Popular Opinion The Best Novels Ever Written  

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List Rules Only fiction

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 voting up what you think is a worthy choice.

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1
4,056 2,011
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
3,306 1,205
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

3
2,811 1,630
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

4
3,729 1,446
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

5
2,696 1,555
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,513 1,177
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

7
2,991 1,164
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

8
1,971 1,093
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

9
2,172 1,292
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Golding

10
2,383 711
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

11
2,055 926
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
2,605 917
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Jane Austen

13
1,742 770
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

14
1,473 986
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Herman Melville

15
1,721 883
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley

16
2,064 784
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

17
1,323 830
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Miguel de Cervantes

18
1,634 734
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo

19
1,850 683
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

20
2,167 1,131
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. D. Salinger

21
1,466 703
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

22
1,563 622
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

23
2,198 637
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added C. S. Lewis

24
1,809 993
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

25
1,595 747
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

26
1,864 848
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Shakespeare

27
1,995 679
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ray Bradbury

28
1,171 685
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Leo Tolstoy

29
1,491 388
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added Arthur Conan Doyle

30
1,302 757
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Joseph Heller

31
1,533 737
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Emily Brontë

32
1,682 657
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Louisa May Alcott

33
1,346 553
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Arthur Conan Doyle

34
1,348 725
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Kurt Vonnegut

35
1,228 705
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lois Lowry

36
1,399 603
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jack London

37
1,771 630
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charlotte Brontë

38
1,628 502
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added E. B. White

39
959 608
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

40
1,530 513
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Bram Stoker

41
836 751
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
James Joyce

42
1,345 565
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

43
1,662 471
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Mary Shelley

44
1,286 476
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Robert Louis Stevenson

45
1,262 642
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ernest Hemingway

46
2,146 861
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added J. K. Rowling

47
1,295 307
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Shakespeare

48
1,011 496
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
H. G. Wells

49
1,233 553
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nathaniel Hawthorne

50
1,671 657
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added J. K. Rowling