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

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
    Biblioteca Argentina
  • 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 Ideal Library 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
    For The Love of Books For The Love of Books
  • 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
    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
    100 Life-Changing Books National Book Award
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 65
    The 50 Best Books of the Century Intercollegiate Studies Institute
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • 60
    The New Lifetime Reading Plan The New Lifetime Reading Plan
  • a low number of voters
  • 60
    Finest Works of Fiction Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors
  • a low number of voters
  • 60
    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
    Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century themodernnovel.com
  • There are not many voter details
  • 60
    The 16 Greatest Books of All Time NYU Local
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • a low number of voters
  • 50
    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 Bigger Read List English PEN
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • a low number of voters
  • 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
    "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
    25 acclaimed international writers choose 25 of the best books from the last 25 years Wasafiri Magazine
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • 35
    "Best Foreign Work of Fiction" Transfuge
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • a low number of voters
  • 35
    ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher Die Zeit
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • a low number of voters
  • 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 Modern Library | 100 Best Novels Modern Library
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 35
    The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction The Modern Library
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • a low number of voters
  • 35
    Världsbiblioteket (The World Library) Tidningen Boken
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • There are not many voter details
  • 35
    Select 100 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • a low number of voters
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 30
    The Greatest 20th Century Novels Waterstone
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 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
    110 Best Books: The Perfect Library The Telegraph
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 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
    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 American Read PBS
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • Partially voted on by the general public
  • 25
    The 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels BBC Poll
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 25
    The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians Bookman.com
  • There are not many voter details
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 25
    100 Best Books Montana State University
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • a low number of voters
  • 25
    The Millions: The Best Fiction of the Millennium The Millions
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • 25
    How to Read and Why Harold Bloom
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 20
    50 Greatest Books of All Time Globe and Mail
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 20
    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.)
  • 20
    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.)
  • 20
    How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List Thomas C. Foster
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 20
    50 Books That Changed the World Open Education Database
  • a low number of voters
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 20
    Great Books Anthony O'Hear
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 20
    Masterpieces of World Literature Frank N. Magill
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 20
    Books That Changed the World: The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History Book
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 20
    The Great Books Reader Book
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 20
    The 100 Best Books in the World AbeBooks.de (in German)
  • a low number of voters
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 20
    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
    100 Essential Books Bravo! Magazine
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 15
    The Best Classics The Times
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 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
    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 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
    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.)
  • 10
    National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction National Book Critics Circle
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 10
    The Best Southern Nonfiction of All Time Oxford American
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • Very niche
  • 10
    PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction PEN/Faulkner
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 10
    50 Books to Read Before You Die Complex
  • 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
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 10
    National Book Critics Circle Award - Nonfiction National Book Critics Circle
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 10
    Books That Changed the World Book
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 10
    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.)
  • 10
    The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written Martin Seymour-Smith
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 10
    Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography Pulitzer Prize
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 10
    National Book Award - Fiction National Book Foundation
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 10
    Pulitzer Prize for History Pulitzer Prize
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 10
    National Book Award - Nonfiction National Book Foundation
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 10
    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.)
  • 10
    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.)
  • 10
    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
  • 10
    TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels TIME Magazine
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • a low number of voters
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 10
    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.)
  • 10
    Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Pulitzer Prize
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 10
    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.)
  • 10
    Man Booker Prize Man Booker Prize
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 10
    Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • yearly book award
  • 10
    Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books Harvard Book Store
  • There are not many voter details
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • a low number of voters
  • 5
    Donald Barthelme’s Reading List Believer Mag
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 5
    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
    The Graphic Canon Book
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 5
    100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 Counterpunch
  • a low number of voters
  • 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.)
  • 5
    Top 10 British, Irish or Commonwealth Novels from 1980 to 2005 The Observer
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 5
    50 Books to (Re-)Read at 50 nextavenue
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 5
    The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read Telegraph
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 5
    The 100 Best Books of the Decade(2000) Times
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 1
    The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993 Jeff O'Neal at Bookriot.com
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 1
    Greatest Prose Works of the 20th Century Vladimir Nabokov
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 1
    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
  • 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
    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
    Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time National Geographic Adventure Magazine
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Very niche
  • 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
    The 10 Best of the Decade(2000) Entertainment Weekly
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • 1
    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
    The Best Books of the 2000s The Onion AV Club
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • a low number of voters
  • 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
    Costa Book Award - Best Novel Costa Coffee
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 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
    Waterstone's Books of the Century LibraryThing
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voted on by the general public
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 1
    The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years Parade Magazine
  • There are not many voter details
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 1
    50 Books to Read Before You Die Barnes and Noble
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 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
    100 Most Influential Books of the Century Boston Public Library
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 1
    The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics Book
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • 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
    The Best Southern Novels of All Time Oxford American
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • Very niche
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 1
    Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century Le Monde
  • voted on by the general public
  • Limited to 1 language/nationality
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 1
    Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels Entertainment Weekly
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • a low number of voters
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 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
    Books of the Decade The Guardian
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • 1
    Modern classics: 11 novels that belong in the classroom Today.com
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • voted on by only 1 person
  • List is devoted exclusively to a specific medium (i.e. novels, plays, etc.)
  • 1