List of top book lists

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Many publishers have lists of best books, defined by their own criteria. This article enumerates some lists for which there are fuller articles.

Among them, Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels (Xanadu, 1985) and Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels (Grafton, 1988) are collections of 100 short essays by a single author, David Pringle, with moderately long critical introductory chapters also by Pringle. For publisher Xanadu, Science Fiction was the first of four "100 Best" books published from 1985 to 1988. The sequels covered crime and mystery, horror, and fantasy.


Publisher Name Published
by Martin Seymour-Smith
The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written 1998
Crime Writers' Association The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time 1990
Grafton Books
by David Pringle
Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels 1988
Larry McCaffery 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction 1999
Le Monde Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century 1999
Modern Library Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction 1998
Modern Library Modern Library 100 Best Novels 1998
Mystery Writers of America The Top 100 Mystery Novels of All Time 1995
New York Times Book Review New York Times 100 Notable Books annually
Norwegian Book Club Bokklubben World Library since 2002
Nimbus Publishing Atlantic Canada's 100 Greatest Books 2008
Tidningen Boken Världsbiblioteket 1991
Time Time's List of the 100 Best Novels 2005
The Guardian The Guardian 100 best novels 2015
Shūkan Bunshun Tozai Mystery Best 100 1985
by David Pringle
Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 1985

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