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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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3,288 1,501
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
2,613 897
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
2,285 1,318
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
3,027 1,140
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
2,225 1,224
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,100 932
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

7
1,655 882
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

8
1,783 1,023
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

9
2,465 908
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

10
2,190 726
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

11
2,005 547
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

12
1,750 722
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

13
1,766 633
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

14
1,426 701
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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15
1,457 636
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

16
1,048 689
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

17
1,350 592
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

18
1,596 546
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

19
1,207 823
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

20
1,534 776
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

21
1,590 661
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

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22
1,360 602
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

23
1,135 582
Crime and Punishment is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

24
1,294 514
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

25
1,788 900
The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

26
1,848 494
The Lion, the Witch and the Wa... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
pigonthewing added The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C. S. Lewis

27
1,641 551
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

28
1,086 627
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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29
940 580
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

30
1,296 610
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

31
1,452 562
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

32
1,023 547
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

33
1,192 498
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Call of the Wild Jack London

34
1,376 386
Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
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35
1,535 545
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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36
1,204 315
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
but chickens double d added The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle

37
1,128 611
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

38
1,133 470
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
1,761 656
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling

40
1,416 397
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

41
1,130 471
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

42
764 517
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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43
1,086 400
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

44
1,065 231
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Macbeth William Shakespeare

45
691 637
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

46
1,304 423
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

47
1,062 421
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

48
852 411
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

49
1,072 520
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
1,326 495
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