Nepali books and novels have the best stories in it. There are lots of popular Nepali books that are awarded prizes. We have listed out the 24 most popular books in Nepal.

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Basically, this article is for those audiences who are into and share a love for literature focusing on Nepali literature mainly novels. If you haven’t read any Nepali books then this might be the best list for you to start with and make an impression and for the literature lovers, you can see if you have missed any of these or relive by reading the classics over again. So here are the top 24 best Nepali Books that you should not miss.

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Best Nepali Books and Nepali Novels to Read

Books are always your best friend. They say books don’t want anything in return and give you company anytime you need. Thanks to many amazing writers, who give us the best novels and stories to read. These books nor only refreshes but at times it makes you a better person than who you were.  We have many great writers and books in Nepal as well.

Best Nepali Books to Read

In this list, I am listing the names of amazing Nepali novels that you shouldn’t miss. These books have all the emotions. Some of them are based on life experiences while some are fiction. But these are the best books in Nepal.

Karnali Blues

This is one of the bestselling and most rated novels written by Buddhi Sagar. Karnali Blues is an epic story about a young boy who travels to different phases of his life; with his parents. Characters: Parvati Didi, Ekraj, Mamata Didi, Sharmila, Chandre, Bhagiram, Batu, Sadham, Mandire, Ramesh, Shiva Shankar, etc.

Karnali Blues

Karnali Blues is written by Buddhi Sagar which tells a story about a young boy who travels to different phases of his life with his parents. It is one of the most read books in Nepali literature.

Karnali Blues is a Nepali book written by Buddhisagar. The main focus is on the character’s father. The boy describes his father and his childhood and all phases of life. The writer Buddhi Sagar has done an excellent job  . It binds us throughout with different characters as Parvati didi, Mamata didi, Sharmila, Chandre, Bhagiram, Batu, and so on. I read this book a year back but I still remember all of them. That is the beauty of this book. Fine Print publication was the publisher of this book. The book is based on a young boy’s life and his father with whom he had the best memories. While at the end of the Novel, his father is seriously ill and dies later. We see the father from different angles throughout the novel.

 Karnali blues in English translation

The book has been translated into English by Michael Hutt, a well-known Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies at the School of Oriental And African Studies. It can’t capture the true essence of the book but still, the translator has done a great job. The book is now being sold in South Asian countries India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Srilanka, Bhutan, and the Maldives.

 This is a perfect book and I recommend this to everyone. The book has the beauty of childhood to moments of heartbreaking chapters that will keep you connected with the story.

Palpasa Cafe

It is one of the most famous and successful Nepali books and novels in the Nepali literature. It is written by Narayan Wagle. It’s a story about an artist, Drishya during the civil war in Nepal.

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Awarded Madan Purashkar in 2005
Written by: Narayan Wagle
Story-based on civil war declared by the Maoists.
Two central characters, Drishya and Palpasa
Sold 25,000 copies in the first year

Palpasa cafe is a masterpiece by Nepali author Narayan Wagle. This is the story of an artist named Drishya. It depicts the period of the Nepalese civil war. This is the life story of the artist and his love story with a first-generation American Nepali Palpasa who returns to Nepal.

 The artist also sees the civil war from his perspective and that is what readers get throughout the book. This book is one of the best sellers in Nepalese literature. Even though it is the first book of Narayan Wagle, the writer did a great job.

The book received many honors and awards including a literary award, the Madan Puraskar. It is also the first Nepali book available on Kindle. It comes in many portable and e-book forms like pdf and Mobi. The book has English and Korean language translations as well.

Antarman ko Yatra

Awarded Madan prize in 2068 BS.
Written by Jagdish Ghimire.

Seto Dharti

Written by Amar Neupane.
Received Madan Puraskar

seto dharti

Seto Dharti is a painful story about a widow. It is written by Amar Neupane and is one of the bestselling novel of Nepali literature.

Seto Dharti is another extraordinary novel written by Amar Neupane. It received Madan Puraskar, the biggest literary award in 2012. The book is based on the life of a child widow. It showcases the life of a widow who got married at a very early age and her husband died. Child marriage was a serious social problem and still, it is practiced in some very remote areas of the country. The book has all the emotions, from childhood innocence and happiness to loneliness of a widow.  A widow spends her entire life in loneliness and sadness.

Story of Seto Dharti Tara

A young girl named Tara gets married to a boy at the age of seven.  Her innocence couldn’t differentiate between marriage and just another function at home. Child marriage was common practice from 1850 to 1950 and the novel is about that time period. Her husband dies when he goes to Banaras for further studies.

Since then she spends her entire life in loneliness.  The story continues with the struggles she faces throughout her life. She lives in her husband’s house and lives with her parents. But her mother dies and she has to face even more difficulties. She takes care of the house. And later in her old days, she moves to Devghat, a religious place for Hindus. This is a simple story but the way it is written,  it is commendable. The novel speaks against child marriage and all these made it worthy of Madan Puraskar. This is a must-read for everyone. Make sure to get this book and read it in your free time. You won’t regret it.

Cheena Harayeko Manche

auto-biography of the Hari Bansha Acharya.
Autobiography depicts childhood memories, fantasies and the struggles

Summer Love

Written by the writer Subin Bhattarai. Characters: Atit and Saya

summer love nepali novel

It a love story of Atit and Saya that describes the ups and downs of their relationship and how they overcome it. It is written by Subin Bhattarai.


Nepali novel by journalist Krishna Abiral.

Jiwan Kada Ki Phool

Written by Jhamak Ghimere

Jeevan Kanda ki Phool nepali novel

It is an inspirational novel about the life of the writer herself, Jhamak Ghimire. It has won many awards including Madan Puraskar.

Chapamar Yuwati ko Diary

Book was also awarded the prestigious Madan Sahitya Puruskar, Nepal.

Chapamar Yuwati ko Diary

It is a real story of Tara Rai, writer of this book. It tells story about her involvement in the Maoist soldier and her struggles throughout the phase.

Pallo Ghar ko Jhyal

Govinda Bahadur Malla is the writer of this great novel that tells a classic story about the struggle between social obligations and sexual passion.

Pallo Ghar ko Jhyal


It is all about a story of a Brahmin boy and Kirat girl, their love story. It was written by B.P Koirala.

sumnima by BP Koirala

Mayor Times

It is a Novel  written by Narayan Wagle. It is a story about two friends who work in Newspaper called Mayur times.

Mayur Times

Urgen ko Ghoda

Urgen ko ghoda was written by Yog Pathak. It is about the tamang community during the civil war in Nepal. It is fictional story.

Urgen ko Ghoda


Prayogshala is a very fine book that describes the politics of Nepal during the maoist insurgency, deposed monarchy, and role of New Delhi. It was written by Sudhir sharma.

Prayogshala by Sudheer Sharma

Damini Bhir

It was published in 2012. It is one of the best novels that includes circumstances, psychology, and different practices of Nepali society during the transitional phase. It is written by Rajan Mukarung.

Damini Bhir

Phool Ko Aankha

It is an autobiography of Ani Choying Dolma. She is a famous singer, writer, and nun.

Phool Ko Aankhama

Sirish ko phool

Bishnu Kumari Waiba, Parijat is a writer of this book. It is one of the finest book ever written in Nepali literature.

Sirish ko phool

 Sirsish ko phool termed as blue Mimosa is a creation of the very well known writer Bishnu Kumari Waiba. Her literary name is Parijat and is a great gem of Nepali literature. She has exceptional creations and Sirish ko Phool is one of them. She was born in Darjeeling  but she spent most of her life in Kathmandu. Shirish ko Phool is a male narrative novel. She describes different happenings through the male perspective and this flip of gender is what makes this novel extraordinary.

 The book is one that everyone should read. It is quite different from the usual Nepali novels. Her book Sirish ko Phool published in 1965 received Madan Puraskar. It is a treasure for Nepali literature. This book has translation in English and is part of the curriculum in many colleges in foreign countries.

Paniko gham

Paniko gham is another masterpiece novel by Amar Neupane which describes the struggle of poor old man.

Paniko gham

Seto Bagh

It is one of the most thrilling novel written by Diamond Shamsher. It is about the life of Jagat Jung Rana, JungaThe eldest son of JungBahadur Rana.

Seto Bagh

Antarmanko Yatra

It is written by Jagadish Ghimire while he was in the hospital for the treatment of cancer. It is a popular novel as a life novel.

Antarmanko Yatra


It is a story about the Sati culture back in the 1920s of Nepalese society. It is written by Krishna Dharabasi. Written by Krishna Dharabasi. It is about Sati culture, Sati Pratha.


Jhola is another extraordinary piece of art by Krishna Dharabasi. The novel Jhola is about the Sati Pratha that was prevalent in Nepalese society until 1920 AD. Sathi Pratha was a culture where women would immolate herself on the death of her husband by burning herself in the funeral pyre. This is the story of young women who manage to escape from Sati Pratha. The novel beautifully portrays the time harshness of Sati Pratha and also the eternal love between a mother and her son. The pratha was demolished by Chandra Shumsher. The movie also has been made based on this novel and the movie is also a masterpiece.


It is an autobiography of famous journalist and TV presenter Vijay Kumar Pandey.

Khusi Vijay-Kumar-Panday

Pagal Basti

It is a fictional novel that includes love, affection, and belief. It is a Nepali book written by famous writer Saru Bhakta.

Pagal basti