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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 going this list and voting on what you think is a worthy choice.
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2,461 1,112
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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2
1,879 649
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
1,680 1,031
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
2,289 892
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien

5
1,576 722
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

6
1,656 928
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

7
1,247 665
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

8
1,676 533
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

9
1,292 800
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

10
1,861 713
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

11
1,338 543
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
1,509 399
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

13
1,330 480
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

14
1,071 518
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

15
1,109 463
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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783 489
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

17
924 613
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

18
863 398
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

19
1,048 433
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

20
1,043 432
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

21
1,197 403
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

22
1,147 493
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

23
1,347 699
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

24
1,224 407
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

25
1,148 606
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

26
970 390
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

27
856 452
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

28
737 399
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

29
1,370 378
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis

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982 455
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

31
892 199
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

32
1,088 438
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

33
1,200 415
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

34
886 370
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Call of the Wild Jack London

35
878 339
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

36
857 474
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

37
951 299
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added Charlotte's Web E. B. White

38
601 354
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

39
701 405
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

40
830 287
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

41
1,058 302
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

42
855 350
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

43
1,255 503
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling

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722 158
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Macbeth William Shakespeare

45
549 473
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

46
996 324
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

47
641 285
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

48
823 390
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

49
738 310
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

50
862 355
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J. K. Rowling