Best Books of All Time Lists

The very best books are books that have stood the test of time that readers turn to again and again. They remain buzzworthy from one generation to the next. These are not the modern day bestsellers but the best of all-time. Here you will find a collection of some of the best books of all-time lists that major media outlets have curated. Some of them are also X many books to read before you die lists. These types of lists are interesting because what is the very best is very subjective. You will likely find that you agree with some of the choices these editors have made, but certainly not all of them.

The Guardian: The 100 Best Novels

Modern Library: 100 Best Novels

BBC: The Big Read: Top 100 Books

Time: 100 Top Novels of All Time

Ranker: Top Must-Read Books of All Time

Esquire: The 80 Best Books Every Man Should Read

The Telegraph: The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time

Encyclopedia Britannica: 12 Novels Considered the “Greatest Book Ever Written”

The Greatest Books - a list generated from 116 "best of" book lists

Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time - selected by Mystery Writers of America

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

The 20th Century’s Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction - selected by Larry McCaffery

OEDb The 50 Most Influential Books of All Time

25 Books to Read Before You Die - Powell's Books

50 Adventure Novels You Have to Read Before You Die - Barnes & Noble\

100 (Fiction) Books to Read in a Lifetime - AbeBooks

Top 100 Children's Picturebooks of All-Time - compiled by the Scottsdale Public Library

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