1. The Bible
Although I'm not a Christian, I still love the Bible. The books are so good that it definitely deserves to be in thetoptens and even if I'm not Christian, I still love God's work in these books. If this god is real then I really do admire him and Jesus Christ.
The sacred book of Christianity. I love studying it. It is an amazing book that is one of the first things that come to mind when you think Christianity.
Bible should remain in the top spot it is technically a book, many books written by the real God through 40+ men put into one. It teaches some valuable things, this book deserves the top spot because it teaches you how to get saved from Hell and how to get to Heaven, yes there's Hell and Heaven, this is turning into some sort of sermon but this is a top tens list so I will stop. I am Christian and I just want to get that out there that all of it is real, not fiction.
The bible is like an instruction manual on how to get to heaven, find love, happiness and even freedom. It's the best book I have ever read. And if your think the bible just isn't for you cause it's too "spiritual" we'll think again there are love stories, stories about war and if your into supernatural kinda stuff well there is even stories of people fighting off demons there are even dragons and unicorns in the bible and it's all true so the next time you roll your eyes at the thought of picking up the bible and actually reading you may want to think twice because reading just one page may actually change your life
2. The Return of the King - J.R.R. Tolkien
When Aargorn returns as the rightful king , he has friends like Gandlof to help him . the two friends Sam and Frodo were finishing their quest with their guide Gollum . . This is the most amazing book in the series . Nothing beats the lord of the rings book series. The Lord of the Rings is always will be my number one all time favorite book series .
I can't believe this isn't number 1. This book is absolutely amazing in just every way possible. Every single character, however minor, becomes someone of great importance and learns a very important life moral. Tolkien's world of Middle-Earth is the best fictional world ever created. I don't think the Bible should be over this masterpiece, since only a set percentage of the population actually believes in the Bible anyway. Any of Tolkien's works, though, can appeal to anyone. I first read this book when I was 12 years old and I still have maps of Middle-Earth and elvish family trees plastered over my walls. I think Tolkien's Lord of the Rings is so inspiring and magical it should be always be considered the best book ever. I might sound biased but if you read this book you would be biased towards it too.
Tolkien really was the master. These books have everything. Light, dark, touching, pounding suspense, pure epicness, magical/mystical realms, and bittersweet so strong it will to kill you to read. There is also only one romance chapter. All if his species and languages are so marvelously crafted. Every time you learn a new fact about little details in the books, you get so much more mind blown over how much of a genius this guy was. And the books themselves are almost worth the read just because of the language. Tolkien could craft English like no other. The descriptions and poems are gorgeous! No other books can beat this series.
Truly the most perfect book in existence. It has a little bit of everything for all different people and the characters are amazing. Tolkien created the most beautiful fictional universe and middle earth feels so real somehow. The fact that the hunger games, which us about kids killing each other and a bad love triangle can possibly be above a book that is about how "even the smallest person can change the course of the future" and an adventure to destroy evil seriously disturbs me. Also the bible? Really?
3. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
If you like this you people should read BATTLE ROYALE! I used to think this book was the best book ever. Then I read battle royale. Even though it was written 9 years before this, it is better. Battle royale has 42 teenage contestants with no prior training. The program is a complete surprise to them. They are also from the same high school class so instead of a bunch of random kids it's friend against childhood friend. It vividly describes each contestants death rather than just saying " the main character heard a cannon" and not giving you any details of who died and why. Also there are forbidden zones that are added over time and if you get caught in one the collar on your neck explodes. Plus the government doesn't care if there is a winner or not. If nobody dies within 24 hours then all the collars will detonate. Plus some of the players get really screwed up in the head.
Hunger games is just a toned down version of battle royale.
This book can't be compared to any other book it's so amazing, the other reviews are right. I couldn't put the book down it's a page turner I never wanted it to end. The second book was great! Don't get me wrong, but compared to the first, well it wasn't with me all of the time, I love the action Suzanne has even reached the readers of a younger age now and I should know since I was 10 when I read all three of the books. When people think fantasy, they don't think of the hunger games, but I do. I am only 11 and I have already read them each 12 times over their amazing. I may be only 11 but I have read thousands of books from the hobbit to witch and wizard but this one is the best!
It's a pretty good book but it definitely not as good as lord of the rings. Lord of the rings is just so original, it even has its own language and is much longer and complex then just kids killing eachother and people stopping them from having more kids killing eachother. It's not even the best in the hunger games series, I think catching fire is the best. I am not saying it's a bad book but lord of the rings is still so well known after a long time. This will probably only be known for a couple years, not decades. I also think that Harry Potter should be above this, I think that Harry Potter also has a better story because it has more to it and is in seven long books, which is a lot of story. The movie for the first one wasn't that good. But the second one was. Anyway, it's not the worst book to have in 2nd if twilight was in second I would be really really angry at this list. Twilight doesn't deserve to be in millionth place, it's just awful
It is kind of disappointing to find this on the #2 spot of "Best Books of All Time." Do not get me wrong, this is a fantastic book! But it does not deserve to be #2. It does not even deserve to be in the top 20! There are so many better books than this! Here are a few.
1: The Lord of the Rings Series.
2: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
3: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
4: Anything from Edgar Allan Poe
5: The Narnia Chronicles.
6: The Green Mile
8: Where the Red Fern Grows
9: Maniac Magee
10: Bud, Not Buddy.
12: The Percy Jackson Series
13: My Brother Sam is Dead
14: My Side of the Mountain
16: The Tale of Despereaux
18: Pet Semetary
19: The Outsiders
20: The Christmas Carol
I would rank Hunger Games somewhere in the 20s. Outstanding book, but it is completely overrated. Go read some classics, kids. You will find them MUCH more enjoyable.
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
You still think Hunger Games and Diary of a Wimpy Kid is better? Tell me after I go to the HARRY POTTER AMUSEMENT PARK at Universal Studios. Did Hunger Games have an amusement park? Does Diary of a Wimpy kid have kids growing up with Harry and his friends? No. Why is our generation so messed up to vote for something as messed up as Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Greg Heffley will always be wimpy and not popular. The End. Katniss and Peeta get together. The End. Harry and his friends live on to become proud parents and help their children grow up to be exemplary heroes while also learning lessons about friendship, love, and good.J.K. rowling was the first person to get rich by writing. Emma Watson is cherished world wide along with Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe.
Harry Potter DESERVES TO BE IN THE TOP 3, for heaven’s sake. The ending is so beautiful...for a seven book series, it is legendary how Rowling adds clues and suspension building up to the grand finale.
I have NO idea how The Hunger Games is ahead of this amazing book. The Hunger Games was a piece of garbage (Sorry THG fans :/) in my opinion. I felt nothing for Katniss and I thought she was very emotionless and angry. Harry on the other hand had real emotions. And he was not a perfect character, like sometimes he would get mad or be kind of rude to his friends. But he also could be a friendly, kind hero. He was a big motivation in my life. As he started off as a sad child who got bullied a lot and was abused by his aunt and uncle until one day he found out he was a wizard and got to leave. It shows how anything can happen and not to be sad about things that can change. And also the humour was awesome! (Weasley twins for the win) And Jk Rowling somehow made things connect to you so much and make the people in he stories feel so real.
Harry Potter is my personal favorite book series ever. I love The Hunger Games and The Hobbit, but I believe this book deserves a higher rank than both of those books. I grew up with Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and all the other characters in these seven books. The story is so rich and the characters are so relatable and human, it feels like you're really there, going on the adventure with them. I dreamed of going to Hogwarts and becoming a wizard, zapping my enemies with spells and jinxes, and I still do. I don't dream of being of going into a death game, and killing other children. I don't dream of becoming a hobbit and going on a journey through Middle-Earth. I dream of being with Harry Potter, and saving the wizarding world. It's not just nostalgia; I think every kid who wants to read about awesome characters, deep stories, and worlds you want to jump right into, should read this book.
5. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
One of the best books In my opinion and should be in the top three. This Book is so magical, and it just makes me wanna keep reading it, especially with its cliffhangers. But come on people get this book more up there! Every Kid Living should be happy knowing that The Hobbit is in there bookshelf.
To everyone who is rating this please tell me that you actually have read the book and are not voting because you liked the movie. The hobbit took me (sadly) a little bit less than 7 months to read but then again I did loose the book fr about 3 months and I was in the 5th grade when I read it. But when I finished it I felt so accomplished and it was such an iconic book to read and I loved reading it so much that I bought myself another copy to read in the future.as a matter of fact I like the book so much more than the 3 movies. To anyone who has only seen the movies, please read the book today! It will make your life and opinion of the movies so much better.
I couldn't take the cliffhangers, which was my bedtime, because I wanted to know what was going to happen next so badly. but then there are cliffhangers. you end off a chapter with the book talking about what sam and frodo are hoping for, and then you start off the next chapter with the perspective of someone completely different. It was so annoying, but I got through it by waking up super early before school and reading it and super late past my terrible 13 year old curfew (12am three years ago). I loved the story's adventure so much that I went to some weird lotr convention. I loved this book so much.
Best book I've ever read. I will always read this book and I will always love it, and I'll fall in love with it after the 400th time I've read it. JRR Tolkien is the writer most writers need to look up to. Lord Of The Rings should at least be second, or tied with first, both are masterpieces. I treat Tolkien's works like they're holier than the Bible itself.
6. 1984 - George Orwell
Just finished it, and from what I know, this is not a light read. Its grim, thought-provoking, frightening, shocking and terrifying in the regards of politics and social science gone into maniacal control. And scariest of all, it actually feels... realistic enough, thanks to how the the setting of the novel is laid out and each component of said setting operates. That's what makes 1984 such an effective book. Each character displayed in the film signifies some area of importance that would be displayed later on and some of the buildup is masterfully crafted as it is tellingly horrifying.
Without a doubt, this is one of the best books of all time. In addition, its also the codifier of the Dystopian Genre in general and an incredibly important piece of writing, both for fiction literature and as an allegory for totalitarianism political corruption and the possible takeover of the human mind and spirit.
Read this when I was 12. I honestly didn't like it but I think it is one of the most well written books and most thought provoking books ever. Even though I don't like it I still respect it so much and think it is an amazing book. George Orwell is a genius to think this up and write it in such an amazing manner.
This site is just flooding with so many brain dead kids. Of course, some of the novels in modern times are (were) great, I don't argue on it. But seriously, The Lord of the rings better than books like this one, 1984, and books that can shocked the world like animal farm, on the origin of species, communist manifesto, the iliad and Odyssey by Homer, the Divine comedy, was and peace, Hamlet by Shakespeare (you know Shakespeare, right? ), Ulysses, and the list go on... And rank's title says BOOKS, not just novels. If you're not into literature, not vote on it, simple as that.
If there is one book you have to read it's this one. A very thought provoking and troubling book that has too many similarities to what's happening today.
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
The intro to the magical world of Harry Potter is so amazing, it shows how Harry discovers himself and learns he’s not a random boy with glasses and a scar, he’s gifted, talented, and brave. It is a great start to (in my opinion) the best series ever written.
Honestly and don't be mad I love all Harry Potter books (excluding the recent Cursed Child) and this one is no different. It is my second least favorite of the amazing series (Cursed Child is my new least favorite) because of the introductions. It seems to be the most boring of the series (it is still insanely exciting just compared to the others it Is a little more boring). I still love this book to death like all the others, it is just not as exciting or captivating as the others (Excluding Cursed Child)
LOVE IT! This book introduced me to my favorite world to escape to. More people need to get into this series. It changes your life.
The Harry Potter series is amazing, it has to be listed as one of the greatest series of books of all time. You have to ask yourself, how did J.K. Rowling come up with all this stuff? She has such an amazing imagination and is a great writer.
8. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The moral of the story is incredible. It tells of characters who are consumed by themselves and have no care for others or sympathy due to their self proclaimed superiority
I read this book when I was in sixth grade and I still love it! In my opinion, this should be way higher than other books meant for kids 11-17 (minus the Bible)
I love that it is based in the 1920’s, it’s my favorite time period in modern history. Plus the movie turned out really good. It has some good lessons that everyone should learn, and still has an intriguing story along with them. Something that a lot of books don’t do in my opinion.
Definitely top 5 worthy. Way better than the Hunger Games and Diary of the Wimpy kid. This book does a brilliant topic and it is well written.
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
he amount of haters and toxicity in this comment section is sad. People are saying the same reasons "it's dull" "Greg should be in high school" like seriously, shut up. If you've never read the book, then don't comment on it. And no, it's not overrated. I would go as far as to say it's UNDERrated.
When I was merely six, I was just a homeless child on the streets. My parents had died, I had to fend for myself, begging for spare change, living on the leftovers of Happy Meals I found in rubbish bins (though I was far from happy). I was unwanted, insignificant. But that all changed one day. A school group full of ten year old boys and girls were walking past me one day. Nothing really new, but one of them dropped a bright red book that caught my eye. Curious, I picked it up. The book was titled: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". I began to read it, and my life was completely transformed. It taught me good morals and the joy of living and helping others much better than the bible ever will. I changed as a human after reading that book. I started helping other homeless people on the streets. I grew up as a leader of all of them, being kind to everyone. I became popular among even the non-homeless community, and earned loads of money, which I shared with my army of homeless. I saved up my ...more
This is a book that everyone should read at least once. It doesn’t take itself too seriously which I like. It’s extremely well written and relatable. Every page is so alive and vivid. Every character is extremely different and filled with personality. It is really funny. It may be written for kids and teens but anyone can easily enjoy this book. It’s in my top five favorite books.
This is such a mismatched excuse for a book. It has very low moral values and no plot at all. A structured and well done book has a plot and some sort of a moral value to it and the book misses both of those marks by a mile! So frustrating that kids enjoy this crap! People wonder why kids are starting to be all messed up: they read Diary of a Wimpy Kid and get no positive lessons out of it. I have read the series and even when I was little I had the hardest time enjoying them. I just never understood why all of the kids at my school had liked it so much. And another bad thing about this series is that it is basically just a cash grab. The eleventh book is about to come out and it's supposed to take place only in middle school and guess what TEN BOOKS AFTER THE ORIGINAL: IT STILL TAKES PLACE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL! WHAT? There's only eleven books (which by the way get even worse the more books that come out) so that the author can get the money that he doesn't deserve from these piles
10. To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Without a doubt, the most captivating, engaging, realistic, and heartfelt novel ever penned. Well- deserved Pulitzer Prize winning recipient! The symbolism and allusions in this novel, make it a Master class in literature along with the first-person narration of Jean Louise Finch better known as "Scout" who reflects on her life in Depression-era Alabama as a young girl and her adventures/misadventures with her older brother Jem "who was never the same after his arm was broken... but they spoke very little about it."
Further, she recalls her beloved father, her overbearing aunt, her closest playmate, an acerbic elderly lady whom the entire neighborhood fears, a revered and feared housekeeper, the most bullied boy in school, a slew of refined, genteel southern ladies tied to a dying past, and the mysterious "Boo" Radley: an enigma to all the children as he never speaks or sets foot from his house. What secrets, if any, does he harbor? Will they ever get "Boo" ' to come ...more
This book is important for everyone to read, and one of my favourite things about it is that it is genuinely fun to read, and while you learn the lessons it teaches and while you're heart aches for the injustices shown within it, you still absolutely love reading it, and it's still very entertaining.
Reading this book can literally change your life and make you see things and other people in a whole new light. While it's gratifying to see Mockingbird solidly in the top 20, it's still not as high as it should be. It shouldn't be struggling to stay in the top ten. While some of the books ahead of this are good books, I have to question whether people five hundred years from now will know about their characters. I do think people five hundred years from now will know who Atticus Finch is.
This book was voted the greatest novel of the 20th century by the National Library Association. The follow up, Go Set a Watchman, has just been released and I have read it. While it is nowhere near as good as To Kill a Mockingbird, it is still better than 95 percent of the books ranked ahead of this. If anyone seriously thinks there are 406 books better than this, let me say as kindly as I can that you wouldn't know a good book if it bit you in the ass.