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Best Light Novels

A light novel is a style of Japanese young adult novel primarily targeting high school and middle school students.

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Spice & Wolf, Vol. 01 book cover
Spice & Wolf, Vol. 01
Isuna Hasekura - 2009-12-15 (first published in 2006)
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"Join Kraft Lawrence, a traveling merchant, on his ordinary routine until a wolf goddess appears in his cart. Holo, the wisewolf, proposes a business deal to help him increase his profit. However, traveling with an ancient goddess has its complications. Will Lawrence be able to handle her wild nature? Discover the adventures of this unlikely duo in this captivating tale."
The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 1 book cover
The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 1
Deus lo Vult (The Saga of Tanya the Evil, 1)
Carlo Zen - 2017-12-19 (first published in 2013)
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Experience the thrilling aerial battles of a young girl named Tanya Degurechaff who is known as the Devil of the Rhine. She's an unstoppable soldier who goes against army mages with bullets, spells, and bayonets. But her past life as a peaceful ex-salaryman in Japan lives inside her mind, making her a ruthless and calculating warrior. Follow her journey as she navigates through this war-torn world, doing whatever it takes to survive, even if it means relying solely on the power of her gun.
In this captivating tale, a man named Satoru Mikami is transported to a fantasy world as a slime monster, after dying in a robbery. The book follows Satoru's adventures as he adjusts to his new life and interacts with the other creatures in the fantasy realm. Don't miss out on the thrilling events that lead to a game-changing twist in the story.
Bakemonogatari, Part 1 book cover
Bakemonogatari, Part 1
Monster Tale
NISIOISIN - 2016-12-20 (first published in 2006)
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Enter a world of mysterious maladies and supernatural phenomena that reveal the depths of the human psyche. Meet a girl who the boys think is a cloistered princess, but who is actually a monster. This legendary novel, first in a series, introduces a cast of beloved characters including Senjogahara, Hachikuji, and the weirdly reliable narrator, Araragi. Don't miss out on this critically acclaimed tale of unexpected feelings and irreverent humor.
Oh! My Useless Goddess! book cover
Oh! My Useless Goddess!
God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!, Vol. 1
Natsume Akatsuki - 2017-02-21 (first published in 2013)
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A video game addict dies and is given the chance to be reborn in a parallel world, but it's not all fun and games as he must fight against an evil threatening the violent world he finds himself in. He chooses the beautiful goddess, Aqua, to accompany him on his adventure, but they face challenges like finding the means to survive and avoiding the Demon King's army.
A young man named Sakuta explores a mysterious phenomenon: a bunny girl who is invisible to everyone around them, but who he can see. As the two investigate her strange condition, they grow closer and unravel the secrets behind her invisibility.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya book cover
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Nagaru Tanigawa - 2009-01-01 (first published in 2003)
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Discover a captivating story about a determined girl named Haruhi and her sarcastic classmate Kyon. They become involved in the S.O.S. Brigade, an after-school club focused on seeking out the extraordinary, but their second mission is keeping Haruhi happy. Why? Because she possesses the power to destroy the universe without even knowing it. Dive into this thrilling tale of high school life, adventure, and the potential destruction of the universe.
The Undead King book cover
The Undead King
Kugane Maruyama - 2012-07-30
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Step into a world where a popular game becomes reality. When Yggdrasil shuts down, Momonga and his fellow players are transported to a game world made real. As the skeletal sorcerer leads his guild, the legends of their adventures begin. Experience a thrilling journey of friendship, strategy, and magic in this captivating novel.
86—EIGHTY-SIX, Vol. 1 book cover
86—EIGHTY-SIX, Vol. 1
Asato Asato - 2019-03-26 (first published in 2017)
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In a world where the San Magnolia Republic is constantly under attack by unmanned weapons, young men and women from the 86th district are drafted into the military to pilot their own. This action-packed novel follows their journey to survive and fight against an enemy they never thought they'd face.
Classroom of the Elite (Light Novel) Vol. 1 book cover
Classroom of the Elite (Light Novel) Vol. 1
Syougo Kinugasa - 2019-05-07 (first published in 2015)
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A suspenseful tale of cutthroat competition at a prestigious Tokyo high school where students must barter, win, or save points to climb the ranks. Ayanokoji Kiyotaka and Horikita Suzune from Class D are determined to beat the system and rise to the top in the midst of a fierce school drama. Don't miss this light novel that inspired an anime adaptation!
Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World by Tappei Nagatsuki
My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected, Vol. 1 by Wataru Watari
Axis Church vs. Eris Church by Natsume Akatsuki
Kino's Journey Vol. 1 by Iruka Shiomiya
Katanagatari 1 by NISIOISIN
Otherside Picnic by Iori Miyazawa
Sword Art Online, Vol. 01 by Reki Kawahara
The Rising of the Shield Hero Volume 01 by Aneko Yusagi
Arifureta by Ryo Shirakome
Ascendance of a Bookworm by Miya Kazuki
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Vol. 1 by Fujino Omori
Goblin Slayer by Kumo Kagyu
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody by Hiro Ainana
The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria, Vol. 1 by Eiji Mikage
Didn't I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?! Light Novel Vol. 1 by FUNA
Toradora! (Light Novel) Vol. 1 by Yuyuko Takemiya
I'm in Love with the Villainess (Light Novel) Vol. 1 by Inori
The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Vol. 1 by Mato Sato
Strawberry Panic by Sakurako Kimino
Undefined by Khai Smith
A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 1 by Kazuma Kamachi