Top Ten Best Books of All Time
The Top Ten
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.
Yes I imagine drowning a whole world and chopping off hands and killing and pillaging is "good"
Even if you're not Christian, the bible offers many true and inspirational life lessons and parables.
The only book that should EVER be number 1. This is the holy book and deserves a lot of praise
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!
Comparing Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings is like comparing a spark to the sun: in other words, Harry Potter is nothing, absolutely nothing, when compared to the genius and legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien.
I love this book, and would vote for it anyway, but I really want to see the Bible off the top spot too.
I can't believe this isn't number 1. This book is absolutely amazing in just every way possible. Every single character, however minor, becomes someone of great importance and learns a very important life moral. Tolkien's world of Middle-Earth is the best fictional world ever created. I don't think the Bible should be over this masterpiece, since only a set percentage of the population actually believes in the Bible anyway. Any of Tolkien's works, though, can appeal to anyone. I first read this book when I was 12 years old and I still have maps of Middle-Earth and elvish family trees plastered over my walls. I think Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is so inspiring and magical it should be always be considered the best book ever. I might sound biased but if you read this book you would be biased towards it too.
The only reason this isn't number one is because a lot of people can relate to the Bible (not that I'm saying I disagree with your opinion of course).
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.
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
This book is good my teacher read us this book when I was in grade 11, and I read it in grade 10
Wow great book! I like the fault in our stars and harry potter and percy jackson, but the hunger games is the best
I was shellschocked at how horrifying yet amazing this book was
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
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.
Thumbs up even though he didn't actually leave until he grew up.
I Always Love The Harry Potter Books. Although I Love Them All, I Like The Deathly Hallows The Most. I Was Thinking Of Inspiring J.K.! With Emma Watson, Rupert Grint And Daniel Radcliffe, It Is The Perfect Worldwide Movie Show. And, To Say So, I Almost Skipped All The Words That Say " I Kissed ". I Don't Like Kissing, And, It Makes Me Want To Go To The Toilet..
The end to the greatest saga of all time. Bible deserves number one, but any harry potter book should be second.
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.
Come on, this is one of the greatest books ever, the world building is amazing and it is overall a really good book
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
MAN JRR TOLKIEN IS THE BEST!
THE BEST NOVEL!
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.
While I agreed Diary of a Wimpy Kid doesn't deserve to be as high as it is, 12 year olds definitely shouldn't be reading this, unless they are emotionally mature enough
Read this when I was 12. I honestly didn't like it but I think it is one of the most well written books and most thought provoking books ever. Even though I don't like it I still respect it so much and think it is an amazing book. George Orwell is a genius to think this up and write it in such an amazing manner.
If there is one book you have to read it's this one. A very thought provoking and troubling book that has too many similarities to what's happening today.
This book. Thought-provoking. Full of tension. With more than a grain of truth.
LOVE IT! This book introduced me to my favorite world to escape to. More people need to get into this series. It changes your life.
And so begins 10 years of epic books, blockbuster movies, and more than a billion dollars...
This is a great book! Although the last one in the series was PRETTY ' AWESOME, *ahem*, I loved the first as well. The Hunger Games is also pretty great!
Honestly and don't be mad I love all Harry Potter books (excluding the recent Cursed Child) and this one is no different. It is my second least favorite of the amazing series (Cursed Child is my new least favorite) because of the introductions. It seems to be the most boring of the series (it is still insanely exciting just compared to the others it Is a little more boring). I still love this book to death like all the others, it is just not as exciting or captivating as the others (Excluding Cursed Child)
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.
When I was merely six, I was just a homeless child on the streets. My parents had died, I had to fend for myself, begging for spare change, living on the leftovers of Happy Meals I found in rubbish bins (though I was far from happy). I was unwanted, insignificant. But that all changed one day. A school group full of ten year old boys and girls were walking past me one day. Nothing really new, but one of them dropped a bright red book that caught my eye. Curious, I picked it up. The book was titled: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". I began to read it, and my life was completely transformed. It taught me good morals and the joy of living and helping others much better than the bible ever will. I changed as a human after reading that book. I started helping other homeless people on the streets. I grew up as a leader of all of them, being kind to everyone. I became popular among even the non-homeless community, and earned loads of money, which I shared with my army of homeless. I saved ...more
This immaculate arrangement of letters and paragraphs proves that Jeff Kinney is indisputably the chief storyteller of our troubled times. Beware Kinney when equipped with a quill and ink, for Greg's triumphs resound in glorious ecstasy whilst his defeats plummet the reader into the inevitable chasms of chaos and terror each man must face in life. Diary of a Wimpy Kid was crafted from pure genius alone, which is why I would place it at the pinnacle of the literary canon. One minute example of such scholarly excellence would be in the portrayal of Rowley Jefferson, a ruffian and scoundrel who painstakingly learns of the world's transcendent truths through the Siren-like lyric of one certain Joshie. Having achieved such a moral victory with the use of a secondary character, Kinney easily surpasses other "great" authors such as Plato, Dante, and maybe even Shakespeare. Diary of a Wimpy Kid's prose leaves Virgil and Homer's wretched poetry in the dust; its grasp of natural law ...more
I would make the argument that Jeff Kinney is a better author than Homer. Yes, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is fairly simple and repetitive, but at least nothing goes into too much detail. (Usually details are good things, but when you give a play-by-play of everything happening, as well as each character's lineage and nicknames, it feels like one run on sentence.) Not that I love Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I just loathe Homer and made this comment mostly to blow some steam.
Lost. Broken. Confused. These were all words to describe me as I sat at my school desk, a harsh structure of uncomfortable steel and unforgiving wood. My life was shattered, my hope destroyed. I realized only one object could save me from a life of mediocrity and pain; a book inside my desk titled Diary of a Wimpy Kid. When we were given time to read by our teacher, a vicious worker of the government's mechanical and cruel school system, I picked up this book in search of purpose.
That purpose was given to me.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a true literary masterpiece, a gripping tale filled with beautiful archetypes of the human spirit, heart-piercing and lyrical dialogue that borders on magic, timeless messages for each generation and for people of every race and tongue, and gut-wrenching twists and pains that are ultimately nullified by the triumph of a perfect hero's journey.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the story of a young man who overcomes the numbing pain and cruel ...more
Without a doubt, the most captivating, engaging, realistic, and heartfelt novel ever penned. Well- deserved Pulitzer Prize winning recipient! The symbolism and allusions in this novel, make it a Master class in literature along with the first-person narration of Jean Louise Finch better known as "Scout" who reflects on her life in Depression-era Alabama as a young girl and her adventures/misadventures with her older brother Jem "who was never the same after his arm was broken... but they spoke very little about it."
Further, she recalls her beloved father, her overbearing aunt, her closest playmate, an acerbic elderly lady whom the entire neighborhood fears, a revered and feared housekeeper, the most bullied boy in school, a slew of refined, genteel southern ladies tied to a dying past, and the mysterious "Boo" Radley: an enigma to all the children as he never speaks or sets foot from his house. What secrets, if any, does he harbor? Will they ever ...more
This book is important for everyone to read, and one of my favourite things about it is that it is genuinely fun to read, and while you learn the lessons it teaches and while you're heart aches for the injustices shown within it, you still absolutely love reading it, and it's still very entertaining.
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.
Um, I'm sure this book is better than books listed in the top ten. The writing is phenomenal and characters iconic.
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.
The moral of the story is incredible. It tells of characters who are consumed by themselves and have no care for others or sympathy due to their self proclaimed superiority
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)
Even for as much as I like reading, I usually like movies adapted from books. But I don't think the movie does justice to just how amazing this book is.
Awesome characters and personalities, cool twists, saddest deaths, and the Cornucopia and the arena is so awesome!
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!
Personally, this was better than The Hunger Games, in my opinion it was fresh yet still went along the same guidelines as The Hunger Games does. This is one of the few sequels that improve after the first book. 10/10.
This is actually my least favourite HP book but that means it is still in my top 15 books
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.
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
It is the best book in the Harry Potter series and it sets the stage for the climax of the Harry Potter series as a whole.
It got really repetitive for me especially with the overuse of the word "phony". It felt more like Salinger himself was going off on rants himself, and I don't mean that in a good way. He hasn't allowed for a movie adoption of the book because he didn't want to be a sell out to Hollywood. So in a way it made me feel as if the book was a little too biased in one way. At a point, I got tired of the whole "phony" garbage and ironically, the book itself felt very "phony." To me, it felt like it was trying too hard to push the idea of phoniness and at times it felt to me that he was finding the smallest flaws in society to rant about. The movie example comes to mind. I feel that society does have flaws and people do act phony in society, but at the same time, individualism does exist and always has existed. While people do act phony, I don't think it's necessarily bad that this happens. Sometimes it's tough to be yourself and I don't think it's fair to say ...more
Whoever made this list is a phony!
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
Superb reading of how psychosis can take over a persons thoughts and actions
Timeless... anyone of any age can read this once and have it stick with them the rest of their lives.
Very good book, really makes you think. I remember reading it when I was like eight and I really enjoyed it and thought it was a very deep and well written book.
Seriously People! READ THIS BOOK and then you'll change your mind about how awesome the hunger games is.
One of my favorite books ever! Read it back in the summer before seventh grade.
Gunslinger and Carrie seem better King novels, This seems good too but King wrote really awful scenes in this in which If I ever pick this one up I will try to avoid 'that scene' like the plague.
This book is coined to be the scariest book of all time. I didn't believe that, so I read it. Let's just say that whoever reads this book will no doubt be scared of clowns for the rest of their lives.
"They float, Georgie, and when you're down. here with me, you'll float too! "
This is by far the most imaginative, frightening, and the best book ever written. Come on guys, Stephen King is like God. He has been writing things even before half the people in this list were born. This guy deserves it.
Come on guys! Why is this masterpiece so far down the list? IT is King at his finest, with the Stand a close second. Best book ever, let alone best horror book ever. True reading experience. Thank you Stephen King.
I cannot count how often I read it. Even brought it to the bathtub every than and now.
Why is there always a copy of the fault in our stars in the goodwill
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.
This is by far one of my favourite books. It has humour, love and sadness all packed into one amazing book. John Green's style of writing is amazing in every book he's written but this one just seems to stand out to me. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Overall it's a generally fantastic book that had me right from the beggining. Even my mom couldn't put it down after starting it and that is saying something! Best book ever and you gotta vote for it. If you haven't read it yet I suggest you go to the nearest book shop, buy it and read it because it is amazing!
Perhaps the most adapted story ever penned, this beloved, timeless classic recounts the transformation of a "stingy, avaricious old sinner..." as on one fateful Christmas Eve in Victorian England, he faces ghosts and a past long-forgotten: he will be forced to reckon with three Spirits before he earns a chance for redemption and in that stead discover the true meaning of Christmas.
A quick page turner, deftly told in avid yet precise prose. Cannot laud this beloved opus enough! Sit back, light a fire, sip a cup of steaming hot cocoa, and treat yourself to this Yuletide treasure! You won't regret it!
This is the only book I have read without dying of boredom here. I haven’t even cracked open a Harry Potter book! Ever in my life!
A classic ghost story. Really loved how it covered the different aspects of human life, which includes death too,
A classic Christmas story, I 100% recommend this book, it teaches you about how time spent with your family or friends is more important than having a lot of money, and we all have a short live and we need to live the most of it.
THE MOST AMAZING BOOK! I personally think the best one in the series... so entertaining and so much detail and action... I LOVE IT! Definitely deserves to be higher!
My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE HP book. This book is the bridge between Harry and friends being all innocent and discovering magic to the, darker return of Lord Voldemort. I always loved the mystery of who put Harrys name in the Goblet and seeing Harry slowly change from a little boy with a scar on his head to a man. Plus, Cedric Diggory is my favorite character!
Goblet of Fire should be way higher. Sure, it might not be as awesome as Deathly Hallows but it should be in the top ten. It is better than Prisoner of Azkaban and Philosophers stone so I voted for it because I thought it deserved to be higher.
I know this is probably the most underrated Harry Potter book know to man, but it is still for me the most memorable. The storyline is so interesting and it keeps you hooked to the book. I spent a whole summer reading it and I loved it!
This book is physically impossible to put down once it is picked up
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)
I am a girl, and I like the violence and killing. Not for their looks though.
The Outsiders by S.E Hinton is a fantastic book that I could not get enough of! It most certainly belongs on this list! Many adults and children have claimed this book to be their favorite of all time and it certainly is evident as to why with the messages of friendship and social class without being a fluff fest. Plus, the thrilling action and sob worthy scenes that actually make you sob! This book is 10/10 and a great read for anyone!
Amazing book with great cast of characters and actors in the movie go DALLY
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 (and all of its sequels and two spin-off sagas) will have a special place in my heart. Between the goofy chapter titles and he suspense with comic relief, I'll never be too old for this book.
Come on guys lets get this higher than Harry Potter cause this is way better
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.
It is one of those books that look boring but you can't put it down when you start reading it.
didn't want to read it, but was forced to in class and didn't want to put it down when my teacher told me too
Read this book when I was about eleven, and I still read it today. It's the kind of book you don't grow out of, and is truly a beautiful story. In fact, this author produces beautiful books as a whole.
Who wouldn't like this book? I give it 10 out of 10. If only it was number 1.
how can you like hunger games but not divergent? That's crazy. This is way better.
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
I really enjoyed this first book, but the series went pretty downhill afterwards.
I though Insurgent was okay, but Allegiant was a bit of a disappointment (I think Veronica Roth either got bored, writer's block or both, so she decides to kill the main character and let her jerk brother and her feminine boyfriend live) and Four was just Divergent in Four's point of view. - HaiThere
Really Divergent haters, it’s not bad. Honestly twilight had a good writer (Not really) but Divergent is life lessons, We mend each other *sniff* but it’s really good but the series came more boring...
How is this 91st?! This is a brilliant, magical book with a complex and interesting plot, beautiful writing, and it is full of touching moments. I became so attached to this book while reading it; I have to say that it truly changed my look on literature entirely. There are very few books which have that effect.
I totally know what you mean, this book was amazing - I got so attached to it that I cried just because it was over!
Kind of sad (but then again not surprising) that this wonderful, heart-wrenching book is lower than those silly YA books that don't have a whole lot of meaning to them. This book breathes life into the minds of those who read it. If it doesn't deserve #1, I don't know what does.
An intense, ridiculously well written book from Death's point of view (I love that aspect of it). Definitely deserves to be on this list.
Brought tears to my eyes. Captivating story all the way through, especially because it's from death's point of view. Completely changed my view of the world and world War 2. Well written, Mark Zusak. Well written.
For Narnia! And for Aslan! I love Narnia :) It's a really good message and it's very deep.
Chronicles of Narnia is an amazing series. Magicians Nephew is my personal favorite. Narnia puts majority of titles on this "list" to shame. Clearly this list was composed by teenage girls who just want a good cry.
Yes. Because if this list were composed by teenage girls there wouldn't be twilight as number 1. ARE YOU A COMPLETE IDIOT! If this list were composed by teenage girls the only books on here would be romances and twilight books and any other dumb group off stupid romances.
What has this world come to where DIARY OF A WIMPY KID is higher than this? This is an amazing piece of literature for various ages, and endless classic, and it stretches so far and explores life, evil, and good. This is an amazing book, the possibly the best of the series. It will never get old, no matter how many times I read it.
It is totally awesome. The Narnia Chronicles is full of magic. You can't stop once you started reading it.
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.
That's just your own personal opinion. Besides, the death of your favorite character is what the author uses to get emotion out the readers and if it made you cry or even if it just made you sad, that means Suzanne did her job well and that makes it a good book. Also Katniss not killing President Snow was symbolic, it was supposed to symbolize recognizing your true enemy and stuff like that because at that point, Coin was more of a threat than Snow. So really, If you remade the book into your own version where Finnick and Prim live and everybody live happily ever after with no side affects, it would have been a terrible book. - SassyEquine
Its just... wow. I honestly have no words for its brilliance. Except the 11 ones I just typed... wow way to disprove myself.
Love this book I can't choose my favorite book between The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and The Mockingjay.