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.

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.

Greatest love story

Definitely the best I've ever read, only Gekkou comes close.

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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. 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!

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.

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.

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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

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The Contenders

11 Overlord

The cover is wrong

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

Game of Thrones from the point of view of Night King

I can't get enough of this.

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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!

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.

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 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.

19 Re:Monster

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

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 Danmachi Danmachi

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

The best ever.

22 Slayers
23 Log Horizon

Better than SAO, always.

Nah, I love Sword Art Online better.

Sword Art Online ripoff >:-( - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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



25 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

26 Against the Gods

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 Hyouka Hyouka

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

I like kudryavka seqence very much!

28 Invincible Level Up
29 Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken

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

This have its own charm. :))

30 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

31 Zhan Long
32 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.
33 Isekai Wa Smartphone to Tomo to In
34 Campione Campione
35 Shuumatsu Nani Shitemasu Ka?
36 Seirei Tsukai No Blade Dance

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

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 Bungou Stray Dogs Bungou Stray Dogs
39 Zaregoto
40 Bungaku Shoujo

This is really good, in my opinion

41 Kagerou Project Kagerou Project

Kagerou Project is really good!

42 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.
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