Top Ten Best Books of All Time


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41 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.

Read this and you will never see our political world the same way again.

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42 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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43 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.

44 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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45 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!

46 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.

Um excuse me but WHO THE HELL DOESN'T THINK IT DESERVES AT LEAST A #10 PLACE? JUST DIE. Okay I'm relaxed, everything's fine. But, like, WHATWHATWHAT? I thought it would easily be like #5... everyone who read it and didn't upvote it... shame on you. Forever.

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47 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Ironic that a story about book burning should not be rated

48 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?

49 The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
50 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.

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51 Cupid Wars - Timothy Carter
52 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

53 The Giver - Lois Lowry

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

This book is probably the best book of all time. - Absolite

This is an incredible book.

Great book

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54 Kill Switch - Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene
55 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.

56 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

57 The Bully Book - Eric Kahn Gale
58 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

Wait, Wait wait wait.
Your telling me, Big nate on a roll, is above this!
i'm outta here


59 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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60 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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1. The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
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