Best Web Novels to Read
Readers nowadays have become engrossed in reading a modern form of novel – web novel. Web novels are novels released and/or published in the online space. This type of novel has been gaining popularity over the years and can range from having different genres (e.g. action, adventure, romance, drama, etc.) and various themes (overpowered characters, kingdom-building, protagonist hiding his or her power and ability, etc.) to varying languages (English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, etc.).
There are numerous web novels online. Readers might have a hard time choosing among these novels or might have been searching for certain novels that might fit their taste. So to help you in your search, here is a list of the recommendation of the novels you might want to take a look.
Note: The listed web novels below are limited to the novels in Qidian International (also known as Webnovel). The novels are listed in no particular order.
1. Full Marks Hidden Marriage: Pick Up a Son, Get a Free Husband
Genre and Tags: [Comedy], [Romance], [Female Protagonist], [Handsome Male Lead], [Male Lead Falls in Love First], [Possessive Characters], [Clever Protagonist], [Showbiz], [Doting Love Interest], [Movies], [Pregnancy], [Power Couple], [Beautiful Female Lead], [Rape], [Modern Day], [Firearms], [Childcare], [Celebrities], [Acting]
"Honey, I really like the script for the drama... The only issue is that there are slightly more sex scenes this time around. Can I still take the job?"
Lu Tingxiao replied calmly, "Sure."
That night, Ning Xi got out of bed by supporting herself with quivering legs and by holding onto the rails.
Lu Tingxiao asked her again, "Do you still want to take the job?"
Full Marks Hidden Marriage is one of my favorite novels in Webnovel. The story mainly revolves on a female protagonist with a mysterious and tragic past climbing up to the top of her acting career and the entertainment industry. The main character is very charming and not your typical kind of girl; if I were to sum it up, she’s the most beautiful (given that everyone is mesmerized by her beauty) and strongest female character (she is well adept in martial arts and scheming against her enemies) in the novel.
The plot of the novel itself is interesting and engaging. For instance, the protagonist’s love interest is a stoic yet lovable character with an adorable son (this father-son duo has been popularly known as the Big Bun and the Little Bun) which makes the story appealing to most since it leans on the family theme. Though there are instances that filler chapters are unnecessary, these chapters still add to the overall impact of the later chapters especially in the “face-smacking” of the protagonist’s enemies. Overall, I give this web novel a thumb’s up!
2. Library of Heaven’s Path
Genre and Tags: [Action], [Academy], [Comedy], [Cultivation], [Teacher], [Face Smacking], [Transmigration], [Weak to Strong], [Reincarnation], [Money Grubber], [System], [Harem], [Shameless Protagonist], [Cheats], [Parody], [Trickster], [Transported to Another World], [Teachers], [Sudden Strength Gain], [Protagonist with Multiple Bonds]
Traversing into another world, Zhang Xuan finds himself becoming an honorable teacher. Along with his transcending, a mysterious library appears in his mind. As long as it is something he has seen, regardless of whether it is a human or an object, a book on its weaknesses will be automatically compiled in the library.
Thus, he becomes formidable.
"Emperor Zhuoyang, why do you detest wearing your underwear so much? As an emperor, can't you pay a little more attention to your image?"
"Fairy Linglong, you can always look for me if you find yourself unable to sleep at night. I am skilled in lullabies!"
"And you, Demon Lord Qiankun! Can you cut down on the garlic? Are you trying to kill me with that stench?"
This is an incredible story about teachers and students, grooming and guiding the greatest experts in the world!
Library of Heave’s Path is a little similar to the light novel World Teacher wherein the story revolves on a protagonist being reincarnated as an overpowered teacher. There are still differences between the two novels; the protagonist in the Library of Heaven’s Path has a unique ability (which is to detect other people’s weaknesses), excels pretty much on everything, and definitely has a “way” on doing the things that most of the time other characters find it absurd. There might be instances in the novel where chapters could get boring – chapters that are uneventful and full of excessive conversations – but there are also chapters that spiced up the story. To sum it up, if you’re looking for an action-adventure with a bit of a hinted romance, this novel is the right one for you.
3. Release That Witch
Genre and Tags: [Kingdom Building], [Magic], [Fantasy], [Witches], [Modern Knowledge], [Army Building], [Romance], [Harem], [Reincarnation], [Fantasy], [Royalty], [Nobles], [Leadership], [Wars], [Management]
Chen Yan travels through time, only to end up becoming an honorable prince in the Middle Ages of Europe. Yet this world was not quite as simple as he thought. Witches with magical powers abound, and fearsome wars between churches and kingdoms rage throughout the land.
Roland, a prince regarded as hopeless by his own father and assigned to the worst fief, spends his time developing a poor and backward town into a strong and modern city while fighting against his siblings for the throne and absolute control over the kingdom. Join Roland as he befriends and allies with witches and, through fighting and even farming, pushes back invaders from the realm of evil.
Release That Witch excels more on the kingdom-building aspect. The story focuses on a reincarnated character (a hopeless and weak prince) that turned to an overpowered king. The obviously overpowered protagonist retained the knowledge on his previous life and uses this knowledge to build his kingdom. The exciting part usually revolves on the application of the knowledge to the kingdom especially in order to improve the citizens’ life or to fight wars against other countries and demonic beasts and demons.
Each chapter in the novel is really worth reading though sometimes, the oversaturation of characters would sometimes give readers a hard time remembering their roles. The changing perspective of the characters also give a shift of story thus makes the story in each chapter impactful. There are clear romance and possible harem but not overly delved into the story. Likewise, with the other web novels, Release That Witch is a must-read.
4. I’m Really a Superstar
Genre and Tags: [Face Smacking], [Comedy], [Celebrity], [Showbiz], [Literature], [Funny], [Game Elements], [Smart Protagonist], [Martial Arts], [Modern Setting], [Chinese Culture], [Not Racism]
Zhang Ye was originally a mundane college graduate with aspiring dreams to become a star but unfortunately has below average looks and height. However one day, he woke up and suddenly found himself in a parallel world!
It’s like the same world, but wait a minute…many brands, celebrities and even famous works from his world changed and are gone in this new world! Armed with the profound literary knowledge of his previous world and a heaven-defying Game Ring that gives him magical items, stats, and skills, Zhang Ye embarks on a journey to pursue his life-long dream of becoming famous!
Follow Zhang Ye as he takes the new world by storm, one plagiarized piece at a time, to hilarious reactions!
I’m Really a Superstar focuses on the growth of a reincarnated protagonist (pretty much the same with another novel such that main character retains his past life’s memories and has a unique power) from a simple-nobody to the highest ranking celebrity. The best thing about the novel is the face-smacking scenes (i.e. how the protagonist makes everyone especially the enemies astounded by his unexpected tactics). Though there is a clear plot flow in the novel, most chapters in the novel are basically a repetition of the enemies-pick-a-fight-and-protagonist-wins-the-fight scenario. There is also a clear stand of Chinese supremacy all throughout the novel; though at first, it is tolerable (given that it is part of the story), later chapters, however, promotes this concept too frequently which is personally a suffocating idea. Anyways, it is still a fact that this novel is one of the most recommended to read out there.
5. Night Ranger
Genre and Tags: [Game Elements], [Action], [Adventure], [Smart Protagonist], [Transmigration], [Fantasy], [Changing the Future], [Parallel Worlds], [Battle Against Gods], [Medieval Setting], [Gods], [Sword and Magic], [Strategic Battles], [Wizards], [Alliances], [Seers], [Magic]
Legendary player Marvin transmigrated to the eve of the Great Calamity.
This was the end of the fourth era, all gods joined hands to destroy the Universe Magic Pool.
The fourth Fate Tablet had begun maturing and all gods, demons, legends, devils, liches, dragons and other legendary creatures were appearing one after the other.
In order to protect his loved ones, Marvin has no other choice but to delve into the shadows.
This is the story of a young ranger growing into the Ruler of the Night during the Chaos Era.
Night Ranger is one of the best action-adventure web novels out there. Aside from how the main protagonist develops from a weak character to a strong game changer, the revolving theme of war against gods and kingdom building makes the novel very appealing to many. The story is also very enchanting in the sense that it revolves around mortals fighting against gods and gods defying a supreme god. Though the plot is not entirely unique, it still shows some impact, especially how the main character deals with each problem (particularly how the protagonist destroyed the domain of a god – adamantly almost killing him). Side characters also add comic relief and richness of the story to the plot. Though there is a clear indication of romance, the novel does not greatly emphasize such a theme.
6. Gourmet of Another World
Genre and Tags: [Cooking], [Restaurant], [Transported into Another World], [System], [Unique Weapon User], [System Administrator], [Store Owner], [Pets], [Mature Protagonist], [Handsome Male Lead], [Beastkin], [Money Grubber], [Weak to Strong], [Comedy] [Cultivation], [Male Protagonist], [Chefs]
In a fantasy world where martial artists can split mountains and creeks with a wave of their hand and break rivers with a kick, there exists a little restaurant like this.
The restaurant isn't large, but it is a place where countless apex existences will rush into.
There, you can taste egg-fried rice made from phoenix eggs and dragon blood rice.
There, you can drink strong wine brewed from vermillion fruit and water from the fountain of life.
There, you can taste the barbecued meat of a ninth-grade supreme beast sprinkled with black pepper.
What? Do you want to abduct the chef? That's not going to happen, because there's a tenth-grade divine beast, the Hellhound, lying at the entrance.
Oh, that chef also has a robotic assistant that killed a ninth-grade supreme being with a single hand and a group of crazy women whose stomachs were conquered.
Gourmet of Another World has an exotic balance of cooking theme and action theme; surprisingly this one-of-a-kind balance gives the novel a lasting impression. The story of the novel revolves around an overpowered cook (in the sense that he has an unusual ability and protection) that conquers everybody’s taste and palate within the country. Though story repeatedly signifies the doubts of the skill of the main character and how the main character resolves these doubts by displaying his true skills through cooking very delicious (not exaggerating; the novel is very descriptive towards the dishes) dishes, there is still a clear plot progression given how character development of the protagonist. Moreover, the fact that the protagonist gives a mysterious feeling by hiding his capability makes each chapter exciting on how the scenes will play out. If you want to be conquered by food (or already are), I suggest reading this novel.
7. Trial Marriage Husband: Need to Work Hard
Genre and Tags: [Female Protagonist], [Modern], [Power Couple], [Romance], [Face Slapping], [Marriage], [Devoted Love Interests], [Modern Day], [Revenge], [Jealousy], [Handsome Male Lead], [Business Management], [Beautiful Female Lead], [Models], [Showbiz], [Betrayal]
The night before their wedding, her fiancée ran off with his mistress.
Out of frustration, she grabbed the man standing in front of the Civil Affairs Office,
"President Mo, your bride has not arrived and my groom has run away...May I suggest we get married?"
Before marriage, she said, "Even if we were to share the same bed, nothing would happen between us!"
After marriage, he said, "If we don't try, how would we know?"
Trial Hidden Marriage is quite similar to Hidden Marriage except that the story flow on this novel is quite fast-paced. The character development of the protagonist and male lead are also very fast; in fact, their change of attitude, in the beginning, happened so fast that most of the readers would deem it as very unusual. Nevertheless, the novel still packed the same power as that of the Hidden Marriage. Face-smacking scenes are never absent whenever the female lead encounters a problem. How the male character also develops into a successful model is also a must-see in the further chapters. If you’re planning to read a novel with the right balance of romance and action as well as a wise protagonist with a one-of-a-kind personality and behavior, I’d really recommend you to read this novel.
8. King of Gods
Genre and Tags: [Eastern Fantasy], [Adventure], [Action], [Bloodlines], [Cultivation]
His will is tough and he is unwilling to be normal. However, his pathway was destined to be that way, being born in a small sect’s branch.
However, one day, his left eye merges with the eye of an Ancient God in an accident. From that moment on, he turns from a fish into a dragon.
He rises up like a star, walking the path of a legendary cultivator.
From being a tiny and small ant at the bottom of the world, he rises step by step, into a place full of powerful sects, strong ancient clans, and countless geniuses.
This is an era of legends.
The novel deeply engages its readers on the paths of eastern martial arts. The first part of the novel is quite boring and simply revolves on laying out the main plot of the novel (e.g. explaining the different realms, defining what is a qi, etc.). However, the action and adventure themes in the novel make it really interesting to read. Readers will often find the overpowered protagonist hiding his strength then boom comes out to singlehandedly defeat his enemies. The frustrating part, however, is the over-repetition of plot wherein the main character is the weakest becomes the strongest then becomes the weakest again. Moreover, names are can also confuse some of the readers especially those who are not familiar with eastern names. Romance is also hinted on the novel but no obvious story has been further discussed about it. Overall, the novel has great potential for those who are looking for something packed with action and adventure engaging gods, monsters, different worlds, and the main character hiding his true strength and power.
This list only contains less than a fraction of web novels online. So it’s up to you to explore other web novels online. Hopefully, the list was helpful one way or another in choosing what type of novels you might want to read.
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