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

The one who created this novel should be a god in disguise

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.

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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

The Best. enough said

Simply a masterpiece

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!

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 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

it is good

6 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

7 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!

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

This is probably the best light novel out there. I mean seriously.

One of the best stores ever written

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10 Legendary Moonlight Sculptor

Great feeling of adventure

Very good story and rough character polished up

Best ever. A must read.

One word...awesome

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The Newcomers

? Hyouka Hyouka

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

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.

Trust me u wont regret reading overlord

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

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!

Its compelling while you read it but afterwards your like meh. Especially now where you only get a new chapter once a month - AndrewHunt42

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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.

15 The Irregular at Magic High School

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

The best LN I ever read

One of the best Anim I got hook on to.

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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

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

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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 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.

19 Re:Monster

Pretty good

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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