Greatest Books Ever Written

Greatest Books Ever Written

Have you missed out on literary treasure by not reading some brilliant books? This article gives you a subjective list of the 100 most brilliant books written till date so that you can grab a copy of the ones you have missed.
Penlighten Staff
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. ~ Henry David Thoreau

I have always found solace whenever I have picked up a book. Books can be your greatest friends, who advise you, entertain you, educate you, and show you the different colors of life. If you are a hardcore romantic at heart, then Mills and Boons are the ultimate love books to satisfy your parched heart. Is mystery your second name? Then adventures of Poirot and Sherlock Holmes will make your heart beat faster in anticipation. There are a plenty of good books to read, in whose company you can spend hours and even days. If you are a bookworm and want to make sure you have read all the best books, then go through the list given here. In the following list, you will find names of some of the most popular novels and books written by well-known authors.

The Best of All

I find myself in a dilemma. I am torn between writing a short review about each book mentioned in this list, or just enlisting the names of the best books that have been written till date. To ensure that I do not meander unnecessarily, I give you a list of books that you will love.
  • Don Quixote ~ Miguel De Cervantes
  • Robinson Crusoe ~ Daniel Defoe
  • Dangerous Liaisons ~ Pierre Choderlos De Laclos
  • To Have and Have Not ~ Ernest Hemingway
  • 1984 ~ George Orwell
  • A Bend in the River ~ VS Naipaul
  • A Dance to the Music of Time ~ Anthony Powell
  • A Passage to India ~ E. M. Forster
  • A Room of One's Own ~ Virginia Woolf
  • Alice's Adventures In Wonderland ~ Lewis Carroll
  • All the King's Men ~ Robert Penn Warren
  • Animal Farm ~ George Orwell
  • Arabian Nights ~ Anthony Galland
  • Austerlitz ~ WG Sebald
  • Birdsong ~ Sebastian Faulks
  • Black Beauty ~ Anna Sewell
  • Brave New World ~ Aldous Huxley
  • Breakfast At Tiffany's ~ Truman Capote
  • Call of the Wild ~ Jack London
  • Catch-22 ~ Joseph Heller
  • The Catcher in the Rye ~ J.D. Salinger
  • Crime and Punishment ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • David Copperfield ~ Charles Dickens
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Dr Zhivago ~ Boris Pasternak
  • Dracula ~ Bram Stoker
  • Dune ~ Frank Herbert
  • Fahrenheit 451 ~ Ray Bradbury
  • Fountainhead ~ Ayn Rand
  • Frankenstein ~ Mary Shelley
  • Germinal ~ Emile Zola
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain ~ James Baldwin
  • Gone with the Wind ~ Margaret Mitchell
  • Goodnight Mister Tom ~ Michelle Magorian
  • Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets ~ JK Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ~ JK Rowling
  • Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone ~ JK Rowling
  • Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban ~ JK Rowling
  • I Served the King of England ~ Bohumil Hrabal
  • Idylls of the King ~ Alfred Tennyson
  • Les Misérables ~ Victor Hugo
  • Lolita ~ Vladimir Nabokov
  • Lord of the Flies ~ William Golding
  • Madam Bovary ~ Gustave Flaubert
  • Memoirs Of A Geisha ~ Arthur Golden
  • Midnight's Children ~ Salman Rushdie
  • Moby Dick ~ Herman Melville
  • Of Mice And Men ~ John Steinbeck
  • Old Goriot ~ Honoré de Balzac
  • Oliver Twist ~Charles Dickens
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Oscar and Lucinda ~ Peter Carey
  • Point Omega: A Novel ~ Don DeLillo
  • Pride and Prejudice ~ Jane Austin
  • Republic ~ Plato
  • Slaughterhouse-Five ~ Kurt Vonnegut
  • Swiss Family Robinson ~ Johann David Wyss
  • The Alchemist ~ Paulo Coelho
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ~ Junot Díaz
  • The Count of Monte Cristo ~ Alexandre Dumas
  • The God Of Small Things ~ Arundhati Roy
  • The Godfather ~ Mario Puzo
  • The Golden Notebook ~ Doris Lessing
  • The Grapes of Wrath ~ John Steinbeck
  • The Great Gatsby ~ F Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ~ Douglas Adams
  • The Home and the World ~ Rabindranath Tagore
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles ~ Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Kite Runner ~ Khaled Hosseini
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ~ Washington Irving
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ~ CS Lewis
  • The Lord Of The Rings ~ J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Master and Margarita ~ Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Metamorphosis ~ Franz Kafka
  • The Odyssey ~ Homer
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray ~ Oscar Wilde
  • The Secret Adversary ~ Agatha Christie
  • The Shining ~ Stephen King
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Sound and The Fury ~ William Faulkner
  • The Stranger ~ Albert Camus
  • The Tale of Genji ~ Murasaki Shikibu
  • The Three Musketeers ~ Alexandre Dumas
  • The Time Machine ~ H.G. Wells
  • The Trial ~ Franz Kafka
  • The Wealth of Nations ~ Adam Smith
  • The Woman in White ~ Wilkie Collins
  • To Kill A Mockingbird ~ Harper Lee
  • Treasure Island ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Tropic of Cancer ~ Henry Miller
  • Ulysses ~ James Joyce
  • Under The Volcano ~ Malcolm Lowry
  • Underworld ~ Don DeLillo
  • Vanity Fair ~ William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Waiting for the Mahatma ~ RK Narayan
  • Walden ~ Henry David Thoreau
  • War and Peace ~ Leo Tolstoy
  • Winter's Bone ~ Daniel Woodrell
  • Wuthering Heights ~ Emily Bronte
If your favorite book is missing from this list and you feel it should be included, ensure you mention it in the comment box below. Books are our greatest treasures. Make it a point to go through at least 50% of these classic books in your everyday busy life.