What are your Top Light Novels



  • I will include my top 10 light novels but feel free to only mention top 5, 3, or even just your favorite.

    1. Is It Wrong to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon (and spin-offs)
    2. The Isolator
    3. Spice & Wolf
    4. The Faraway Paladin (this may move up FAST)
    5. Overlord
    6. Goblin Slayer
    7. The Irregular at Magic High School
    8. A Certain Magical Index (Kazuma Kamachi has written soooooo many novels, it's a travesty that we don't have more translated)
    9. How a Realistic Hero Rebuilt the kingdom
    10. My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World

    Honorable Mention: In Another World with my smartphone (this series is being translated so fast I haven't had time to reexamine my list.

    Note 1 because this is a Light Novel list I did not include the entirety of the Monogatari series, I also won't say where the Monogatari series would rank if included on this list.

    Note 2 because as of this post Volume 1 of Arifureta is not 100% published I will not be reexamining my list, for now.


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    I'll just go by first volume / first few books, since outside of Part-Timer and Shield Hero, I haven't kept up with many ongoing series.

    1. Goth (single volume, but released originally under LN label?)
    2. Baccano V1
    3. Big Sis
    4. Paying to Win in a VRMMO
    5. Goblin Slayer V1
    6. Realist Hero
    7. Part-Timer
    8. Kizumonogatari

    I can't really rank Paladin among these right now, though I liked volume 1. That and Realist Hero both have some info dumpish portions that I haven't gotten my head around (gods and creatures, and military make up respectively). Grimgar by comparison is fairly character centric and focused, though there is the bit about the destruction of the old kingdom makeup by some demon king that was unkillable (but somehow perished).

    Need to get to Brave Story, Mardock Scramble, Ring, Death March, Psycome and a host of others. I know some of these are Novel novels, not light novels.


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    @Rahul-Balaggan said in What are your Top Light Novels:

    1. The Isolator

    I was disappointed that Justus R Stone, our resident Light Novel YouTube reviewer, didn't really take to these. Different strokes for different folks, though with Baccano I think he admitted reading Durarara before it kind of ruined Baccano for him as it followed similar patterns.

    With The Isolator, he gave up after V1 but has heard good things from others. His dourness on V1 made me want to reassess my opinion since I thought it was decent (multiple perspectives, gory real world action not Isekai, Parasyte inspired).



  • @Terrence Re: The Isolator I will be one of the people who say it gets better with more volumes.

    Volumes 2 and 3 had a lot more depth and certainly added darker tones to the overall story.

    I will say this out of all 3 volumes currently available in english (I am not sure if Volume 4 has been released in Japan or is even scheduled at this point, I asked Yenpress and received no response) volume 3 was my favorite volume...

    And before anyone who read volume 3 asks


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    1. Time of Eve: Another Act
    2. The Faraway Paladin
    3. Is it Wrong to Pickup Girls in a Dungeon (Vol. 6 especially)
    4. The Devil is a Part-Timer
    5. The Isolator

    Also would consider adding Arifureta after completing at least 1 volume.


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    1. The Faraway Paladin
    2. Grimgar
    3. Goblin Slayer
    4. Realist Hero
    5. Big Sis

    Big Sis dropped after volume 3. And I'm also considering adding Arifureta to #1 after completing volume 1. I'm a huge fan of darker plots, so I'm quite attached to Arifureta.


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    1. Grimgar
    2. Another
    3. Book Girl
    4. Faraway Paladin/Spice & Wolf
    1. Big Sister

    I've only read the first 3 main volumes of Book Girl, so that one could still move in either direction.



  • 1)How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
    2)SAO
    3)Kagerou Daze
    4)Black Bullet
    5)My Little Sister Can Read Kanji

    I'd rank Black Bullet a bit higher,especially since it's got almost everything a sci-fi fan like me could want in a story, but it's choices in comedy can be major turn-offs at times (not including vol 3).


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    hmm I can´t actually make a list like this, because I like too many LN.
    But one of the best for me are : Black Bullet, Arifureta, Shinmai Maou no Testament, Highschool DxD, Mahouka, Is Wrong to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon, Magika No Kenshi To Shoukan Maou, Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan, Akashic Record of Bastard Magical Instructor, Eromanga-Sensei,Goblin Slayer, Death March, Rising of the Shield Hero, Re:Zero, Monogatari Serjies, No game no life, Strike the blood, Konosuba, Tsuujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de Ni-kai Kougeki no Okaa-san wa Suki desu ka? and many other haha



  • No particular order:
    Over Lord
    Grimgar
    Mushoku Tensei

    Would be my top 3


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    @Bryan Pretty much mine too. I would add Danmachi and Faraway Paladin though.


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    1. No Game No Life
    2. My Big Sister Lives In a Fantasy World
    3. Invaders of the Rokujyōma
    4. My Favorite Song - Silver Siren
    5. Strike the Blood
    6. Arifureta
    7. Is it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon?
    8. Log Horizon
    9. Asterisk War
    10. Index

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    @rootbeermaster said in What are your Top Light Novels:

    1. My Favorite Song - Silver Siren

    I just picked this and The Violet Knight up on that Cross Infinite World sale. Be a bit before I get to it though. =)

    In terms of my interests, I didn't enjoy Paying to Win volume 3 as much and the formula + lack of any sort of interesting setting / world building in the VRMMO is holding it back for me. So that'd fall down on my personal list.

    I'm in the middle of SisKan V3 (hopefully my tabs stay open with that one since I know it expired). I kind of like how they introduced this new character. They betrayed some of my expectations... well, initially. So that series is going up on my rankings.

    Rokka: Braves is good, though with the light bit of info I gleaned from some posts, I hope it doesn't affect my read. I know basically nothing beyond volume 1.

    Baccano V4 up next for me after Sound! Euphonium. I feel bad, but I'm way behind on Part-Timer. It's just one of those series I know will be there waiting for me to jump back in whenever I like.


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    1. Accel World
    2. Overlord
    3. DanMachi
    4. Spice & Wolf
    5. Goblin Slayer

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    Utsoro No Haku to Zero No Maria

    A Certain Magical Index

    Invaders of the Rokujyōma

    Spice and Wolf

    The Devil is a Part Timer

    i it wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon

    My Big Sister Lives in a Fatnasy World


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    Utsuro no Hako To Zero no Maria

    Mushoku Tensei

    OREGAIRU

    Gekkou

    Faraway Paladin



  • 1.Overlord
    2.Grimgar
    3.Realist Hero
    4.Faraway Paladin
    5.The New Gate
    6._*Is It Wrong To Pick Up girls in a Dungeon
    7.Classroom of The Elite (to long in Japanese 😅)
    8.Heavy Object
    9.Infinite Dendrogram (I'm think it will go up to my top 5 soon)
    10.Spice & Wolf


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    @hyferzftw said in What are your Top Light Novels:

    7.Classroom of The Elite (to long in Japanese 😅)

    I really hope someone picks this up in English soon. xC



  • This'll be hard. In no particular order

    1. Grimgar

    2. Oregiaru

    3. biblia antiquarian bookshop

    4. Mondaiji-Tachi

    5. Hyouka? (Not a Light novel)

    Bluesteel might join this list, but I've only read 1 Vol so far


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    Lets see

    1. Overlord
    2. In a different World with my Smartphone (was why I subscriped to J-Novel Club)
    3. Death March
    4. Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear (some times you just need a nice Slice of Life Novel)
    5. Cook of the Mercenary Corp
    6. Kara no Kyoukai (why oh why is there only one chapter released in english -atleast officially-)
    7. Lottery Grand Prize (yep it is a typical Harem Story with an OP MC. But an Badass MC)
    8. Summoned Slaughterer

    Oh yeah this list doesn't mean that I am more inclined to Isekai novel although many are transportet to another world novel

    There are others I enjoy to read (Baccano, Index, Irregular at Magic High School and so on)but those are the once I rerread regularly. Also I am sure that Youjo Senki will join this list shortly. But let's wait till it gets released.

    Also there are some which do not fit the LN criteria like Gourmet of another World


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