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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 voting up what you think is a worthy choice.

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1
4,334 2,160
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
3,556 1,300
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

3
3,027 1,728
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

4
3,981 1,551
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

5
2,898 1,666
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,712 1,254
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

7
3,192 1,242
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

8
2,100 1,162
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

9
2,329 1,380
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Golding

10
2,530 767
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

11
2,181 989
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
2,773 978
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Jane Austen

13
1,848 828
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

14
1,566 1,046
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Herman Melville

15
1,831 943
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley

16
1,414 873
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Miguel de Cervantes

17
2,171 845
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

18
2,329 1,207
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. D. Salinger

19
1,732 786
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo

20
1,591 738
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

21
1,953 728
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

22
1,672 658
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

23
1,693 793
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

24
2,342 701
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added C. S. Lewis

25
1,907 1,053
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written