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

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2
2,084 703
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
1,833 1,099
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
2,482 942
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
1,712 769
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

6
1,789 997
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

7
1,357 710
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

8
1,426 845
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

9
1,809 572
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

10
1,446 582
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

11
2,007 757
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

12
1,177 552
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

13
1,635 433
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

14
1,462 509
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

15
1,217 492
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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16
849 535
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

17
995 663
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

18
930 441
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

19
1,122 466
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

20
1,116 470
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

21
1,275 526
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

22
1,301 437
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

23
1,464 743
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
1,251 641
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

25
1,344 443
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

26
1,052 420
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
790 440
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

28
910 504
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

29
1,083 482
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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30
1,503 402
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis

31
1,197 464
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

32
987 221
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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33
1,298 438
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

34
977 397
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
939 505
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

36
784 440
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

37
949 368
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

38
1,069 315
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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39
635 394
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

40
925 375
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

41
586 510
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

42
1,165 321
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

43
894 316
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

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1,388 543
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling

45
826 170
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Macbeth William Shakespeare

46
1,076 341
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

47
714 307
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

48
831 335
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

49
885 422
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

50
994 390
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