Ranking Author Albert Camus’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

“What are Albert Camus’s Best Books?” We looked at all of Camus’ authored bibliography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the books written by Albert Camus and looked at their Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing scores, ranking them against one another to see which books came out on top. The books are ranked in our list below based on which titles have the highest overall score between all 3 review sites in comparison with all of the other books by the same author. The process isn’t super scientific and in reality, most books aren’t “better” than other books as much as they are just different. That being said, we do enjoy seeing where our favorites landed, and if you aren’t familiar with the author at all, the rankings can help you see what books might be best to start with.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



The Top Book’s Of Albert Camus



20 ) Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 20

Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism



19 ) Betwixt and Between (L’envers et l’endroit)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 18
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 18

Betwixt and Between (L’envers et l’endroit)



18 ) A Happy Death (La Mort heureuse)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 16
  • Amazon: 18
  • LibraryThing: 16

A Happy Death (La Mort heureuse)



17 ) Algerian Chronicles

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 14
  • Amazon: 12
  • LibraryThing: 19

Algerian Chronicles



16 ) Nuptials (Noces)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 20
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 17

Nuptials (Noces)



15 ) Exile and the Kingdom (L’exil et le royaume)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 12
  • LibraryThing: 12

Exile and the Kingdom (L’exil et le royaume)



13 ) The Plague (La Peste)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 11
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 10

The Plague (La Peste)



13 ) The Fall (La Chute)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 8
  • Amazon: 17
  • LibraryThing: 11

The Fall (La Chute)



11 ) The Stranger (L’Étranger, often translated as The Outsider)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 12
  • LibraryThing: 9

The Stranger (L’Étranger, often translated as The Outsider)



11 ) The First Man (Le premier homme)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 13
  • Amazon: 6
  • LibraryThing: 14

The First Man (Le premier homme)



10 ) Youthful Writings

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 16
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 14

Youthful Writings



9 ) The Myth of Sisyphus (Le Mythe de Sisyphe)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 8

The Myth of Sisyphus (Le Mythe de Sisyphe)



8 ) Notebooks 1935–1942

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 8
  • Amazon: 6
  • LibraryThing: 13

Notebooks 1935–1942



7 ) The Rebel (L’Homme révolté)

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 6

The Rebel (L’Homme révolté)



6 ) Notebooks 1942–1951

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 6
  • LibraryThing: 5

Notebooks 1942–1951



4 ) Between Hell and Reason

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 6
  • LibraryThing: 1

Between Hell and Reason



4 ) Notebooks 1951–1959

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 6
  • LibraryThing: 3

Notebooks 1951–1959



2 ) Camus at “Combat”: Writing 1944–1947

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 2

Camus at “Combat”: Writing 1944–1947



2 ) Resistance, Rebellion, and Death

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 2
  • LibraryThing: 6

Resistance, Rebellion, and Death



1 ) Lyrical and Critical Essays

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 2
  • LibraryThing: 4

Lyrical and Critical Essays



Albert Camus’s Best Books



Albert Camus Review Website Bibliography Rankings

Book Goodreads Amazon LibraryThing Overall Rank
Lyrical and Critical Essays 1 2 4 1
Camus at “Combat”: Writing 1944–1947 4 4 2 2
Resistance, Rebellion, and Death 2 2 6 2
Between Hell and Reason 4 6 1 4
Notebooks 1951–1959 2 6 3 4
Notebooks 1942–1951 10 6 5 6
The Rebel (L’Homme révolté) 6 11 6 7
Notebooks 1935–1942 8 6 13 8
The Myth of Sisyphus (Le Mythe de Sisyphe) 6 15 8 9
Youthful Writings 16 1 14 10
The Stranger (L’Étranger, often translated as The Outsider) 12 12 9 11
The First Man (Le premier homme) 13 6 14 11
The Plague (La Peste) 11 15 10 13
The Fall (La Chute) 8 17 11 13
Exile and the Kingdom (L’exil et le royaume) 15 12 12 15
Nuptials (Noces) 20 4 17 16
Algerian Chronicles 14 12 19 17
A Happy Death (La Mort heureuse) 16 18 16 18
Betwixt and Between (L’envers et l’endroit) 18 19 18 19
Christian Metaphysics and Neoplatonism 19 19 20 20
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