Meta Master List of Best Books (43 lists)




Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes 36
The Odyssey Homer 36
The Iliad Homer 33
The Divine Commedy Dante 33
The Canterbury Tales Geoffrey Chaucer 30
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen 30
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift 29
Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert 29
The Prince Niccolò Machiavelli 28
Hamlet William Shakespeare 27
The Aeneid Virgil 26
Essays Michel de Montaigne 26
Faust Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 26
Moby-Dick Herman Melville 26
Oedipus the King Sophocles 25
History Herodotus 25
Paradise Lost John Milton 25
The Republic Plato 24
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 24
The Peloponnesian War Thucydides 23
Confessions Augustine of Hippo 23
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon 23
The Brothers Karamozov Fyodor Dostoevsky 23
The Origin of Species Charles Darwin 23
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain 23
Antigone Sophocles 22
Gargantua and Pantagruel François Rabelais 22
Candide Voltaire 22
Middlemarch George Eliot 22
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky 22
King Lear William Shakespeare 21
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe 21
The Life of Samuel Johnson James Boswell 21
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 21
Ulysses James Joyce 20
The Tempest William Shakespeare 20
Oedipus at Colonus Sophocles 20
Thoughts Blaise Pascal 20
Walden Henry David Thoreau 20
Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman 20
Oresteia Aeschylus 19
On the Nature of Things Lucretius 19
Tom Jones Henry Fielding 19
Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy 15
Parallel Lives Plutarch 18
The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan 18
Les Misérables Victor Hugo 18
The Red and the Black Stendhal 18
Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray 18
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez 18
Medea Euripides 17
Meditations Marcus Aurelius 17
Discourse on the Method René Descartes 17
The Social Contract Jean-Jacques Rousseau 17
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë 17
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll 17
In Remembrance of Things Past Marcel Proust 17
The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald 17
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell 17
The Apology Plato 16
Nicomachean Ethics Aristotle 16
Macbeth William Shakespeare 16
Leviathan Thomas Hobbes 16
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë 16
On Liberty John Stuart Mill 16
Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 16
The Trial Franz Kafka 16
Poetics Aristotle 15
David Copperfield Charles Dickens 15
Great Expectations Charles Dickens 15
The Interpretation of Dreams Sigmund Freud 15
Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche 15
Ethics Baruch Spinoza 15
The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens 14
The Bacchae Euripides 14
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce 14
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka 14
Metamorphoses Ovid 14
Phaedo Plato 14
Utopia Thomas More 14
A Midsummer’s Night Dream William Shakespeare 14
Othello William Shakespeare 14
Tartuffe Molière 14
Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau 14
Tristram Shandy Laurence Sterne 14
Father Goriot Honoré de Balzac 14
A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen 14
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James 14
The Stranger Albert Camus 14
Mahabharata Vyasa 13
Crito Plato 13
Lysistrata Aristophanes 13
The Birds Aristophanes 13
Le Morte d’Arthur Thomas Malory 13
Antony and Cleopatra William Shakespeare 13
The First Part of Henry IV William Shakespeare 13
The Wealth of Nations Adam Smith 13
The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels 13
Tess of the d’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy 13
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner 13
Prometheus Bound Aeschylus 12
Summa Theologiae Thomas Aquinas 12
Essays Francis Bacon 12
The Decameron Giovanni Boccaccio 12
Analects Confucius 12
Critique of Pure Reason Immanuel Kant 12
The Magic Mountain Thomas Mann 12
Capital Karl Marx 12
Areopagitica John Milton 12
The Misanthrope Molière 12
The Tale of Genji Murasaki Shikibu 12
As You Like It William Shakespeare 12
The Second Part of Henry IV William Shakespeare 12
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare 12
Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville 12
The Charterhouse of Parma Stendhal 12
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf 12
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison 12
Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett 12
Tao te Ching Lăozĭ 11
Odes Horace 11
The Clouds Aristophanes 11
Hippolytos Euripides 11
Phèdre Jean Racine 11
The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare 11
Richard III William Shakespeare 11
Songs of Innocence and Experience William Blake 11
Emma Jane Austen 11
Fathers and Children Ivan Turgenev 11
Dead Souls Nikolai Gogol 11
Idiot Fyodor Dostoevsky 11
The Education of Henry Adams Henry Adams 11
Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf 11
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck 11
Lolita Vladimir Nabokov 11
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There Lewis Carroll 10
Uncle Vanya Anton Chekhov 10
Four Quartets T S Eliot 10
In Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus 10
Catch-22 Joseph Heller 10
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding David Hume 10
Hedda Gabler Henrik Ibsen 10
The Ambassadors Henry James 10
Dubliners James Joyce 10
The Castle Franz Kafka 10
Novum Organum Francis Bacon 10
Symposium Plato 10
Doctor Faustus Christopher Marlowe 10
Much Ado About Nothing William Shakespeare 10
Twelfth Night; or, What You Will William Shakespeare 10
Measure for Measure William Shakespeare 10
Frankenstein Mary Shelley 10
Annals Tacitus 10
Ramayana Valmiki 10
Politics Aristotle 10
Germinal Émile Zola 10
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe 9
The Frogs Aristophanes 9
Reflections on the Revolution in France Edmund Burke 9
Demons Fyodor Dostoevsky 9
Discourses Epictetus 9
Brave New World Aldous Huxley 9
The Turn of the Screw Henry James 9
Sons and Lovers D H Lawrence 9
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding John Locke 9
Billy Budd Herman Melville 9
Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy Isaac Newton 9
Julius Caesar William Shakespeare 9
Henry V William Shakespeare 9
Richard II William Shakespeare 9
The Taming of the Shrew William Shakespeare 9
The Winter’s Tale William Shakespeare 9
The Prelude William Wordsworth 9
The City of God Augustine of Hippo 9
The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane 9
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens 9
Don Juan Lord Byron 8
Life Is a Dream Pedro Calderón de la Barca 8
The Plague Albert Camus 8
Three Sisters Anton Chekhov 8
As I Lay Dying William Faulkner 8
Sentimental Education Gustave Flaubert 8
The Wild Duck Henrik Ibsen 8
Pragmatism William James 8
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Omar Khayyám 8
Death in Venice Thomas Mann 8
The Miser Molière 8
The Spirit of Laws Montesquieu 8
The Return of the Native Thomas Hardy 8
Beloved Toni Morrison 8
Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov 8
The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde 8
Beyond Good and Evil Friedrich Nietzsche 8
Native Son Richard Wright 8
The Cherry Orchard Anton Chekhov 8
Animal Farm George Orwell 8
Saint Joan George Bernard Shaw 8
Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems Galileo 8
The Faerie Queene Edmund Spenser 8
Paradise Regained John Milton 8
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 8
All’s Well That Ends Well William Shakespeare 8
Coriolanus William Shakespeare 8
Sonnets William Shakespeare 8
Silent Spring Rachel Carson 8
Long Day’s Journey Into Night Eugene O’Neill 8
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Wollstonecraft 8
Cousin Bette Honoré de Balzac 7
Eugénie Grandet Honoré de Balzac 7
The Flowers of Evil Charles Baudelaire 7
The Second Sex Simone Beauvoir 7
The Principles of Human Knowledge George Berkeley 7
Institutes of the Christian Religion John Calvin 7
Dream of the Red Chamber Cáo Xuěqín 7
Troilus and Criseyde Geoffrey Chaucer 7
The Seagull Anton Chekhov 7
Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe 7
Bleak House Charles Dickens 7
Hard Times Charles Dickens 7
Rameau’s Nephew Denis Diderot 7
Adam Bede George Eliot 7
Ash Wednesday T S Eliot 7
Electra Euripides 7
The Trojan Woman Euripides 7
Absalom, Absalom! William Faulkner 7
Shahnameh Ferdowsi 7
A Passage to India E M Forster 7
Civilization and Its Discontents Sigmund Freud 7
Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy 7
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway 7
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway 7
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo 7
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston 7
Rasselas Samuel Johnson 7
Volpone Ben Jonson 7
Tamburlaine the Great Christopher Marlowe 7
Autobiography John Stuart Mill 7
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Molière 7
The Rights of Man Thomas Paine 7
The Rape of the Lock Alexander Pope 7
Cantos Ezra Pound 7
Eugene Onegin Alexander Pushkin 7
Discourse on Inequality Jean-Jacques Rousseau 7
Midnight’s Children Salman Rushdie 7
Catcher in the Rye J D Salinger 7
Nausea Jean-Paul Sartre 7
The Comedy of Errors William Shakespeare 7
Timon of Athens William Shakespeare 7
Troilus and Cressida William Shakespeare 7
The Two Gentlemen of Verona William Shakespeare 7
Autobiography Benvenuto Cellini 7
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin 7
Man and Superman George Bernard Shaw 7
Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw 7
The House of Seven Gables Nathaniel Hawthorne 7
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 7
The Sorrows of Young Werther Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 7
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain 7
Words for Music Perhaps William Butler Yeats 7
Little Women Louisa M Alcott 6
The Golden Ass Apuleius 6
The Advancement of Learning Francis Bacon 6
Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges 6
The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov 6
My Ántonia Willa Cather 6
On Old Age Cicero 6
Biographia Literaria Samuel Taylor Coleridge 6
Lord Jim Joseph Conrad 6
On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres Nicolas Copernicus 6
Le Cid Pierre Corneille 6
The New Life Dante 6
Meditations on First Philosophy René Descartes 6
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens 6
Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens 6
Notes From Underground Fyodor Dostoevsky 6
A Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle 6
Silas Marner George Eliot 6
Elements Euclid 6
Alcestis Euripides 6
Tender Is the Night F Scott Fitzgerald 6
Fables Jean de la Fontaine 6
The Golden Bough James George Frazer 6
Lord of the Flies William Golding 6
The Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith 6
The Tin Drum Günter Grass 6
The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy 6
The Philosophy of History George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 6
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway 6
The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway 6
Satires Horace 6
Epodes Horace 6
Peer Gynt Henrik Ibsen 6
The Golden Bowl Henry James 6
The Varieties of Religious Experience William James 6
A Dictionary of the English Language Samuel Johnson 6
The Lives of the English Poets Samuel Johnson 6
The Recognition of Sakuntala Kalidasa 6
Kim Rudyard Kipling 6
The Dangerous Liaisons Choderlos de Laclos 6
History of Rome Livy 6
True History Lucian 6
An Essay on the Principle of Population Thomas Robert Malthus 6
Don Juan Molière 6
The Imaginary Invalid Molière 6
The School for Wives Molière 6
The Provincial Letters Blaise Pascal 6
Euthyphro Plato 6
Enneads Plotinus 6
Andromaque Jean Racine 6
A Season in Hill Arthur Rimbaud 6
The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare 6
Love’s Labour Lost William Shakespeare 6
Cymbeline William Shakespeare 6
Dracula Bram Stoker 6
A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift 6
Histories Tacitus 6
The Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkien 6
The New Science Giambattista Vico 6
Zadig Voltaire 6
The Way of the World William Congreve 6
Monkey Wú Chéng-ēn 6
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe 6
The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton 6
The Wind Among the Reeds William Butler Yeats 6
The Shadowy Waters William Butler Yeats 6
Michael Robartes and the Dancer William Butler Yeats 6
The Tower William Butler Yeats 6
The Winding Stair William Butler Yeats 6
New Poems [1938] William Butler Yeats 6
School for Scandal Richard Brinsley Sheridan 6
Nana Émile Zola 6
Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller 6
No Exit Jean-Paul Sartre 6
Joseph Andrews Henry Fielding 6
Historia Calamitatum Pierre Abélard 5
Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres Henry Adams 5
Winesburg, Ohio Sherwood Anderson 5
Orlando Furioso Ludovico Ariosto 5
The Acharnians Aristophanes 5
The Knights Aristophanes 5
Peace Aristophanes 5
Thesmophoriazousai Aristophanes 5
Relativity Albert Einstein 5
The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood 5
Persuasion Jane Austen 5
Nova Atlantis Francis Bacon 5
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell William Blake 5
Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion William Blake 5
Consolatio Philosophiae Boethius 5
London Journal James Boswell 5
Religio Medici Thomas Browne 5
Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage Lord Byron 5
Poems Catullus 5
The Awakening Kate Chopin 5
On Friendship Cicero 5
Nostromo Joseph Conrad 5
Polyeucte Pierre Corneille 5
A Journal of the Plague Year Daniel Defoe 5
Nicholas Nickleby Charles Dickens 5
Little Dorrit Charles Dickens 5
The American Scholar Ralph Waldo Emerson 5
Ion Euripides 5
Poetry and Truth Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 5
Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 5
I, Claudius Robert Graves 5
Hunger Knut Hamsun 5
Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy 5
On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals William Harvey 5
Elements of the Philosophy of Right George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 5
Works and Days Hesiod 5
Ars Poetica Horace 5
An Enemy of the People Henrik Ibsen 5
The Principles of Psychology William James 5
Bartholomew Fayre Ben Jonson 5
Finnegans Wake James Joyce 5
In the Penal Colony Franz Kafka 5
On the Road Jack Kerouac 5
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey 5
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas S Kuhn 5
The Leopard Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa 5
Women in Love D H Lawrence 5
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 5
Babbitt Sinclair Lewis 5
On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church Martin Luther 5
To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation Martin Luther 5
Buddenbrooks Thomas Mann 5
Man’s Fate André Malraux 5
The Jew of Malta Christopher Marlowe 5
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier 5
Mengzi Mencius 5
Utilitarianism John Stuart Mill 5
The Doctor in Spite of Himself Molière 6
The Genealogy of Morals Friedrich Nietzsche 5
Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak 5
Satyricon Petronius 5
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath 5
Protagoras Plato 5
Essay on Man Alexander Pope 5
The Captain’s Daughter Alexander Pushkin 5
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque 5
Clarissa Samuel Richardson 5
Our Town Thornton Wilder 5
Duino Elegies Rainer Maria Rilke 5
Illuminations Arthur Rimbaud 5
A Streetcar Name Desire Tennessee Williams 5
Émile Jean-Jacques Rousseau 5
The Man Without Qualities Robert Musil 5
Being and Nothingness Jean-Paul Sartre 5
The First Part of Henry VI William Shakespeare 5
The Second Part of Henry VI William Shakespeare 5
The Third Part of Henry VI William Shakespeare 5
Titus Andronicus William Shakespeare 5
Henry VIII William Shakespeare 5
The Water Margin Shī Nài’ān 5
Ajax Sophocles 5
Philocetes Sophocles 5
The Jungle Upton Sinclair 5
A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy Laurence Sterne 5
Miss Julie August Strindberg 5
The Lives of the Twelve Caesars Suetonius 5
The Playboy of the Western World John Millington Synge 5
Germania Cornelius Tacitus 5
Henry Esmond William Makepeace Thackeray 5
The Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy 5
The Lives of the Artists Giorgio Vasari 5
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne 5
The Grand Testament François Villon 5
Letters Concerning the English Nation Voltaire 5
All the King’s Men Robert Penn Warren 5
Ethan Frome Edith Wharton 5
The Picture of Dorian Grey Oscar Wilde 5
The Waves Virginia Woolf 5
Zhuāngzī Zhuāngzī 5
She Stoops to Conquer Oliver Goldsmith 5
The House of Mirth Edith Wharton 5
Ivanhoe Walter Scott 5
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass 5
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler Italo Calvino 5
The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler 5
Physics Aristotle 5
L’Assommoir Émile Zola 5
The Federalist Papers Alexander Hamilton; John Jay; James Madison 11
The Waste Land’ T S Eliot 11
Dialogues Plato 10
Essays Ralph Waldo Emerson 9
Bhagavad Gita Vyasa 8
Poems John Donne 8
Second Treatise John Locke 8
Poems William Wordsworth 8
Poems Robert Burns 7
The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere’ Samuel Taylor Coleridge 7
Lyrical Ballads William Wordsworth; Samuel Taylor Coleridge 7
Inferno Dante 6
Lycidas’ John Milton 6
Poems John Keats 6
Poems Emily Dickinson 6
Stories Edgar Allan Poe 6
Civil Disobedience’ Henry Dead Thoreau 6
Stories Anton Chekhov 6
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle 6
Labyrinths Jorge Luis Borges 6
Fables Aesop 5
Poems Sappho 5
Plays Euripides 5
Notebooks Leonardo da Vinci 5
Plays Molière 5
Poems Percy Bysshe Shelley 5
Poems Lord Byron 5
Fables Hans Christian Andersen 5
The Fall of the House of Usher’ Edgar Allan Poe 5
The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ Edgar Allan Poe 5
Poems William Butler Yeats 5
The Collected Poems of W B Yeats William Butler Yeats 5