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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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2,706 1,222
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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2
2,114 712
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
1,861 1,111
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
2,510 953
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
1,729 781
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

6
1,807 1,010
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

7
1,372 721
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

8
1,450 854
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

9
1,824 586
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

10
2,034 763
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

11
1,465 590
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
1,194 560
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Brave New World Aldous Huxley

13
1,658 439
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

14
1,484 514
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

15
1,230 496
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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16
858 545
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

17
1,011 671
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

18
1,132 472
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

19
938 450
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

20
1,129 478
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

21
1,294 532
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

22
1,321 443
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

23
1,479 749
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
1,267 648
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

25
1,356 446
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

26
1,060 428
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
920 510
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

28
793 450
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

29
1,091 487
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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30
1,521 406
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
1,213 467
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

32
997 227
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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33
1,308 445
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

34
987 401
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
949 510
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

36
800 444
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

37
1,087 318
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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38
958 375
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
641 401
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

40
932 380
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

41
906 320
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

42
593 517
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

43
1,177 325
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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1,412 548
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
836 172
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Macbeth William Shakespeare

46
1,087 345
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

47
721 313
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

48
842 340
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

49
895 425
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
1,013 396
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