time 100 Novels is quite balanced, including some recent, popular titles alongside indisputable classics. Keep in mind that TIME’s list only contains novels published after 1923.
4. The Guardian’s Top 100 Books of All Time
All of the above lists are American-centric, so we have also listed the Guardian’s list of the top 100 books of all time, which contains titles that have been nominated by writers all over the world.
5. BBC’s The Big Read
BBC’s list of Top 100 books of all time has a few questionable choices, but it was compiled with the use of a public survey and strikes a healthy balance between popular novels and classic works.
6. Book Riot’s From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books
The popular book blog Book Riot’s list of 100 books deemed necessary to becoming well-read was met with a lot of furor over its inclusion of EL James bestseller 50 Shades of Gray, but their reasoning is practical – the book has become a part of today’s pop culture, so anybody wishing to call themselves well-read could do worse than find out the cause of all the hullabaloo.
7. Amazon’s 100 Books Everyone Must Read
Amazon’s list of 100 books contains both popular book series and several classics, making it a good starting point for anyone looking to dip their toes into the world of literature.
8. Goodreads Top 100 Literary Novels of All Time
Goodreads Top 100 Literary Novels of All Time was put together through public opinion like BBC’s list, although Goodreads used a much smaller demographic. Nevertheless, the list provides many excellent titles.
9 The Guardian’s 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read
The Guardian’s 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read is an excellent list for any bibliophile looking for book recommendations that aren’t restricted only to the older classics.
10. Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read
Telegraph list of 100 Novels is Britain-centric, which makes it a great list to explore for anybody who has already read major American classics.
Although any attempt to rank the best books of all time (or even of the year) is usually met with disagreement about the inclusion (or exclusion) of readers’ personal favorites, the fact remains that book lists offer a way to find out the common consensus on the best books ever and stay well-read.
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