Best Books Ever Written

13 "Best Books" lists combined and condensed into one master best books list, for the benefit of your reading pleasure. 623 of the best books ever written - can you collect them all?

  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles


    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    by Thomas Hardy

    (13 Reviews)

    315 Points

    "On an evening in the latter part of May a middle-aged man was walking homeward from Shaston to the village of Marlott, in the adjoining Vale of Blakemore or Blackmoor."

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God


    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    by Zora Neale Hurston

    (10 Reviews)

    312 Points

    "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board."

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany


    A Prayer for Owen Meany

    by John Irving

    (8 Reviews)

    311 Points

    "I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice - not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but..."

  • Emma



    by Jane Austen

    (17 Reviews)

    310 Points

    "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the..."

  • David Copperfield


    David Copperfield

    by Charles Dickens

    (13 Reviews)

    309 Points

    "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I..."

  • The Portrait of a Lady


    The Portrait of a Lady

    by Henry James

    (3 Reviews)

    306 Points

    "Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. There are circumstances in which, whether you partake of the..."

  • The Trial


    The Trial

    by Franz Kafka

    (9 Reviews)

    304 Points

    "Someone must have been telling lies about Joseph K., for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one fine morning.Jemand mußte Josef K. verleumdet haben, denn ohne daß er etwas Böses..."

  • Crime and Punishment


    Crime and Punishment

    by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    (17 Reviews)

    298 Points

    "On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge. (Garnett..."

  • A Clockwork Orange


    A Clockwork Orange

    by Anthony Burgess

    (19 Reviews)

    295 Points

    "'What's it going to be then, eh?'"

  • The Age of Innocence


    The Age of Innocence

    by Edith Wharton

    (7 Reviews)

    292 Points

    "On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust at the Academy of Music in New York."