The 100 Best Books of All Time

There are many great books that are written every year and some books tend to be discussed and read for years to come. That made us want to create a list of the 100 best books of all time and that ended up being much harder than we first imagined.

Why a hundred you ask? It feels like a great number to end a list with. There are many people who haven’t read a hundred books while others achieve that in a year. Choosing the books for this list was hard partly because of how many incredible books there are and your brain wants to forget the important ones.

The 100 Best Books of All Time

But we still were able to compile a list of the 100 best books of all time in our opinion. You can see the full list below.

The 100 Best Books of All Time

  1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  2. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick
  4. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  5. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  6. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  7. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
  8. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  9. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  10. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams
  11. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  12. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  13. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  14. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  15. The Martian by Andy Weir
  16. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  17. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  18. Fahrenheit 451 by by Ray Bradbury
  19. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  20. Dune by Frank Herbert
  21. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  22. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
  23. Harry Potter series by J. K Rowling
  24. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
  25. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  26. Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
  27. J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
  28. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
  29. The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
  30. The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski
  31. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  32. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  33. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  34. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  35. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  36. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  37. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  38. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  39. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  40. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  41. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  42. Ulysses by James Joyce
  43. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  44. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  45. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  46. The Book Thief Markus Zuzaf
  47. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  48. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  49. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  50. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  51. Animal Farm by George Orwell 
  52. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 
  53. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 
  54. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey 
  55. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner 
  56. Watership Down by Richards Adams
  57. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  58. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  59. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  60. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  61. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  62. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  63. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  64. Call of the Wild by Jack London
  65. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  66. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  67. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  68. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  69. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  70. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  71. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  72. Native Son by Richard Wright
  73. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  74. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  75. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  76. Jackson and the Olympians series by  Rick Riordan
  77. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  78. The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
  79. The Outsiders by S. E Hinton
  80. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  81. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  82. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  83. One Thousand and One Nights ANon
  84. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  85. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  86. 78. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
  87. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  88. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne,
  89. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  90. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  91. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  92. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  93. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  94. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  95. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  96. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  97. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  98. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  99. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White 
  100. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

There are many classics on this list and it is hard to create a list of the best books of all time and not mention them. There will be some classics that didn’t make my list and that came down to my personal preference.

Making this list was difficult partly because it is hard to justify removing some of the books on the list and adding more recent books. Should The Hunger Games have made the list? That is a question that is going to get a bunch of different answers but ultimately, it checks off all of the boxes to be considered one of the best books of all time.

Conclusion

No list is perfect and I imagine I forgot some contemporary classics or modern novels that should have made the list. Older novels also tend to be highly regarded and tend to have biases. Even then, it is hard not to include books that shaped authors that came after them.

What books should have made the list but didn’t? Let us know in the comments below and we may include them in a follow up post. Until then, happy reading!

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26 thoughts on “The 100 Best Books of All Time

  1. Bookstooge says:

    Looks good!
    For Camus, anything in particular why you went w the Stranger instead of the Plague?

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      1. Bookstooge says:

        Ahhh, that would explain it then 🙂

      1. Blair says:

        And Moby Dick is twice. But thank you for compiling this!

      2. Ahaqir says:

        Thanks for letting me know. This is the third book that appeared twice on the list…

  2. MI6 says:

    You missed Bill Fairclough’s fact based spy thriller, Beyond Enkription, the first stand-alone novel of six in The Burlington Files series.

    Intentionally misspelt, Beyond Enkription is a must read for espionage illuminati. It’s a raw noir matter of fact pacy novel. Len Deighton and Mick Herron could be forgiven for thinking they co-wrote it. Coincidentally, a few critics have nicknamed its protagonist “a posh Harry Palmer.”

    It is a true story about a maverick accountant, Bill Fairclough (MI6 codename JJ) aka Edward Burlington in Porter Williams International (in real life Coopers & Lybrand now PwC). In the 1970s in London he infiltrated organised crime gangs, unwittingly working for MI6. After some frenetic attempts on his life he was relocated to the Bahamas where, “eyes wide open” he was recruited by the CIA and headed for shark infested waters off Haiti.

    If you’re an espionage cognoscente you’ll love this monumental book. In real life Bill Fairclough was recruited by MI6’s unorthodox Colonel Alan Brooke Pemberton CVO MBE and thereafter they worked together on and off into the 1990s. You can find out more about Pemberton’s People (who even included Winston Churchill’s bodyguard) in an article dated 31 October 2022 on The Burlington Files website.

    This epic is so real it made us wonder why bother reading espionage fiction when facts are so much more exhilarating. Whether you’re a le Carré connoisseur, a Deighton disciple, a Fleming fanatic, a Herron hireling or a Macintyre marauder, odds on once you are immersed in it you’ll read this titanic production twice. For more detailed reviews visit the Reviews page on TheBurlingtonFiles website or see other independent reviews on your local Amazon website and check out Bill Fairclough’s background on the web.

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  3. KD Powell says:

    Kudos for Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible man.’
    Major point loss for leaving off Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘ Their Eyes Were Watching God.’

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  4. Michael White says:

    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair; The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty; Mandingo by Kyle Onstott and whether a believer or not The Bible.

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    1. Michael says:

      Forgot one more. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

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      1. Anonymous says:

        The Dark Tower series by Steven King

  5. Anonymous says:

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence should be on this list.

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  6. Jason says:

    Two Dan Brown novels? Seriously wth? One ok, but two? Lies of Locke Lamora is so much better.

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  7. Henry Dew says:

    Underworld by Delillo
    Hopscotch by Cortazar
    Gravity’s Rainbow by Pynchon

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