There are millions of books that have been published since the invention of printing, but not all have successfully passed the test of time.  The following list is about the Top 100 Novels that inspired us and made a huge impact in the mind of the reader.   From well known authors such as Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky or Tolkien, to contemporary bestselling writers such as JK Rowling, those are novels that one should read during their lifetime.


Top 100 Novels complete list

The following is the Top 100 novels complete list:

  1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  2. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
  3. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  4. Harry Potter series, JK Rowling
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  6. One Thousand and One Nights, Anon
  7. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four, George Orwell
  9. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
  10. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  11. Little Women, Louisa M Alcott
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
  13. Catch 22, Joseph Heller
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
  15. Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
  16. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
  17. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
  18. Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
  20. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  21. Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  22. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
  23. Bleak House, Charles Dickens
  24. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  26. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
  27. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  28. Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
  29. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  30. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
  31. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  32. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
  33. Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis
  34. Emma, Jane Austen
  35. Persuasion, Jane Austen
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, CS Lewis
  37. The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis De Bernieres
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
  40. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
  41. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  42. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney, John Irving
  45. The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins
  46. Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  49. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  50. Atonement, Ian McEwan
  51. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  52. Dune, Frank Herbert
  53. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
  54. Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
  55. A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth56 The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  56. A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
  57. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon
  59. Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  60. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  61. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  62. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
  63. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
  64. Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
  65. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
  66. Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy
  67. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding
  68. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  69. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
  70. Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
  71. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  72. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
  73. Notes From A Small Island, Bill Bryson
  74. Ulysses, James Joyce
  75. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  76. Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome
  77. Germinal, Emile Zola
  78. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
  79. Possession, AS Byatt
  80. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  81. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell83 The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  82. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  83. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  84. A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
  85. Charlotte’s Web, EB White
  86. The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Mitch Alborn
  87. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  88. The Faraway Tree Collection, Enid Blyton
  89. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  90. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
  91. The Wasp Factory, Iain Banks
  92. Watership Down, Richard Adams
  93. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  94. A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
  95. The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
  96. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  97. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  98. Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
  99. The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  100. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams