Best Novels of All Time


The Top Ten

1 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.

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

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

A modern classic.

It's a lovely book! If you take away all the swear words from it you'll just get a flimsy para. At most. No oFence, but I really was annoyed with this book. Catch-22 was worse. - HezarioSeth


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 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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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 The Outsiders - S. E. Hinton
10 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.

The Contenders

11 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
12 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
13 Animal Farm - George Orwell

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.

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

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14 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

This book really rocks.

15 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.

16 Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

I liked Dacula better but this is still an amazing book

17 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...

18 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
19 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.

20 The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick
21 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

22 The Green Mile - Stephen King

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

23 The Godfather - Mario Puzo

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

24 The Giver - Lois Lowry
25 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling


26 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie

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

27 The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
28 The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo

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..

29 Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
30 Cujo - Stephen King

The best book ever! Vote

31 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

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

32 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!

33 The Bridge of San Luis Rey - Thornton Wilder
34 Jurassic Park
35 Looking for Alaska - John Green
36 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

37 An Appointment in Samarra - John O'Hara
38 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
39 For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
40 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
41 A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
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 Les Misérables - Victor Hugo

It's a great novel, a masterpiece

44 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

My favourite book ever defiantly read if you have the chance

The best look into the mind of a phycopath

45 Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell

Scarlet and Reth, they were great

46 Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

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

47 The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
48 The Silence of the Lambs - Thomas Harris
49 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
50 The Outsider - Albert Camus
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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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