Top Ten Best Books of All Time


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1The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien

I prefer LOTR, but I had to give my vote to The Hobbit, in the hope that it will topple the bible.

The Bible isn't the best. Good books appeal to people of all religions and beliefs. - SammySpore

The hobbit is well crafted. I used to read it all the time as a kid. It is a true classic. I don't think the hunger games should be a choice, because people will forget about it in a month


Seriously, this book rocks. I borrowed it from the library once and I read this an entire day. For a week, my world was fantasy alone. J. R. R Tolkien is an excellent author and hats off to this great book. It kept me entertained throughout the plot. With mirth and suspense and grief and adventure, this was the most exciting books I've ever read. - LightningBlade

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2The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien

Truly the most perfect book in existence. It has a little bit of everything for all different people and the characters are amazing. Tolkien created the most beautiful fictional universe and middle earth feels so real somehow. The fact that the hunger games, which us about kids killing each other and a bad love triangle can possibly be above a book that is about how "even the smallest person can change the course of the future" and an adventure to destroy evil seriously disturbs me. Also the bible? Really?

Tolkien really was the master. These books have everything. Light, dark, touching, pounding suspense, pure epicness, magical/mystical realms, and bittersweet so strong it will to kill you to read. There is also only one romance chapter. All if his species and languages are so marvelously crafted. Every time you learn a new fact about little details in the books, you get so much more mind blown over how much of a genius this guy was. And the books themselves are almost worth the read just because of the language. Tolkien could craft English like no other. The descriptions and poems are gorgeous! No other books can beat this series.

The Lord of the Rings is not for everyone. Vast stretches of the novel are spent describing relatively meaningless details, and it can bore less patient readers. However, if you can see past its flaws, The Lord of the Rings is a very good book, and my personal favorite. It is written like a history, and therefore it feels like a legitimate documentation of a real war.

Who the hell said that the hobbit is better than the lord of the rings?

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3The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

It's a pretty good book but it definitely not as good as lord of the rings. Lord of the rings is just so original, it even has its own language and is much longer and complex then just kids killing eachother and people stopping them from having more kids killing eachother. It's not even the best in the hunger games series, I think catching fire is the best. I am not saying it's a bad book but lord of the rings is still so well known after a long time. This will probably only be known for a couple years, not decades. I also think that Harry Potter should be above this, I think that Harry Potter also has a better story because it has more to it and is in seven long books, which is a lot of story. The movie for the first one wasn't that good. But the second one was. Anyway, it's not the worst book to have in 2nd if twilight was in second I would be really really angry at this list. Twilight doesn't deserve to be in millionth place, it's just awful

If you like this you people should read BATTLE ROYALE! I used to think this book was the best book ever. Then I read battle royale. Even though it was written 9 years before this, it is better. Battle royale has 42 teenage contestants with no prior training. The program is a complete surprise to them. They are also from the same high school class so instead of a bunch of random kids it's friend against childhood friend. It vividly describes each contestants death rather than just saying " the main character heard a cannon" and not giving you any details of who died and why. Also there are forbidden zones that are added over time and if you get caught in one the collar on your neck explodes. Plus the government doesn't care if there is a winner or not. If nobody dies within 24 hours then all the collars will detonate. Plus some of the players get really screwed up in the head.
Hunger games is just a toned down version of battle royale.

Best book ever, it has fantasy, action, adventure, drama, mystery, and a somewhat feel of science fiction. It gets its fantasy because it is all fake, its action by having sudden events filled with adventure, giving the book its adventure, it gets its drama from deaths of important people that you only know for a couple hundred pages of a book, and it gets it's mystery from the parts of the book that you and the main character don't know whats going to happen next, giving you that on the edge action and mystery feel. The story gets the science fiction from the fact that it is like what might happen in the future if we keep watching reality T.V. shows and what might happen if we worship them so much that our capital, d.c., might have an uprising against us. That hasn't happened yet, so it is currently fiction, and it seems like something that would be really crazy if it did happen, so it gives the book that science fiction feeling in general. I just love this book, I have read it ...more

I got in trouble for reading it because it is so good

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4The Bible

Even if you aren't religious the bible is a very good book with many wonderful life lessons about love and forgiveness and brotherhood. Also the stories themselves in the bible are great with interesting plots and characters. Just because you aren't a Christian doesn't mean it's not a wonderful book, just like people like Greek myths but don't believe in them. I myself am Christian but I am enthralled by the stories. The bible is full of interesting stories and good messages despite your personal beliefs.

@marmalade_skies Many religious books have that, but that is only because they are from a extremely long time ago. - PeachyBlast

The Bible is one of the oldest books of all time yet is read by millions upon millions daily. It carries life lessons such as "love one another" and "do unto others as you would have them do unto you. " If people followed those maxims, the world would be a much better place.

The Bible is the most important book. It is the only book that can truly change someone or turn someone's life around. It is the word of God. It is the only book that matters. Everyone should read it more. Many people judge it because of their negative false opinion of Christianity. But they don't know what Christianity is until they read the Bible. It is the most amazing material thing. It's not about religion and having a boring miserable life because you have to be a Christian. It is the word of God and it is all truth.

The "HOLY BIBLE"IT is holy, because it contains the words of God. It is the great true history not just a story of the people of God. It is the story of our salvation, from the creation of the first human beings, the life of Jesus as our saviour, the works of the apostles and the Christians after Jesus resurrection and ascension, and what will happen on the second coming of Christ. So the BIBLE is not just an ordinary book, but it is the BOOK of books and the BOOK of our SALVATION!

It also says to homosexuality so screw the bible, for all you gays and good people out there. - julianfrank1151

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5Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J. K. Rowling

You still think Hunger Games and Diary of a Wimpy Kid is better? Tell me after I go to the HARRY POTTER AMUSEMENT PARK at Universal Studios. Did Hunger Games have an amusement park? Does Diary of a Wimpy kid have kids growing up with Harry and his friends? No. Why is our generation so messed up to vote for something as messed up as Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Greg Heffley will always be wimpy and not popular. The End. Katniss and Peeta get together. The End. Harry and his friends live on to become proud parents and help their children grow up to be exemplary heroes while also learning lessons about friendship, love, and good.J.K. rowling was the first person to get rich by writing. Emma Watson is cherished world wide along with Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe.

As much as I love the Hunger Games... I was scrolling down to click Harry Potter - Disneylover

I have NO idea how The Hunger Games is ahead of this amazing book. The Hunger Games was a piece of garbage (Sorry THG fans :/) in my opinion. I felt nothing for Katniss and I thought she was very emotionless and angry. Harry on the other hand had real emotions. And he was not a perfect character, like sometimes he would get mad or be kind of rude to his friends. But he also could be a friendly, kind hero. He was a big motivation in my life. As he started off as a sad child who got bullied a lot and was abused by his aunt and uncle until one day he found out he was a wizard and got to leave. It shows how anything can happen and not to be sad about things that can change. And also the humour was awesome! (Weasley twins for the win) And Jk Rowling somehow made things connect to you so much and make the people in he stories feel so real. - AveryLia

Thumbs up even though he didn't actually leave until he grew up.

Seriously? "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" above "Harry Potter"? I know you're trying to be funny by voting for "Wimpy Kid", but can we vote for the actual good literature here? Harry Potter is a book enjoyed by billions of fans worldwide! It has a sensational plot, and indescribable characters, but what makes it awesome is the world it creates. It makes you want to live in the Wizarding World and feel the magic of it all. It has been made into an entire franchise and captured the imagination of everyone. JK Rowling is a genius.

I read Harry Potter once and it ruins the movies I love to read and I would still watch 100 times before reading it again

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6Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

Really? I am disappointed. This thing hardly counts as a book. Its whole point is to be funny. There's no real plot, no real character development, no real content. There are so many better books out there.

How does the crap sell so well? All the books have the same formula. - Money1208

This is such a mismatched excuse for a book. It has very low moral values and no plot at all. A structured and well done book has a plot and some sort of a moral value to it and the book misses both of those marks by a mile! So frustrating that kids enjoy this crap! People wonder why kids are starting to be all messed up: they read Diary of a Wimpy Kid and get no positive lessons out of it. I have read the series and even when I was little I had the hardest time enjoying them. I just never understood why all of the kids at my school had liked it so much. And another bad thing about this series is that it is basically just a cash grab. The eleventh book is about to come out and it's supposed to take place only in middle school and guess what TEN BOOKS AFTER THE ORIGINAL: IT STILL TAKES PLACE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL! WHAT? There's only eleven books (which by the way get even worse the more books that come out) so that the author can get the money that he doesn't deserve from these piles of ...more

I hate diary of a wimpy kid! Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not an adult who doesn't enjoy the bland humor of these books, I don't even count as a teenager! I adore books that actually have a plot and character development where I can imagine a movie in my head without (poorly drawn) pictures. I'd much rather read Harry Potter than this! These books hardly count as books at all! I don't really like the kinds of books with too many pictures and not enough words. The only books similar to these ones that I like are Dork Diaries. Now those are funny! Over all, Harry Potter remains my favorite book series. And this is coming out of a young child!

I get what you mean. For me, dork diaries is OKAY. Could definitely be better. And guess what? I don't count as a teenager either! And I'm definitely NOT an adult. - FennikenFan9

How the heck is this number 6? This is above "Catching Fire"! I thought only second and third graders liked this book.

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71984 - George Orwell

To all of those 12 year olds voting for 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid', grow up and read a proper book like this. Completely changed my perception of the world.

Basically, the real list starts at 7. Not saying any of the books listed above is bad, but come on. You can't compare teenage-friendly books to this masterpiece.

Once you read it it stays with you and you can't forget it. Although it is a very difficult read it is so good. Definitely happy that that isn't the world we live in today. It changes your perspective on the world and government

I'm in fact 13 and this is my favourite book ever. Orwell brings such a touching feeling and yet such a horrifying shock. The real terrifying beauty of 1984 is that it rings true with human nature and the path the human race is taking

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8The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Um, I'm sure this book is better than books listed in the top ten. The writing is phenomenal and characters iconic. - comicoco

Definitely top 5 worthy. Way better than the Hunger Games and Diary of the Wimpy kid. This book does a brilliant topic and it is well written.

I read this book when I was in sixth grade and I still love it! In my opinion, this should be way higher than other books meant for kids 11-17 (minus the Bible) - Charles3_o

This book should be higher up, second behind the holy Bible.

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9Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

Awesome characters and personalities, cool twists, saddest deaths, and the Cornucopia and the arena is so awesome! - officialstudyqueen

I actually thought this book was better than The Hunger Games, or the one she wrote before this, this book and this movie are so well written and acted. This book is just amazing!

I haven't read this book yet, still reading the first one, but I know this will be brilliant!

Best fiction book ever!

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10The Fault in our Stars - John Green

Loved this book. It's my all time favorite. The author really knows how to step into someone else's shoes. Also, he knows that teens like reading about.

I like Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns better than this book. This is a great book but the others are better. I'm about to begin reading Let it Snow.

To Me, One of the greatest books in history, In the same category as To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of The Rings, Beautifully written and perfectly plotted. Hazel and Gus represent a perfectly flawed love we have not since since the days of Romeo and Juliet. This is such a good book because it builds up the painful ending leaving readers desperate and loving of these very likable characters

One of the best books ever.

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The Newcomers

?One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
?Christine - Stephen King

The Contenders

11Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling

The best book ever sorry god it is more interesting than the bible for me and this book The Prisoner of Azkaban the worst Harry Potter movie Seller is the best Harry Potter and best book ever with The escaper of Azkaban the wizard prison Sirius Black is who everyone thinks helped Voldemort kill James and Lily Potter is now apparently after Harry Potter, harry must be safe but what happens when there is a traitor in the mix and someone is to be killed who was falsely accused. Who is the traitor and can they find him before it is too late.

Um... You like Harry better than God? I'm a Harry fan as frantic as you are, but I'm not saying that Harry is better than God! - DontMakeARookieMistake

I just started on reading the Harry Potter series and right now I feel like that I would like this book better than the last, because my most favorite Harry Potter movies is The Prisoner Of Azkaban, The Goblet Of Fire, and The Order Of The Phoenix.

Amazing book! Fantastic! A work of genius! Er... I might be exaggerating.

Basically the real list starts at 4

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12To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

This book was voted the greatest novel of the 20th century by the National Library Association. The follow up, Go Set a Watchman, has just been released and I have read it. While it is nowhere near as good as To Kill a Mockingbird, it is still better than 95 percent of the books ranked ahead of this. If anyone seriously thinks there are 406 books better than this, let me say as kindly as I can that you wouldn't know a good book if it bit you in the ass.

How on Earth was To Kill a Mockingbird not on this list? It should be in the top 5 for sure. There is no better way to approach a controversial issue such as racism than through the eyes of a child, especially one as precocious as Scout Finch. Atticus Finch, as portrayed by Gregory Peck in the 1962 film, is widely accepted as the greatest film hero of all time.

Okay, this book is going the wrong way again. It got up to 48 and it's much better than that. Let me say it again: This book was voted BEST BOOK OF THE 20TH CENTURY by the NATIONAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION! The National Library Association! They might know a thing or two about good books, don't you think? That tells me this book should be top ten, not 57 and falling! Read this book, then vote! You will thank me for it, I 100 percent guarantee it!

It's boring but a masterpiece.

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13The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger

Whoever made this list is a phony! - Graham

This is obviously a list made by pretty simple minded people, there are some amazing books out there, and the fact that the diary of a wimpy kid has been ranked over catcher in the rye is very very sad

This book killed me! Also, the fact that 'Artemis Fowl', 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' and 'The Hunger Games' has been voted above this masterpiece is deeply upsetting and concerning.

With consistent character-based storytelling, this book shed light on so many important topics that people generally did not talk about in the 40's and 50's. - marmalade_skies

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14Watership Down - Richard Adams

Watership Down is simply an amazing book. Everything was described beautifully and I loved the characters.

An incredible story of an incredible journey, Something here for everyone!

This book is great and deserves to be higher. This is a book you should read before you die. - TailchaserFan10

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15The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Good grief, I love this book so much. It's got such great lessons in it, amazing character development, it's perfectly paced, and who could forget the magic of the main character's witty, sarcastic, and hilarious narration? I can't even... no. I can't describe the feeling it gives me every time I pick it up; when I can leave reality for a while, and enter the world of Percy Jackson, a hero, but one who's just like me. He deals with the same problems in life as we do today along with his demigod problems, but he approaches them so wisely, with his head held high, and through it all, he's got his friends' backs all the way. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is my sanctuary, where I can go on a roller coaster ride of excitement, while being guided through it all by Percy, the perfect narrator, and a great friend. It's a great work of literature, and it is by far, my personal favorite book, tied at first place with four other books. And, yes, they are the other four books in the ...more

This series is more then just a couple of books stuffed together. They are a life, a story, a place where our imaginations can go and stay for a while. It's the place where I grew up, and where so many others have. that's what some books are. They are an infinite other world that we can create for us. It has a story that can make you laugh and cry and scream because of cliffhangers that make death seem like a lovely gift of sorts. Then you realize that you will never be a part of this world; this place that is so close to your heart yet so far away, and it breaks you. Your parents look at you and wonder whats wrong but they will not understand, because they're imaginations have withered and died over the years, and it's so very sad but so very true. This is one of those series. Percy Jackson and his wonderful world are a secret place for us readers that know how to find and bring it to life.

This book changed my life. When I was a child, I had a hard time reading because nothing was entertaining enough to keep me still. In the summer of the fourth grade, my third grade brother told me it was amazing. So, I took his word for it and started reading. Once I started I couldn't stop. I ate that book in just one month. It was the first book I read in my life. Now, I can read a six hundred paged book in six to seven hours, knowing exactly what happened. Thank you for the existence of this book. I wouldn't be able to read without it.

Love Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, it's so awesome.

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16The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton

The outsiders is an amazing book. The characters are so real. Boys will like it because it has gangs and killing and reality. Girls will like it, because they will love the boys. The boys are great you just got to love them all. Twist endings and reality all over. Young author that wrote the book from her own experience. If it is this high on the board you have to take in to consideration that it is an amazing book. (Girls will love the boys, Boys will love the violence gangs and realty)

Amazing book with great cast of characters and actors in the movie go DALLY

I don't personally like this book, but the amount of people that do like it leads me to believe I missed something while reading it. Huge amount of respect for this book though. But can someone from a non biased point of view tell me why it is higher than " to kill a mockingbird"?

This book made me feel sad satisfied and happy when I finished it. Sad because it was over, happy because the book was amazing, and satisfied because it had a good beginning middle and end!

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17Divergent - Veronica Roth

People say this copied Hunger Games when Veronica Roth came up with it as a little girl, WAY before the Hunger Games even existed! It's still an insanely boring book though

Veronica Roth came up with the idea for this book when she was 11 or 12. This is such a good book. This is my favorite book along with Looking for Alaska by John Green and The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider.

I feel strongly that this book is overrated. Yeah, I read it, and I read the second one, but it's overhyped in my opinion. I couldn't get into it. It was just boring. Sorry, Divergent fans

This is the best book ever. Period. If you like plot twists and new and creative ideas, you are gonna love it! I couldn't stop reading it the first time

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18The Grapes of Wrath - John SteinbeckV2 Comments
19Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

This is one of my favorite books, why is Divergent, Percy Jackson, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and The Hunger Games in front of this. Alice In Wonderland is a classic that cannot be replaced, I think we can all agree that there is nothing else like this. I am disappointed in modern day people, Lewis Carroll was a genius who made a masterpiece. Why are all these new books coming to the top?! I can understand The Bible, but come on Harry Potter?

It's great to be Christian, and we Christians should strive to be like Jesus as much as we can. I don't think, however, that you have to post only nice comments if you're a Christian. If a book is bad or overrated, I feel free to say so and don't feel I've broken any commandments or sinned by doing so. There's nothing wrong with telling the truth, even if it hurts. And you're right, the Bible is deservedly number one.

It is a classic. Alice In Wonderland really shows what living really is, I guess. I love Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

The Bible #1 and To Kill a Mockingbird #2*

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20Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins

It was extremely hard to choose since the other two books are also there in the list. I would definitely like to vote for the other two books too.

This book is terrible. Get this off the list and put it on the top tens worst list. I would have changed tons of things about this book. Some examples would be prim and oh of course Finnick who is my favorite character lived, and the number 1 thing is I would have liked katniss to have killed president snow.

Its just... wow. I honestly have no words for its brilliance. Except the 11 ones I just typed... wow way to disprove myself.

I love this book!

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