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.


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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.


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3 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

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

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

Is still the same thing.

Funny, it was on the top ten boring books as well. who da hell writes these lists? - shadesofcoolblue

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4 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?

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
8 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

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.

I’m 13 and I just finished it I almost cried that I had to leave this book

9 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
10 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling

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

This was one of my favorite books!

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The Contenders

11 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.

12 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
13 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.

14 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

This book really rocks.

Captain ahab

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

In America, you abuse animals. In Soviet Russia, animals abuse you!

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17 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
18 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...

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

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

21 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

A cool book to read

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

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 The Giver - Lois Lowry
24 The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
25 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

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

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

27 The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder
28 Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
29 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!

30 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.

31 Cujo - Stephen King

The best book ever! Vote

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


33 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

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

34 An Appointment in Samarra - John O'Hara
35 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
36 Jurassic Park
37 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..

38 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

39 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
40 A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
41 Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

It's a great novel, a masterpiece

42 The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

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

43 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

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

44 The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
45 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
46 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

My favourite book ever defiantly read if you have the chance

The best look into the mind of a phycopath

47 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
48 The Outsider - Albert Camus
49 The Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris
50 Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Scarlet and Reth, they were great

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1. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
2. Going Bovine - Libba Bray
3. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
1. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
2. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
1. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
2. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
3. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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