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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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2,917 1,309
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
2,283 765
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
2,008 1,177
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
2,695 1,012
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
1,964 1,076
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
1,872 822
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

7
1,475 772
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

8
1,573 912
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

9
1,789 466
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

10
2,199 804
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

11
1,946 633
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

12
1,562 630
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

13
1,582 555
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

14
1,265 614
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

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15
1,306 549
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

16
927 596
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

17
1,202 520
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

18
1,423 476
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

19
1,082 724
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

20
1,410 565
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

21
1,011 496
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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22
1,208 523
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

23
1,605 792
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
1,363 689
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

25
1,650 435
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis

26
1,455 485
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

27
1,141 462
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

28
982 554
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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29
848 495
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

30
1,168 529
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

31
1,299 499
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

32
1,068 437
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Call of the Wild Jack London

33
1,389 480
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

34
1,068 264
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

35
888 474
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

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36
1,202 339
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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37
1,017 549
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

38
1,025 411
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

39
1,550 581
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling

40
681 442
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

41
1,264 358
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

42
969 353
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

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43
996 419
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

44
631 561
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

45
923 190
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Macbeth William Shakespeare

46
1,181 373
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

47
773 346
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

48
923 366
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

49
960 465
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
1,139 427
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