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.

1
3,766 1,798
To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

2
3,045 1,069
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

3
2,594 1,485
Animal Farm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Animal Farm George Orwell

4
3,437 1,332
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
2,512 1,410
The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

6
2,357 1,079
Of Mice and Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

7
2,778 1,045
The Hobbit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

8
2,032 1,181
Lord of the Flies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Lord of the Flies William Golding

9
1,849 1,015
The Grapes of Wrath is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

10
2,230 640
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

11
1,931 844
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll, William Glennon

12
2,444 837
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
wawwhite1 added Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

13
1,609 718
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

14
1,611 808
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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1,374 916
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Moby-Dick Herman Melville

16
1,956 722
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

17
1,209 778
Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

18
1,520 678
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Les Misérables Victor Hugo

19
1,743 627
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

20
2,015 1,032
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

21
1,312 663
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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22
2,067 577
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

23
1,705 915
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

24
1,449 578
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
1,769 780
Romeo and Juliet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare

26
1,500 697
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

27
1,875 622
Fahrenheit 451 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

28
1,213 701
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

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1,372 356
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

30
1,066 649
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

31
1,435 691
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

32
1,599 617
Little Women is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Little Women Louisa May Alcott

33
1,266 520
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
1,161 643
The Giver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Giver Lois Lowry

35
1,265 682
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

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1,328 563
The Call of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Call of the Wild Jack London

37
1,537 454
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

38
1,682 600
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

39
1,436 475
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Dracula Bram Stoker

40
872 577
The Brothers Karamazov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky

41
780 704
Ulysses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Ulysses James Joyce

42
1,986 771
Harry Potter and the Goblet of... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
jmmikkola added Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K. Rowling

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1,577 440
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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1,257 527
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written

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1,176 595
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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1,204 446
Treasure Island is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

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1,214 276
Macbeth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
Macbeth William Shakespeare

48
952 466
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Time Machine H. G. Wells

49
1,173 509
The Scarlet Letter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Novels Ever Written
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne

50
1,521 588
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