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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
4,394 2,209
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
2
3,629 1,324
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell
3
3,090 1,758
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell
4
4,058 1,577
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien
5
2,944 1,707
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
F. Scott Fitzgerald
6
2,752 1,276
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck
7
3,248 1,263
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien
8
2,376 1,396
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Golding
9
2,127 1,180
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck
10
2,569 789
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
11
2,216 1,008
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon
12
2,809 999
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Jane Austen
13
2,201 865
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens
14
1,878 842
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens
15
1,586 1,058
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Herman Melville
16
1,855 958
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley
17
1,434 887
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Miguel de Cervantes
18
2,362 1,233
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. D. Salinger
19
1,759 796
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo
20
1,625 747
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
21
1,976 742
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
22
1,704 668
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet
23
1,714 802
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens
24
1,934 1,069
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