Goodreads’ 100 Best Books of All Time 

There are few websites that are more trusted when it comes to books. It has made a name for itself and has made it easy to keep track of the books you are reading. Today, we decided to look at Goodreads’ 100 best books of all time list. Keep reading to find out which books made their list 

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The great thing about Goodreads is that their lists are often created by users voting. That is the best way in our opinion to make these lists. After browsing the list, it feels like a list my fellow readers would make. There are your typical books and a few surprises here and there. You can see the full list below. 

Goodreads’ 100 Best Books of All Time 

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  • 1984 by George Orwell  
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë  
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky  
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov  
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck  
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë  
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas  
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley  
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez  
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy  
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky  
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller  
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck  
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens  
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway  
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy  
  • Moby-Dick or, the Whale by Herman Melville  
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra  
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck  
  • The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka  
  • The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner  
  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque  
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco  
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne  
  • Ulysses by James Joyce  
  • Candide by Voltaire  
  • The Master and Margarita  
  • by Mikhail Bulgakov  
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf  
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens  
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison  
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway  
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy  
  • The Plague by Albert Camus  
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger  
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers  
  • Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) by Chinua Achebe  
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston  
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh  
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole  
  • Blindness by José Saramago  
  • I, Claudius (Claudius, #1) by Robert Graves  
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin  
  • Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy  
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace  
  • Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence  
  • My Ántonia (Great Plains Trilogy, #3) by Willa Cather  
  • In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust  
  • Middlemarch/Silas Marner/Amos Barton by George Eliot  
  • Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray  
  • Light in August by William Faulkner
  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren  
  • The Tin Drum by Günter Grass  
  • Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges  
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  
  • The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton  
  • Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov  
  • The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann  
  • Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol  
  • Tropic of Cancer (Tropic, #1) by Henry Miller  
  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding  
  • The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett  
  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne  
  • Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn  
  • Gilead (Gilead, #1) by Marilynne Robinson  
  • Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author)  
  • An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser  
  • The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow  
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather  
  • Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels by John Updike  
  • The Alexandria Quartet (The Alexandria Quartet, #1-4) by Lawrence Durrell  
  • Lost Illusions by Honoré de Balzac  
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus  
  • A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul  
  • V. by Thomas Pynchon  
  • Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo 
  • The Forsyte Saga (The Forsyte Chronicles, #1-3) by John Galsworthy  
  • Adam Bede by George Eliot  
  • Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry  
  • Jazz (Beloved Trilogy, #2) by Toni Morrison  
  • The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth  
  • T he Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu  
  • Therese Raquin by Émile Zola  
  • Finnegans Wake by James Joyce  
  • The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith  
  • The Recognitions by William Gaddis  
  • The Tenth Man by Graham Greene  
  • Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman  
  • Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon  
  • Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow  
  • JR by William Gaddis  
  • 1919 by John Dos Passos  
  • The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch  
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides  
  • Native Son by Richard Wright  
  • The Tunnel by William H. Gass  
  • Darconville’s Cat by Alexander Theroux  

Everything You Can Ask For 

This is a solid list and I have no qualms about it. It includes all the classics as well as personal favorites of mine such as The Count of Monte Cristo, A Confederacy of Dunces, and To Kill a Mockingbird. I would have liked to see a Donna Tartt novel or The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith but those are personal preferences.  


That is all for the Goodreads’ best books of all time list. What did you make of the list? What books should have made the list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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11 thoughts on “Goodreads’ 100 Best Books of All Time 

  1. Therese Inverso says:

    Raintree county by Ross lockridge Jr

  2. Edo says:

    Excellent list, as one would expect from Goodreads, but nonetheless I’ll presume to comment.

    The two Pynchon books and the two Joyce books, genius or not, are unreadable and say nothing to any intelligent but unpretentious reader, though I would readily allow A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man here.

    Further, the list suffers a dearth of Asian literature. I’m hardly a specialist, but I’ll nonetheless offer a few suggestions—I am a Cat by Soseki, The Go Masters by Kawabata, Black Rain by Ibuse, The Makioka Sisters by Tanizaki, Kafka on the Shore by Murakami, The Wind-up Bird Chronicles by Murakami, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Red Sorghum by Mo Yan, To Live by Yu Hua. And, needless to say, these few great novels can only comprise the tip of a huge iceberg.

    And while on the subject of Asian novels I have to add that The Tale of Genji, though of historical interest, is awkward, disjointed and extremely boring.

    I haven’t read much Latin American literature in the last several decades so I won’t make any specific comments. Still, I’ll venture to guess that more than a few great LA novels have been omitted here. Marquez is hardly the only name to consider, I have to believe.

    Though I know Hemingway is well out of favor now I do think The Sun Also Rises deserves a spot near the top of this list. So does Ragtime by Doctorow, IMO. Also, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

    Finally, I’m overjoyed to see A Confederacy of Dunces and The Sot-weed Factor on this list. The are two of the funniest books I’ve ever read.

    Thank you for reading my thoughts for whatever they may be worth.

    1. P says:

      Great list, but there’s an error: “Light in August” is by William Faulkner, not Joseph Blotner.

  3. Arjun Rai Tiwari says:

    1) Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    2) A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway
    3) The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    4)Diary of a young girl by Anne Frank
    5) King Lear by William Shakespeare
    6) The Odes of John Keats
    7) A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    8) Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    9) Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    10) The Diary of a young girl by Anne Frank
    11) Short Stories by Charles Dickens
    12) The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
    13) The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
    14) A Bear called Paddington by Michael Bond
    15) Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
    16) Inferno by Dan Brown
    17) Antony and Cleopatra by WIlliam Shakespeare
    18) The Tempest by William Shakespeare
    19) Protest poetry of Dennis Brutus
    20) The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

  4. Anonymous says:

    The above list is my personal list of best books to read.

  5. Sonny Rodgers says:

    As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

  6. Cricket Muse says:

    No Shakespeare? Where is Jane Eyre?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I read 55 of the books. There are several that I started and could NOT get through


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