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
3,878 1,892
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
3,159 1,123
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

3
2,689 1,544
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

4
3,565 1,381
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

5
2,586 1,468
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,427 1,115
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

7
2,876 1,095
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

8
2,095 1,220
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Golding

9
1,902 1,048
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

10
2,298 666
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

11
1,987 879
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
2,498 874
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Jane Austen

13
1,661 742
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

14
1,422 936
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Herman Melville

15
1,668 838
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley

16
2,002 743
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

17
1,260 800
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Miguel de Cervantes

18
1,570 701
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo

19
1,785 647
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

20
2,080 1,074
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. D. Salinger

21
1,380 677
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

22
2,130 602
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added C. S. Lewis

23
1,754 943
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

24
1,483 599
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

25
1,531 716
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

26
1,805 811
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Shakespeare

27
1,923 643
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ray Bradbury

28
1,427 366
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added Arthur Conan Doyle

29
1,108 661
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Leo Tolstoy

30
1,245 723
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Joseph Heller

31
1,475 706
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Emily Brontë

32
1,632 632
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Louisa May Alcott

33
1,300 534
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Arthur Conan Doyle

34
1,303 694
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Kurt Vonnegut

35
1,184 666
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lois Lowry

36
1,357 574
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jack London

37
1,714 613
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charlotte Brontë

38
1,570 475
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
916 586
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

40
1,475 488
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Bram Stoker

41
805 725
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
James Joyce

42
1,290 542
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

43
1,608 450
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Mary Shelley

44
1,214 612
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ernest Hemingway

45
2,052 810
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added J. K. Rowling

46
1,241 456
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Robert Louis Stevenson

47
1,243 289
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Shakespeare

48
978 477
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
H. G. Wells

49
1,197 527
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nathaniel Hawthorne

50
1,580 618
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added J. K. Rowling