Best Light Novels

A light novel (ライトノベル raito noberu? ) is a style of Japanese novel primarily targeting middle- and high-school students (young adult demographic). [1][2] "Light novel" is a wasei-eigo, or a Japanese term formed from words in the English language. Such short, light novels are often called ranobe (ラノベ? )[3] or LN in the West. They are typically not more than 40,000�"50,000 words long (the shorter ones being equivalent to a novella in US publishing terms), are rarely more than a few hundred pages, often have dense publishing schedules, are usually published in bunkobon size, and are often illustrated. [4] The text is often serialized in anthology magazines before collection in book form.

The Top Ten

1 The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria

By far, the best Light Novel I've ever read. It grips you from the first sentence, and doesn't let go until the last. The mystery is very well-crafted, you won't be able to figure out the major plot twists, but you'll realize once they happen that the clues were always there. It's also a powerfully emotional story, with characters that'll make you deeply care. - Cyto

2 years since I first read it, and even after reading countless light novels and even normal novels, I still conclude this to be the best. The only sad thing is that I don't understand Japanese so I couldn't enjoy it in its ourest form.

Recently read it and I got to say that it's the best LN I've read so far. I finished reading it on the same day that I bought it. Kept me from putting it down. The questions you will ask in the span of the story will also be answered within the book. Thumbs up for this.

My dad works for microsoft

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2 Monogatari Series

I can't express in words how AMAZING the Monogatari series is.

It's way too good, seriously

Simply a masterpiece

The best story I've ever read

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3 Spice & Wolf

Amazing progression, wonderful unforgettable characters, keeps you hooked

This is not a normal light novel, it's Legend

The epitome of storytelling!

A slower paced story filled with a wondrous series of believable events, savourable timelines and developed characters.

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4 Jobless Reincarnation - It will be All Out if I Go to Another World Jobless Reincarnation - It will be All Out if I Go to Another World

Great novel, mostly thanks to the strong characters. Each one is flawed but in a very humane or endearing kind of way, especially the protagonist that goes from being a useless NEET to risking his life over and over for the sake of his family.

Full of adventures! filled with fun, excitement and brimming with emotions! recommended to everyone!

By far the best isekai out there. Many isekai leave a lot to be desired but this one was executed beautifully. The main character and the supporting cast are all unique and memorable and the plot makes sense...kind of. - AndrewHunt42

Best isekai light novel ever.
If you’re into isekai’s, this is a must read LN

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5 No Game No Life

I know the anime for this, but I haven't watched It yet. I might start off with the novels - MLPFan

Though the english translation is not at top notch. It drops bombs after bombs as the novel approach the end. Imagine the boner u gets from the anime when he declare war on all other race top it all of being the weakest. Get that feeling and times 5 my guy.

It's an amazing series and even better if you play games and can relate even closer to it


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6 Knight's & Magic

I hope for the continuation. it was the best novel for me

it is good

7 A Certain Magical Index

Beautiful book by a writer who I believe is incarnation of God.

Kamachi Kazuma is probably a higher life form that decsended from the high heavens. To be able to keep me interested to the point of impatience is a miracle only he has accomplished. That's just how interesting and amazing this light novel is.
I strongly recommend this light novel to anyone who is willing to give it a chance!

8 The Rising of the Shield Hero

Fast pace and very good storyline. Keeps readers in suspense and draws them in with un expected twist and turns. The cgaracter development is also really good. After completing this novel, I felt so empty. That, is a true definition of a great LN.

A cooler look on the transported to a different world genre.

It's great please read this

9 Oregairu

It is amazing

Deserves to be on the TOP 5

It's the best accumulation of realistic thoughts that can be put together in a fictional story

The best cynical protagonist out there

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10 Overlord

The cover is wrong

How to do overpowered characters right in a story? With good world building and taking multiple perspectives from good side characters.

One of the best greatest pieces of literature I have ever read. Please give it a chance, you will not be disappointed.

This is too underrated :(

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The Newcomers

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? Hataraku Maou Sama (Devil is a Part Timer)

It is the best, I don't remember the part time lady partner that maou had, but I root for her

This is the best reverse isekai for me, Yusa Emi for life!

The Contenders

11 Legendary Moonlight Sculptor

Great feeling of adventure

Very good story and rough character polished up

Best ever. A must read.

This book is great for me because of the EPIC adventures/quests the MC makes. It's a story where he lives up to his ingame username: "Weed". He is like a coakcroach you can't kill off. The MC outwits his opponents in incrediable ways numerous times, if you enjoy the feeling of adventure this is one for you.

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12 Baccano! Baccano!

Awesome plot, keeps you glued from the begining 'till the end each volume. Characters, you could actually look up to. Give it a try!

13 Tales Of Demons and Gods

Started with the Manga and then went "... WHERE IS THE LIGHT NOVEL I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN THE STORY! " I Couldn't stop with the Manga and I can't stop with the Light Novel now It's a great piece with a good mix of action, mystery, romantic, diplomatic and dark scenes within it.

First Light Novel I've ever read. I find it amazing though, well written and actually hard to foresee. Very likeable characters and great setting

The manga is a bit slow at picking up and only shows a tiny tiny portion of what the story is. And the story, oh, my, god. It's actually damn good!

Best LN ever

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14 Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online below Log Horizon? You gotta be kidding me.

I'm sorry, but there are just too many problems with Sword Art Online for me to like it. - itz_izzy

It's getting boring hope it regains its hype soon.

There's too many issues and it's kinda really boring

It is good and amazing can’t explain why though

15 The Irregular at Magic High School

Relatable though a fantasy work. Not over the top action and story makes it (for me) the best thing I ever read.

This anime is so cool and I really want to know if they will make season 2

Story is pretty cool with lots of background details

Absolutely love it!

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16 Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

Heart wrenchingly beautiful.


Interesting approach to "transported into another world" LN by Tappei Nagatsuki. Main character, who lived as NEET in Japan, suddenly finds himself in a parallel world and has to figure out his situation. A lot of humor, drama, magic, mystery and suffering (physical and mental). Series is not finished yet, but worth picking up and reading. First 3 story arcs were adapted as an anime in 2016.

It is legendary
The plot is insane
Its just too good

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17 High School DxD

Very attractive novel I always used to read in free time

Super creative with all of these dragon and faction stuff

Just a great one.

Awesome plot and character development
And especially Issei's character:- a gentleman true to his carnal desires

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18 Danmachi Danmachi

One of the most amazing and entertaining works that I have ever red!

IT IS GREAT - very creative

Digs deep into the heart

The best ever.

19 Durarara!!

Really one of the best animes that I have seen there is a lot of caracters and every one have a role in the story.Whene I think about it I still can't say this serie talk about what, because its just a mix of events that create a kind of suspense and thriller and made you interested

When I first started reading, didn't know what to expect. But the story was well done, and the character's designs fitted well with the plot.

Very enjoyable.

20 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

I'm surprised this wasn't on the list, but this series is one of my favorites. I love all of the characters, and from the light novel, the series got two anime seasons, a movie, and a manga adaptation. Definitely worth checking out. - itz_izzy


21 Re:Monster

A bit out in a many extents (like too overpowered, etc) but quite entertaining, like it much

It's pretty good except the story is a bit fast and sometime it's a bit confusing other than that it's pretty good read...exciting stuff.

Pretty good

Good story - Dragovik

22 Log Horizon

Better than SAO, always.

Nah, I love Sword Art Online better.

Sword Art Online ripoff >:-( - ModernSpongeBobSucks

23 Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!



24 Isekai Wa Smartphone to Tomo to In

Awesome must read I liked it most

25 Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden is a Japanese light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase.
26 Against the Gods

Most amazing story I have ever read! Give this a shot and you will not be disappointed. I have read a lot of light novels and this one takes the cake by far.

This Is very very good for you who like harem genre with OP mc

Typical chinese OP MC with harem and stage progession system(strongest in city weakest in county, strongest in county weakest in country, stongest in country weakest in continent etc.) If the average one is a 5 this one would be a 6. It's better than average type in this genre but its still doesn't stand out in any field except its chapter number. - AndrewHunt42

27 Slayers
28 Hyouka Hyouka

You can feel the mystery

Now why isn't hyouka in this list? deserves to be under hakomari in my opinion

I like kudryavka seqence very much!

29 Invincible Level Up
30 Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai

My god this light novel is so funny and realist about the people who don't have any friends - MloikFred

31 Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken

Slow start but once you get into it its pretty good. - AndrewHunt42

This have its own charm. :))

32 Campione Campione
33 Arifureta Kanashimi No Hate
34 Fate/Zero Fate/Zero Fate/Zero is a series of light novels written by Gen Urobuchi, illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi, and is a prequel to Type-Moon's visual novel, Fate/stay night. An anime adaptation of Fate/Zero was jointly produced by Aniplex, nitroplus, Type-Moon, Seikaisha, and Ufotable that ran from 2011-2012.
35 Toradora!

One of the best light novel. I even read it 10 times the romantic comedy. they help each other to like each's best friend but in the end they fall for each other what a cliche

36 Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu Ka?
37 Everyone Else is a Returnee

The progression is interesting, very fast pace and it keeps you on your toes imagining what ability the MC is gonna get next. - AndrewHunt42

38 Peerless Martial God
39 Zhan Long
40 Bungaku Shoujo

This is really good, in my opinion

The best light novel I’ve ever read. I can't even put it down until I finished them. The plot twist were so amazing

41 Seirei Tsukai No Blade Dance

I enjoyed it but this one is a Hit or Miss for a lot of people - AndrewHunt42

42 Bungou Stray Dogs Bungou Stray Dogs
43 Sayonara Piano Sonata
44 Kaifuku Jutsushi No Yarinaoshi
45 Zaregoto
46 Full Metal Alchemist Full Metal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa. It is about two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, trying to restore their bodies after failing at bringing their mother back to life. It aired in 2003 and was remade as Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood more.
47 Kagerou Project Kagerou Project

Kagerou Project is really good!

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