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10 BEST Leo Tolstoy Books & Quotes of All Time

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Who Was Leo Tolstoy?

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy (9 September 1828 – 20 November 1910) was a Russian writer, regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909. That he never won is a major controversy.

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The Best Leo Tolstoy Books of All Time

Why these best Leo Tolstoy books and not others? To stay objective, I rank all my book recommendations by a combination of what’s most loved (Goodreads rating), what’s most popular (Goodreads review count) and what’s proven timlessly relevant (first publication date).

This isn’t a whimsical list. It’s a data-driven, crowdsourced collection of the best Leo Tolstoy books ever published as decided by book lovers like you.

And if you think something's missing? I LOVE book recommendations so if there are any other books by Leo Tolstoy that you think deserve mentioning, email me and I’ll be sure to include them in the next round of updates.

Until then, here are the best Leo Tolstoy books of all time...

Best Leo Tolstoy Books: War and Peace
1. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Published 1867 // 1,392 pages // Rated 4.1 over 248,600 reviews on Goodreads
Best Leo Tolstoy Books: Anna Karenina
2. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
Published 1877 // 964 pages // Rated 4.1 over 627,700 reviews on Goodreads
Best Leo Tolstoy Books: A Confession
3. A Confession - Leo Tolstoy
Published 1880 // 108 pages // Rated 4.1 over 11,400 reviews on Goodreads
Best Leo Tolstoy Books: How Much Land Does a Man Need?
4. How Much Land Does a Man Need? - Leo Tolstoy
Published 1886 // 66 pages // Rated 4.1 over 8,100 reviews on Goodreads
Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Death of Ivan Ilych
5. The Death of Ivan Ilych - Leo Tolstoy
Published 1886 // 86 pages // Rated 4.1 over 81,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Leo Tolstoy Books: Resurrection
6. Resurrection - Leo Tolstoy
Published 1899 // 562 pages // Rated 4.2 over 19,500 reviews on Goodreads
Best Leo Tolstoy Books: Family Happiness
7. Family Happiness - Leo Tolstoy
Published 1859 // 90 pages // Rated 3.9 over 7,800 reviews on Goodreads
Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Kreutzer Sonata
8. The Kreutzer Sonata - Leo Tolstoy
Published 1889 // 128 pages // Rated 3.9 over 22,100 reviews on Goodreads
Best Leo Tolstoy Books: The Kingdom of God Is Within You
9. The Kingdom of God Is Within You - Leo Tolstoy
Published 1893 // 352 pages // Rated 4.1 over 3,900 reviews on Goodreads
Best Leo Tolstoy Books: Childhood, Boyhood, Youth
10. Childhood, Boyhood, Youth - Leo Tolstoy
Published 1886 // 320 pages // Rated 3.9 over 7,800 reviews on Goodreads

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Best Leo Tolstoy Quotes: The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.

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