When it comes to selecting the best fiction books of all time, there is a plethora of categories to choose from such as compelling short story collections and bestselling sci-fi epics; also, the narratives that come from varying genres are similar when it comes to the fact that they are all extremely appealing and captivating.
To give book lovers a glimpse of some of the greatest reads, here is a list of the best fiction books of all time:
1. To Kill a Mockingbird
By: Harper Lee
Scout Finch, along with her brother Jem and widowed father, Atticus, live in the town of Maycomb in Alabama. During this time, the town suffers from the Great Depression, yet being a family that is somewhat well-off; Scout and company somehow survive the situation compared to the rest of society, or do they?
By: George Orwell
1984 is among the best fiction books of all time, and it starts off with the member of Outer Party, Winston Smith. Smith is part of the Ministry of Truth’s Records Department where he supposedly rewrites and distorts history. He wishes to escape all this tyranny, even if it’s just in his own mind, so Smith decides to write a diary – an act of sin which is punishable by death. However, telescreens are placed in every place imaginable: his home, work cubicle, the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom. Will Smith be able to get out of this alive?
3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
By: C.S. Lewis
In 1940, four siblings named Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy were among those children who have been moved away from London during WWII; they were made to live in the countryside together with the eccentric professor Kirke. Once they had settled in his home, Lucy explores the professor’s home then stumbles upon a huge antique wardrobe. Not only is it a beautiful piece of furniture but also doubles as a magic portal to a snowy forest in a land named Narnia.
4. Invisible Man
By: Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man was instantly considered as a masterpiece and it is one of those rare and best fiction books that have changed American literature. Here, Ellison’s nameless hero takes readers into a different world that makes it seem like our own is just some hilarious comic relief. The story is sardonic and suspense-filled, as well as narrated in a tone that embraces the range of the American language. Invisible Man is definitely among the most dazzling creations of the century.
5. The Catcher in the Rye
By: J.D. Salinger
The hero of this book is known to be an ancient sixteen-year-old child who leaves his prep school to explore New York’s underground area. This boy is both simple and complex for readers to truly comment on his persona and story, but we can say that this young boy was born with a strong attraction to beauty and is almost hopelessly bound by it.
6. Lord of the Flies
By: William Golding
Lord of the Flies is one of the best fiction books that has caught the attention of a lot of readers; the story starts off when an airplane crashes close to an isolated island that can be located in the Pacific Ocean’s remote area. Here, the only survivors of the crash are two pre-adolescent boys named Ralph and Piggy who both find a conch which they later used to call out other survivors – if any.
7. The Grapes of Wrath
By: John Steinbeck
Tom Joad and his family are forced out from their farm and are led to California together with others to search for land, jobs, and even hope for a much brighter future. The Grapes of Wrath is known as one of the best fiction books of all time since it focuses on the unity amongst humans, as well as love and the need for cooperation than just individual needs.
8. Never Let Me Go
By: Kazuo Ishiguro
When Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were still young students at an exclusive boarding school in the countryside; they recalled it being a place of effervescent cliques with mysterious rules where the teachers often reminded the students of how special they were. After so many years, these children have grown into young adults and upon looking back at their past, they finally understood what really makes them special.
9. Gone with the Wind
By: Margaret Mitchell
This is another one of the best fiction books of all time which was written by Margaret Mitchell; the story is set during the American Civil War and the reconstruction period and it describes the struggles and challenges of a spoiled daughter of a plantation owner; she does everything to claw her way out of poverty but eventually finds herself after Sherman’s March right into the sea.
10. A Clockwork Orange
By: Anthony Burgess
One of the most popular and best fiction books that have ever been written is A Clockwork Orange; it is known as a dystopian novel that is set in the nearest future that features a subculture filled with intense violence between the youth.
By: James Joyce
This book, aside from being part of the list of best fiction books of all time, remains one of the most rewarding and challenging works of English literature. Ulysses creates a set of parallels between novels and poems. It also features a structural connection between the experiences and characters.
12. Fahrenheit 451
By: Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451, considered among the best fiction books of all time, is known as a dystopian novel that displays the future of a society. Here, every book is banned and having any type is prohibited; firefighters are then allowed to burn every book found.
13. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
By: Lewis Carroll
One of the best fiction books that speaks of the story of Alice, who unfortunately falls through the rabbit hole and ends up landing in a fantasy world that is filled with eccentric, peculiar, and rather humanlike creatures; moreover, the story of Alice’s Adventures play with wit and logic, leaving it one of the favorites for both adults and children.
14. The Canterbury Tales
The tales present in this book are exhibited as part of a contest that is led by a group of pilgrims while they travel all the way from London to Canterbury to pay visit to Saint Thomas Becket’s shrine that can be located at the Canterbury Cathedral.
15. A Game of Thrones
By: George R.R. Martin
Lord Eddard Stark, a Warden of the north , considers it as a curse when their King Robert bequeaths the office of the Hand to him; honor will weigh him down once at court since a true man in this situation does what he will and not what he should, and a dead enemy is considered as a thing of beauty.
16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
By: J.K. Rowling
Right on the evening of Halloween, the Goblet of Fire spurts out the names of those who will be competing in the Triwizard Tournament; those chosen champions include Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, Viktor Krum, and of course, Harry Potter. However, since Potter is still too young to be joining such tournaments, mass chaos ensues and this will determine if he will be allowed to join or not.
17. Jane Eyre
By: Charlotte Brontë
The story begins with an isolated, ten-year-old orphan who lives with a family that disapproves of her; the little orphan, however, grows with strength and succeeds in life as she excels in school, ends up becoming a governess, then eventually falls in love with a man named Edward Rochester. However, after being deceived by the man, she goes off to Marsh End where the previous orphan regains her spirituality and simultaneously discovers her strengths.
18. The Sun Also Rises
By: Ernest Hemingway
This is a story by Ernest Hemingway which is about a set of British and American emigrants who journey all the way from Paris to Pamplona for the Festival of San Fermin. They travel all the way to the area to be able to enjoy and watch the various bullfights and running bulls in the area.
19. Angels and Demons
By: Dan Brown
Journeying through the dangerous catacombs, sealed crypts, and the deserted cathedrals, Vetra and Langdon follow a four-hundred-year-old path of ancient symbols that snakes all over Rome which leads to the long-forgotten lair of the Illuminati – known as a secret area that protects the only salvation for the Vatican.
20. Of Mice and Men
By: John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is a parable that speaks of what it all means to be a human being; Steinbeck’s story is about George and Lennie’s dream of having their very own ranch, as well as the various obstacles and challenges that may stand in the way of their dream. All this displays the real nature of dignity, sacrifice, loneliness, and dreams.