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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
3,931 1,941
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
3,206 1,158
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

3
2,729 1,585
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

4
3,618 1,406
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

5
2,618 1,497
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,454 1,138
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

7
2,916 1,118
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

8
2,122 1,244
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Golding

9
1,920 1,066
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

10
2,330 679
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

11
2,012 890
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
2,533 890
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Jane Austen

13
1,687 753
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

14
1,443 954
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Herman Melville

15
1,687 858
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley

16
2,022 758
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

17
1,284 808
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Miguel de Cervantes

18
1,585 715
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo

19
1,809 654
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

20
2,106 1,091
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. D. Salinger

21
1,405 688
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

22
2,147 619
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added C. S. Lewis

23
1,773 962
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

24
1,509 608
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

25
1,551 726
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

26
1,830 822
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Shakespeare

27
1,951 655
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ray Bradbury

28
1,134 668
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Leo Tolstoy

29
1,449 374
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
1,267 731
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Joseph Heller

31
1,494 714
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Emily Brontë

32
1,644 640
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Louisa May Alcott

33
1,317 540
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Arthur Conan Doyle

34
1,319 704
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Kurt Vonnegut

35
1,201 681
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lois Lowry

36
1,373 582
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jack London

37
1,732 618
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charlotte Brontë

38
1,589 483
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
931 594
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

40
1,493 495
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Bram Stoker

41
817 733
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
James Joyce

42
1,306 549
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

43
1,626 456
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Mary Shelley

44
1,233 621
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ernest Hemingway

45
1,255 461
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Robert Louis Stevenson

46
2,076 826
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
1,261 293
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Shakespeare

48
993 481
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
H. G. Wells

49
1,212 534
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nathaniel Hawthorne

50
1,605 631
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added J. K. Rowling