The Novels Everyone Should Read, Based On Top Book Lists And Prizes

The Novels Everyone Should Read, Based On Top Book Lists And Prizes
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We’ve shared our life-changing books here before, but if you’re looking for more great reads — specifically novels — this interactive list of books contains the most recommended works of fiction.

Well, most recommended according to the Pulitzer Prize, National Review, Time, Times Literary Supplement, Goodreads, Library Thing, Guardian and others. The word cloud shows which books got the most recommendations and you can filter the list by author gender or nationality.

You can order a book from Amazon (US or UK) directly from the word cloud or check out the Google spreadsheet for the full list of titles, alphabetised and sorted.

Happy reading!

Novels Everyone Should Read [Information is Beautiful via Galley Cat]


  • Unfortunately the list doesn’t really seem to lean much towards critical opinions, but those which are popular in America

    Catcher in the Rye for a start is bloody awful and is probably only up there because of school reading lists (likewise Lord of the Flies – required reading at my school), then the most prominent books are nearly all American – Huck Finn, Gatsby etc

    It took me several minutes to spot even one novel from poor old Dickens – Harry Potter and the Da Vinci code should not be easier to spot…

    That said, I’m all for Hitchhikers – but whether it’s the best British novel of all time…

  • Richl had a go at the American flavour of the choices. He may be right.
    In my opinion (worthless as that is) the 2 greatest works of English literature of the 20th century were both by British authors – Lord of the Rings and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

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