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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 voting up what you think is a worthy choice.

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1
4,347 2,170
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
3,568 1,304
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

3
3,036 1,734
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

4
4,004 1,555
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

5
2,910 1,679
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,720 1,258
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

7
3,210 1,246
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

8
2,104 1,164
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

9
2,339 1,386
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Golding

10
2,536 770
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

11
2,189 993
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
2,784 982
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Jane Austen

13
1,853 831
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

14
1,573 1,046
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Herman Melville

15
1,421 874
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Miguel de Cervantes

16
1,835 946
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley

17
2,177 847
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

18
2,336 1,211
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. D. Salinger

19
1,738 786
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo

20
1,602 739
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

21
1,960 730
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

22
1,686 658
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

23
1,699 793
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

24
2,352 704
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added C. S. Lewis

25
1,915 1,057
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written