Rankings

Our rankings of the greatest books are derived from a variety of credible lists, each given a weight based on its quality and influence.

We start with an ideal 'weight' of 150 for a perfect list. This weight can be reduced based on factors like the list's credibility and its alignment with other reputable lists. Weights can go as low as 1 for lists with minimal influence.

Books that appear on multiple lists gain more points due to their consensus value. However, we also give credit to books that make it to a single high-quality list, ensuring a balanced and fair ranking.

I have opensourced my algorithm used to calculate the rank of books. I am always looking for ideas on how to improving the site and how I calculate the rankings. You can see the source code here: https://github.com/ssherman/weighted_list_rank

Below are the exact criteria for calculating the weight of a list, as well as the weight of each list.

  1. Absolutely no criteria information: -20
  2. a low number of voters (more than 2): -40
  3. a low number of voters (more than 2, less than or equal to 10): -30
  4. A weird criteria that is not just "the best": -10
  5. Half the books are required to be from a specific country: -25
  6. Limited to 100 or less years: -20
  7. Limited to 10 or less years: -90
  8. Limited to 1 Gender(Author or Audience): -35
  9. Limited to 25 or less years: -70
  10. Limited to 50 or less years: -40
  11. Limited to a single country: -45
  12. Limited to a single language: -35
  13. Limited to just a few languages/nationalities: -20
  14. Limited to only translated books: -25
  15. list is a follow up/honorable mention to a different list: -5
  16. List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre): -60
  17. List is genre specific (covers only 2-3 genres): -50
  18. List is too "western canon" focused: -10
  19. Partially voted on by the general public: -20
  20. Quantity over Quality: -20
  21. seems location biased but is not specified: -10
  22. The books on the list are ONLY from a pool of books the list creator sells: -15
  23. The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list: -20
  24. the list is from a weird source that is not known for books: -15
  25. There are not many voter details: -60
  26. There's absolutely no voter details: -125
  27. The voters are not book experts (celebrities, politicians, etc): -40
  28. Very niche: -70
  29. Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books: -105
  30. voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials: -145
  31. Voted on by only 2 people: -60
  32. voted on by the general public: -90
  33. Voted on by the general public, but curated by experts: -70
  34. voters are mostly from 1 location or country: -20
  35. Yearly book award: -50

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 Cons Weight
Top 100 Works in World Literature 150
The Ideal Library
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 130
    The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 130
    100 Life-Changing Books
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 130
    For The Love of Books
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 130
    Biblioteca
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 130
    1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
  • Quantity over Quality
  • 130
    Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 130
    The 100 Best Books of World Literature
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is too "western canon" focused
  • 120
    The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 120
    El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is too "western canon" focused
  • 120
    The 25 Favorite Books of 100 Francophone Writers
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is too "western canon" focused
  • 120
    The New York Public Library's Books of the Century
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 110
    Best Foreign Work of Fiction Chosen by Francophone Writers
  • Limited to only translated books
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 105
    The 100 Greatest British Novels
    BBC
  • Limited to a single country
  • 105
    Great Books of the Western World
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Quantity over Quality
  • List is too "western canon" focused
  • 100
    The New Lifetime Reading Plan
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • List is too "western canon" focused
  • 100
    "Our Readable Century", The Best Books of the 20th Century
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 100
    Finest Works of Fiction
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • List is too "western canon" focused
  • 100
    50 Classics You Must Read Before You Die
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 100
    International Dublin Literary Award
  • Yearly book award
  • 100
    The 50 Best Books of the Century
  • Limited to a single language
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • 95
    Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 90
    A Hundred Novels to Change Your Life
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is too "western canon" focused
  • a low number of voters (more than 2, less than or equal to 10)
  • 90
    100 Greatest Childrens Books of All Time
    BBC
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 90
    100 Novels That Shaped Our World
    BBC
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 90
    The Celebrity Reading List
  • The voters are not book experts (celebrities, politicians, etc)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 90
    Recommended Books
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • The voters are not book experts (celebrities, politicians, etc)
  • 90
    The Greatest 20th Century Novels
  • 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
  • 90
    Horror: The 100 Best Books
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 90
    Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 90
    Ten brilliant authors reveal their all-time classic reads
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • a low number of voters (more than 2, less than or equal to 10)
  • 85
    The Main Works of Russian literature
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • Limited to a single country
  • 85
    25 acclaimed international writers choose 25 of the best books from the last 25 years
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • 80
    100 Best Books
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 80
    The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 80
    Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • 80
    A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • 80
    ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is too "western canon" focused
  • 80
    Great Books
  • There are not many voter details
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 75
    Best Books Listed for High School Students
  • Limited to a single language
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • A weird criteria that is not just "the best"
  • 75
    Best German Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Limited to a single language
  • 75
    Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century
  • There are not many voter details
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • 70
    Royal Society Prizes for Science Books
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 70
    The 16 Greatest Books of All Time
  • Voted on by only 2 people
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 70
    The ZORA Canon: The 100 greatest books ever written by African American women
  • Limited to 1 Gender(Author or Audience)
  • Limited to a single country
  • 70
    The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 70
    30 Books Every Adult Should Read Before They Die
  • There are not many voter details
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 70
    Select 100
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 70
    Världsbiblioteket (The World Library)
  • There are not many voter details
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 70
    PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • 65
    Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • 65
    50 Books to Read Before You Die
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • 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
  • 65
    National Book Critics Circle Award - Nonfiction
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • 65
    National Book Award - Fiction
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • 65
    National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • 65
    National Book Award - Nonfiction
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • 65
    Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • 65
    Man Booker Prize
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • 65
    The 100 Best Books in the World
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • 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
  • 60
    The Millions: The Best Fiction of the Millennium
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • 60
    The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians
  • 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
  • 60
    The Hundred Most Influential Books Since The War (WW2)
  • Very niche
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 60
    The Best Novels You’ve Never Read
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • 60
    The 10 Best Books Through Time
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 60
    222 Best Books of All Time That Deserve a Spot on Your Bookshelf, With Picks from Bestselling Authors and Indie Booksellers
  • There are not many voter details
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 60
    The 21st Century's 12 Greatest Novels
    BBC
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 60
    50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember
  • Limited to 50 or less years
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • 60
    The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written
  • 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
  • 60
    100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
  • There are not many voter details
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 55
    TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels
  • Limited to a single language
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • 55
    100 Books to Read from Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • There are not many voter details
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • Limited to just a few languages/nationalities
  • 50
    Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century
  • There are not many voter details
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 50
    48 Good Books
  • There are not many voter details
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 50
    Top 100 World Literature Titles
  • There are not many voter details
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 50
    Costa Book Award - Best Novel
  • Limited to a single language
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • Yearly book award
  • 50
    Tozai Mystery Best 100 (2012 Revision)
  • Partially voted on by the general public
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 50
    The 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • 50
    The Books You've Always Meant to Read
  • There are not many voter details
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 50
    James Tait Black Memorial Prize: Fiction
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 45
    The Greatest Novel of All Time
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 45
    Masterpieces of World Literature
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 45
    Great Books
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 45
    The New Vanguard
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • Limited to 1 Gender(Author or Audience)
  • 45
    The best books in Spanish for the last 25 years
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • Limited to a single language
  • 45
    From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 45
    100 Best Novels, in Translation, Since 1900
  • Voted on by only 2 people
  • Limited to only translated books
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 45
    15 Australian Classics for your Consideration
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • Limited to a single country
  • 45
    Donald Barthelme’s Reading List
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 45
    Top 10 British, Irish or Commonwealth Novels from 1980 to 2005
  • Limited to a single language
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • 45
    Big Read (German)
  • voted on by the general public
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 40
    Big Read (Bulgarian)
  • voted on by the general public
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 40
    The 100 Best Mystery and Thriller Books of All Time
  • Very niche
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • 40
    25 Books to Read Before you Die: 21st Century
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 40
    Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • Yearly book award
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 40
    My Favourite Book - Australian Big Read
  • voted on by the general public
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 40
    The Great American Read
    PBS
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • voted on by the general public
  • 40
    Mythopoeic Awards
  • Yearly book award
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 40
    Our Users' Favorite Books of All Time
  • voted on by the general public
  • Quantity over Quality
  • 40
    The Big Read
    BBC
  • voted on by the general public
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 40
    Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • Yearly book award
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 40
    Boston Public Library: Top Fiction and Non-Fiction Books of the 2010s
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 40
    500 Great Books by Women
  • Quantity over Quality
  • Limited to a single language
  • Limited to 1 Gender(Author or Audience)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 40
    The 75 Best Books of the Past 75 Years
  • 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
  • 35
    The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 35
    The Best Southern Novels of All Time
  • Very niche
  • Limited to a single country
  • 35
    Ockham New Zealand Yearly Fiction Award Winners
  • Yearly book award
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • Limited to a single country
  • 35
    What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • Limited to a single country
  • 35
    The Best Southern Nonfiction of All Time
  • Very niche
  • Limited to a single country
  • 35
    15 Essential Colombian Novels You Should Read
  • Voted on by only 2 people
  • Limited to a single language
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 35
    100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction
  • There are not many voter details
  • Limited to a single language
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • 35
    Top 50 Irish Novels
  • There are not many voter details
  • Limited to a single language
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 35
    50 Greatest Plays of The Past 100 Years (1913–2013)
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • There are not many voter details
  • 30
    As if You Don't Have Enough to Read, Best Non-Fiction from the NY Times Writers
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • There are not many voter details
  • The voters are not book experts (celebrities, politicians, etc)
  • 30
    The 40 best plays of all time
  • Voted on by only 2 people
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 30
    As if You Don't Have Enough to Read, Fiction Edition
  • There are not many voter details
  • The voters are not book experts (celebrities, politicians, etc)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 30
    Women's Prize for Fiction
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to 1 Gender(Author or Audience)
  • Limited to a single language
  • 30
    25 Greatest Science Books of All Time
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • There are not many voter details
  • 30
    50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels That Everyone Should Read
  • There are not many voter details
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • List is genre specific (covers only 2-3 genres)
  • 30
    The 100 Best YA Books of All Time
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 30
    Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Very niche
  • Yearly book award
  • 30
    The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • Limited to a single language
  • The books on the list are ONLY from a pool of books the list creator sells
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is too "western canon" focused
  • 30
    Greatest Prose Works of the 20th Century
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 25
    #ThisBook
  • voted on by the general public
  • Limited to 1 Gender(Author or Audience)
  • 25
    Robert McCrum's top 10 books of the twentieth century
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 25
    12 Novels Considered the Greatest Book Ever Written
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 25
    The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 25
    The 50 Most Influential Books of All Time
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 25
    110 Best Books: The Perfect Library
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 25
    Third World Novels… The Top 10
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 25
    A Century of Reading
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • 25
    The 50 Best Nonfiction Books of the Past 25 Years
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • There are not many voter details
  • 20
    Finding Comfort in the Classics
  • There are not many voter details
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • A weird criteria that is not just "the best"
  • The voters are not book experts (celebrities, politicians, etc)
  • 20
    Best Science Book Ever
  • Very niche
  • There are not many voter details
  • 20
    The 500 best books of all time from Culture Café users
  • voted on by the general public
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • Quantity over Quality
  • 20
    The 100 best books of the 21st century
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • There are not many voter details
  • 20
    Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century
  • voted on by the general public
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 20
    100 Best Novels in English Since 1900
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • Limited to a single language
  • Voted on by only 2 people
  • 15
    The Modern Library: The Two Hundred Best Novels in English Since 1950
  • Voted on by only 2 people
  • Limited to 50 or less years
  • Limited to a single language
  • 15
    Big Read (Hungarian)
  • voted on by the general public
  • Half the books are required to be from a specific country
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 15
    Harold Bloom's The Western Canon
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • Quantity over Quality
  • List is too "western canon" focused
  • 15
    Top 20 Latin American Books To Read Before You Die
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • There are not many voter details
  • Limited to a single language
  • 15
    50 Greatest Books of All Time
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 15
    D. G. Myers’ 50 Greatest English Language Novels
  • Limited to a single language
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 10
    The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • There are not many voter details
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 10
    100 Best Novels Written in English
  • Limited to a single language
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 10
    Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books
  • There are not many voter details
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 10
    Powell's Essential List: 25 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of the 21st Century
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • List is genre specific (covers only 2-3 genres)
  • 10
    The Dream of the Great American Novel
  • Limited to a single language
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 10
    Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 5
    The Bigger Read List
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 5
    Nebula Award
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 5
    The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 5
    The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 5
    100 Essential Books
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 5
    World Fantasy Award—Novel
  • Yearly book award
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • Limited to a single language
  • 5
    The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • 5
    The 100 Greatest Novels
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • 5
    Books That Changed the World: The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • 5
    W. Somerset Maugham’s Ten Greatest Novels of All Time
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • 5
    In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • 5
    How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • 5
    The Best Books of the 2000s
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • 5
    Best Books Ever
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 5
    The Great Books Reader
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • 5
    Pulitzer Prize for History
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 5
    Powell's Essential List: 25 Essential Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Isn't Enough: Our 25 Honorable Mentions
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • List is genre specific (covers only 2-3 genres)
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • list is a follow up/honorable mention to a different list
  • 5
    The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • 5
    How to Read and Why
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • 5
    Waterstone's Books of the Century
  • voted on by the general public
  • 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
  • 1
    Kanon na koniec wieku (Canon at the end of the century)
  • voted on by the general public
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • 1
    The 10 Best of the Decade(2000)
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 1
    Books of the Decade
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 1
    The 100 Best Books of the Decade(2000)
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 1
    Arthur C. Clarke Award
  • Yearly book award
  • Limited to a single language
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 1
    50 Books to Read Before You Die
  • 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
    The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 1
    The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • Limited to 50 or less years
  • 1
    Paste Magazine's Best Books of the Decade(2000-2009)
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • There are not many voter details
  • 1
    Der Kanon (The Canon)
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • Limited to a single language
  • 1
    The 20 Best Novels of the Decade (2010s)
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • There are not many voter details
  • Limited to a single language
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 1
    Best Books of the Decade(2010-2020)
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • 1
    Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 1
    Boston Public Library: Top Genre Books of the 2010s
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 1
    50 Best Cult Books
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • There are not many voter details
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • Very niche
  • 1
    Top 100 Killer Thrillers
    NPR
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • Voted on by the general public, but curated by experts
  • 1
    Click If You Dare: 100 Favorite Horror Stories
    NPR
  • Voted on by the general public, but curated by experts
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 1
    The 40 Best Novels of the 2010s
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • There are not many voter details
  • 1
    The Best Fiction Books of the 2010s
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • There are not many voter details
  • 1
    The 100 Greatest American Novels, 1893 – 1993
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • Limited to a single country
  • 1
    The Best Classics
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Limited to a single language
  • 1
    The 80 Books Every Man Should Read
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • Limited to 1 Gender(Author or Audience)
  • 1
    The 101 GREATEST PLAYS of the Past 100 Years (1920-2020)
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • 1
    From Oedipus to The History Boys: Michael Billington's 101 greatest plays
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 1
    The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • 1
    The 50 Best Plays of All Time
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 1
    25 Books by Black Authors You Should Read This February
  • Very niche
  • There are not many voter details
  • Limited to a single language
  • 1
    Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • a low number of voters (more than 2)
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 1
    20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction
  • Limited to a single language
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • 1
    100 Most Influential Books of the Century
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 1
    Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books
    NPR
  • voted on by the general public
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 1
    The Graphic Canon
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • Absolutely no criteria information
  • 1
    100 Books to Read in a Lifetime
  • The creator of the list sells the same books that are on the list
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • 1
    Top 10 Fiction Books of the Decade(2010)
  • Limited to 10 or less years
  • There are not many voter details
  • 1
    50 Books to (Re-)Read at 50
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • the list is from a weird source that is not known for books
  • 1
    Top 200 Science Fiction Books (Pre-2000)
  • Limited to 100 or less years
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • List is genre specific (covers only 1 genre)
  • 1
    The Ultimate Book Bucket List: The 75 Best Books Of All Time
  • There's absolutely no voter details
  • voters are mostly from 1 location or country
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 1
    The Indian Fiction Top 25
  • Voted on by a single person, but that person is an expert or critic known for books
  • Limited to a single country
  • 1
    Modern classics: 11 novels that belong in the classroom
  • Limited to 25 or less years
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • 1
    Books That Changed the World
  • voted on by only 1 person with unknown credentials
  • seems location biased but is not specified
  • 1