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.

1
3,758 1,790
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
3,035 1,067
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
2,589 1,482
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
3,427 1,327
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
2,504 1,406
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,353 1,076
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

7
2,773 1,040
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

8
2,028 1,177
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

9
1,849 1,010
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

10
2,227 636
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

11
1,926 842
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
2,441 834
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

13
1,605 716
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

14
1,608 805
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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1,371 913
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

16
1,952 719
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

17
1,206 775
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

18
1,519 673
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

19
1,741 624
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

20
2,008 1,028
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

21
1,308 661
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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2,062 575
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis

23
1,704 910
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

24
1,446 576
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

25
1,761 777
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

26
1,497 695
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

27
1,872 621
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

28
1,213 699
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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1,370 353
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

30
1,063 649
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

31
1,434 690
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

32
1,598 615
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

33
1,263 519
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle

34
1,158 641
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

35
1,264 680
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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1,326 562
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Call of the Wild Jack London

37
1,535 452
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added Charlotte's Web E. B. White

38
1,680 599
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

39
1,434 472
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

40
868 577
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

41
778 703
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

42
1,984 768
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling

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1,575 438
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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1,253 526
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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1,173 594
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway

46
1,203 444
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

47
1,208 275
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Macbeth William Shakespeare

48
951 465
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

49
1,172 507
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

50
1,519 584
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