Top Ten Best Books of All Time

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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

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!

Well duh oh course it’s number one. The Bible has been around for centuries, even longer. It has stories of miracles that cured the blind, brought people back from the dead, etc. - NightJinx

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2 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

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!

The hobbit is above the bible? Finally!

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3 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.

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 just love it.

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

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

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.

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?

Greatest book ever written. I can accept the Bible and the Hobbit being above it, but not Harry Potter. Compare the following; epic battles of men and the forces of Mordor, described with every detail, or a few schoolboys fighting a wizard. Those who voted HP have probably never read Tolkien books (real books). Hp has the depth of a puddle.

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5 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

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 love the Hunger Games it just has so much to offer, The characters are amazing The theme is great and its just plain good

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6 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

Yea for like ages 6-12 years old. It was a good childhood book but a little too far up on the list. - NightJinx

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7 The 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

Dirty Shiznos, putting this below damn Diary of a Dumbass Kid Who CLEARLY IS ANTISOCIAL JEFF SO ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON. Regardless, only voting for this so that it can be put higher up.

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8 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.

This site is just flooding with so many brain dead kids. Of course, some of the novels in modern times are (were) great, I don't argue on it. But seriously, The Lord of the rings better than books like this one, 1984, and books that can shocked the world like animal farm, on the origin of species, communist manifesto, the iliad and Odyssey by Homer, the Divine comedy, was and peace, Hamlet by Shakespeare (you know Shakespeare, right? ), Ulysses, and the list go on... And rank's title says BOOKS, not just novels. If you're not into literature, not vote on it, simple as that.

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.

This book was my "blueprint" for success! - HusseinBarackObama

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9 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

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

I'm blaming this book for killing John Lennon as an influence for the killer.

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10 Catching 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!

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.

One of my favorite books and The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and The Mockingjay take up my top three favorite books of all time. I can't choose which one is better. - thalia_thatsme

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The Newcomers

? We are Okay
? Jo Nesbo - The Snowman

This book makes me feel amazing when reading it the twisted killer with a sad past with the gripping language throughout the book and the description. - KadenVonbun

This novel is amazing it should be #1 I can’t believe it got only one vote.

The Contenders

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

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

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

We can all just say the whole Harry Potter series was amazing. - NightJinx

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12 To 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!

Definitely better than Diary of a Wimpy Kid and most of the books ahead of it. Come on, it can't stay at #14...

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13 The Fault in our Stars - John Green

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.

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.

An Instant, Power classic, A brilliant plot and Very original and flawed love story. Almost perfect and very likable, which has Fans demanding more. John Green is already a master of Literature

-Austin Kelly

It was an adorable story with a very cute couple. It’s a great story because some people relate to this. It was a good teen perspective and had a very sad plot twist but still a great book. - NightJinx

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14 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

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

I really love reading this right before Christmas. 5 stars!

I like Tiny Tim the best

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

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

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)

The Harry Potter series is amazing, it has to be listed as one of the greatest series of books of all time. You have to ask yourself, how did J.K. Rowling come up with all this stuff? She has such an amazing imagination and is a great writer.

I LOVE all the Harry Potter books. I just picked the first book since it starts off the series.

Wonderful book although it's my least
favorite harry potter book so far.

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16 The 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.

Rick Riordan is a great author! Every book he is written is know well all around. I love the idea of Greek Mythology and was so intrigued I wanted to learn more. I love his unique humor he puts into the books. It’s so mature and childish at the same time I adore his work! This should be higher up on the list even higher than “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” which is overrated. - NightJinx

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17 Animal Farm - George Orwell

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

"In the end, no one can tell which is human and which is animal"

You will know why if you read the book

In french class (I live in canada) We read this book (traduced in french of course) and it's maybe the only book that I LOVE that school showed me. Amazing book. Short but so meaningful. - MaxPap

Really quite a simple book in truth. Follows Orwell's usual formula, with the hero (or heroes in this case) becoming disillusioned and losing to a tyrannical power, but much weaker considering the base it is construced on existed at the time of writing. I found his least well known novel, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, far more inspiring and disturbing.

This book desceibes how politicians are.

Understandable. But the moral of the story is in my opinion is that everyone eventually becomes what they fight against. - Aguythatpeopleignores

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18 Alice 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?

I'm a fan of all the books you mentioned. Alice In Wonderland is a masterpiece, like you said. - talanartemis

I like this book about how a little girl explored to an absurd and trippy world of Wonderland. From a group of animals running on circles to get dry after getting wet by tears to a Queen execute people in Wonderland by cutting off their heads.

By the way, people who talked about the Bible might be going on a wrong section.
The Bible is at number 1 in this list. Plus, the Bible is non-fiction and it was written by 40 Christian people like Matthew, Mark, John, Peter, etc.

But this book is absolutely FICTIONAL. It's fantasy. Bible is'nt fantasy. It's (Bible) real.

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.

You get books which are popular but have crap content. Books that tie multiple complex themes into a novel with no real story. And then you got old quality stories like this

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19 The 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)

I am a girl, and I like the violence and killing. Not for their looks though. - AnimeDrawer

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 book was so good. The characters are so realistic and capture how kids act and their “ways” back then. The deaths were really sad but it was a great story. - NightJinx

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20 It - Stephen King

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.

Of course this is on here. It’s a huge horror story that became even more popular when the recent movie IT came out. I haven’t read the book but I’ve read of it that keeps me off the edge of my seat and goosebumps all over. - NightJinx

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

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!

How this book is so low down I will never know, it's just amazing, almost as good as The deathly Hallows.

The Graveyard Scene was the best...
"Cedric was lying spread-eagled on the ground.


He was dead."

I got chills.

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22 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

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?

23 The Maze Runner - James Dashner

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.

This is a review based on the BOOKS only. The movie, in my opinion, was nothing compared to the power of the book.
It's a story filled with unique characters, each with flaws and strengths. They're all relatable, and people could spend hours debating their thoughts, motives, etc: not unlike Harry Potter. The storyline is strong, with action and suspense, and although it's not written as well as say LOTR or Harry Potter, it's still relatively good compared to a lot of YA Fiction.
Also, I wanted to point out to the person who commented that it is a Hunger Games rip-off...I really, aside from the fact it's teens trying to survive, see no similarities. I think it compares more to Lost or Lord of the Flies in terms of plot.
To each their own opinion, but I think this should be higher on the list. - booklover

What, this was way better than divergent. The movies were as good as the books in my opinion, or at least the scorch trials was.

A great book, a great series. I like the idea of all boys being trapped in a maze with blood thirsty beats trying to kill them. It was a great book and had so many sad deaths. I loved this book and surprised it’s not higher on the list. - NightJinx

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24 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

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

If I saw this before I saw the outsiders, things would be different. - Snackfan

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25 Divergent - 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

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

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 liked the diversity in this book. It’s intriguing to me how they are split into factions based on what’s inside their personality. (I’m Divergent). There were lots of sad deaths and the love between Tobias and Tris was adorable. - NightJinx

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26 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

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.

The hunger games warriors and it are ahead of literary masterpiece there good books but this is a master class novel

This book is the best by an American author, and the best war book of all time.

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

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.

One of the best books I have ever read, totally recommend it.

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28 Watership Down - Richard Adams

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.

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

This book is traumatizing. If you like bunnies, don't read it. - SassyEquine

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29 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

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.

30 Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

When I am older I will read this.

This book was mentioned in the Outsiders - Hspencer

31 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

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!

The sheer amount of things is book achives is astounding. it humanizes a group of people that would otherwise have been forgoten, both with well devolped and memorable characters and chapters that chronicle the much bigger jounrneys, trobles, and experences of the okies during the great depression. it stands up for the poor and helps us understand how human society works on a basic level. the writing itself is astounding, far better than any of the books above it - RecklessGreed

32 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

33 Looking for Alaska - John Green

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.

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

Just read it, and tears will shed down your eyes.

Terrible, incredibly boring book. I don’t understand why it’s so popular. I do like John Green as a person though.

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

I liked to movie very much never read the book though

SHUT UP ALL DOAWK BOOKS ARE TERRIBLE AND HAVE NO PLOTS they're DUMB

35 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.

I do admit, the books got kind of boring after “Catching Fire” but part 2 was good. The movies are great also. - NightJinx

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36 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

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!

Decided to read it on my own before we read it in school. Such a phenomenal book, very depressing, but really gives an insight of the hard lives people used to live and how mental disorders weren't properly understood and acknowledged in society. I cried. Why is this below Diary of a Wimpy Kid? - kaisietoo

depressing. A beautiful story about people who are different and how they are treated. A must read

Classic - HusseinBarackObama

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37 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling

Along with Deathly Hallows, this is the most well written Harry Potter book. Definitely top 20 worthy.

Best Harry Potter book, so basically the best book ever.

This deserves to be higher. - Blight

What a wonderful book I very much enjoy the harry potter books
but how RUDE can Umbridge be?!

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38 The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate Dicamillo

I'm reading this in class but were taking a break from it I'm very glad we are because it's very pointless but I like what pellagrina says to edward after the story she tells the girl who first owned Edward but that doesn't mean I like this boring pointless book not good reading material if you ask me

This book was pretty good. - MontyPython

This book was just fantastic

Simply fantastic

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39 The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

It's an amazing book that can teach you a lot about yourself. My personal favorite.

This is like the best book ever, I'm disappointed seeing that it is the number 47

I love this book but this list is crap.

Greatest book ever. Should be higher up.

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40 Warriors - Erin Hunter

WHAT?!? Warriors does not deserve to be in 35 place. It should be much higher. Some people might just say it's a series about cats in the forest, but it's so much more. Most of the characters are complex, (I'm looking at you Spottedleaf and Silverstream...) and it takes readers hostage, begs them to read more. I remember going through a Warriors phase in fifth grade, and I was obsessed. I started even speaking like a Warrior! Warriors makes young readers think more deeply about what's going through the minds of animals, namely cats.

35 is way to low! These books are INCREDIBLE! The books may be about fighting but it gives you many emotions and makes you wonder what is really happening in the forest. These books really do have a spot in my heart. A great series for male and female, no matter what age. The characters are very life-like and well made. The journeys they go on a amazing. Extraordinary books! A must read! - PaintedWolves

I went through a Warriors phase in third grade... Still fun and entertain to read, and ecstatic that it remained in the second page of best books ever invented!

Deserves to be higher ranked. HIGER THAN DIARY OF A WHIMPY KID. - NightJinx

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41 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney

Funny

42 The Little Prince - Saint Exupery

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

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

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

44 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams

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

Comedy books are hard to make, and this is real talent.

This book is really underrated. It's about Arthur Dent and his best friend Ford Prefect (named after a car) goes on a weird adventures of The Galaxy. It's just sad why Earth gets destroyed by Vogons (since every fictional aliens never destroyed Earth because of failures I'm hoping that Vogons were the first beings to destroy Earth). It feels like your dreaming when you read this book.

So long and thanks for all the fish. - edgecombe

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45 World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks

One of my favorite book I've read. This book tells you how everything happened, how people survive during the war, and how people overcome the war from different countries and different people, they even told you what happened in space during the war! Highly recommend this book!

Better than the Brad Pitt interpretation in the movie. Its like a reporter of different moments of the zombies crisis. Really enjoyable book about zombies with a different way to tell you the story that difference it with any other zombie books.

Nothing like the movie.

46 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

I like it

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47 Dracula - Bram Stoker

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

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

IT IS SO HORROR AND BLOODY

48 The Lorax - Dr. Seuss

LET IT GROW! - VideoGamefan5

YYEEES! I love it to death.

49 Ulysses - James Joyce

The greatest book of 20th century

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

50 Wonder - R.J.Palacio

See, now this is one of those modern day books that are so good that it deserves to be somewhere in the top 30s. Maybe even lower. It's a wonderful story that shouldn't be overshadowed by the god dang HUNGER GAMES. Really? You want to read a good story? Drop The Fault in our Stars, and read this.

This book is better than some Diary of a Wimpy Kid book! Why is this so LOW?! I've read this book and it CHANGED MY LIFE. Harry Potter didn't do ANY of that, neither did any other dang book besides The Bible. Stuff any other book and READ THIS. This is highly recommended. And if you've seen the movie, you'll be sorry any Diary of a Wimpy Kid book changed your life (yeah, I'm looking at you)

This book is just perfect, exciting, funny and moving. Stuff Harry Potter (which I somehow find boring respect my opinion) get this book to the top of the list! - KingFab

This book was so adorable. How is this not higher than Diary of a Whimpy Kid?! It teaches a great life meaning and should be way higher than 50! - NightJinx

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