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
4,116 2,022
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
3,352 1,218
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

3
2,849 1,647
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
George Orwell

4
3,766 1,458
The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

5
2,730 1,574
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,555 1,192
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

7
3,025 1,173
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. R. R. Tolkien

8
2,000 1,106
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
John Steinbeck

9
2,207 1,303
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Golding

10
2,411 724
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

11
2,086 936
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
2,637 927
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Jane Austen

13
1,765 782
A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

14
1,493 999
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Herman Melville

15
1,740 895
Brave New World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Aldous Huxley

16
2,087 798
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

17
1,331 842
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Miguel de Cervantes

18
1,647 746
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Victor Hugo

19
1,874 693
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

20
2,197 1,142
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
J. D. Salinger

21
1,478 716
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

22
1,575 633
The Count of Monte Cristo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alexandre Dumas, Auguste Maquet

23
1,831 1,001
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

24
2,229 653
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
1,614 757
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charles Dickens

26
1,892 862
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Shakespeare

27
2,020 687
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ray Bradbury

28
1,184 694
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Leo Tolstoy

29
1,508 397
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added Arthur Conan Doyle

30
1,319 768
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Joseph Heller

31
1,555 746
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Emily Brontë

32
1,714 662
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Louisa May Alcott

33
1,361 562
The Hound of the Baskervilles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Arthur Conan Doyle

34
1,247 712
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lois Lowry

35
1,362 738
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Kurt Vonnegut

36
1,412 614
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jack London

37
1,800 638
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Charlotte Brontë

38
1,663 506
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
966 620
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

40
1,541 523
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Bram Stoker

41
845 761
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
James Joyce

42
1,361 573
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

43
1,287 649
The Old Man and the Sea is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ernest Hemingway

44
1,677 480
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Mary Shelley

45
2,178 868
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
1,305 486
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Robert Louis Stevenson

47
1,311 316
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
William Shakespeare

48
1,026 506
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
H. G. Wells

49
1,252 561
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nathaniel Hawthorne

50
1,697 663
Harry Potter and the Prisoner ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added J. K. Rowling