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31 Best Classic Books of All Time


Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Classic books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best classic books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2022)

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  3. MOST RECOMMENDED!
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    1984

    George Orwell

  4. 4

    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    The Color Purple

    Alice Walker

  8. 8

    Wuthering Heights

    Emily Brontë

  9. 9

    Beloved

    Toni Morrison

  10. 10

    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley

  11. 11

    Anna Karenina

    Leo Tolstoy

  12. 12

    Brave New World

    Aldous Huxley

  13. 13

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  14. 15

    Catch-22

    Joseph Heller

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    Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

  18. 19

    In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote

  19. 20

    Jane Eyre

    Charlotte Bronte

  20. 21

    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck

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    Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens

  25. 26

    Dracula

    Bram Stoker

  26. 27

    Persuasion

    Jane Austen

  27. 28

    Orlando

    A Biography

    Virginia Woolf

  28. 29

    Vanity Fair

    William Makepeace Thackeray

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    No-No Boy

    John Okada

FAQ

  • How was this Classic books list created?

    We searched for "best Classic books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Classic books are in this list?

    There are 31 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Classic books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Classic books on the internet.

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