List Details

To determine the rank of each book, every list has a "weight" which is how much "good" a list is. A list with a higher weight is worth more points for the books that are on the list. The weight of a list is calculated by a number of criteria that i've listed below. Every list starts with 100 weight which is "Perfect". Each of the criteria listed below reduce the weight of the lists. The lowest Weight is 1.


  1. yearly book award: -80
  2. Limited to 10 or less years: -75
  3. Very niche: -70
  4. There's absolutely no voter details: -70
  5. voted on by the general public: -70
  6. voted on by only 1 person: -70
  7. Limited to 25 or less years: -65
  8. Limited to 50 or less years: -50
  9. There are not many voter details: -40
  10. voters are mostly from 1 location or country: -25
  11. a low number of voters: -25
  12. Limited to 1 language/nationality: -20
  13. Limited to 100 or less years: -20
  14. List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.): -15
  15. The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list: -15
  16. Absolutely no criteria information: -15
  17. the list is from a weird source that is not known for books: -15
  18. seems location biased but is not specified: -10
  19. No official information on the list available(not on web anymore): -5

I am always looking for ways to improve the accuracy of the list as well as looking for new lists that I might have missed. Please do not hesitate to e-mail me your thoughts.

Name Source Cons Weight
Top 100 Works in World Literature Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute 100
Great Books of the Western World Great Books Foundation
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 85
    The Ideal Library Book
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 75
    The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time The Top 10 (Book)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 75
    Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale Raymond Queneau
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 75
    The 25 Favorite Books of 100 Francophone Writers Telerama
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 75
    El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors El Pais
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 75
    The New Lifetime Reading Plan The New Lifetime Reading Plan
  • a low number of voters
  • 75
    Biblioteca Argentina
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 75
    For The Love of Books For The Love of Books
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 75
    Finest Works of Fiction Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors
  • a low number of voters
  • 75
    The 100 Greatest British Novels BBC
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 70
    The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century National Review
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 70
    The 16 Greatest Books of All Time NYU Local
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • a low number of voters
  • 65
    100 Life-Changing Books National Book Award
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 65
    The Celebrity Reading List Gardiner Public Library
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 60
    The 50 Best Books of the Century Intercollegiate Studies Institute
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • 60
    The Bigger Read List English PEN
  • a low number of voters
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 60
    Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century themodernnovel.com
  • There are not many voter details
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • 55
    Recommended Books Academy of Achievement
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 50
    The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction The Modern Library
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • a low number of voters
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 50
    ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher Die Zeit
  • a low number of voters
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 50
    "Our Readable Century", The Best Books of the 20th Century January Magazine
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 45
    "Best Foreign Work of Fiction" Transfuge
  • a low number of voters
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • 45
    Great Books The Learning Channel
  • There are not many voter details
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 45
    Select 100 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • a low number of voters
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 40
    100 Best Books Montana State University
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • a low number of voters
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 40
    Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) Tidningen Boken
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • There are not many voter details
  • 35
    50 Books That Changed the World Open Education Database
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • a low number of voters
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 35
    Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century Wikipedia
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 35
    The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written Easton Press
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • There are not many voter details
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 35
    The 100 Best Books in the World AbeBooks.de (in German)
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • a low number of voters
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 35
    How to Read and Why Harold Bloom
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 30
    25 acclaimed international writers choose 25 of the best books from the last 25 years Wasafiri Magazine
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • 30
    Top 100 World Literature Titles Perfection Learning
  • There are not many voter details
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 30
    The Great Books Reader Book
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 30
    Great Books Anthony O'Hear
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 30
    110 Best Books: The Perfect Library The Telegraph
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 30
    Masterpieces of World Literature Frank N. Magill
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 30
    Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels Radcliffe Publishing Course
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • a low number of voters
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 30
    100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Amazon.com (USA)
  • There are not many voter details
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 30
    How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List Thomas C. Foster
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 30
    The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels Modern Library
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 30
    100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Amazon.com (UK)
  • There are not many voter details
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 30
    48 Good Books University of Buffalo
  • There are not many voter details
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 30
    Books That Changed the World: The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History Book
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 30
    The Greatest 20th Century Novels Waterstone
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 25
    The Millions: The Best Fiction of the Millennium The Millions
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • 25
    50 Books to Read Before You Die Complex
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • a low number of voters
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 25
    TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels TIME Magazine
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • a low number of voters
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 20
    Books That Changed the World Book
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 20
    The 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels BBC Poll
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • 20
    The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written Martin Seymour-Smith
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 20
    Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books Harvard Book Store
  • a low number of voters
  • There are not many voter details
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 20
    From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 20
    The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers http://www.uhlibrary.net/pdf/college_board_recommended_books.pdf
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 15
    The 100 Greatest Novels greatbooksguide.com
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 15
    What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years? New York Times
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • 15
    The best books in Spanish for the last 25 years El Pais
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • 15
    50 Greatest Books of All Time Globe and Mail
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • 15
    In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels ThisRecording.com
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 15
    The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians Bookman.com
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • There are not many voter details
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 15
    100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 Counterpunch
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • a low number of voters
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 15
    50 Books to (Re-)Read at 50 nextavenue
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 15
    Best Books Ever bookdepository.com
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 15
    The Greatest Novel of All Time William Faulkner
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 15
    The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List The Observer
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 15
    The Graphic Canon Book
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 15
    W. Somerset Maugham’s Ten Greatest Novels of All Time Great Novelists and Their Novels
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 15
    The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time The Novel 100
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 15
    Third World Novels… The Top 10 New Internationalist
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 15
    Donald Barthelme’s Reading List Believer Mag
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 10
    100 Essential Books Bravo! Magazine
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 10
    Greatest Prose Works of the 20th Century Vladimir Nabokov
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 10
    50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember The New York Public Library
  • Limited to 50 or less years
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • a low number of voters
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • 10
    The Best Southern Nonfiction of All Time Oxford American
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • Very niche
  • 10
    The Best Classics The Times
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 10
    The 80 Books Every Man Should Read Esquire
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 5
    100 Best Novels Written in English The Guardian
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 1
    100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction About.com
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 1
    Top 10 British, Irish or Commonwealth Novels from 1980 to 2005 The Observer
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • 1
    Costa Book Award - Best Novel Costa Coffee
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 1
    Books of the Decade The Guardian
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • 1
    The 100 Best Books of the Decade(2000) Times
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 1
    Man Booker Prize Man Booker Prize
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 1
    National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction National Book Critics Circle
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 1
    PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction PEN/Faulkner
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 1
    National Book Award - Fiction National Book Foundation
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 1
    The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013 Flavor Wire
  • Limited to 50 or less years
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 1
    Pulitzer Prize for History Pulitzer Prize
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 1
    The 10 Best of the Decade(2000) Entertainment Weekly
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • 1
    The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read Telegraph
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 1
    Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Pulitzer Prize
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 1
    The Best Southern Novels of All Time Oxford American
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • Very niche
  • 1
    Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century Le Monde
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • voted on by the general public
  • 1
    Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels Entertainment Weekly
  • a low number of voters
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 1
    Modern classics: 11 novels that belong in the classroom Today.com
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • 1
    100 Most Influential Books of the Century Boston Public Library
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 1
    The Best Books of the 2000s The Onion AV Club
  • a low number of voters
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 1
    The Dream of the Great American Novel Book
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 1
    The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics Book
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 1
    Paste Magazine's Best Books of the Decade(2000-2009) Paste Magazine
  • There are not many voter details
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • 1
    50 Books to Read Before You Die Barnes and Noble
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • No official information on the list available(not on web anymore)
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 1
    The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 1
    Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 1
    The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 Entertainment Weekly
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • 1
    Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography Pulitzer Prize
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 1
    The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years Parade Magazine
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • There are not many voter details
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 1
    D. G. Myers’ 50 Greatest English Language Novels D. G. Myers
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 1
    Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time National Geographic Adventure Magazine
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Very niche
  • 1
    National Book Award - Nonfiction National Book Foundation
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 1
    20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction Larry McCaffery
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 1
    National Book Critics Circle Award - Nonfiction National Book Critics Circle
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 1
    Robert McCrum's top 10 books of the twentieth century The Guardian
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 1