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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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3,305 1,513
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
2,627 902
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
2,298 1,324
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
3,040 1,144
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

5
2,236 1,230
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,110 938
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

7
1,660 888
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

8
1,794 1,028
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

9
2,473 911
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

10
2,198 732
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

11
2,012 553
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

12
1,754 731
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

13
1,436 702
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

14
1,773 638
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

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15
1,461 639
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

16
1,050 692
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

17
1,357 593
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

18
1,601 549
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

19
1,214 823
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

20
1,541 780
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

21
1,598 665
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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22
1,363 606
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

23
1,140 583
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

24
1,298 516
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

25
1,797 902
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

26
1,854 496
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis

27
1,648 553
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

28
1,091 629
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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29
946 580
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

30
1,303 611
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

31
1,456 565
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

32
1,028 549
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

33
1,195 500
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Call of the Wild Jack London

34
1,384 388
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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35
1,539 545
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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36
1,208 316
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

37
1,133 612
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

38
1,137 471
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

39
1,770 659
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling

40
1,421 397
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

41
1,133 473
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

42
766 517
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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1,089 402
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

44
1,068 232
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Macbeth William Shakespeare

45
693 638
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

46
1,307 424
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

47
1,066 424
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

48
856 412
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

49
1,075 522
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

50
1,333 497
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