The Most Noteworthy Books of All Time


A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth.

- As a Man Thinketh


To reduce the likelihood of anyone’s biases, objectives, or blind spots affecting this list too much, only books that appear in at least two of the following lists are included:

  1. Encyclopedia Brittanica's 12 Novels Considered the "Greatest Book Ever Written"
  2. Open Education Database's 50 Most Influential Books of All Time
  3. Bokklubben World Library's 100 Best Books of All Time
  4. Wikipedia's Best-Selling Books
  5. Jordan Peterson's Great Books List
  6. Thomas Jefferson Education's Classics
  7. Art of Manliness's 100 Books Every Man Should Read

Six List Appearances

  • 1984, by George Orwell
  • Don Quixote, by Miguel De Cervantes

  • Five List Appearances

  • The Divine Comedy, by Dante Alighieri
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy

  • Four List Appearances

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  • Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
  • The Iliad, by Homer
  • The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
  • The Odyssey, by Homer
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
  • Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

  • Three List Appearances

  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Arabian Nights
  • Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  • The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
  • Faust, First Part, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  • The Great Gasby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Holy Bible
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
  • Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
  • The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov
  • The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
  • On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau
  • The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
  • The Stranger, by Albert Camus
  • A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
  • The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
  • Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë

  • Two List Appearances

  • The Adventures of Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi
  • All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Analects, by Confucius
  • Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
  • The Art of War, by Sun Zi
  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin
  • Ben Hur: A Tale of Christ, by Lew Wallace
  • Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future, by Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell
  • The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
  • Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White
  • The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx,Friedrich Engels
  • The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories, by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, by William Shakespeare
  • Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Demons, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  • The Federalist Papers, by Alexander Hamilton,James Madison,John Jay
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
  • Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
  • The Godfather, by Mario Puzo
  • Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales, by Jacob Grimm,Wilhelm Grimm
  • The Gulag Archipelago, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Gulliver's Travels, by Johnathan Swift
  • Heidi, by Johanna Spyri
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
  • The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust
  • Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Last Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper
  • Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
  • Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes
  • Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, by Frederick Douglass
  • Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, by Plutarch
  • Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler
  • Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  • Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
  • The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
  • Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
  • Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf
  • Native Son, by Richard Wright
  • The Nicomachean Ethics, by Aristotle
  • The Oedipus Trilogy, by Sophocles
  • On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill
  • The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton
  • The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, by Isaac Newton
  • The Red and the Black, by Stendhal
  • The Republic, by Plato
  • Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
  • The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss
  • The Tale of Genji, by Murasaki Shikibu
  • Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Ulysses, by James Joyce
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by Robert Pirsig
  • Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis


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