Best Novels of All Time

The Top Ten

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

I loved this book. It hit home. I think it would for any young person, struggling to find his compass in life. I also found it deeply, emotional. Particularly, as the protagonist reveals his loving connection to his youngest sibling. It's a book I read at least once every few years. It, strangely enough, realigns my compass. As both a writer, and a person.

A brilliant story illustrating the struggles of being a young adult and losing innocence as you grow up.

A modern classic.

Fabulous book

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

This novel is one of the classics and will remain so for a long long time. It has all the elements in the right proportion. Love, happiness, grief, loss, tragedy... Its a novel you can read 10 times and find something new on the 11th read.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is AMAZING. Also in film, but the film doesn't show some essential parts which the books include. I love them. The father novel of all fantasy.

This book is amazing and anyone that hasen't read it should:) It is filled with fantasy, action, suspence and humor. The ending is sad though.

A masterpiece appropriate for any age.

3 1984 - George Orwell

It's the ONLY novel that makes you aware of the chaninigans of any government anywhere. Read it and wake up to a new realization. But it should have been called 2020!

My favourite novel.. Orwell was miles ahead of his time

YES. This novel is AMAZING. It should be in 1st place.

Why is “The Goblet of Fire” on this list?

4 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

My favourite stand-alone book. I absolutely love the characters and I love the plot.

This is my favorite book, with Animal Farm by George Orwell following behind.

Lucid, simple with engaging characters.. You never get bored of this novel. Ever

Deep and thoughtful... One of the best books ever written

5 The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
6 Going Bovine - Libba Bray

A well-written dark comedy.

A Fantasticly Written Novel With Tons Of Greatly Developed Charcters. Give It A Read If You Ever Get The Time. - Andrewgregway

7 The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton

This book made me cry so did the movie it makes me fell actual emotion reading I love the movie they are also all hottys my favorite characters are ponyboy and twobit

Honestly the outsider is great - Mandfill

8 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

I haven't read the whole book yet, but so far, it's one of the most interesting books I've ever read! This book is exactly Leo Tolstoy himself, it's a good example of how great he was!

This should be #1 this is the greatest book of all time

He is smart like Socrates

What? War and peace below HP and 1984! I have lost faith in humanity.

9 Penpal - Dathan Auerbach

It's not only a novel, but more of creepypasta novel and that's why Wikipedia brought me.
It's about a narrator trying to write to his penpal, but as he grew up the penpal is dead. That cover in the book was the scene where the stalker chased the two main characters.

10 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

The Contenders

11 Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
12 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling

This book and the lord of the rings are the only ones that I know. Everythingelse I have never even head of it!

The reason harry potter books are not higher because everyone likes different one mine is goblet of fire because I really reeled foolish when I can't think it could be poly juice potion

How is this not higher up? Seriously...It's amazing and worth reading! If you're a little kid who hasn't read Harry Potter, I urge you to try! I'd be very proud, even if I don't get to see you!

Great and highly adventurous
but Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows should also be here

13 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

This book really rocks.

Captain ahab

14 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

Never read it but heard its one of the greatest novels of all time. I am going to try this novel very soon. - zxm

Really nice historical novel about a boy's life in Afghanistan.

Heart-wrenching all through out.

A painfully beautiful portrayl of
complex human emotions and relations set on the backdrop of war stricken Afghanistan. It emotionally consumed me throughout and how! One of the best reads of all time.

15 Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

I liked Dacula better but this is still an amazing book

16 Animal Farm - George Orwell

Do you know what I love about this book, the fact that the book never directly tells you there is something wrong with how the pigs are running the farm. You are able to draw your own conclusions from the facts given. I also like how everything the pigs do is the direct opposite of what Big Major wanted, spreading the rebellion, be free, overtake humans, don't act like humans. Although this is not my favorite book (that goes to Fahrenheit 451) it's probably my second with The Book Theif and The Miraculous Adventures of Edward Tulane close behind it.

A genius allegorical and satirical novel about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union. It's an amazing work of art that also tells one of the greatest tales of the downfall of a civilization.

I don't read novels often, cause I'm not a fan of reading novels, but this is a really good one. Deep, meaningful. You want to see what happens next, but the ending will paralyze you. - MaxPap

This Novel should be number 1 in all of motherland.

17 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

An absolute classic.

18 The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick
19 The Green Mile - Stephen King

The most heartbreaking story ever told, and possibly the best story ever told

20 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

This is such a good book. Certainly worthy of number 8. Personally I think it should be second. Of course my favorite is Pride and prejudice, but TLOTR is a great novel too. But this is so vivid in the description of characters, and has such sophisticated humor and dialogue. What a good book and sweet story, but also teaches a good lesson.

Every time I read it I can't stop myself from smiling...

21 The Giver - Lois Lowry
22 The Godfather - Mario Puzo

This one truly changed my life... The things like "omerta" n lolyalty were taught to me by the godfather...

23 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

A cool book to read

Such an elegant and beautifully written book...so much better than Stargirl, which is currently the next book on this list.

24 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

Pick up this book if you love mysteries and murder... The best Agatha Christie novel out there

25 Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
26 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor stands out as the best author ever, and this (in my opinion) is his most awesome book, but also read The Kamaroz brothers, but read this first

Best book ever writen.shame on you

Dostojewski‘s best one. Intriguing and mind-bending. - TheFliFlux

27 Looking for Alaska - John Green

This novel is amazing. Full of emotions and its almost like a journey. The ending is perfect. I've read it multiple times because its relatively compact than other novels on this list.

28 Cujo - Stephen King

The best book ever! Vote

29 The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo

Please follow your personal legend. Reading this book will change your perception of spirituality and love...

About dreams and destiny... it's the best I've read yet. also its short

It creates a deep feeling of chasing ones dreams...ignites that spark on you to go behind it..

30 Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
31 The Stand - Stephen King

It's 1150-1400 pages depending on your copy, and I genuinely wish King would've added 200-300 pages on Las Vegas. Fantastic characters, great antagonist and a great premise/setting. The ending was very disappointing and predictable, but it's not a King book if doesn't have masterful story telling with a terrible ending!

32 A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
33 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
34 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling

Back here!? This was amazing! It had a great plot line, many magical creatures, and also, I just thought it was cool how there was a big chess board and hey had a battle on it. I don't know how to explain it but it was cool.

35 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

I just couldn't put it down, when I began reading it!

36 The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

The best book ever. All the character has different personalities, and advantages, and this book just inspired me so much! This is a book that everyone in the world has to read. Number 1 book in all time for me.

Hunger games is an amazing and unique book, it should not be 26 it should be number 1!

I love hunger games almost as much as I love divergent so to be honest those probally two of the best books there are I also like if I stay six months later and more

Best

37 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre should be number one. I've never read the Harry Potter series, or the Kite Runner. I absolutely HATED reading Pride and Prejudice because nothing that interesting ever really happened. Besides, the theme of Pride and Prejudice was so cliché and boring! Jane Austen was a good writer, but in my opinion her story-telling lacked conviction and action. I have read To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye, and I enjoyed them because they brought me back to childhood, and made me think of some historical issues (To Kill a Mockingbird). However, none of those novels compare to Charlotte Brontë's, Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre is my favorite novel because I love the heroine. She's intelligent, independent, moral, strong-willed, self-respecting, and passionate. Jane Eyre is the perfect role-model for any young woman. I also had a crush on the dark, brooding, yet charming Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester, but I admire Jane for not being willing to compromise who she is to be with him. ...more

38 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling

Epic!

39 Holes - Louis Sachar
40 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Irony, it's a book about burning books based on books. This book roasted other books as well.

41 The Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris
42 Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

It's a great novel, a masterpiece

43 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

My favourite book ever defiantly read if you have the chance

The best look into the mind of a phycopath

44 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
45 Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Scarlet and Reth, they were great

46 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

How could it be there too down? Must be among the top tens!

47 The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
48 A Shore Thing - Nicole (Snooki) Polizzi

A wonderful book, where the struggles of being a millennial in this modern world are beautifully illustrated.

49 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

A disturbingly accurate representation of our current society predicted nearly 100 years ago. Huxley provides acute commentary in a painstakingly beautiful realization of a magnificent dystopian society by posing the ultimate question: would you rather have choice, or be happy?

50 Carrie - Stephen King
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