Top Ten Best Books of All Time


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41 The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
42 Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

Best mystery ever. No one, I repeat no one will ever in a million years guess the twist. This is the twist everyone remembers in a century.

This book is, after all, written by one of the best mystery and crime writing authors Agatha Christie. And moreover, this is a standout thriller mystery book. - LightningBlade

43 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

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.

Changed my life

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44 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Okay, how exactly do The Hunger Games, Divergent and the such have higher rankings than this? There's a difference between a fad and literature. I bet in 2009 or whatever Twilight was up there. Most, if not all of those fad books have the same basic skeleton with a few twists. Lord of the Flies, however, is a beautiful and genius deconstruction of the Robinsonade genre and it's one of the few assigned books, along with Animal Farm and The Catcher in the Rye, which I truly enjoyed. This is the book that changed Stephen King's life. He said so himself. He wrote the foreword to the 50th anniversary edition. I doubt that The Fault in Our Stars has inspired anyone but teenagers obsessed with "tragic love". None of these will be read for meaning and discussion sixty years into the future. I bet you a dollar.

An amazing book, with great pace and story. It shows how fast man can regress back to its primal state and is the best book ever.

This list is unreliable because clearly most of the voters are teens. Lord of the Flies is by far a better book than anything Suzanne Collins or Veronica Roth has written...

Just read it.
OH MY GOD it's amazing. - JamesBourne

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45 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!

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

Short, but oh so simply good. Honestly one of the best books I've ever read.

Really lower than wimpy kid

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46 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

What a poor uneducated world we are living in... A world where the Hunger Game trilogy is rated higher than a masterpiece like Lolita... This is unbelievable! Read, for god's sake! Lolita, a book about the monster hidden in each and everyone of us, a book about obsession, desire and lust, a book that helps us find our identity and determine what is right and what is wrong in life. Humbert, this monster who loved Lolita with all his heart, yes, he loved her, and yet he robbed her of her life. I absolutely loved this book and have no shame in admitting it.

This book has rather shocking subjects.

We're are my Lolita fans because it's my favorite book EVER

Are you joking this is amazing he can't see beauty exept Lolita and what makes it even Better is Lolita isn't written like some inhumanly gorgeuse or flawless she's a normal child with imperfections and she doesn't think of things.she wears slacks and drinks malts and this is realistic even with her inperfections she is seen as perfection. The only problem isn't a problem I just don't really like the main character humbert

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47 Charlotte's Web - E. B. White

Spiders are misunderstood creatures and this book features a story about a friendship between Wilbur, a pig in a barn, and Charlotte, the spider living at the corner of the barn. Even though Charlotte helped Wilbur survive and become famous like he should be, no one other than the animals noticed Charlotte! And Charlotte died... It was so sad. - officialstudyqueen

It's all about this spider, who takes care of a pig named Wilbur. None of the animals notice this spider's actions and then he dies... So sad

Why is this so low! It literally ranked #1 on another site!

48 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.

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49 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?

50 Cupid Wars - Timothy Carter
51 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It makes you feel for the characters and why they do what they do. It's a thought provoking book in my opinion.

You will just simply never forget this book once you've read it - KapiteinKaas

Russian literature masterpiece. And below Twilight

52 Cujo - Stephen King
53 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever - Jeff Kinney


54 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne

Verne show off again his amazing imagination in combination with biology facts. An legendary relate that goes against the time. A must for adventure book lovers.

55 The Help - Kathryn Stockett

Brilliant. I've read it 20 times and still love it. Perfectly honest and warm. Doesn't drag and is just sequel begging talent

-Austin Kelly

56 The Bully Book - Eric Kahn Gale
57 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.

This deserves to be higher. - Blight

I love Umbridge!


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58 Dune - Frank Herbert

How come Dune's not in the top 10s? It's the greatest sci-fi book off all time!

Have you read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy? If you have- great! But if not I think you would definitely like it - paganomd

This book is amazing. Best book ever written by far, and this is coming from a 14 year old. My point is, anyone can enjoy this book (although you may not understand all of it). - TaylorD4533

What has the world come to,why isn't dune at least in the top ten

Greatest book I've ever read. This should be top 5 as it changed how we look at sci-fi. Definitely could not say the same for the movie

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59 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

My favourite book; one of the best.

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60 Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life - James Patterson

This book is my Favorite. - funnyuser

The movie made me cry so much. it was incredible - pjo

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