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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3,772 1,801
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
3,050 1,072
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
2,600 1,488
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
3,440 1,334
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
2,516 1,413
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,359 1,080
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

7
2,781 1,047
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

8
2,033 1,182
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

9
1,851 1,017
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

10
2,235 640
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

11
1,933 845
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
2,445 838
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

13
1,612 720
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

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1,612 809
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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1,376 917
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

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1,957 723
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

17
1,212 778
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

18
1,520 679
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

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1,744 629
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

20
2,018 1,036
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

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1,316 663
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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2,067 578
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

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1,706 916
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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1,451 580
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

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1,772 782
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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1,501 698
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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1,877 624
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

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1,213 702
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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1,375 357
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

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1,067 649
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

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1,439 692
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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1,599 618
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

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1,266 521
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
1,162 644
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

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1,329 563
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Call of the Wild Jack London

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1,265 683
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

37
1,538 455
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

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1,684 600
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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1,438 475
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

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873 577
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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782 704
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

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1,579 440
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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1,988 772
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling

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1,258 528
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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1,177 596
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

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1,206 446
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

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1,217 276
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Macbeth William Shakespeare

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952 467
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

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1,175 509
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

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1,522 589
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