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 

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Anonymous says:

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

  4. Anonymous says:

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

  5. Annette Holman says:

    Why so few books by Asian and African writers??? And only 4 by African-Americans, all great but there are so many more. Please read beyond the Eurozone and you’ll discover great treasures.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Quite sad, really…that a list of books containing all lies beats out TRUTH.


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