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List Rules Only fiction

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 voting up what you think is a worthy choice.

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list ordered by
1
4,394 2,207
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
2
3,627 1,323
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell
3
3,087 1,757
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell
4
4,058 1,576
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien
5
2,943 1,706
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
F. Scott Fitzgerald
6
2,752 1,275
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck
7
3,248 1,262
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien
8
2,374 1,396
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Golding
9
2,126 1,179
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck
10
2,568 788
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
11
2,215 1,007
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon
12
2,809 998
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Jane Austen
13
2,201 864
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens
14
1,878 841
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens
15
1,586 1,057
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Herman Melville
16
1,855 957
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley
17
1,432 886
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Miguel de Cervantes
18
2,362 1,231
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. D. Salinger
19
1,759 795
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo
20
1,623 747
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
21
1,975 741
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
22
1,703 667
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet
23
1,714 801
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens
24
1,933 1,067
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
25
2,375 717
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added C. S. Lewis