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This is the ultimate list of the best novels of all time, which is based on influence, originality, popularity, and personal affections. You can make the case for many books to be on this list, but only a few can be considered the best novel ever written. For as long as books have been around, there has been debate amongst book enthusiasts over what truly is the best book ever. The one criteria on this list is that we are only taking fiction books into account. Anything should not be on here.

Classics like Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities and John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath are all on here and deservedly so as they've stood the test of the time and have become important pieces of literature. That's not to say that modern books are neglected, in fact, they're well represented as well. Recent classics like J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, Thomas Pynchon's Gravity Rainbow and Stephen King's The Waste Lands are on here.

It's up to you to vote on or even add a book that isn't on this list. Otherwise, decide what the best book of all time is by going this list and voting on what you think is a worthy choice.
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2,034 945
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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2
1,365 897
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

3
1,896 763
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

4
1,539 536
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

5
1,308 604
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

6
1,040 557
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

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1,375 804
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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1,532 595
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

9
1,410 420
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

10
1,039 692
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

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1,091 401
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

12
1,096 452
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

13
661 385
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

14
926 370
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

15
873 430
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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1,226 331
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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774 511
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

18
710 309
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

19
987 338
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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887 340
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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1,106 587
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

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850 354
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

23
617 302
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

24
927 514
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

25
707 372
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

26
822 316
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

27
894 424
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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1,089 312
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis

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1,013 334
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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696 137
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

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719 304
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Call of the Wild Jack London

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508 278
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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717 393
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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824 375
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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737 276
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

36
687 234
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

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738 282
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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965 414
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling

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467 401
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

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874 246
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

41
894 379
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

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532 320
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

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1,009 346
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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520 222
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

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822 267
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

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551 313
Watership Down is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Watership Down Richard Adams

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714 251
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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687 321
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

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561 255
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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598 278
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J. K. Rowling