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100 Best Books

Fun, Emotions, Twists - The 100 Best Books That Have Got Everything

The following piece of writing contains a list of 100 most popular and best books of all time written by noted writers from around the world.
Penlighten Staff
Last Updated: Sep 6, 2018
I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books then a king who did not love reading. ― J.B Macaulay
The best companion you can ever ask for is a book. They provide you with knowledge and entertainment at the same time. You can spend hours devouring book upon book, and never be able to satisfy your hunger for more. There may be millions written and published by various authors around the world and among them are the best of the best.
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Some books are an instant best seller while others find very few takers. But each one takes you on an interesting journey. Some increase your knowledge while entertaining you. It's like a teacher guiding you when you need enlightenment the most.
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There are many greatest books of all time that are a must read. These may seem biased and based on our personal preferences. Just go through it with a pinch of salt. You may find your favorites listed or missed in the here.
Books You Should Read
Some of the classic books everyone should read from authors, like Jane Austen to Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens to William Makepeace Thackeray have been covered. Let us take a look at some of the best and popular books of all time.. Maybe you find a few that you have still not relished and need to go through them soon.
  • 1984 ― George Orwell
  • Atonement ― Ian McEwan
  • A Bend in the River ― V. S. Naipaul
  • A Clockwork Orange ― Anthony Burgess
  • A Handful of Dust ― Evelyn Waugh
  • A House for Mr. Biswas ― V.S. Naipaul
  • A Passage to India ― E.M. Forster
  • A Tale of Two Cities ― Charles Dickens
  • Absalom, Absalom! ― William Faulkner
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ― Mark Twain
  • All Quiet on the Western Front ― Erich Maria Remarque
  • Animal Farm ― George Orwell
  • Anna Karenina ― Leo Tolstoy
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl ― Anne Frank
  • Battlefeild Earth ― L. Ron Hubbard
  • Beloved ― Toni Morrison
  • Birdsong ― Sebastian Faulks
  • Bone ― Jeff Smith
  • Bridget Jones's Diary ― Helen Fielding
  • Catch-22 ― Joseph Heller
  • Charlotte's Web ― E. B. White
  • Cold Mountain ― Charles Frazier
  • Dangerous Liaisons ― Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
  • David Copperfield ― Charles Dickens
  • Dead Souls ― Nikolai Gogol
  • Don Quixote ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ― Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dracula ― Bram Stoker
  • East of Eden ― John Steinbeck
  • Emma ― Jane Austen
  • Fahrenheit 451 ― Ray Bradbury
  • Falconer ― John Cheever
  • Fight Club ― Chuck Palahniuk
  • Frankenstein ― Mary Shelley
  • Go Tell it on the Mountain ― James Baldwinist
  • Gone With the Wind ― Margaret Mitchell
  • Hamlet ― William Shakespeare
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories ― Salman Rushdie
  • Housekeeping ― Marilynne Robinson
  • I, Claudius ― Robert Graves
  • Invisible Man ― Ralph Ellison
  • La Confidential ― James Ellroy
  • Les Miserables ― Victor Hugo
  • Lolita ― Vladimir Nabokov
  • Lord of the Flies ― William Golding
  • Love in the Time of Cholera ― Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Lucky Jim ― Kingsley Amis
  • Madame Bovary ― Gustave Flaubert
  • Memoirs of a Geisha ― Arthur Golden
  • Men Without Women ― Ernest Hemingway
  • Midnight's Children ― Salman Rushdie
  • Moby Dick ― Herman Melville
  • Money ― Martin Amis
  • Oblomov ― Ivan Goncharov
  • Of Mice and Men ― John Steinbeck
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ― Ken Kesey
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude ― Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Pilgrim's Progress ― John Bunyan
  • Pride and Prejudice ― Jane Austen,
  • Robinson Crusoe ― Daniel Defoe
  • Romeo and Juliet ― William Shakespeare
  • Sense and Sensibility ― Jane Austen
  • Siddhartha ― Hermann Hesse
  • Slaughterhouse Five ― Kurt Vonnegut
  • Song of Solomon Toni Morrison
  • The Alchemist ― Paulo Coelho
  • The Brothers Karamazov ― Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Catcher in the Rye ― J.D. Salinger
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ― Mark Haddon
  • The Da Vinci Code ― Dan Brown
  • The Fountainhead ― Ayn Rand
  • The French Lieutenant's Woman ― John Fowles
  • The Grapes of Wrath ― John Steinbeck
  • The Great Gatsby ― F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Heart is A Lonely Hunter ― Carson McCullers
  • The Heart of the Matter ― Graham Greene
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ― Douglas Adams
  • The Hobbit ― J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Idiot ― Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Iliad ― Homer
  • The Kite Runner ― Khaled Hosseini
  • The Odyssey ― Homer
  • The Old Man and the Sea ― Ernest Hemingway
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray ― Oscar Wilde
  • The Pillars Of The Earth ― Ken Follett
  • The Poisonwood Bible ― Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Riddle of the Sands ― Erskine Childers
  • The Three Musketeers ― Alexandre Dumas
  • The Time Traveler's Wife ― Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Trial ― Franz Kafka
  • The Twilight Saga ― Stephenie Meyer
  • The Wind in the Willows― Kenneth Grahame
  • To Kill A Mockingbird ― Harper Lee
  • To The Lighthouse ― Virginia Woolf
  • Tropic of Cancer― Henry Miller
  • USA ― John Dos Passos
  • Vanity Fair ― William Makepeace Thackeray
  • War and Peace ― Leo Tolstoy
  • White Noise ― Don DeLillo
  • Wuthering Heights ― Emily Brontë
Books That Children Should Read
We have all enjoyed some of the following books for children at some point or the other in our lives. These classic books for kids are enjoyed not only by kids, but there parents as well.
  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters ― Lenore Look
  • A Light in the Attic ― Shel Silverstein
  • A Wrinkle in Time ― Madeleine L'Engle
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day ― Judith Viorst
  • Amazing Grace ― Mary Hoffman
  • Amelia Bedelia ― Peggy Parish
  • Anne of Green Gables ― Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Are You My Mother? ― Philip D. Eastman
  • Arthur series ― Marc Tolon Brown
  • Basil of Baker Street ― Eve Titus
  • Bridge to Terabithia ― Katherine Paterson
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? ― Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Caps for Sale ― Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ― Roald Dahl
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ― John Archambault
  • Clifford, the Big Red Dog ― Norman Bridwell
  • Corduroy ― Don Freeman
  • Curious George ― Hans Augusto Rey
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid ― Jeff Kinney
  • Goodnight Moon ― Margaret Wise Brown
  • Green Eggs and Ham ― Dr. Seuss
  • Guess How Much I Love You ― Sam McBratney
  • Harriet the Spy ― Louise Fitzhugh
  • Hatchet ― Gary Paulsen
  • Heidi ― Johanna Spyri
  • Horton Hatches the Egg ― Dr. Seuss
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas ― Dr. Seuss
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie ― Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins ― Scott O'Dell
  • James and the Giant Peach: A Children's Story ― Roald Dahl
  • Jumanji ― Chris Van Allsburg
  • Harry Potter Series ― J.K Rowling
  • Lionboy ― Zizou Corde
  • Little House books ― Laura Ingalls Wilder - Laura Ingalls Wilder Webquest
  • Little House in the Big Woods ― Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Little House on the Prairie ― Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Little Women ― Louisa May Alcott
  • Love You Forever ― Robert N. Munsch
  • Maniac Magee ― Jerry Spinelli
  • Math Curse ― Jon Scieszka
  • Matilda ― Roald Dahl
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins ― Richard Atwater
  • Mrs. Fris― and the Rats of Nimh ― Robert C. O'Brien
  • My Family and Other Animals ― Gerald Durrell
  • My Father's Dragon ― Ruth Stiles Gannett
  • Number the Stars ― Lois Lowry
  • Oh, The Places You'll Go ― Dr. Seuss
  • Ramona Quim―, Age 8 ― Beverly Cleary
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry ― Mildred D. Taylor
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall ― Patricia MacLachlan
  • Shiloh ― Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School ― Louis Sachar
  • Spy Dog ― Andrew Cope
  • Stellaluna ― Janell Cannon
  • Stone Fox ― John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Strega Nona ― Tomie De Paola
  • Stuart Little ― E. B. White
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble ― William Steig
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing ― Judy Blume
  • The Art Lesson ― Tomie De Paola
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever ― Barbara Robinson
  • The BFG ― Roald Dahl
  • The Boxcar Children ― Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • The Cat in the Hat ― Dr. Seuss
  • The Chronicles of Narnia ― C. S. Lewis
  • The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh ― A. A. Milne
  • The Family From One End Street ― Eve Garnett The Giver ― Lois Lowry
  • The Giving Tree ― Shel Silverstein
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins ― Katherine Paterson
  • The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog ― Jeremy Strong
  • The Indian in the Cupboard ― Lynne Reid Banks
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe ― C. S. Lewis
  • The Little Engine That Could ― Watty Piper
  • The Little House ― Virginia Lee Burton
  • The Lorax ― Dr. Seuss
  • The Magician's Elephant ― Kate DiCamillo
  • The Mitten ― Jan Brett
  • The Napping House ― Audrey Wood
  • The Paper Bag Princess ― Robert N. Munsch
  • The Polar Express ― Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Rainbow Fish ― Marcus Pfister
  • The Runaway Bunny ― Margaret Wise
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole ― Sue Townsend
  • The Secret Garden ― Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Sheep-Pig ― Dick King-Smith
  • The Snowy Day ― Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit ― Beatrix Potter
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs ― Jon Scieszka
  • The Trumpet of the Swan ― E. B. White
  • The Twits ― Roald Dahl
  • The Velveteen Rabbit ― Margery Williams
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar ― Eric Carle
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 ― Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond ― Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Wizard of Oz ― L. Frank Baum
  • Tuck Everlasting ― Natalie Babbitt
  • Walk Two Moons ― Sharon Creech
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein ― Shel Silverstein
  • Where the Wild Things Are ― Maurice Sendak
  • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge ― Mem Fox
Books are a very thoughtful gift for someone you truly care about. They are treasure troves of knowledge, fun, entertainment, emotions, guidance, and many more things. They are our never-failing friends and everyone will find one that is suits ones needs.
The ones mentioned here are some of the gems of the rich world of books. You may find some missing. As we have already mentioned this is our personal view. You may keep adding some more, that you feel need to be mentioned as the best books of all time.
My never failing friends are they,
With whom I converse day by day,
With them I take delight in weal,
And seek relief in woe.