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

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.

Greatest love story

There is a reason why HakoMari has been number one on myanimelist for such a long time. No mortal can write such a masterpiece, Mikage must be a god in human form.
Anyone who has read HakoMAri knows that this is the best light novel ever written. I voted for it while ignoring my favorite Oregairu and Re:Zero because nothing else can beat the perfection named HakoMari.

I run a anime related site and HakoMari is the only one to ever get a perfect 10 from me.

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. enough said

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 god send

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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!

Best light novel ever
The only light novel that make cry, joy, sad.

Its full of emotions

5 Knight's & Magic

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

6 A Certain Magical Index

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!

7 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

One of my favorites in every format. Read/watch!

7th volume is the true reward for reading NGNL, it is a really nice novel.

YES SO HAPPY THAT THIS WAS ON THE LIST! I personally prefer the light novels over then anime since their way more descriptive and more revealing about Blank’s backstory. But a tad too much fan service. - Otakugirl

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.

9 Oregairu

It is amazing

Deserves to be on the TOP 5

One of the best stores ever written

Best one in the list.
Imbecile eyesores, look closely.

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10 Legendary Moonlight Sculptor

Great feeling of adventure

Very good story and rough character polished up

No one picked this...?

You will see how the Protagonist worked hard or should I say scam hard? HAHAA

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 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!

12 Overlord

The cover is wrong

I like the main character, momonga, that forced to change her lifestyle and mind from a salary salesman to a great king of a nation (or you can call it a tomb). Can't wait for the next volume release.

One of the most interesting and fun light novels I have ever read.
It just pulls you in and you won't be able to resist reading chapter after chapter while constantly promising that this is gonna be the last one for tonight but that promise will be shattered after every chapter as you will want to read on and on.

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

Very good novel but translated rather slowly

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.

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.

15 Durarara!!

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.

16 High School DxD

Very attractive novel I always used to read in free time

Just a great one.

One of the few ecchi series with an amazing plot and non stereotype characters


17 Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu


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


18 The Irregular at Magic High School

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

The best LN I ever read

One of the best Anim I got hook on to.

So Mary and Gary were from a LN?! ZOMG! - MLPFan

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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

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