Top Ten Best Books of All Time

The Top Ten

1 The 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.

Yes I imagine drowning a whole world and chopping off hands and killing and pillaging is "good" - ARandomPerson

When I was a kid, I don't like reading the bible. I only scan some pages just to look at the pictures and drawing. It seems so boring if I read it. But when I became a high school student, my teacher required us to read the bible and understand what it says there. So, as a student, I have no choice. I read it from the very beginning where God created the world in the book of genesis. As I keep on reading till I almost finish the book, I realize that my mind is no longer thinking of some immoralities or evil deeds. I feel like more calm and no worries. It became my hobby because my days are not complete without reading the bible.

This is not just an ordinary book. This is a sacred book that deserves to be respected by anyone; even to those who are non believer of God. This book contains historical events that is beyond scientific explanation. Even it contains some gruesome stories like killing or fighting, it tells us also the difference between right and wrong; and what would be the effect if we have done something to our fellow people in this world. If you read it everyday and putting it in your daily life like trusting God, you feel more calm and no worries to think. And you will also feel like you have purified your sin and letting go of your problems.

The Bible is something I rely on every day and I by far the best book, with moral lesson. It helps you understand not just how to Marsala help yourself, but also other people. This book also tells us about God and his forgiveness. Things have gone wrong in every ones life, including mine, but God gives us peace, no matter how many times we reject him. The Bible shows us that, and his words have worked miracles through uncountable numbers. I am today and will always be a witness of God and Jesus Christ as well as hi ps awesome forgiveness and love. It makes me ache with sympathy for the people who are in a sea of sorrow, hate, grief... whatever it might be, who do not have God the Father to help them.

2 The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien

Better story then bible

Let's go Tolkien!
It must pass the bible
(The Hobbit as well

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). - Jessicarabbit

This Book is absolutely amazing. It really deserves first place. Tolkien created masterpiece, which we will be adoring for many years - annaeverson

3 The 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

This is a amazing book that every one should read. It inspired me in so many different ways. All the characters have unique and different personalities and advantages. I couldn't put down the book! This is romance, action and science fiction. I love this book so much!

The hunger games is awesome! I'm only on page 30 but it's still an amazing book that should be read by all ages. - bookworm23

Better is UNDErrated

4 Harry 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.

The perfect ending of an amazing journey.

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.

5 The 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

I've never actually read the book, but it's definitely better than the bible.

The Hobbit is a better work of fiction than the Bible

The hobbit must pass the bible!

6 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling

Why isn't this book number 1? SO. FRECKING. AWESOME.

I haven't read the WHOLE Harry Potter series but the first was amazing

Number 16?! this is one of the best books in existence! I'm on chapter 6 and it is amazing! this should be above DWOK immediately because those books harm your brain (DWOK, not Harry Potter)

Yer a wizard, Harry.

7 1984 - 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.

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 - kanetheundertaker25

1984 and Animal Farm are one of the best books and Jane Austen books like Pride and Prejudice is also not here and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and lot of others. This list is not complete without those books.

I was 12 when I started reading, but it was right before my b day so. Anyway, such an interesting book! It changed my prospective on a lot of things

A true classic. - TopTenTed

8 Diary 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

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 up my ...more

Mate, if you read it when you were 6, you would be maximum 16 years old now. You're not a millionaire, father of five. - Fredfred101

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'm not hating, but I don't think this book or any others in the series are actual works if literature - Mnsdjjfijf

9 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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.

Diary of a wimpy kid is better than The Great Gatsby?

10 To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

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 acrebic 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 get "Boo" ' to come ...more - Listlover77

How is this not past Harry Potter?

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.

God this was good, it really covers mature topics beautifully - memememewoohoo


The Newcomers

? Thomas and His Friends - Christopher Awdry
? Henry and the Express - Christopher Awdry

The Contenders

11 Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins

I love how this whole book went it showed how Kathiss changes - Mandfill

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!

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.

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

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

Superb reading of how psychosis can take over a persons thoughts and actions

I'm studying this book in school, but honestly, I don't enjoy reading it. I understand some people would really enjoy this book, but personally, I hate this book because it's just not something I enjoy reading. - ivylee

Whoever made this list is a phony! - Graham

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

This book has been my favourite forever

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.

I honestly love this book so much its like my favourite harry potter book it should be #1 sorry god

Underrated - OmegaRankersClone

14 The Fault In Our Stars - John Green

This is my absolute favourite book in the world right now, and it isn't because I enjoy a sad ending, the characters were funny and made me laugh or smile just when it counted, one of the moments I loved was when Hazel was arguing the injustice of "Eggs only being a breakfast food." - Jannika

This got me crying - memememewoohoo

John Green is on crash course

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.

15 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

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! - Listlover77

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. - AzureCrystals

A classic ghost story. Really loved how it covered the different aspects of human life, which includes death too, - Kiteretsunu

What a classic! I loved this book and all the movies! - NightJinx

16 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling

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!

I would choose the book version of goblet of fire over the movie adaption any day of the week when I finished this book I thought it was great with Winky Dobby Spew the Quidditch World Cup it was great I liked it so much

Yes yes yes
that's it
just yes
nothing else
just yes

17 Animal Farm - George Orwell

One of my favorite books ever! Read it back in the summer before seventh grade.

Animal Farm's the book that's introduced me to George Orwell. Right now, I'm looking forward to reading Nineteen Eighty-four.

An excellent allegorical novel that uses animals to depict the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the era where Stalin took charge. A must read if you want your mind to shake from the chilling sequence of events. - VenomxShocker

Seriously People! READ THIS BOOK and then you'll change your mind about how awesome the hunger games is.

18 It - Stephen King

If you've missed King you've missed a treat.

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 SPARTA! I HATE HORROR BOOKS AND FILMS AND sparta is best. - lithuania777

19 The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

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.

How is this below DIVERGENT?
Literally like top 5 material

Percy Jackson is an inspiring series. It sparked my love of reading. It's epic, and an amazing tale. It has great humor, and this book is truly worthy of the gods. - Ziafour

Love the humour - memememewoohoo

20 The Giver - Lois Lowry

Jonas' dream is a huge meme in our school. The movie was also really awkward. - DabbingRobloxer

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. - jdougg

Who wouldn't like this book? I give it 10 out of 10. If only it was number 1.

Read this book! it paints a world with a terrifying cleanliness to it!

21 The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton

This book was good. Not great but good. - FetusDeletus

It's a good book

I love this book.


22 Divergent - Veronica Roth

I really enjoyed this first book, but the series went pretty downhill afterwards.

To me this book was average. Like really average. It's probably one of the most ok books ever made. - FetusDeletus

I did not read the book but I watched the film which is great - lithuania777

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

23 Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

The absolute best book ever wrote. And, I am an avid reader

When I am older I will read this.

This book was mentioned in the Outsiders - Hspencer

I'm reading this book now and it's amazing! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

24 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

Dan barons writing is so addicting I absolutely loved this book. Definitely should be on this list.

Dan Brown is a marginally talented author at best. He writes thinly veiled pablum designed to appeal to the most broad audience possible. The the Vinci Code is the best example of this. - Jdub2119

Dan Brown has written a masterpiece! With so many twists and turns in the religious spectrum, it actually beats out the Bible! Number one for sure!

It beats out Bible. Should've been number one. Enough said

25 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Can't believe this isn't in the top 10. - Radiumus

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.

A great, underappreciated masterpiece of work exploring fundamental truths of life, death, and growing up through the lenses of mythology, magic, and adventure. A great read for all ages.

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.

26 The Stand - Stephen King

If you're one of those people who voted on diary of a wimpy kid, shame on you. I'm not saying that it's a bad book, there is just much better books in the world such as this masterpiece. Stephen King is my favorite author and this is one of his books at King's finest. Also, to everybody who has and hasn't read this book, I recommend IT. Though it will give you the chills at some times, its an amazing read. Those are by far the 2 best King novels.

There is an infestation of teenagers here. Divergent? Maze Runner? Hunger Games? These people don't understand what real literature is. Though it is long, The Stand is an amazing book, a must read for anyone.

Indeed, so many teenagers who just read that crap and have terrible tastes - DatRabidSlushie

Amazing book - CygnusX99

MY FAVORITE BOOK (tied with it) The fact that the hunger games, and diary of a wimpy kid are higher blows my mind

27 Mockingjay - 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.

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. - thalia_thatsme

28 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
29 Watership Down - Richard Adams

Named my guinea pigs after Fiver and Hazel. Rest in peace my boys. You died too young.

I cannot, for the life of me, understand how The Hunger Games is in the 10's while this is #30. This is absolutely a masterpiece. The characters are more fleshed out and believable than most other stories about real people, and the themes of humanity and mortality are so impactful. More people should read this.

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

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

30 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

Great book

Beautiful book...

Duh it's so good

I have enjoyed John Steinback's references to the suffering of those who needed help from poverty and from themselves. This is why this book is great!

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31 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K Rowling

This book was honestly the best in the series. It was full of many plot twists and adventure. I love it - Mandfill

I love Harry Potter and this is my favourite because it is just so good and it includes one of my favourite characters (other then Ginny and Hermione) Dobby. Very fun but you must read the first one to understand this. Should be higher then it is.

Great Book!

Beautiful, my favorite harry potter book I think who reads will enjoy.

32 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinneyโ€‹

I don't understand why everyone hates the wimpy kid series. It's actually really funny - RonaldoTheCritic

This is the best 1 - nerdfestival

Really good book and easy to read for children. I read this book and fell in love with it. I read it very fast but still understood it very good book for fun!

This book is so funny! Why is it here? - Purplesingersky

33 The Maze Runner - James Dashner

It is so good and when you start to read it you will never put it down

The book is better than the movie

Best book I have ever read in my entire life.
Read it 39 times.
Still reading it.

This book should be in the top ten. It is one of the best books I have ever read and that is no exaggeration. It's a must read.

How ever, like all the new hunger games rip off's like Divergent, the first book is the best, and by the third book you pretty much only ever want to read the first one, because no one can ever have the third one be the least painful to read.

34 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

It should be a lot higher!

AzureCrystals no, they didn't mispell he name! His full Russian name is Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, but he's referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, nothing's wrong about saying Leo Tolstoy. It's basically the same thing as Lev, in English!

This list is absolutely ridiculous. This is book is among humanity's greatest artistic achievements, and it's placed at 106, 100 places below Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I'm sad.

You misspelled his name, it's Lev Tolstoi, Not Leo Tolstoy - AzureCrystals

35 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Not quite as good as diary of a wimpy kid but still pretty good - nerdfestival

Got an A+ for this book's etest

Had to read it this term for school, it was really good but I was so sad about Lennie - gabbi

I admit, I only read it because it was obligatory in high school. I didn't regret at all. This is an amazing book, with very likeable characters and an original plot and series of themes. It has the most memorable ending in any novel I have read (The only time I almost cried while reading a book). Why is almost every book in the top 10 teen fiction? Come on people!

36 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

funny! - nerdfestival

Hilarious and formidably creative!

Witty, deep, funny, a true science fiction classic but will appeal to anyone!

Marvin is so depressed that this book barely cracks the Top 50. - truckturner

37 Dracula - Bram Stoker

PURE ART! Its worth it! TRUST ME IM A MOTLEY CRUE FAN! lmfao WAY! better than them fake sparkly vampires.

This Book Is A Classic Of How An Idea Can Go So Big - 12cc

What happened to the good old traditional vampires in the arts hmmm? - fireinside96

It leaves you in shock and awe, no more words for its brilliance... - Ananya

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38 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

Catch 22 at #23...
Why do I think this book is amazing?
First off, the way the plot unfolds. Impossible to follow, unspeakably complex. No linear coherence whatsoever. Very creative.
Then of course, the characters. Never have I read a book with so many characters that you keep confusing. There are over 40 characters that are all in the army, on Pianosa island. They all show a representation of the world : materialism, heroism, naivity, existentialism, stupidity, faith, insanity... All this makes the book a gallery of the people of this world.
Of course, the book itself is a great satire of war, with many hilarious moments and too many memorable quotes.
"He was going to live forever, or die in the attempt."
"Anything worth dying for... Is certainly worth living for."
"They agreed that it was neither possible nor necessary to educate people who never questioned anything."
A long read, but one that sticks with you. - JoLeKosovo

If you have got here and still think this list is a genuine representation of humanity's literary achievements, then let me tell you it isn't. I might as well vote for my favourite book in the process. Let's see if this masterpiece can get to the top 20.

This is the worst list ever made.

I will never forget Major "Major" Major who never even wanted to become a major or Lieutenant Scheiskoppf and his sickly obsession with military parades. Ranges from absolutely hilarious to paranoid World War tristessa. Complete and emotional, such a masterpiece.

39 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

I think this book is the best to deal with themes like betrayal, faith, family, marriage and the rural vs. city life among many others. Other books that are really like are Madame Bovary and War and Peace (also by Tolstoy), but I think Anna Karenina is my favorite. - Skuller

Anna Karenina is a great book, but Anna has been on my Top 3 least favorite heroine for a long time. She's brave but not brave enough, confused and indecisive. Yet it still doesn't stop it being one of the great literatures of the world. THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGIES run over Anna Karenina? What is the matter with people?

40 Notes Left Behind - Brooke and Keith Desserich

I've been reading it rather recently and I have to say it's worth a go. This is a poignant, tragic and ultimately hopeful account on a little girl named Elena who fought against an inoperable brain cancer for about 256 days.

The book is written by Elena's parents and there is also a series of notes made by Elena which were dedicated to her parents and younger sister Gracie. - CrimsonShark

41 A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin

141? Really? I love this book (and the T.V. show). I think it should be at least in the top 100 - KingSlayer93316

How this book or any of this series is this low on the list is unbelievable, EASILY top 5 book series of all time. I know GRRM took loads of influence in building a world from Tolkien but this series of books is better (only just), mainly because it's so relatable. Not everyone is a "good guy" not everyone is 100% Bad and the bad aren't all ugly, stupid and uncharismatic. Good guys have secrets and regrets and aren't whiter than white. The way the whole series is written keeps you reading too, No other books have I sat for a whole day and read through. Still, not as good as A knight of the seven kingdoms though, they are just the most enjoyable novellas to read.

299? This book has either the greatest fictional world ever created or it is a VERY close second to Tolkien's Middle Earth. Not to mention it has some of the most interesting characters in literature along with very deep themes that reveal a lot about morality and humanity. It isn't just a "good guys beat bad guys and everyone lives happily ever after book" either, as the lines between good and evil are very blurry and most characters fall into the morally grey

For anyone who is wondering, read the books. DON'T WATCH THE T.V. SERIES!

42 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

Classic it is - memememewoohoo

Jim is probably one of the most annoying characters in fiction!

I appreciate your ability to be so candid, but I was wondering why you thought so. It's true that Jim's speech patterns can be a bit difficult to follow sometimes, and I'm sure he does has his annoying moments (as do most characters, I might add), but I personally thought he was fun and interesting, and I definitely don't think Jim is one of the most annoying characters in fiction (especially considering characters from franchises like Twilight). I was interested to know why you thought he was so annoying, and maybe you could explain it to me to help me better understand your thought process.

43 Looking for Alaska - John Green

It's kind of surprising that The Fault in Our Stars became more famous. It's a really good book, but Looking For Alaska is definitely better (In my opinion). - Solacress

You can tell that this list was created by a bunch of 15 year old girls. Divergent does not qualify as fine literature. At least this has a point, which is why it is better that a whole lot of the books on this list.

I'm so glad to see my favorite book all the way up at 35. - Solacress

Not new, not a blockbuster, but still, on of the bests out there. It's actually something you can only red while paying full attention. John Green's thoughts in a book form... worth a shot

44 The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

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. - Kingisla11

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. - WolfsQuill

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.

45 Wonder - R.J. Palacio

It's a great book but kind of overrated - Unnamed Google User Remade


This, this is a story that brings tears to my eyes whenever I read it, it's such a great book about the life of August, a quite abnormal kid physically, but a wonderful friend and a amazing person. I recommend this book, it will make you sad, happy and it will make you think twice before judging a person by their looks - AzureCrystals

I wonder whats this about? - Nightkillo

46 Ulysses - James Joyce

I'm gonna read it

This book, for me, is the summit of literary symbolism. It's modernism at its best. There are so many elaborate allusions that no one person can ever fully comprehend the book. - gepelan

The greatest book of 20th century

Masterpiece misunderstood by many fools.
- Ananya.S - Ananya

47 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

I have always loved this tale and will always love it, it has a way of making you pick all side at all times. you want all to win, such a great tale

It's such a good book - Puppytart

48 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules - Jeff Kinney

Rodrick does indeed rule

Ok, I'm done with this bullcrap these books suck and are for 7 year olds. There's no way there are this many people who like these books. Just like the first book, it was #8!? I can't believe people can't vote for better books than this?!?!? Think of Huckleberry finn!? That book is incredible but It'snot higher than DIARY OF A WIMPY KID?! I get this is a website and that not all the people that vote on it know what a good book is but still! Choose something better than Diary Of A Wimpy Kid!

Comment bias. - ICader

I liked to movie very much never read the book though

49 Twilight - Stephenie Meyer

If you find this book good... You are clearly an immature/inexperienced reader. There is nothing wrong with escapist fiction but this is an example of why some people ridicule escapist fiction. I read this text at the age of 11, loved it. Now I'm 17 and I would list it as one of the worst texts I've ever read. Clearly, I've realized that because at the age of 11 I was an immature reader. The people who "love" Twilight read it for the ending. They are those who avoid the suspense or the elements that cause the plot to be manipulated. The characters in the text aren't round, ALL are flat. Nothing dynamic about the characters. The text is apparently fantasy... It isn't logic whatsoever. There isn't suspension of disbelief. That is a failure that causes the reader to ask questions like, "Why does his skin shine? " One, a vamp's skin doesn't shine, UNLESS you suspend that disbelief. There are many faults in this text I could go on about. I guess on my free time I will ...more


I'm a teenage girl and I hate Twilight and I always have. Its stupid. Bella is a mary sue who whines over everything and Edward is an abusive SPARKLING vampire who is nasty to Bella. Bella can't do anything without her SPARKLING boyfriend. Jacob is also a stupid turd who should go die - Lunala

I love this book. People hate it, and I have no idea why. Some people hate it without even reading it, and that makes me extremely mad. I think one of the best things about Twilight is that it has a happy ending. It is true sometimes it was a bit cheesy but not all of it. The last books genre was horror. I hated and loved some characters. Bella and Edward are one of the best couples of all time. Sorry that you wont change your mind about Twilight.

50 The Little Prince - Saint Exupery

Sorry, comment guy, it's not the only book he wrote. But it is his best-known, though. He wrote approximately 5 full sories.

Okay. I've never thought I would get angry over a list but here I'm, beating myself not to swear or write in big puntos. I can't believe how this world is so full of "lame" people. You heard that right, the stupid teen girl who voted for typical popular culture books, you are so lame that it hurts to live in the same planet as you. Now go swoon over some celebrity and do not read this awesome book because it's probably too good for you.

I want to read this so bad! I'd never heard about it until I read Everything Everything, but after that I got really interested and I want to read it so much it hurts, but I can't find it anywhere. - SassyEquine

It's the only book he wrote and it's absolutely beautiful

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