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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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  1. 1
    Appears in 5 articles
  2. 2
    Appears in 5 articles
  3. MOST RECOMMENDED!
    3

    1984

    George Orwell

    Appears in 4 articles
  4. 4

    The Great Gatsby

    F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Appears in 4 articles
  5. 5
    Appears in 4 articles
  6. 6
    Appears in 3 articles
  7. 7

    The Color Purple

    Alice Walker

    Appears in 3 articles
  8. 8

    Wuthering Heights

    Emily Brontë

    Appears in 3 articles
  9. 9

    Beloved

    Toni Morrison

    Appears in 3 articles
  10. 10

    Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley

    Appears in 3 articles
  11. 11

    Anna Karenina

    Leo Tolstoy

    Appears in 2 articles
  12. 12

    Brave New World

    Aldous Huxley

    Appears in 2 articles
  13. 13

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Appears in 2 articles
  14. 14
    Appears in 2 articles
  15. 15

    Catch-22

    Joseph Heller

    Appears in 2 articles
  16. 16
    Appears in 2 articles
  17. 17
    Appears in 2 articles
  18. 18

    Lord of the Flies

    William Golding

    Appears in 2 articles
  19. 19

    In Cold Blood

    Truman Capote

    Appears in 2 articles
  20. 20

    Jane Eyre

    Charlotte Bronte

    Appears in 2 articles
  21. 21

    Of Mice and Men

    John Steinbeck

    Appears in 2 articles
  22. 22
    Appears in 2 articles
  23. 23
    Appears in 2 articles
  24. 24
    Appears in 2 articles
  25. 25

    Great Expectations

    Charles Dickens

    Appears in 2 articles
  26. 26

    Dracula

    Bram Stoker

    Appears in 2 articles
  27. 27

    Persuasion

    Jane Austen

    Appears in 2 articles
  28. 28

    Orlando

    A Biography

    Virginia Woolf

    Appears in 2 articles
  29. 29

    Vanity Fair

    William Makepeace Thackeray

    Appears in 2 articles
  30. 30
    Appears in 2 articles
  31. 31

    No-No Boy

    John Okada

    Appears in 2 articles

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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