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
Monogatari Series Monogatari Series Product Image

9/10 I am looking for more action, but other than that, it's a masterpiece. Great character development. Story revolves around a vampire of sorts.

The best light-noel I've ever read and definitely the best anime adaptation of a light novel

Simply put, an amazing ride with great characters. Truly a story made with love.

The best light-novel, one of the best anime series

The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria The Empty Box and the Zeroth Maria Product Image

By far the best novel I've ever read. A masterpiece in the truest sense of the word, this novel draws you in right from the very start and compels you to follow it till the end. And damn, was the ending satisfying. This series couldn't have ended in any other way!

Simply put, a masterpiece. Seriously, I read all available volumes (1-6) in 3 nights. Every day I'd be excited for getting to read the rest of the series. I then spent an excruciating time waiting for the last volume to be released and translated. When it finally got an official translated I went and bought it and had it shipped to my country immediately. Can not recommend this series enough.

This LN is amazing. Within the past year and a half I have read about 50-75 different LNs and none could come even close to affecting me as much emotionally as HakoMari. Its like a painting painted by one of those performer guys who paint upside-down. You don't know what the hell is going on or how the story ends until the author finishes his last stroke flips the painting and all the pieces just fit together perfectly creating a masterpiece.

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.

Oregairu Oregairu Product Image

LoL... I think this LN deserves to be ranked at either 2nd or 3rd...this is really awesome. This LN is very thought-provoking and hilarious at the same time... If any of you is interesting of Rom-Coms that isn't cliche, then this is definitely a must-read!

Should be in top 1 :) the best, though the author should end it because the wait is seriously killing me. I have to forget about it till the next book or else it will stick on my mind and stop me from doing anything seriously.

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

Started my Light Novel reading with this... I have read 10 LNs and this is the best Light Novel so far!

Spice & Wolf Spice & Wolf Product Image

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

Amazing progression, wonderful unforgettable characters, keeps you hooked

It was the best light novel I have seen so far

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

Overlord Overlord Product Image

Basically, read this. You won't be dissapointed. Go on, just read Part 1 of Chapter 1. You'll love it.
It's got everything you can imagine and more. Power, women, realism, politics, not vanilla content. Want a generic hero type who works hard and does the right thing? That's Climb. Want a ruthless butcher of humans that "friendship! and Justice!" can't overcome? There's Clementine.
For anyone who's into the psychological aspect, this has it in spades as well and for those who want to see Momon find everything he desperately desired and more, read the twitter side story set in an alternate universe.

Thoroughly enjoyed the GM's point of view. Love the characters. 10/10... One question though. This is the Overlord with Ains in it, right?

10/10! A very EPIC story. It is a mix of all kinds of genre. ALL KINDS. 1st, you'll experience comedy/action/adventure/fantasy, then you'll get tragedy/others on other points of view.

You got to get it in your head though, that the protagonist is a TRUE VILLAIN who has his own legitimate reasons for doing evil sheit! Read it and watch it! OR watch it and read it.

Amazing story, anime adaptation was successful but they left out a lot of stuff. Narrative is dynamic, sometimes it is told from Mc's point of view, sometimes it is told from others' (and this creates hilarious situations). I recommend this to everyone even if you don't like isekai(trash) genre.

Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu

One of the best world-building pieces I've ever seen in a while. Some authors could learn a thing or two from Re Zero. Plus, I love Rem.

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.

I've always been a huge fan of this, and will always think this is the best. It's just such an AMAZING story I can't describe it with words. The best thing in my life that happened to me was finding this masterpiece, and I don't think anything is going to beat this.

This story is amazing. By far my favorite light novel and show. Love all the characters in this story and it is a very dark and awesome series.

Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu Ka?

Love the story and also love the plot

Amazing characters and relationships with a sad tragic and melancholic atmosphere and a nice story about family and passion

A Certain Magical Index A Certain Magical Index Product Image

One of my best I ever read LIGHT NOVEL series. but the ANIME is disappointing though, wish they remake it or just change the director

One of the best novels I have ever read it easily captures the wonder of magic and science with a understandable reason to why they are fighting the powers are unique as well as interesting while both has grounded reality the science is sound and the magic takes from real religion in the best way possible.

One of the best novels with amazing world which seems alive. You can feel everything is connected and a part of a larger world. It's like a crossover

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!

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.

Truly an isekai masterpiece

The Contenders
No Game No Life No Game No Life Product Image

Lazy hero that performs extremely well when it counts.
If this was a game character, he'd have a pure intelligence build and 1point for other stats.
Extremely good story, 10/10 would recommend!

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.

Exceptional series. I have read each book multiple times and watched the anime, and I can't recommend it enough. The characters and the writing is exceptional, and their genius is portrayed flawlessly.

Read every available volume (1-7) in 3 weeks. I love the logical genius built into the scenarios the MC's have to get through in order to win.

Kino's Journey: The Beautiful World

Deep, suspenseful, philosophical, funny, and effortlessly cool.

The Rising of the Shield Hero The Rising of the Shield Hero Product Image

Shield Hero was amazing right from the start were the Shield Hero gets sucked up into a different world and has to fight along three other heroes who dislike him and a woman who framed him for a crime he didn't do as well as defend a world that rejects him. This is probably the best action pack fantasy that I have ever read.

Definitely love the 2 MC. And I absolutely love the MC's personality. It's rarely hard to see such a personality that was good to being twisted but still maintained the good qualities. And I like the fact that he knows what he's doing and won't hesitate to do it, even if it's right or wrong, nice or cruel. He doesn't even let the girls correct him, bully him or tell him what to do which is what I desperately wanted because, dude, where's your pride as a man?.-. (unlike some other MCs like Kojou or Shidou). He can be caring and kind but can also be twisted (again, which I love :3) and incredibly dangerous at the same time.

Revolves around a main character that goes from being a hopeful would-be hero, to a practical and at times heartless hero. Full of good plot, details, character development, worldbuilding, and a fantastic supporting cast of well developed characters make this an excellent read. Cannot reccomend it enough.

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.

Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! is a Japanese light novel series written by Natsume Akatsuki.

Want to take a break from all the reading that you've been doing but still want to read anyway? Read Konosuba! It will give you a good laugh!
BUT for the anime, I recommend you watch it at any time. Feel bored? watch Konosuba. Just got dumped by your girl? watch Konosuba. Got scared from watching horror? watch Konosuba. Konosuba is the answer to all your questions.

Instantly hooked. The plot continues to astound me as it unfolds and I absolutely love all of the very well developed characters.

Definitely worth reading if you have some spare time to waste. It's hilarious and has great characters.

Such a masterpiece is on 22th place? It's an unforgivable disgrace.

Legendary Moonlight Sculptor

Haven't gotten too far yet, just at chapter 50-ish but I'm hooked!
Protagonist invests a lot of effort and planning to achieve his goals. EPIC family values(the sort of self-sacrifice that should be taught in schools). Care for your family, care for your friends, understand your and your allies limitations and adjust accordingly, don't blame allies if they did their best. A whole lot of values to be found here. I recommend reading this to your children as a bedtime story! 8.5/10 so far!

I just love the MC and his background story...
Learn so much about how cruel life is and how to properly handle it...
The MC is so mouthful but actually kind in his own way, errhhh it's kind in any way... Truly better anger management than Arifureta or Shield Hero

A refreshing twist on game element light novels, it has a very real vibe to it, even though many light novels have a similar theme they're all related to transmigration etc. Giving the protagonist an edge over the others. Legendary moonlight sculptor though, has a refreshing change where the protag has good instincts

the guy is OP but always finds a reason to show how weak he is in the big picture and the solution to each of his problems is not straight forward

Knight's & Magic

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

Umineko When They Cry
Sword Art Online Sword Art Online Product Image

Although it has its flaws like everything else, SAO has a lot of heart and interesting things to say. The first few volumes are fun, but the story really picks up after Mother’s Rosario. The Alicization arc is superb, with a well-realized world. SAO Progressive is also wonderful, with more details about Aincrad. I love the series.

It's bad but I enjoy it, like I don't like the story I just enjoyed it

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.

This is the best novel where Kirito and Asuna had SEX

The Irregular at Magic High School The Irregular at Magic High School Product Image

Based on a HARD MAGIC SYSTEM(Magic system is extremely detailed, well thought out and consistent all throughout)
If you want to know what the world would be like if magic existed in the modern age (approximately 100 years from now), then this would ALMOST be the perfect fantasy novel for you!
The early volumes lean on an incest-ish vibe but if you can get through that, it's pretty epic. It now is on It's 30th Volume! That's proof enough of its epic-ness.

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

Where is season 2 or at least a OVA? It sells sells very good in Japan so what gives?

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

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.

A great story that made me question what it means to be a hero. Arturia, Iskandar and Gilgamesh really stole the show.

"You Killed (Servant)! You're not even human!

Baccano! Baccano! (バッカーノ!), which Narita translates as 'stupid commotion', is Italian for 'ruckus'. An ongoing light novel series with over twenty volumes published, it takes place across three eras – the early 1700s, 1930s, and 2000s – and presents its story arcs in anachronistic fashion. Though more.

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

Tales Of Demons and Gods

9.5/10 ! The only problem is that the updates are extremely slow! I need more! other than that, EPIC! good action, epic love story, epic adventure, epic plot. but updates are only once a month. author MadSnail is being a snail. T__T

This is another addictive LN from Wuxia. Adventures of a fallen hero as he is respawned and travelled back in time. Read as he correct his pasts and improve his surroundings. Magic, Martial Arts, Harem, Adventure and great tragedy. One of the best in my opinion.

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!

Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken

Best for me. I can't get over it and have been addicted to it since the beginning. The character development is well portrayed, the transitions on each arc is very smooth, the events in the story can take your breath away (in anticipation). seriously guys, if you want an LN with an OP MC but still down to earth -- who plans ahead before going to battle when it's clear as day that he's by far the strongest--, and support characters that are strong as hell, you better read this! This LN is amazing.

7/10! Saved the life of his friend in exchange for his life. Got reincarnated in another world as a slime, and got overpowered later on. He just wants to live a satisfying life like the rest of us. 4/10 for terrible writing. 7/10 for world building. 9/10 for the action/fantasy/adventure/magic. would recommend for action/fantasy/adventure/magic fans!

I'm literally obsessed, this is probably the singular best light novel series I've read, full of humor and fantastical beasts, definitely one great isekai!

Underrated, so so good, just keep reading its addictive. Love the LN more than the manga and anime. The story is just that good.


I first watched the anime and loved the lightheartedness and the fantasy dungeon aspect. For years after I was wondering where the second season might be but it never showed then I found the light novels... and let me tell you the anime does not do these masterpieces justice... 10/10 Makes a grown man cry like a school girl

When fantasy crosses dreams. By far the most well written light novel I have red. If you like mythology give it a shot. I promise it will not disappoint. The story isn't as deceiving is the title!

Great anime, amazing light novel! This is by far my favorite series out there! Love able characters and great story! Highly recommend!

Was skeptical at first but seriously some of the best written characters and story plots I had the pleasure of reading!


It should be in top 5
You don't wanna believe me just read itand then come

If you enjoy a series about an OP MC that tricks everyone through intellect this would be your series.

So Interesting and fun!

Best Light Novel I've ever read. MC is so good and the story is always intriguing and thrilling.

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