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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
1,760 596
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
1,571 973
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

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2,147 838
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
1,490 666
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

6
1,555 874
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

7
1,185 619
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

8
1,590 484
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

9
1,210 753
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

10
1,264 507
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

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1,748 671
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

12
1,420 372
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

13
1,251 449
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

14
1,006 487
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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1,049 429
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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748 453
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

17
871 576
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

18
993 400
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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808 366
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

20
970 402
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

21
1,131 381
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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1,064 470
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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1,265 658
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
1,153 376
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

25
922 363
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

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1,076 571
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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697 364
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

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799 421
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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1,279 351
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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936 421
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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819 177
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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32
1,023 409
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

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1,136 386
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

34
824 342
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
827 315
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
808 439
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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564 325
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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646 365
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

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860 279
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added Charlotte's Web E. B. White

40
814 320
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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779 267
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

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990 279
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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1,161 468
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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520 446
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

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660 142
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Macbeth William Shakespeare

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936 304
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

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592 260
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

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769 363
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

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674 288
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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774 323
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