Goodreads’ Best Books of All Time 

If you want to get a good idea of what books people are reading, Goodreads is a good place to turn to. Especially when it comes to what readers consider the best books of all time. Keep reading to find out Goodreads’ best books of all time.  

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Goodreads Best Books of All Time 

With millions of users, they have a lot of information about what people like and dislike. There isn’t another website that can do what Goodreads can. The books on the list were voted but Goodreads users. You can see the full list below! 

Goodreads Best Books of All Time 

  • The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins  
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling  
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
  • Twilight (The Twilight Saga, #1) by Stephenie Meyer  
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell  
  • J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien  
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) by C.S. Lewis  
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green  
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell 
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein  
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde  
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë  
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë  
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky  
  • The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2) by Dan Brown  
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll  
  • Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden  
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  
  • Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth  
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan  
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo  
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky  
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare  
  • Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) by L.M. Montgomery  
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare  
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1) by Douglas Adams  
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett 
  • Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card  
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker  
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck  
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling  
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger  
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley  
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez  
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury  
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger  
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini  
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman  
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett  
  • A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin  
  •  The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton  
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L’Engle  
  • The Odyssey by Homer  
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott  
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain  
  • 1984 by George Orwell  
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold  
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak  
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 
  • Frankenstein: The 1818 Text by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley  
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss  
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel  
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens  
  •  The Handmaid’s Tale (The Handmaid’s Tale, #1) by Margaret Atwood  
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling  
  • The Giver (The Giver, #1) by Lois Lowry  
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov  
  • Water for Elephantsby Sara Gruen  
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  
  • Dune (Dune, #1) by Frank Herbert  
  • The Stand by Stephen King  
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling  
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller  
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath  
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl  
  • The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1) by Ken Follett (Goodreads Author)  
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, #3) by Arthur Conan Doyle  
  • Watership Down (Watership Down, #1) by Richard Adams  
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens  
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier  
  • The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien  
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) by Stieg Larsson  
  • Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon  
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey  
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker  
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult  
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy  
  • The Brothers Karamazovby Fyodor Dostoevsky  
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith  
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess  
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy  
  • Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1) by Frank McCourt  
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling  
  • Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead 
  • Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse  
  • The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) by Philip Pullman  
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie  
  • It by Stephen King  
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver  
  • The Shining (The Shining, #1)by Stephen King  
  • The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe  
  • Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) by Anne Rice  
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra  

The 100 Best Books 

The list starts off with The Hunger Games and is followed by the fifth Harry Potter book. That tells us that this is a popularity contest. The Hunger Games is a great series and I can see why it was rated so highly. 

After that, the list has a bunch of classics that are on most best books of all time lists. I do love seeing The Book Thief so high and as someone that adores that book, I am happy that a lot of people have also loved it a lot. 


That is all for Goodreads’ Best Books of All Time list. What do you think of the list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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1 thought on “Goodreads’ Best Books of All Time 

  1. Diamonds or Light says:

    I would like to know who voted because I’m definitely on Goodreads and I didn’t vote. The diversity is lacking but that’s not surprising.


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