Best Japanese Light Novels
A light novel is a style of Japanese novel primarily targeting middle and high school students. They are typically not more than 40,000–50,000 words long (the shorter ones being equivalent to a novella in US publishing terms), rarely exceed 200 pages, are usually published in bunkobon size, and are often illustrated. The text is often serialized in anthology magazines prior to collection in book form.
1 Book Girl and the Suicidal ...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 428 ratings
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2 The Melancholy of Haruhi Su...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 2,382 ratings
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3 Book Girl and the Corrupted...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 123 ratings
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4 Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 585 ratings
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5 Spice and Wolf, Book 1
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 1,510 ratings
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6 My Girlfriend's a Geek (nov...
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 92 ratings
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7 Kieli, Volume 1: The Dead S...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 225 ratings
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8 Book Girl and the Famished ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 189 ratings
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9 Book Girl and the Captive Fool
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 158 ratings
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9 GOTH, Volume 1
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,244 ratings
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11 Train Man
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 939 ratings
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12 Summer, Fireworks, and My C...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 265 ratings
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13 Calling you
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 218 ratings
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13 ZOO
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 375 ratings
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15 Book Girl and the Wayfarer'...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 92 ratings
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16 デュラララ!! (Durarara!!, #1)
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 154 ratings
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17 .hack // AI Buster (AI Bust...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 438 ratings
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18 Boogiepop And Others
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 191 ratings
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18 Boogiepop the light novel V...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 58 ratings
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18 Boogiepop Returns: Vs. Imag...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 86 ratings
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21 Boogiepop Returns: Vs. Imag...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 69 ratings
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21 My Girlfriend's a Geek, Vol...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 36 ratings
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23 Book Girl and the Scribe Wh...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 54 ratings
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24 Brave Story
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,550 ratings
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25 Metal Gear Solid: Guns of t...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 67 ratings
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25 Iris on Rainy Days (雨の日のアイリ...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 35 ratings
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27 Kieli, Volume 2: White Wake...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 112 ratings
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27 Love Hina: The Novel, Volume 1
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 113 ratings
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29 Kieli, Volume 3: Prisoners ...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 84 ratings
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29 Crest of the Stars 1: Princ...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 114 ratings
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31 Kieli, Volume 4: Long Night...
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 69 ratings
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32 Kieli, Volume 5: The Sunlit...
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 63 ratings
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32 Missing (Novel) Volume 2: L...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 27 ratings
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34 Kieli, Volume 6: The Sunlit...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 49 ratings
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34 Crest of the Stars 2: A Mod...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 86 ratings
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36 Welcome to the N.H.K.
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 715 ratings
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37 Ballad of a Shinigami, Vol....
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 100 ratings
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38 Kieli, Volume 7: As the Dee...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 30 ratings
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39 Kieli, Volume 8: The Dead S...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 19 ratings
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40 Kieli, Volume 9: The Dead S...
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 25 ratings
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41 Book Girl and the Scribe Wh...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 65 ratings
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42 Book girl and the Undine Wh...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 80 ratings
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43 Milky Way Railroad
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 281 ratings
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