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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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1
4,122 2,026
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
3,360 1,222
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

3
2,857 1,649
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

4
3,773 1,459
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

5
2,733 1,579
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,559 1,194
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

7
3,031 1,173
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

8
2,003 1,108
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

9
2,208 1,308
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Golding

10
2,413 726
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

11
2,088 938
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
2,640 930
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Jane Austen

13
1,767 783
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

14
1,494 1,001
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Herman Melville

15
1,744 895
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley

16
2,089 800
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

17
1,333 843
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Miguel de Cervantes

18
1,649 747
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo

19
1,875 694
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

20
2,202 1,145
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. D. Salinger

21
1,479 718
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

22
1,835 1,001
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

23
1,577 634
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

24
2,234 655
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
1,617 759
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

26
1,896 863
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Shakespeare

27
2,023 689
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ray Bradbury

28
1,184 696
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Leo Tolstoy

29
1,514 399
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added Arthur Conan Doyle

30
1,322 769
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Joseph Heller

31
1,557 748
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Emily Brontë

32
1,721 663
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Louisa May Alcott

33
1,364 563
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Arthur Conan Doyle

34
1,249 714
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lois Lowry

35
1,365 741
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Kurt Vonnegut

36
1,416 615
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jack London

37
1,805 639
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charlotte Brontë

38
1,667 507
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added E. B. White

39
969 622
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

40
1,550 524
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Bram Stoker

41
847 764
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
James Joyce

42
1,364 575
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

43
1,292 651
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ernest Hemingway

44
1,684 480
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Mary Shelley

45
1,308 487
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Robert Louis Stevenson

46
2,181 869
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added J. K. Rowling

47
1,311 318
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Shakespeare

48
1,032 507
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
H. G. Wells

49
1,257 561
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nathaniel Hawthorne

50
1,701 664
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added J. K. Rowling