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Ranking Author David Mitchell’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

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

We took all of the books written by David Mitchell and looked at his 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. We will update the article if/when a new book by David Mitchell is released. Although it probably won’t be immediate so the scores on each site have time to settle and aren’t overly influenced by the early, usually much more opinionated, users.

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The Top Book’s Of David Mitchell



7 ) The Bone Clocks

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 6

A vast, intricate novel that weaves six narratives and spans from 1984 to the 2030s about a secret war between a cult of soul-decanters and a small group of vigilantes called the Night Shift who try to take them down. An up-all-night story that fluently mixes the super-natural, sci-fi, horror, social satire, and hearbreaking realism

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6 ) Slade House

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 7

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House: a surreal place where visitors see what they want to see, including some things that should be impossible. Every nine years, the house’s residents–an odd brother and sister–extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late

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5 ) number9dream

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 5
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 5

A Booker Prize finalist, this is the story of a young innocent’s exhilarating misadventures in Tokyo while searching for the father he never knew.

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4 ) Black Swan Green

Review Website Ranks:

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

Thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor comes of age in 1982 in what is for him the sleepiest village in Worcestershire, experiencing first cigarettes, first kisses, and first deaths.

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3 ) Cloud Atlas

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 3
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 1

Recounts the connected stories of people from the past and the distant future, from a nineteenth-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalayptic world.

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1 ) The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Review Website Ranks:

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

1799, Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor. Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk, has a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa, the disfigured daughter of a samurai doctor and midwife to the city’s powerful magistrate. The borders between propriety, profit, and pleasure blur until Jacob finds his vision clouded, one rash promise made and then fatefully broken–the consequences of which will extend beyond Jacob’s worst imaginings.

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1 ) Ghostwritten

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 2
  • LibraryThing: 3

The lives of nine total strangers from nine different countries become intertwined in a strange series of circumstances.

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David Mitchell’s Best Books



David Mitchell Review Website Bibliography Rankings

BookGoodreadsAmazonLibraryThingOveral Rank
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet 222 1
Ghostwritten 123 1
Cloud Atlas 341 3
Black Swan Green 414 4
number9dream 545 5
Slade House 647 6
The Bone Clocks 676 7