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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
2,090 705
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
1,837 1,101
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
2,487 944
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
1,715 772
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

6
1,794 999
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

7
1,362 712
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

8
1,430 846
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

9
1,812 575
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

10
2,014 758
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

11
1,450 585
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
1,181 553
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

13
1,640 434
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

14
1,468 510
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

15
1,221 493
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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850 538
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

17
997 667
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

18
934 442
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

19
1,125 468
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

20
1,120 474
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

21
1,280 528
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

22
1,306 439
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

23
1,466 746
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
1,256 643
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

25
1,348 444
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

26
1,052 424
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
792 443
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

28
911 507
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

29
1,085 483
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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30
1,508 402
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
1,200 464
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

32
989 223
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

33
1,301 438
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

34
979 398
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
940 507
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

36
789 441
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

37
1,074 315
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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38
949 371
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
638 396
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

40
928 376
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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1,168 322
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

42
897 318
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

43
587 513
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

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1,394 543
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
828 171
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Macbeth William Shakespeare

46
1,081 342
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

47
715 310
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

48
834 335
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

49
889 423
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
999 390
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