Best Break Out
This list is for the best break out novels...the book that created buzz and established the author's career.

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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 1,550,431 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 915,018 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,162,261 ratings
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 3,372,569 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 110,112 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 357,853 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 408,309 ratings
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 3,055,082 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 201,539 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 237,890 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 84,652 ratings
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 1,244,491 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 130,714 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 82,418 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 91,341 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 75,545 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 380,798 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 65,885 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 195,693 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 41,493 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 46,323 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,181,593 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 376 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 42,969 ratings
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 878,495 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 38,764 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 345,281 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 46,917 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 391,343 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 48,526 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 220,662 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 366,176 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 7,859 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 57,667 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 1,187 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 122,803 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,072,530 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 339,043 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 22,125 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 24,780 ratings
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 204,628 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 170,247 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 1,468,929 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 10,718 ratings
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 1,143 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 196,539 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 1,010,755 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 16,789 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 294,823 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 721,772 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 599,276 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 214,747 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 95,684 ratings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 301 ratings
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 6,682 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 85 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 14,097 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 729 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 127,172 ratings
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4.77 of 5 stars 4.77 avg rating — 84 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 123 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 96,537 ratings
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 12,215 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 244,563 ratings
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 10,693 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 267 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 4,415 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 108 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 808 ratings
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 1,018,832 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 25,722 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 191 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 20 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 71,950 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 3,806 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 7,811 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 6,529 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 65,700 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 433 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 34,755 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 1,637,310 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 139,145 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 7,155 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 206,428 ratings
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4.91 of 5 stars 4.91 avg rating — 146 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 124 ratings
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 3,510 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 3,348 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 28,294 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 39,614 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 162 ratings
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3.19 of 5 stars 3.19 avg rating — 2,400 ratings
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 3,083 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 630 ratings
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 67 ratings
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3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 1,065 ratings
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 5,701 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 867 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 133 ratings
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1,941 books · 4,687 voters · list created June 1st, 2011 by Shawn (votes) .
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message 2: by Jerome (new)

Jerome Peterson Who decides on the books that get posted on this list and why?


message 3: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Jerome wrote: "Who decides on the books that get posted on this list and why?"

Anyone can add books or vote for one already on the list. If you go to the "add books to this list" tab you can add which ever books you think fit the description. That way it's open for all goodreads members to voice their opinion. :)


message 4: by Tanja (new)

Tanja Interesting to see that some books are on the list more than once and that books made it that are obviously not the authors first book and therefore shouldn't be on a list called "Break Out Author Novels"


message 5: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Actually, the term "Break Out Novel" doesn't usually apply to debut novels, but to the book -- usually the third or fourth -- that breaks a novelist out to a big readership.


message 6: by Sherry (new)

Sherry But I am nevertheless honored to be included on this list. :)


message 7: by Jerome (new)

Jerome Peterson You hit the nail on its head, Sherry.


message 8: by Kim (new)

Kim De Lair SR & EL (Icy to her fans) are two of my favorite authors who took it to the next level! They are beloved on the fandom and will always be beloved as they make their mark in the mainstream. Love you guys and your stories. KimiD


message 9: by Chris (new)

Chris Hackett I just added my book to this list since I am actually a breakout Author. Hopefully someone sees it at some point.


message 10: by Cheryl (last edited Jul 13, 2011 06:57AM) (new)

Cheryl Bit confused about this list since the description says: "This list is for new authors and their books." And yet Stephen King is on the list? Is this list for Break Out Authors (which would be a new or old -- not age -- author with a book that is finally a hit? Is it for "new authors"? And "new" as of when? Which is it? Does it matter? Probably not but it's still confusing.... ha-ha..


message 11: by Breanne (new)

Breanne This vote was for Colleen Houck. Tiger saga all the way :)


message 12: by Anna (new)

Anna I was excited to see Crushed on here. I just finished reading it, and the writer is addictive. I love her style. The characters are very cool. Can't wait for the next book.


message 13: by Dana (new)

Dana Pratola By mistake there are two of my book on here - one with a cover one without. Will the votes from each be combined?


message 14: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Doherty Sherry wrote: "Actually, the term "Break Out Novel" doesn't usually apply to debut novels, but to the book -- usually the third or fourth -- that breaks a novelist out to a big readership."

That still doesn't explain "Wicked Appetite" by Janet Evanovich...she broke out long before that novel was published!!!


message 15: by Tanya (new)

Tanya Hanson My book Faithful Danger is on here (I didn't even know LOL) and it is as romantic suspense, it is break out for me. I write sensual Western historicals and inspirational Western contemporaries.


message 16: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Owen My book, Seeing Julia, is my debut novel and is now listed. It's contemporary fiction and has been well received by readers. I voted for a few of my absolute favorite novels. It's a great list!


message 17: by Terri (new)

Terri I added my book Forget Me Not to the list because it's new and I don't think anyone knows about it here. =) It's my first novel, I have a novella published as well. Thank you, if you choose to vote for me. =D


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Check out "The Ballad of Young Tam Lin." (You can read the first 3 chapters free on Amazon's Kindle sneak peek.) Historical fantasy romance. Great characters, compelling plot, wit and seriousness. I've laughed out loud many times, and had to hold back tears.


message 19: by Luse (new)

Luse Blood Red Road is a debut novel, c'mon people and read it. It deserves at least being Top 5 !!!! Blood Red Road by Moira Young to the end.


message 20: by Huimin (new)

Huimin ANGELFALL should be higher! it's fantastic!:)


message 21: by Tom Bombadil (new)

Tom Bombadil The Hunger Games wasn't Suzanne Collins's first book. She wrote the Gregor the Overlander series before it. I know I'm nitpicking but this detail annoys me a little (especially because I read those books as a kid and they were really good)


message 22: by Triv (new)

Triv S. Tom Bombadil wrote: "The Hunger Games wasn't Suzanne Collins's first book. She wrote the Gregor the Overlander series before it. I know I'm nitpicking but this detail annoys me a little (especially because I read those..."

I was about to say that--so I second it.


message 23: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Tom Bombadil wrote: "The Hunger Games wasn't Suzanne Collins's first book. She wrote the Gregor the Overlander series before it. I know I'm nitpicking but this detail annoys me a little (especially because I read those..."

They were excellent I agree. I love how I read her books before her work became super popular.


message 24: by Triv (new)

Triv S. Jonathan wrote: "Tom Bombadil wrote: "The Hunger Games wasn't Suzanne Collins's first book. She wrote the Gregor the Overlander series before it. I know I'm nitpicking but this detail annoys me a little (especially..."

I never read the Gregor series but I read the Hunger Games years and years before it was famous--before the second one was even out. The Gregor series is for under 10s, right?


message 25: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan The Gregor series is aimed at younger audiences yes. But they're still good reading now I've found.

I read the Hunger Games when a friend recommended them - which was just before the surge of popularity. Right after I read them everyone else was reading them as the next big thing. I probably would have bypassed them otherwise because I tend to avoid hyped up books.


message 26: by Triv (new)

Triv S. Yeah same, I always seem to read books just before they get popular. I prefer to read books that aren't well known but are amazing.


message 27: by Talyn (new)

Talyn I really hate the fact that people are gaga over Suzanne Collins's 'Hunger Games' when she wrote a kick-ass series a few years before -- Gregor the Overlander. I loved that series.. For some reason I hated Boots, though .__. But I liked Gregor's other little sister, and the huge rat.. what was his name? I don't remember.. been awhile.. 2007 to be exact x__X .. I don't mean to sound 'hipster', but I get a little angry when people celebrate someone for a book or song or movie when they did awesome work before and the public just seems to ignore their past and only focus on the present-future.. It's not fair D:


message 28: by PExoo (new)

PExoo Congratulations to JK Rowling! #29 Breakout author of the year!


message 29: by Kellie (new)

Kellie I don't like how The Hunger Games are on here. It wasn't Suzanne Collins first series.


message 30: by Tom (new)

Tom I added my first novel, A Once Crowded Sky (out from Simon & Schuster this July). It's a literary take on super heroes, and it's a lot of fun. Thanks in advance to anyone who votes for it. I really appreciate the support.


message 31: by [deleted user] (new)

Why is clockwork angel on there?! That's like her 4th book!!!!!!


message 32: by Hannah (new)

Hannah The Hunger Games isn't Suzanne Collins break out novel. She wrote another whole series before she wrote the Hunger Games.


message 33: by Anusha (new)

Anusha Suzanne Collins was pretty well known in the fantasy world for Gregor the Overlander before the Hunger Games


message 34: by Christian (new)

Christian C. Thank god I'm not the only one bothered by The Hunger Games' presence on here.


message 35: by Allan (new)

Allan Chinn Hunger Games is a good book, but hardly fits the category.


message 36: by Mike (new)

Mike I'm removing everything that doesn't fit. (Hunger Games, Shiver, Catching Fire, ect.)


message 37: by Martine (new)

Martine Allan wrote: "Hunger Games is a good book, but hardly fits the category."

i agree


message 38: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell Umm. It's hard to consider any book a breakout book if it is less than 10 years old AND it has less than 1000 ratings on goodreads.


message 39: by Mitchell (new)

Mitchell as for not being a first book - I think that's the whole point of this list. for some author's it was their first book. For other's say George R.R. Martin it was the book that made them generally known rather than genre known.


message 40: by Autumn♥♥ (new)

Autumn♥♥ Dana wrote: "By mistake there are two of my book on here - one with a cover one without. Will the votes from each be combined?"

Only if a librarian checks for duplicates and combines them which doesn't seem to happen anymore.


message 41: by Mitchell (last edited Mar 13, 2015 05:43PM) (new)

Mitchell Again I don't see how Hunger Games doesn't fit the definition of a breakout book. But books on this list with <100 ratings do.

Ayn Rand's first book was We The Living (or possibly Night of January 16th). As far as I know, her breakout book was The Fountainhead. And on this list we see Atlas Shrugged. But any of those would be better choices than books with 0-1000 ratings that are less than 20 years old.


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